Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Perfect Gift

 Have you ever found the most PERFECT birthday gift for someone and when they LOVE it as much as you LOVE it well your whole day is made? Well, apparently my gift to my sweet friend's daughter was the Royal Smash of her First birthday. I always try to find a gift that I think will pique the child's imagination  (really, this is of no surprise I am sure). This time I chose Baby Bloch Ballet Slippers.

My friend told me that the second these little magic slippers were on her little girl's feet she began prancing! PRANCING!! She is only 1 year old. A Baby Ballerina! And you know what that means... Soon she will be leaping and then pirouetting and grand jete-ing and then the American Ballet will be ringing and then...OK, so now it is MY imagination has been piqued!
You can buy the darling little slippers here.

What is your favorite thing to buy a child for a birthday?

xo Queen Laura

Friday, January 27, 2012

Super Bowl Party Games for Children

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 Super Bowl Party Games for Children

A dear friend of mine recently asked me to help her come up with ideas on how to entertain children at a Super Bowl Party. It is always a great idea to have something fun for the younger set to do, especially if there are guests that actually want to watch the game. Here are some Outdoor Super Bowl Relays that are easy, spirited and will keep the little ones happy at least through the half-time show.

Most of the props used in the games can be found at home but for extra fun I have included the links at the end for some themed ideas.
 To Prepare:
  1. Enlist an older sibling, hire an energetic babysitter or ask someone that owes you a favor that is not into the game to conduct the festivities.
  2.  Relays work best in an outdoor location with open space.
  3. Split the children into two even teams. If you have an uneven number, someone from the smaller team should go twice.
  4. Have the sport props that are needed for each game ready. 
  5. For all of the relays you need one marker for each team as a starting point and one marker for each team for the turn around point.
  6. A Ref blows a whistle to begin.
Relay  1.
Water Play Relay
 To play, you need one small water bottle, unopened for each team member.

Each player has to race to the turning point and back with a water bottle on their back without letting the bottle fall then tag the next player. If the bottle does falls off, that player has to stop where he is and put it back on or someone from his team can help. Once the bottle is back in place, he keeps going from where it fell off. The first team to finish wins.

Relay 2.
Running Back Relay
To play, you need one football for each team.

Each player puts a football between his knees and races to the turn around point and back, without letting the ball fall and then gives the ball to the next player.  If the ball does falls off, that player has to stop where he is and put it back in place. Once the ball is back in place, he keeps going from where it fell off. First team to finish wins.

Relay 3.
Tailback Relay
To play,place 3 cones a small distance away from each other along each course. At the turn around points place a bucket. Each player gets a small football.

Each player would zig zag through the cones, drop the ball in the bucket and run back tagging the next team mate. The team that runs out of balls first,wins.

Relay 4.
Big Fan Relay
To play,place three small flags on the ground equal distance apart straight along each course. Place a set of pom poms at both of the turn around points.

Each team member has jump over each flag and do a cheer with pom poms and run back to tag the next player.First team to finish,wins.

Have a small prize for each player at the end.
It should tire them all out long enough to watch the end of the game in peace. Well, maybe!

Prop ideas from Oriental Trading Company
Football lollipop or Fun bands for prizes
Small Footballs
Pom Poms
Starter and turn around markers

I hope everyone has a (foot)BALL!
xo Laura

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A Glittery World- a Royal Welcome!

Good Day and Welcome to A Glittery World. I am Laura and I will be  posting about all things magical, imaginative and creative for children. Through my fairy-tale dress-up company, Dramagination, I am always on a Royal Quest for the most exceptional dress-up, toys, books, parties and anything with whimsy and sparkle for young boys and girls! I want to share with you what inspires me to encourage children to have many delightful experiences though out their child hood. 
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Here is my very first posting!

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I wanted to find some children's books on LOVE that have a notsodesperateforprincecharming feel. They are out there, I just had to look.

These 3 books show  happily- ever -after in a more fun, less pressure, and an emphasis on happiness sort of way.

First Selection: The Love-Me Bird by Joyce Dunbar
This is a story about finding love,but it is done in a very sweet and simple way.
It is about a bird who seeks love and begins by singing her little birdie heart out- Love Me! Love Me! all through the forest. She is convinced this is the best plan but when she does not have a single suitor she is bestowed quite a lot of advice. When nothing works she learns to "sing a different tune".

 I have had this book in my own collection for years. I loan it out to all my mum friends with daughters because the message is that good!

The Second Selection: Claire and the Unicorn-happy ever after.
 Now, let me just begin with the fact that I am just a sucker for daddy/little girl books and this one is no exception. This story is about a little girl who asks the BIG question to her father (and one that I have asked myself many times before) ... "What makes a person happy forever?"

I know BIG right? But not when you have a magic unicorn to help you! Off they go to the enchanted forest to inquire with those who would know best about happily ever after...PRINCESSES of course and all the royal subjects. It tells the message that different things make different people happy at all different times. And if that isn't the truth I don't know what is.

The Third Selection: Princess Hyacinth by Florence Parry Heide

This is a story of a girl who may have not been looking for love but for adventure! Now, I will tell you she does get "rescued" at the end which is a bit disappointing at first. But, the refreshing change is that unlike most story endings where she would be forced to marry  (honestly aren't all of these girls too young?) she now has a FRIEND to have fun with... "to invite to the palace for tea and popcorn" and that sort of thing. Friendship- the New Happily Ever After!

I linked these books to Barnes and Noble but I encourage you to go to your local bookstore and request them there.  I love Books and Cookies in Santa Monica and the Dinosaur Farm in So Pasadena.

Have a LOVE-ly time reading with your loved ones!
xo Laura