superhero training party

Photography by Small Fry contributor Cee Bee Photography.

Jenna’s oldest, Quinn, turned four a few weeks ago! To celebrate she threw such a fun Super Hero Training party.
Super Hero Training Party

A Super Hero must look the part! With capes for everyone, and masks for the kids to decorate, they were on their way to their official Super Hero title.

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A Super Hero must be brave! An obstacle course filled with courageous tasks like crossing hot lava, feeding the dragon, and jumping over villains tested their dedication.

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After such bravery, the civilians showered them with treats and awards to show or appreciation.

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 Super Hero awards and cake toppers by One Charming Party.

Thanks to The Discovery Museum at Gateway Mall in SLC, UT for their amazing party coordinating skills. Not only do they have an incredible and fully-interactive kid’s museum, but they know how to train a super hero or two, as well! Get $20 off a year membership during the month of January!

Happy 4th Birthday Super Hero Quinn!

happy new year!

We are so excited for the new year! 2012 was crazy and exciting for each of us in so many different ways and we can’t wait to experience 2013! We’ll be back to regular posting tomorrow, but we wanted to check in and express our humbled gratitude for the success of Operation Sandy Hook. It is simply mind-blowing what a community of supportive friends can do! We sold 2200 prints which means more than $10,000 was raised for the people of Newtown, Connecticut. We are so pleased to be able to spread some positivity in an otherwise awful and unthinkable tragedy. We hope you feel proud as well, as we could not have done it without you!

In this next year at Small Fry we are still committed to our original purpose, to create more meaningful experiences with out kids and have intentional and deliberate days as mothers.

We want this site to feel like a magazine: beautiful images, ideas at every turn, and beautifully curated products and sites for you check out. We in no way expect anyone to do all of these things every day! We merely hope that as you scroll, you might find one or two things that grab your eye and make you think “My kid would love that, I think we’ll try it!” These ideas are generated between three moms and you bet we have our off-duty sweatpants days just like everyone else. If there’s anything else you’d like to see on Small Fry, we’d love to hear your suggestions! Until then, have a safe, and blessed 2013!

Much Love,

The Small Fry Team :: Emily, Nicole and Jenna.

mini thanksgiving feast

Whether you’re in charge of the kid table this Thanksgiving or just need a few ideas on what to do with those leftovers once your extended family has left the building, this Mini Thanksgiving Feast is another way to create some fun memories with your little ones.

Keep reading for the full menu, recipes, and a whole slew of party details with awesome elements provided by Sucre and Caravan Shoppe.

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ipad mini giveaway! [closed]

Congrats to Kayleigh Harkins for winning this iPad!
In this month of thanks we want to express ours to you by giving away our favorite gift in the perfect Small Fry size, the all-new iPad Mini!
iPad Mini Giveaway
To enter, we want to know what you are most thankful for! Simply print off this Thankful page, fill it out with words or pictures on your own or with loved ones big and small.
To Enter:
1. Take a picture of what your most thankful for, or a picture that includes your Thankful page and post it on your Facebook wall, Twitter or Instagram feed mentioning @SmallFryBlog and #smallfryminiipad for both.  
For extra entries:
2. Like Small Fry on Facebook
3. Click “share” on our iPad Mini image on Facebook. 
4. Follow Small Fry on Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest (separate entries for each.)
5. Blog about your Thankful page and link to this giveaway.
6. For the big mama option, putting our Small Fry button on your blog or website using the below HTML code below will give you the ability to enter five more times. We know that if you love Small Fry, your friends and readers will too and we so appreciate the support!

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bijou market giveaway [closed]

Congrats to Robinett who won this giveaway!

It’s been awhile since our last “Products We Love” post, and we’ve got a great one to make up for its absence! We’re sure you all have your favorite Etsy shops for just about anything your heart desires, and we do too! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk aisles lined with all those Etsy shops? Bijou Market is that dream realized. Fifty vendors come together twice a year to sell their goods and Bijou’s Holiday market is this weekend!  If you’re nearby, it really is a must-see, and we’ll even be there working the check-out! With live portraits, custom hand lettering on the spot, and even fresh flowers a la Pike’s Place, you can’t beat the ambiance and loveliness Bijou brings to Holiday shopping. If you’re not near Provo, Utah, don’t fret! You can still win some of our favorite things for kids at Bijou Market valued at $130.

Wooden Giraffe / Joey Town / Squack Doodle / Green Stitches / Mutze / Scribble on Everything

What’s up for grabs? A handmade wooden puzzle, a whole town for driving cars and trucks through, a sweet paper elephant mobile for over a crib, an amazing hand stitched doll, the softest knit hat that will ever touch your baby’s head, and a awesome set of camera decals for any wall in the house.

How to enter:

1. Comment sharing your favorite Etsy shop, we’re always on the hunt for new finds!

2. Like Bijou Market on Facebook.

3. RSVP to their official market invite.

4. Instagram their invite (below) and tag @bijoumarket.


This giveaway closes Tuesday November 20th at 11:59 pm MST and the winner will be randomly selected and notified by email.

last minute halloween

As it turns out, there are a whole lot of Halloween procrastinators on our side! Scanning Instagram (check us out @smallfryblog) it seemed everyone was carving pumpkins last minute, so here’s a few more tricks and treats to get you through your last minute Halloween preparations, by our resident clutch artist, Nicole.

