Honolulu Family - Fall 2013

Party Time: Mission Space

    Invitation: Mission control sets the launch date, then count down until the celebration begins.   Web Exclusive: Download space-themed templates of invitations, food labels, favor tags and game signs.   Décor: Gaze into the night sky and spot…

Party Time: Ship Ahoy

  Photos: Karen DB Photography   Invitation: The adventure begins as your guests are invited to find their way to the fun. Décor: Imagine a band of pirates have staked their claim on your territory. Red, black and white stripes,…

Party Time: Hungry Caterpillar

    Décor: A tribute to Eric Carle’s iconic illustrations frame your plush environment, so all your little caterpillar friends are comfy, cozy and right at home. Red, blue, yellow, green and purple watercolor dots, and a few dangling accents…

Party Time: A Wild Adventure

  Invitation: Whimsical jungle animals and prints beckon the wild (child) to party. Decor: Earth tones—wood, fauna, burlap, animal prints and a few lion, tigers and bears, oh my! Web Exclusive: Download jungle-themed templates of invitations, food labels, favor tags…

4 Tips to Party Planning

    1.    Plan ahead and select the party date and time. Begin planning three months prior to the date. According to Aubrey Figuera from Savoir Faire Events Hawaii, people tend to overspend because they make last-minute decisions and pay…

Party Time: Pixie Fairy

Décor: A canopy of bright sheers blowing in the wind, garlands, pompoms and flowers seem to dangle from the clouds. Toadstools, faux grass and floral table settings set the tone for a magical experience. Invitation: Calling all pixies. Join with…

A Geocoaching Family Adventure in Honolulu

  Slightly spoiled by a lifetime on gorgeous Hawaii hiking trails, my children sometimes think my suggested Sunday family hikes sound “soooo boring, Mom.” Recently, after hearing about a friend's geocaching adventure, I looked up geocaching on the internet and…

Good Food, Good Times

  Photography by Karen DB Photography   Healthy “Caramel” Dip with Apples Ingredients:1 cup raw cashews1 cup pitted medjool dates1/4 cup maple syrup2 teaspoons vanillaA pinch of sea saltWater used for soaking datesDirections:1. Soak the cashews in water for 2…

Good Reads: October 2013

Maka the Magic Maker by Shannon Scott, illustrated by Holly BraffetAges 5 to 8Reviewed by Honolulu Family reader Will F. and her 7-year-old son, Fynn, of Salt Lake. What do you get when you combine a good storyline, wonderful illustrations…

Editor’s Page: Fun Times

For fun, I did a few unofficial calculations. A typical two-kid household hosts an average of 36 “kid-friendly” parties in a lifetime. Three will be extra-special events celebrating a baby's first year, a teenager's sweet 16 and a you're-off-to-college graduation…