Entertaining with Momtrends

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A glamorous time was had by all at the recent Momtrends entertaining event. Surrounded by the colorfully lit glassybabyvotives, energetic and savvy bloggers, creative curators, clever party planners, and experts on toys made for a perfect recipe for fun!

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The event was held atglassybaby, a charming NYC West Village store that sells gorgeous hand blown glasses in 400+ brilliant colors. With names like lifeguard, crayola, devil dog, joy, frog hunting, and taxi you are sure to fall in love with every one. Amy, the manager of the store shared the heroic story behind Leah Rhodes'??, founder of glassbaby and mother of 3, who fight against cancer, which inspired her to open glassbaby. We paid it forward by donating 10% of the proceeds from glassbaby purchases at the event to Gilda'??s Club NYC.

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Sepi Djavaheri, founder ofREDNOOK, an exclusive online sale site featuring international home decor, outfitted the event with a stylish punch bowl, a beautiful serving platter, an elegant bowl, and silver serving pieces. Check out Nicole'??s sale with REDNOOK this Sundayshowcasing children'??s décor and gifts from Wilouby Silver, Olli & Lime, Stray Dog Designs and Amity Bedding. Sale begins Sunday, October 23 at 8am PST and ends Wednesday, October 26 at midnight. REDNOOK.com is a members-only site, so register now so you are ready to shop on Sunday. As a member, shoppers have the opportunity to purchase from REDNOOK'??s three featured and exclusive designer brands each day.

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Also joining us for the evening'??s festivities wasLouise Phillips Forbes from Halstead Property. Louise, a working mother of two, shared her passion for entertaining and creative ideas oh how to include all family members in both formal and casual dining events.

Some of Louise's tips:

  • Let the husband take charge of the cocktails.
  • Get the kids to roll napkins and label dishes.
  • Make the night special for the kids by setting up an area where they can have their own picnic style dinner. Let them build forts, watch movies, and play video games.
  • Let kids make crafty party favors for their friends to take home.
  • Create a playlist that includes music choices from everyone.
  • Save time by having a small take-away gift (bottle of wine, bag of granola, scented candle) with little tags that say '??Thanks for coming'? to save yourself the time of writing thank you notes.
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The latest culinary trends from the kitchen were served up by celebrity party planner and author of Perfect Parties, Linnea Johannson. Linnea captured the crowd with her style and grace and quickly impressed them with her crème brulee techniques and trend setting tips.

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Hot toddy: Hot drinks and spiced coffee lattes are back. Set up a hot toddy bar for the holiday.

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Punch bowl: This classic look is here to stay and makes for the perfect way to share drinks. Use a vintage bowl, and add decorative ice blocks. They also serve as great table décor and a fantastic centerpiece for conversation.

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Drinking vinegars: Citrus is out - try vinegar apple cider or incorporate a dash of vinegar in your citrus cocktail.

Boozy donuts: Donuts are the new cupcakes. Re-glaze the store bought ones with crème brulee and fill with your favorite cream or liquor.

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Homemade condiments: These put a personal touch on classics like cheese trays and chactuterie. Mustards, chutneys, and even homemade ketchup is a great touch for every party.

Gourmet bar snacks: A delicious (and easy) batch of truffled popcorn sprinkled with parmesan is a sure favorite. (It sure was at this party!)

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Pies and quiches: These baked pies are back with a vengeance. Try the new green market inspired flavors like chanterelles.

Hay: No longer for horses, hay can now be used for smoking foods like mozzarella, yummy!

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From food trends to toy trends, we covered it all. Just in time for the holiday gift buying season, the ladies from theToy Industry Association were on-hand to share important safety tips and trends. Joan Lawrence, vice-president of standards and government affairs at the Toy Industry Association, Inc., and mother of three, shared the top 10 tips to toy safety.

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10 Toy Safety Tips:
1. Check and follow age guidance and other safety information on packaging.
2. Avoid toys with small parts.
3. Inspect toys at the store, look for sturdy parts.
4. Read instructions for assembly and use. Complete and return warranty cards.
5. Remove and discard all packaging from a toy before giving it to a baby or small child.
6. Choose a safe storage place for toys.
7. Check toys at least every three months to determine their safety.
8. Shop at a retailer you know and trust.
9. Consider placing vintage or collectible toys out of the reach of children as they may not comply with the latest safety standards.
10. Supervise children when they play and set good examples of safe play. Remind caregivers, including grandparents, of play-related safety concerns.

Important safety tips to keep in mind when shopping for a toy can be found on www.ToyInfo.org.

Top toy trends were shared by TIA'??s senior manager of public relations, Adrienne Appell.

  • Expect lower prices given the economy. Brands are offering many toys under $20, with an average being $8 per toy.
  • Collectibles are a huge hit - no wonder with their affordability and simple fun.
  • Active toys that connect the mind and body are gaining popularity.
  • Simply social toys taken from electronic games are alive, making the digital world more real.

Watch for the toys awards launching November 21, 2011. Visit www.toyawards.orgon or after November 21st to see the top picks, cast a vote, download a printable shopping list, and register to win all of the toys in one of the ten prize packages.

No guest left empty-minded or empty-handed thanks to the Toy Industry Associations bag of loot AND the Momtrends bag of goodies compliments of our wonderful sponsors.

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Swag Bags compliments of Toy Industry Association (TIA).

Sponsors
Glassybaby
Toy Industry Association
Linnea Johansson
Rednook
Halstead
Plum District
Band Aid
Bellamy Blue
Shutterfly
Lucky Lil Darlings
Hearst Magazines

This was a sponsored event put on by the Momtrends event team. Many thanks to all of our sponsors who made this night possible! To find out how to get involved or invited, email Sherri (at) momtrends (dot) com.

Sherri Schubert is our Events Editor for Momtrends. She lives in NYC with her husband and two children. Sherri'??s our go-to resource for event planning and covers many fashion events. 

Sherri

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