We’re throwing a bash with our fave stroller brand, Bugaboo, to celebrate living life on the fly (and living a fly life)! We’re debuting the latest installment of Bubaboo’s video series, this time detailing the urban adventure of stylist and blogger Latonya Staubs, her family and her Bugaboo Bee. Latonya will share some of her fave go-tos in the city, DJ Neil will spin some rad tunes, we’ll all eat some yummy cupcakes and enjoy. Cheers to city moms!!
We are big fans of the Bee, as it happens, as Babesta is curated for a city child, so it only make sense that a light weight, agile, easy to fold and high quality (& super stylish) stroller would be the guest of honor.
We’ll even be doing some stroller cleaning to those who pre-sign up for it (make an appointment ahead of time by calling 646 290 5508).
The deets: Come to Babesta Cribz, 56 Warren Street, March 6, from 1:00-3:00pm.
Also (as if this wasn’t enough) a Bugaboo Bee & accessory will be raffled off!!!!
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!
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
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.
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/.
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!
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 is running a photo contest celebrating the most precious and coveted part of baby's day, the nap! Submit a photo of your "Sleepy Sprout" (precious little one who is "Rowdy" by day but sleeps like a baby). Catch him during a 'disco nap' and snap a pic. Go to our Facebook page, and follow the instructions & upload your pic. Winners can select one of the Sleepy Sprout styles, a romper or loungewear with amazing, vibrant vintage prints. http://www.facebook.com/Babesta/app_95936962634
As you might have guessed, Sleepy Sprout is the sweet cousin of Rowdy Sprout, Babesta's fave rock and roll fashion line! Shop both lines at Babesta Threads.
Oeuf cribs and changers are due to get a price hike starting on the 15th, so it’s a great idea to snap yours up today or tomorrow if you’re in the market. Choose from the Classic Crib (a favorite style for its simplicity and adorable toddler conversion), Sparrow Crib (super stylish) and Rhea Crib (the new, more modern version of the Robin). Oeuf also recently introduced the Merlin dresser, in 3 drawers or 6 drawers. It lives up to its name, as it matches all of Oeuf’s crib options, due to its modular design. Change the pulls & the feet and voila, it’s a perfect companion for any crib style.
New Rhea Crib below & Merlin Dressers after the jump
DIY is de rigueur these days and we've picked out some companies are right on the money. We're giving 20% off our craftastic selection until Thursday night. Just add imagination! Check out our DIY selection here!
And, as an added bonus, we're giving away a Smash scrapbook, 3 accessories and a time capsule to capture all that's cool 2012/2013! Enter to win until Thurs at 11:59pm EST. ENTER HERE!
We were pretty psyched to be on the shortlist for Vulture when they were seeking out baby stores who could speak to the best gear for a zombie apocalypse! Check out our super-stylist Amanda give advice on the Ergo (great for storing ammo) and the Diaper Dude bag (good for arrow toting) and the anti-microbial flat bear by Elks & Angels.
Wintertime calls for loads of plaids–somehow the print feels so warm and cosy. Here are some super-cool iterations of the check print that we have on our racks at Babesta. Loving the (clock wise) Baby Lady dresses and Goorin hats, Munster cardigan, A for Apple shorts and Mini Rodini Coat. Check them out here.