Birthday Bash! Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt and Watson Adventures.

I am always looking for great party ideas, and this year, since my oldest has become obsessed with Harry Potter, I thought I’d use the young Brit as the “theme”. Pop culture is a passion and even if this one isn’t really my bag, I’m  game to engage! I called up Watson Adventures, a super cool scavenger hunt company in the city (they were recommended by a friend who had used them for a team-building corporate event) once I found they had a “Harry Potter” themed scavenger hunt at the MET. Of course, the days leading up to the big event, I was not only nervous that the party would go without a hitch (the news was going on and on about Superstorm NEMO) but also nervous whether the MET was ready for 15 8/9 year olds on a mission to win! Sigh of relief, no Greek or Roman statues were destroyed during the hunt, no Old Masters defaced! If you’re feeling energetic, it was a total blast and I  recommend it! Here are some of my tips:

1. No hunting on an empty stomach: We ate pizza and had cake first at Mimi’s Pizza. Basic atmosphere but very nice people and easy going about the craziness (and all kids like pizza)! The other option is at the MET itself. I was not sure about this as it seemed like a chore as the menu isn’t as “you had me at hello” for the kids, but it probably would have also been a great choice.

2. Cake from Tribeca Treats–with crushed chocolate covered pretzel down the sides: a big hit! When I saw this cake I knew it was “the one.” I had already hammered the HP thing home and didn’t want to ‘theme up’ the cake. So we kept it simple and YUMMY. So yummy in fact that all of the adults sat around the remaining wedge of cake after it was divvied up and picked off all of the chocolate covered pretzels. Delish!tribeca treats cake

 

 

3. Team Ties, a la Hogwarts. Fun to make with sticky backed felt and is a colorful & easy way to spot your team. The days before we constructed felt tie necklaces in different colorways. Other than the inevitable joust to not be cast as a “Slitherin” it worked perfectly! Here’s one that I was inspired by on Etsy (on a pin). Easy to buy or make! http://etsy.me/13bqOkc

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4. The Scavenger Hunt: We met our guide in the lobby of the MET and she gave us the low-down. Everyone’s competitive juices were flowing! Once we got our “clues” we were off. One key thing is that it all works better (and everyone remains on-point) if you give each kid a “job” – navigator, reader, logger, etc. It’s also good to have one or two dynamic adults with the teams to keep everyone moving & high (but not too high) energy. Comfy shoes are a must and as mentioned the Team Ties made it easy for the adult to quickly spot the team. It’s not easy, so don’t expect it to be so, but if you keep them pumped & excited (and this is a race against not only the other teams but time, as the museum is big!), it’s gonna be a great day.

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5. Fun goody bags: What better than a packaged magic trick and an exploding frog soap (that I found on Etsy and we’re still waiting for our frog to explode!) Watson also gives a prize to the winning team. Here’s the link to the exploding frog soap! http://etsy.me/VIZh4X

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We had a blast and would strongly recommend this hunt to a HP fan. Or try the Grand Central one, as it’s the terminal’s centennial this year, so that one would be super cool as well. http://www.watsonadventures.com/.

New: Munster Kids! More Dope Threads at Babesta

New Munster Kids at Babesta! We’re mad about Munster Kids and think it totally rocks for boys, girls and babies. Cool, edgy and well made, it’s our go-to for cool kids!
Not in the hood? Shop our site at http://www.babesta.com/Munster-Kids/
You’re a local? Pop by the store at 66 West Broadway NYC to see the latest!
This line flies out so pop in soon!

Mardi Gras Maskmaking at Babesta – The official invite!

Join us! We're super excited to be reupping our Xtreme Playdates! The idea is to give kids fun, free, creative experiences with working members of the creative community–and they need to be something that parents will want to do too! We have the pleasure of making masks with a fashion prop stylist, Alexandra Egan! She's put together this craft (that I have been dying to do for over a year). It should be a blast. Space is limited, so call us and reserve your mask today!!! Details below :)

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CANstruction at the World Financial Center

Got to visit CANstruction yesterday night at the WFC — it was pretty impressive–a host of large scale sculptures created out of canned goods, from SPAM to tunafish to Goya beans. Constructed by design teams, the exhibit raises interest and money for fighting hunger.At the end of the exhibit, all cans will be donated to community food banks. I think Babesta should do one! It doesn't look easy but it sure looks fun! www.canstruction.org

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Mardi Gras maskmaking at Babesta – Feb 12! Come join us!

We're putting together a little Mardi Gras maskmaking, free "xtreme playdate" on Feb 12, so mark your calendars! Got to do a bit of looking around for great ingredients today in the fashion district with Alexandra Egan, master fashion prop stylist. The craft will be at Babesta Cribz from 5:00-6:00 and would be best for 6+, I think. We'll make super cool masks this Fat Tuesday, following Alex's creative vision! I cannot wait!!!! Interested? Call us at 646 290 5508 and we'll reserve you a mask. Space is limited, so reserve quickly!

 

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Straight from Sweden! New Spring/Summer 13 Mini Rodini

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We are super excited to just get Mini Rodini’s spring/summer 13 collection in-store. We saw it first this past summer, when in Stockholm on a vacay and couldn’t get enough of the tassels, bows, animal prints, palm trees & parrots. Here’s a little sampling of our first delivery!

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Online, you’ll be able to shop it here:http://www.babesta.com/Mini-Rodini/ but for now, it’s in store, until our website elves get it photographed and processed, so first dibs is at 66 West Broadway at Warren. 212 608 4522.

Babesta’s Finds at NYIGF

I've spent the last couple days hot footing it around NYIGF, checking out the latest & greatest from a lot of our favorite brands. I spent most of my time in Design & Baby and Child but was happy to catch a couple great finds from a section dubbed NY Newest.

From new twists on our fave funky backpacks  to pattern mixing on porcelin plates here's a mashup of things that will be on our store shelves soon or simply inspired us!

 

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Meet your Match: Floor Sample Sale Continues at Babesta

There are a few great pieces left in the Babesta Floor Sample sale, so check them out. Or let us introduce you:

Sahara Crib

I’m a light gray crib, about 40 inches tall, I am made from sustainable managed forests. I love babies & would definitely contribute to sound sleeping and sweet dreams.

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Otto Playtable

Hey, I’m Otto and I am the perfect playmate. I bring the creative spirit out in everyone. I am 21 3/4 inches tall, strong & sturdy, and of course, as you can see I’m blonde. Sorta the Fabio of playtables…

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4 Drawer Dresser

I’m easy going, and can fit into almost any environment seamlessly. With 4 drawers, I can hold lots of clothes, toys, you name it. I’m about 34 inches tall and I’d love to find a modern crib or bed to complement.

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Coco Lounger

I’m a light wood work of perfection. Style is my middle name. My sleek lines are just the start though. I’m comfortable and nurturing. And doggone it, babies love me.

Coco Lounger

 

For information about these lookers, call Babesta Cribz at 646 290 5508 or stop by at 56 Warren Street, NYC, between Church and West Broadway. www.babesta.com/warehouse-sale.html