munchkin city kid party

Huge thank you to Munchkin for making this party happen. We love you Munchkin! Find all our favorite products in this post here.

Finally! The reason for our NYC trip! June & January along with a bunch of other wonderfully talented shops gathered together in Brooklyn for the City Kid pop-up shop. Because so many flew in for the event, June & January along with Munchkin wanted to throw a thank you after-party for the vendors! This is where Small Fry came in. We were so stoked to host and put the evening together for these amazing artists. City Kid Pop-Up[Personalized napkins via Zurchers ($15 for 100, such a steal!)  // NYC Skyline Pop-out via Petite Collage]

Here is a peek at the loveliness of the night. We will say hosting out of our element in an unfamiliar city was no easy task, we won’t bore you with the tale, but we are so grateful to both June & January and Munchkin for working with us and their patience as we navigated this event far from home!City Kid Pop-UpLet’s set the scene. Do you remember the blood moon eclipse last month? That was our party night! We had the most beautiful roof top venue with the kind of weather dreams are made of. Those two elements alone made the night absolute magic. City Kid Pop-UpNext the food. You know how we feel about Executive Chef Marco and Private Chef Aubrey Niccoli, the husband and wife team we’ve worked with at this Munchkin event. City Kid Pop-UpThey are such imaginative talented chefs and they always blow us away! We did a take on our Munchkin at Heart party and had them reimagine kid favorites in a gourmet way. Of course this time we had a NYC twist.

Rootbeer Float shooters: City Kid Pop-Up  Pretzel pastrami sliders with homemade pickles and chips.City Kid Pop-UpMini Hand-breaded corndogs with garlic fries and aioli dip. Marco shared this recipe here if you’re interested!City Kid Pop-Up Lobster Roll Banh-Mi:City Kid Pop-upA deconstructed burrata and yeggie salad:City Kid Pop-upAnd of course swag galore from Munchkin, and a few more NYC themed gifts we’re sharing here!Munchkin SwagAnd last but for sure not least, the guests! One of our favorite things about running Small Fry is working with such amazing brands. Lots are parents just like us, working toward giving their families a better life. Coincidentally we met so many wonderful brands we had already worked with over the last few years here. Such a rewarding gift to put names, and amazing products that we love, to faces. Here are some, and you can catch all the guests in this Facebook album here.

The Swensons from Dream Catcher BabyCity Kid Pop-Up Melanie of Mod By Mel, Dominique of Fly Tots, Jahje of Baby Jives, Whitney of Madly Wish.City Kid Pop-Up Us, looking a little worse for the wear. We were scrambling to get ready at 7:58 pm but so happy to be here!!City Kid Pop-Up Amy #2 of June & January, Eliza of Oat Mama, Stacey of Bannor Toys, Melanie, Kristy of Oat Mama, Stacie of Gingiber.City Kid Pop-UpSusan of Freshly Picked and Amy of June & January.  Snacking on Pies N’ Thighs dessert that blew all our minds. Sour cherry hand pies!!City Kid Pop-UpNicole and Ashley (guest of Briar Handmade)City Kid Pop-UpEmily and Anna of Goose GreaseCity Kid Pop-UpJenna and Dolly! In front of the only decor that made it in time for the party – the stuff we carried on our luggage. Oy vey!City Kid Pop-UpAnd in case you couldn’t see the pretzel balloons – we died over these! From Northstar Balloons! All other photography by Marisa Erin Photography!

Northstar Balloons

city kid swag

You all know how much we love curating a good swag bag for our party guests, here is the swag for Munchkin’s after City Kid Pop-up Party:City Kid Pop-upMunchkin was generous as always and showered our guests with favorites like Bath Crayons, Foam letters, and the best eating accessories like these plates, cups and utensils.munchkin-swag

We had so much fun finding NYC themed gifts for the rest of the swag! Here’s what we used and our guests LOVED!

