baby registry must-haves

Happy Monday, friends! Is that an oxymoron? Feels like a bit of one, after recovering from Super Bowl Sunday and trying to beat the Monday blues. BUT, I’m determined to have a productive day and spend lots of time with my boys in the process! Speaking of my boys, I wanted to share something special with y’all that’s been in the works since before Christmas. We partnered with one of our very favorite brands ever, Pottery Barn Kids, to share 10 must-haves for a baby registry. The project was so much fun, even Boonester loved it!

all of our playroom details HERE
photos by Ban Avenue Photography


We made a video that you can watch HERE, and were featured on the PBK blog HERE. Y’all know that I never pretend to be an expert on anything, let alone baby stuff, but I hope this helps anyone who’s currently expecting to make the registry process a little bit easier. I know firsthand how stressful it can be preparing for a new baby and being clueless as to what you’ll need. We truly love Pottery Barn Kids products and while I have worked with them quite a bit now, PBK was one of our favorite places to shop long before that.

I hope you’ll check out the post and that your week is off to a great start! What did you think of the big game? And more importantly, the halftime show? I’m a big Maroon 5 fan but honestly, found the show to be lackluster at best. At least the commercials were good! And of course the snacks.
xo, Britt

how to host a kid-friendly super bowl party

Football is kind of a big deal in our house….considering I’m outnumbered by my sweet boys. I do, however, look forward to the Super Bowl each February and am so excited to be hosting our neighbors for the game this year. Since the Pro Bowl was yesterday, we decided to do a little test run on our party supplies and had some of Bear’s friends over to “watch the game”, aka eat snacks and do anything but actually look at the TV. Which was fine, because we were fully prepared thanks to Bed Bath & Beyond. The boys had so much fun, I wanted to share some of what we did in case you’ll be hosting kiddos at your Super Bowl party, too!

The first thing I knew we needed was paper goods. Mama is not about to wash dishes for that many people! I found this 85 piece party supplies kit and knew we needed it, which ended up being perfect. The plates, cups, and napkins are all so cute and will be perfect for the Super Bowl. I also found this 5-piece kit that matched and had to grab it for some easy decor. A banner, danglers, centerpiece, and football balloon all completed the table. I found the tablecloth we taped to the floor in store at our local Bed Bath & Beyond. Our little snackers spent a lot of time on that turf. :)

I needed some new serving dishes and wanted to order pieces I would be able to use time and time again, not just for one evening. I found this 2-tier marble server and cannot say enough good things about it. Not only is it beautiful for display purposes, but it folds up and lays flat so it’s easy to store. Win/win! We are on the hunt for a dining table for this space and I want to put this serving tray in the middle when we finally find it. The tray was perfect for holding all of our paper goods for the party, and can be used for so many things. Kids tend to make a mess with paper plates and napkins, so it worked well to have them sectioned off in a tray. I love the classic white and black detail of the tray and couldn’t believe it was under $30!

Since our neighborhood is a circle with about 20 houses that almost all have children, we always have a crowd coming in to grab drinks from the refrigerator. I knew the adults wouldn’t want the refrigerator being slammed shut 200 times during the big game, but wanted drinks to stay cold if we set them out. We got this big bath party tub and it might’ve been our best party decision ever. This was perfect for the kids (and adults!) and I will use this in our pantry to store extra bottled waters.

No party is complete without favors, so we grabbed these cups and filled them with cookies/candy. The kids loved them and felt special getting to take a treat home. Was also a great way to send home leftover cookies with our guests so we wouldn’t eat them all the next day.

We wanted Boonester to feel like part of the party, so he got his very own silicone football grip dish. His high chair pulls up to the table and he’s always pulling his plate onto the floor, so this is a great way to keep his food on the table (and look cute in the process).

