The girls at the Plaza Hotel
We wish you a very Merry Christmas from New York City! And Happy Holidays to Everyone!
Here are some random shots from around the city!
Lots of love from everyone at Bellissima Kids!
I just had to share this. It just hit such a chord. And whether you are a ballet lover, or a New Yorker or not, I think it will affect you too.
Filmed at sunrise on the 57th floor of 4 World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, this short film captures an extraordinary and moving performance of Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain. It is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, and a tribute to the future of the city that New York City Ballet calls home. Beautifully shot and created.
So, we had an absolute ball yesterday for Halloween! And I thought I would try and give you an idea of what Halloween is like in New York City…well, at least in Greenwich Village.
Here we are above waiting for the Kids’ Halloween Parade at Washington Square Park to begin. We walked in it and then we went to the super-fun annual Halloween Fair put on by New York University. Then on to the Trick or Treating and the girls and their friend getting pounds of candy! Enjoy the show!
I thought I'd share a more personal post here today. The girls at their Archery lesson at Pro-Line Archery, in Queens! I just couldn't get over my little three year-old shooting the arrows. This Pro-Line has been around since the 70's and is one of the best kept secrets in New York. And I even get in there and shoot with them sometimes.
Originally organized as a club for archers looking to band together to enjoy one of man’s oldest sports, it has grown into a family oriented business open to the general public.
Solène contemplating her next shot.
One of the (many!) amazing things about New York City is that there’s always something to do. From parks to museums to, uh, water fights? Indeed. This past weekend was New York City’s annual Water Fight at Central Park. Hundreds of people came armed with their water weapon of choice – from modest water bottles to powerful super soakers. The crowd was filled with kids and adults alike, squealing and basking in the simple delight of friendly fights with water! It was so much fun and a great opportunity for everyone’s inner child to shine!
Photo Credit: Lexy Ho-Tai
We had Dim Sum with some friends here yesterday at the very first Dim Sum parlor in NYC! I love the tea cabinet and the nostalgic, semi-rundown look!
Nom Wah Tea Parlor first opened at 13-15 Doyers Street back in 1920 as a bakery and a tea parlor. For most of the 20th century, Nom Wah Tea Parlor has been a neighborhood staple offering fresh chinese pasteries, steamed buns, dim sum and tea. It has occupied 11-13 Doyers Street ever since 1968. Nom Wah is most famous for its homemade lotus paste and red bean filling for moon cake during the Chinese autumn festival. It is also famous for its almond cookies.
And you might recognize the interior as numerous movies and TV shows have been shot at Nom Wah. A few include Reversal of Fortune, Premium Rush, All Good Things, Quid Pro Quo, Third Rock and Law and Order!
Little Red Riding Hood Card
Peter Rabbit Cupcake Kit
I recently discovered this amazing online store for party supplies and a lovely French Party Stylist who owns it in Anne Ligeard Murat! Anne plans original parties for children in the New York City area and has the most beautifully curated online e-boutique. I have posted some of my picks and to see the whole range, take a look here! Also, read my interview with Anne below!
Tutu du Monde dress-up Cape
Shadow Puppet Party Activity
Belle & Boo wrapping paper
What inspired you to start your business as a Party Stylist and to open up your online kids’ party shop, Clafoutis?
The demand for children’s parties is growing, yet organizing an event in a big city like Manhattan can be a challenge. I felt that people were more stressed about organizing a party for their child than being excited about it! I wanted to offer something different from packaged parties: tailor-made because each child has a different dream. And to provide beautiful and imaginative options for every budget. Clafoutis caters for two categories of clients. Firstly, party styling for clients in New York who want us to stage their party. Secondly, an online party shop with a wonderful selection of party products – to give any party a little je ne sais quoi ! Hand-delivery in Manhattan and ship nationwide.
What does the name Clafoutis mean and why did you choose it?
A Clafoutis is a rustic French cake. One bite of Clafoutis transports me back to my grandmother’s side – she was an extraordinary lady and made every day a celebration. She took great pride in creating handmade things that were simple and pretty, so I learned early on to appreciate the beauty of craftsmanship. Clafoutis continues her legacy by celebrating childhood through simple, thoughtful and elegant events.
What is your idea of a great children’s party? If you could design any party, what would that be?
A great party is one with a fun theme – age appropriate – that everybody is excited to attend. By receiving an invitation in the mail, the party has already begun in the children’s minds. Children enjoy the anticipation and upon arrival they are easily transported by the theme.
My dream party would be an Elephant and Piggie party – the hilarious characters from Mo Willems’ books. In ‘I Am Invited To A Party!’ Gerald and Piggie are invited to a party and Gerald gives advice to Piggie on party attire. The party is a fancy costume, pool party and thanks to Gerald the two friends get the dress code right. I would love to recreate this – I would send a copy of the book to each guest as an invitation so they could come prepared!
What are some of your fave brands for dress ups and costumes?
I love costumes that are as far from licensed characters as possible. Pretend play is an important part of children’s development and the costume shouldn’t lock the child into one particular character. I am very fond of Katherine Edmond’s label, Wovenplay. She makes the dream tutus that I wish I had found in a dress-up trunk in my Grandma’s attic! I also love Tutu du Monde party dresses. Lots of our dress-up articles can also be worn everyday so the children can take the party outside! I have to say that my heart melts when I see a little boy wearing a superhero cape with his regular clothes! I am currently developing our e-Petite Boutique’s ‘Make Believe’ section, so have fun opening up our dress-up trunk!
We took a trip the other day to upstate New York to go apple picking and pumpkin picking and just to see the glorious fall foliage. And believe it or not, I was just so enamored of the foliage, I forgot to get some good photos, but hope to be posting some from our next trip!
And on the way, we stopped by Richard Gere’s and wife, Carey Lowell’s Bedford Post Inn, which is well… really quaint. Here we are in The Barn, the cafe type restaurant – which serves excellent organic teas and coffees, cakes, pastries and a simple gourmet menu. They also have a fine dining restaurant called The Farmhouse, which we will not be venturing into until the girls are well past the “plastic cups with straws” stage. The B&B was designed by Carey Lowell and Tiffany Vassilakis, has eight rooms and the attention to detail is really wonderful. They have gone to great lengths to maintain a rustic, minimalistic and low-key feel to everything. So, if you are passing through Bedford, worth stopping by. Oh, and no, we didn’t see Richard Gere…
The munchkins at the zen pool
Lounging outside the yoga loft
One of the guest rooms
I just love the streamlined and homey reception area.