Trying to throw together a costume on the fly, or maybe your over ambitious sewing project just didn’t pan out? Either way, the secret to a day-of costume’s success is face paint! Your kiddos can wear whatever they have that resembles the theme from their closet, but a little face paint goes a long way in taking it from flop to festive.

Here are six easy options that even the most amateur artists can pull off.

Easy Facepainting Ideas

Now that your crew has been successfully costumed and sent on their way, a true procrastinator is probably starting to think about what they’re going to bring to the school parade, dinner with friends, or costume party. These two options are quick and easy!

Clean out an orange bell pepper and stuff it with your favorite (let’s face it, at this point, store-bought) dip! Bring a plate of veggies and crackers and you’re good to go!

Jack-o-lantern Pepper Dip

And finally, the witch hat cookie. Made in under a minute, we timed it, and easy enough that you could do it at a stoplight or in the carpool line. While you’re at the store picking up those peppers, head down the cookie aisle and grab a carton of the chocolate covered mint cookies (we used Keebler Grasshoppers), a bag of Hershey’s Kisses and some Nutella hazelnut spread. Dollop a little Nutella on the bottom of the Kiss and stick it to the cookie. Done. Witch Hat CookiesGood luck, and Happy (last minute) Halloween!

fall harvest party [entertainment]

The main attraction of this party was definitely the hayride, which in short is a flat bed trailer filled with hay bales pulled by a four-wheeler. It is such a fun activity to do with all ages. Since it couldn’t fit ALL the kids at once, we knew we would need to have a few other fun options while they waited.


One of the activities was the donut eating contest. That one is hilarious to watch! Some kids followed the no-hands rule…

and some didn’t.

With the hayride, buckets of carrots to feed the horses on the property, s’mores galore, bobbing for apples, a darling take-home craft, chili cook-off and a photo-op, it felt more like a festival than a party. We definitely covered our bases!

Susan and Meta’s craft for the kids also doubled as a party favor! They provided softball sized pumpkins and foam facial feature stickers (purchased at Michael’s) The kids could choose to decorate them however they wanted, adding ears, eyebrows, mustaches, pony tails and more.

Mr. Pumpkin Head

As always there is lots more to see on our Facebook Page, but we must thank Susan and Meta for putting the party together with us and the amazing Carolee Beckham for shooting the event! She is an amazing film photographer and switched back and forth between film, digital and her own Small Fry party goer Emerson. If you need any special event in you life photographed, Carolee is your woman. She is so talented and lovely!

Film and Digital Photography by Carolee Beckham Photography

fall harvest party [eats]

Nicole threw an amazing fall harvest party last year and we could not stop talking about it for months! You can see it all here. When the leaves started to change we urged her to make the party an annual thing and she obliged. We collaborated with two of our favorite friends, Susan of Freshly Picked and Meta of One More Mushroom. Party throwing is so much more fun when you have lots of hands on deck! We have so much to share we’ve split it into a few days, but take a look at some of the food!

Spicy root beer went so well with our guests’ pots of chili – we held a cook-off (which also helps take some of the burden off feeding everyone) and our new favorite go-to, Mini Pumpkin Pies were perfect for walking around the party with.

You never know how fall weather will behave, but for the party it was warm and gorgeous. Bobbing for apples was refreshing as the sun was setting.

After the sun went down party-goers gathered around the fire for roasting s’mores! Susan and Meta brought the new stacker marshmallows, which are a new staple for making the perfect s’more! Buy them here.

Check back tomorrow for a look at the variety of games and activities we had for our family and friends!

Film and digital image credit: Carolee Beckham Photography

costume parade party

There’s no better way to catch a glimpse of your favorite kiddos in their costumes than by letting them parade around the yard with the Ghostbusters theme blaring. So this week we did just that. The name of this game was to keep it as low-key as possible so we could really enjoy their crazy costumed antics and the company of friends, too.

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Halloween Party Kids

Halloween Party Kids

After they paraded the yard, we handed out awards for their costumes. It was funny to get  input from their parents, moms always know exactly what to say to make their kids beam with pride. For Goldie being awarded “Fashion Cat” put her over the moon.

Costume Parade Awards

How lucky were we to spend the afternoon with superheroes, firefighters, ninjas, cupcakes, dragons, Dorothy, Jasmine, and a couple tough guys?

Costume Parade

Party Details

Since this was a post nap, pre-dinner soiree, we let them indulge in a one or two sweets. We suggest putting the treat table a bit higher up than 3 feet, or one or two sweets will quickly escalate.

Costume Parade Party Food

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And of course, if you’re in the market for a Costume Award, feel free to download ours below.

peach picking 1st birthday

There is something so special about a first birthday, and celebrating it is as much for the baby as it is for the parents. Our resident party genius Jenna, has the sweetest little boy, Jude. His family as long called him “Juder Pop” and combine all of that with peach season and the “Pop’s a Peach” theme was born.

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Peach Picking Emily

Jenna brought us out to Chappell Farms’ Peach Orchard so we could all pick our own peaches as a family.  If you want stress free decorating, let nature do its thing. Rows and rows of vibrant green trees with pops of orange and grassy floors created the most beautiful setting. Jenna added a few minimal touches like reclaimed wood tables decorated with white hydrangeas and peaches too, of course. The drink bar was perfectly refreshing for a warm Summer evening.

As if that wasn’t sweet enough, we celebrated Jude with a decadent chocolate cake.

Happy birthday, Jude, you really are quite a peach!