Posts tagged "Family Events"

New Parents :

The Balancing Act

POSTED Dec 6, 2012

It’s never easy being a new parent, believe us, we know! This challenge is even greater when you add the element of entertaining guests into the equation. There are several key distractions that can hurt your ability to be a gracious host. However with just a little bit of planning, you can fulfill all of your parental responsibilities and host a night to remember, simultaneously. Balancing these two things out can help you relieve stress. Here are a few helpful tips that can show you the path to balancing the two.

1.)    When it’s time to put your baby to bed early in the evening, encourage your guests to move to a room away from where he or she is sleeping. This will allow the baby to sleep harmoniously while still promoting a social atmosphere in which everyone can still have a great time.

2.)    Next, make sure you encourage your guests to interact with your baby. This is a win-win situation because it promotes an environment of healthy playtime. Also, it allows the guests to have a great time getting to know your baby (and of course take adorable photos).

3.)    Always feed your baby before feeding your guests. This will ease your mind, and it will also make him or her much more peaceful. Feeding your guests will also take a lot more time. There’s no need to delay.

4.)    This is one that often gets overlooked, but keep all alcohol consumption to a minimum. Guests who drink have the tendency to get loud which could lead to waking the baby, at the very least. Also, you don’t want your guests interacting with the baby, because accidents can occur, and no one wants to be a part of that.

Make sure you relax, or your tension will show. If you can enjoy the night without being tense, you’ll have achieved the perfect balance.

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Creating Magic With Arts and Crafts

POSTED Nov 29, 2012

We love the look of wonder on a child’s face after turning ordinary household items into creations that let their imaginations run wild. The idea is not just to create the most lifelike creations, but rather give the children items and a goal for what these things should become with a little effort. We love the creative use of cardboard tubes to make this gallant castle.

There are only several key things to consider when you indulge in craft time. Make sure you control the dangerous items such as scissors, sharp pens, and other such things.

Next, always make sure you have extra materials. You will be amazed how creative children will be when actually given the creative license to experiment. It’s impressive! Color is a big part of the creative process, so be sure to have between 32 and 64 colors on hand so they can feel free to express themselves.


Be sure to allow them to take the lead in creative direction, or else it will seem like a chore to the children. Don’t be afraid to let the project veer off into unknown territory. Sometimes that can be the fun part! Whether you choose to go big, or keep it simple, arts and craft time is an enriching experience for the entire family!

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Estella’s Top Pins for this Holiday Season

POSTED Nov 21, 2012

Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to explore wonderful arts and crafts ideas with your little ones. It is a fun, versatile activity that can showcase the creative sides of your children, while also making for some quality bonding time. We suggest something simple, and love the interactivity of these “hand turkeys”. Promote the festivities this thanksgiving the Estella way and give this one a try![See More]

Caramel Glazed Apple Bread. Not only is Thanksgiving a time for indulgence, we love the idea that it can be an amazing time to play with new recipes! Don’t be afraid to step away from thanksgiving staples like cranberry sauce. This mouthwatering recipe is surprisingly easy! We won’t give you the full details because discovery is half the fun! However, here’s what you’ll need:

1 1/2 cups shredded peeled baking apples (2 large), 1 cup packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup buttermilk, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 4 eggs, lightly beaten, 3 cups AP flour, 1/2 cup chopped pecans, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg.

For the Glaze you can use:  2 tablespoons butter or margarine, 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1 tablespoon milk, and 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted

A delicious treat awaits you! [See More]

We can’t say enough about décor this Thanksgiving. Too many families pour hours into preparation and neglect the presentation! Simplify your meal, and take the extra time to spruce up your dining space. You and your whole family will be happy you did! Fall colors, and artful touches will help make it a Thanksgiving to remember! [See More]

Thanksgiving is definitely a time to find inspiration from the season itself. The outdoors have plenty to offer, but now more than ever, it is a wonderful chance for your family and yourself to relish the beauty of autumn, and reflect on the things that matter the most. Enjoy the peaceful season’s natural beauty by making sure you stop to take everything in. Happy Thanksgiving, from Estella.[See More]

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Save the Date; Baby Loves Salsa

POSTED Mar 20, 2009

Does your baby’s feet shake to a the beat? Join Estella and Time Out New York Kids for a special presentation of Baby Loves Salsa, performed by The Jose Conde Band.

Saturday, April 25Saturday, May 30 + Saturday, June 27

Family Matinee with BABY LOVES SALSA 

featuring THE JOSE CONDE BAND

Presented with TONY Kids and Estella, Designer Clothing for Children 
Highline Ballroom, NYC -Doors at 11:00am, Show at Noon
$12 adv, $15 at door
2 year subscription to Time Out New York Kids included with every ticket!
Special Family Pack of four tickets for $40

 The journey of a band of cats and dogs from the streets of New York who go on to become one of the best Salsa bands in the World, Baby Loves Salsa is sure to have the young and old alike both dancing to the beat of original songs written by singer-songwriter Jose Conde. Conde, who draws inspiration from his Cuban roots, mixes Afro-Latin styles to his bilingual songs including including “Somos la Banda” (We are the Band), “Bailar Rapido” (Dance Fast) and “Mi Familia es la Musica” (Music is My Family) and others. The show is focused on educating young children about Salsa and Spanish in a way the whole family can enjoy. So put on your dancing shoes and save the date for this multicultural celebration!

Check out the clip below for a preview:

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