NY Skyline Pop-out by Petite Collage // Yoobi Markers that give back to local schools // Map of Brooklyn by Geo Art Shed on Easy! // NY State bracelet by House of MetalWorks on Etsy // Taxi plush by Kate Durkin // I Love NY print by Print Avenue // Mini Highlighters by Yoobi

Also, we mentioned that some of the decor didn’t arrive in time for the party. We essentially had our Tim Gunn “make it work” moment last three solid days, and only a New York minute to be bummed about our lost parcels. 😉 So, when we got home we knew we wanted to show you the elements we weren’t able to incorporate!

New York Skyline centerpieces:City Kid Pop-upBalloons with these stickers:City Kid Pop-upAnd GIANT Munchkin Duck tubs. What more could a party need?! Maybe smaller versions filled with ice and cold beverages? YES. Thanks for the idea Alison!Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 9.08.33 AM


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emoji pumpkins

Hello pumpkin season!! Our kids love the whole process: picking the perfect pumpkin at a patch (accidental alliteration, whoa!) But then once those suckers get carved, enjoying your hard work has an expiration date. So, we love decorating pumpkins without the knife! Whether it’s paint or embellishments, we love that they last all season AND our kids can be hands on from start to finish instead of handing the sharp tools over to us. Today’s idea… emoji pumpkins! Emoji PumpkinsWe created our favorite emojis, but you could cut lots of shapes and have your kids make their own faces Mr. Potato head style. We’ve shared before that our group texts are pretty epic at Small Fry, here’s how we use these… “I’m dead” emoji – used when things are really cute, or really irritating.Emoji PumpkinsThe “You’re not going to like what I’m about to say” or the “sorry not sorry” emoji:Emoji PumpkinsWhen you see the inbox after a long day away:Emoji PumpkinsWhen you clean the inbox out:Emoji Pumpkins  When we’re brainstorming ideas and lightning strikes! Or anytime Jenna sends a pic of Lolly.Emoji Pumpkins

Add these to your list of Pumpkin activities! The boys had a blast.

Emoji Pumpkins

More pumpkin ideas – Chalkboard pumpkins, free printable templates, a penny pumpkin.

store bought costumes

Maybe you’re like me and you had the best intentions to whip out something super creative for your family this Halloween. Or maybe deep down you knew it was never going to happen (also me.) We’ve got you non-crafters covered! Character costumes are a-plenty and we’re sure you can handle that, but here’s some store-bought costumes from around the web that you might not have thought of. (Prime to the rescue!) You can mix and match to create and awesome group or couple’s costume! You’ll have all the Instagrammers saying: #squadgoalsss!

Fruit of the Loom: Peas, Banana & Grapes (see all the fruit options here)Fruit of the Loom - Store-bought Group Costumes

Gingerbread & Christmas Tree (more Christmas costumes here!)Store-bought Group Costumes

PB&J:Store-bought Group Costumes

Movie Night! Popcorn & SodaStore-bought Group CostumesCookies & Milk

Store-bought Group Costumes

Hot Dog & Cool Cat + add shadesStore-bought Group CostumesWolf & Red Riding HoodStore-bought Group CostumesEwok & YodaStore-bought Group CostumesCop & ConvictStore-bought Group Costumes

Find all our past costumes here!

Ticketmaster for Family Fun!

By Jenna:

I recently got introduced to Minimaster which is a super cool part of Ticketmaster that lists and promotes specifically kid friendly events! I love it because it shows different deals, games, events, shows etc… that are perfect for the entire family.Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 7.22.40 PM

While we were in NYC I bought tickets for the boys to go with their Dad to the Anaheim Angels game! I love opportunities like this where one parent has the chance to devote specific time with a child. It’s been super important to us, especially since having our third child has made our life even crazier!Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 7.23.01 PM Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 7.23.41 PM Andrew of course decked out the kids in Angels gear and while we’re Yankees fans it’s fun to be rooting for a team while we’re living in California too.Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 7.24.39 PM

I was over the moon to get these pictures while Lolly and I were in NYC. What a special bond these boys have and I cherish these memories being created! Thank you Ticketmaster for helping us get to a game…it’s been on our Summer Bucketlist!


This post is sponsored by Ticketmaster however all opinions and feelings are our own.

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