Knowing Bear and his friends, I had a feeling they wouldn’t sit still for the entire football game. It makes it hard for the adults who do want watch the game to be able to do so when kids are running around screaming and going crazy, so we bought a fun board game to entertain the younger crowd. And it worked! I had never heard of 1st and Goal, but turns out it’s a really fun game that the kids loved and played for over an hour.


Overall, fun was had by all and the party was a success. When it comes to making a Super Bowl party kid friendly, the most important things are snacks and entertainment! We found everything we needed for a successful football party at Bed Bath & Beyond, and I was amazed at the great selection they have online. We had everything shipped right to our front door and arrived just a few days after ordering. If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party, here are a few things you might need:

Creative Converting™ 85-Piece Tailgate Rush Party Supplies Kit

1st & Goal Football Board Game

Prodyne Big Bath Party Tub

Kitchen Innovations Football Mini Tongs

Artisanal Kitchen Supply® 2-Tier Marble Server

Home Essentials & Beyond Large Oval Enamel Serving Tray with Handles in White/Black

Creative Converting™ 5-Piece Tailgate Rush Party Supplies Kit

Creative Converting™ 85-Piece Tailgate Rush Party Supplies Kit

NFL Football 8-Pack 22 oz. Souvenir Plastic Cups in Brown



Do you have big Super Bowl plans? Are you just in it for the halftime entertainment or do you watch the game? I’d love to hear!
xo, Britt


*This post is sponsored by Bed Bath & Beyond, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

polar express party+hot chocolate recipe

Last Friday evening, we hosted a Polar Express Party for the kids in our neighborhood. We live in a gated circle drive that has 20 homes, almost all of which have young kids. This has been so much fun for Bear, as they all play outside together everyday and have become such good friends. Bear passed out party invitations (free template found here) to his new friends one day after school a couple weeks ago and he talked about the party nonstop after that. He was so excited to have his friends over and watch the Polar Express (we’ve never seen it!) which didn’t end up happening because the kids were having so much fun playing, they couldn’t be bothered to slow down and actually look at the TV. Guess that means the party was a success?!

For privacy reasons, I left most pictures of the other kids off of this post but I wish you could see their sweet little faces. We had a total of 12 kids and 6 adults in our house that evening and it was pure madness in the best possible way. I didn’t take a lot of photos or go all out on decor because honestly, this wasn’t intended to be a Pinterest-worthy event. I wanted to sit back and enjoy everything, not be running around with a camera in my face the whole time. I think we all have more fun that way and Bear is already planning next year’s party! I might need a few more weeks recovery time before I’m ready for that. ;)

(The wires don’t normally hang down from our TV- we are waiting on the Geek Squad to come do some maintenance. The kids didn’t care!)

Right when the kids showed up, we had two gingerbread house kits that they got busy making. The girls got into it more than the boys and seemed to really enjoy decorating the houses. After that, many cookies were consumed and much playing was had. My favorite part of the party was the hot chocolate- I could drink my weight in this homemade crockpot recipe we’ve been making the last several years. If you want an easy hot chocolate recipe that will feed 12-15 and is rich enough to cause cavities by the cup-full, here it is:

The Best Crockpot Hot Chocolate
Ingredients:
6 cups milk
2 cups heavy cream
1 can sweetened condensed milk (12 oz.)
1 pkg. milk chocolate chips (14 oz.)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:
Stir all ingredients in crockpot on low heat. Cook on low for 2 hours, stirring every 20 minutes. Switch setting to warm and serve with marshmallows!

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We feel really lucky to live in a neighborhood where the kids are all around the same age and enjoy one another’s company (most of the time). Even Boonester couldn’t be bothered to sit still and take a photo, he was having so much fun crawling around after the bigger kids. He will be running around with them before we know it!
Now that we still haven’t seen the Polar Express, Bear and I will be watching it over the weekend. Zach told him we could do something special tonight and he chose to go see The Grinch again…so looks like we will be watching lots of Christmas movies over the next few weeks. I’m not upset about it- bring on all the popcorn, hot chocolate, warm blankets, and snuggles!
xo, Britt