Category Archives: Parties

PARENT WORKSHOPS – Organizing Clutter

Mary Beth & Helen from Fragile Earth flanking Jessica from Organize by Design

Mary Beth & Helen from Fragile Earth flanking Jessica from Organize by Design

Last night, we held our first Parent Workshop. Jessica from Organize by Design came in and talked about getting toys (and clutter in general) under control. We had wine and cheese and Helen made cookies and brownies. Clive got very excited about the food!

Clive! Get away from the cookies!!

Clive! Get away from the cookies!!

We had four parents attend which is a modest amount but it worked out well because Jessica could focus on their specific needs. Here are the highlights from her talk:

1.     Minimize what you have

  • Do you have more than one of a toy?
  • Look at the quality of the toys you have. Are the little pieces that come from happy meals worth saving? Hold onto the good quality toys.

2.    Keep your kids from adding to the clutter by using the Buy One Purge One Rule.

  • Every time something new comes in, something old needs to be donated. Have your kids think carefully when they want a new toy – what will they give up in exchange? 
  • If you are cleaning out clutter, donate four or five items and then they can get a new toy or stuffed animal.

3.    Educate your children about how little less fortunate children actually have.

  • If they have a toy that they haven’t played with recently, maybe they would like to donate it to someone who has less. Put a face to those in need by having your children volunteer at a local shelter with you. Make it personal for them
  • Help them want to share what they have.

4.     HOPE CHEST

  • We all want to keep everything our children make and love, however this just promotes clutter. Get a crate/chest/box with a top. Everything you will keep for them over the next 18 years must fit into this box. Evaluate exactly what you want to keep – does it deserve a place in the box?

 If you are near Red Bank and have toys to give away, but don’t know what to do with them, Fragile Earth and Jessica want to help out. On the 15th of each month, Fragile Earth will have a bin available for donations and Jessica has a large network of shelters and schools that welcome gently used toys. We will make sure they get to deserving children. Jessica is also putting together pictures of some of the children who have received her donations in the past that we will have in the store so your children can see just who gets the toys they give away.

Jessica Varian-Carroll from Organize by Design speaking

Jessica Varian-Carroll from Organize by Design speaking

There were some great questions from the parents and ideas exchanged. It was a really fun night. We are planning our next workshop and will let everyone know when we have the details finalized.

Free Blow Out? Just One Of The Many Prizes To Be Won on The Red Bank Halloween Hunt

Clive is wondering if the complimentary blow-out donated by SALON 31 Red Bank NJ for our scavenger hunt will work on ears as well as hair. If you want a chance to win this or one of our other great prizes, the hunt is this Saturday from 1-4 PM.  Pre-register here

**Clive is a Jellycat Cordy Roy Aardvark and can be purchased from our website or in our store at 9 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ.

More Prizes Coming In For the Red Bank Halloween Hunt This Weekend

Clive (or Michelangelo as he prefers to be known these day) is so excited about A Time To Kiln’s contributions for the Red Bank Halloween Hunt this weekend, hosted by Fragile Earth. Be sure to pre-register to ensure your eligibility to win one of these great prizes. It’s easy as 1-2-3 to register online .

**Clive is a Jellycat Cordy Roy Aardvark and can be purchased from our website or in our store at 9 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ.

Guess Who’s Coming to The Halloween Party hosted by Fragile Earth & Ricky’s of Red Bank???

Great news!  We have a very special guest coming to the Halloween Party being hosted by Fragile Earth and Ricky’s of Red Bank this Sunday, 10/21/12.  Our one year old nephew, Brayden, is coming to Red Bank all the way from Baltimore to see the Halloween Parade and go to the Halloween Party at Ricky’s right after the parade.  Want to come to?  Just call Fragile Earth, 732-759-0016, to reserve your spot.  Space is limited so we recommend pre-registering.

Clive is so excited, he and Brayden are in deep discussions about costume choices.

**Clive is a Jellycat Cordy Roy Aardvark and can be purchased either through our online site, Fragile Earth, or in our store at 9 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ.

Fragile Earth Halloween Party With Ricky’s of Red Bank

Fragile Earth is hosting a Halloween Party with Ricky’s of Red Bank on Sunday 10/21 immediately following the Red Bank Halloween Parade – approximately 3PM.  There will be crafts, games, and, of course, ice cream.  Please call ahead to reserve your space as they are going fast.  Cost is $10 per child.

Clive is getting very excited and is trying out costume ideas.  What do you think of Zorro?

 

**Clive is a Jellycat Cordy Roy Aardvark and can be purchased either through our online site, Fragile Earth, or in our store at 9 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ.

On Sunday, February 12th, we co-hosted our first party with Ricky’s of Red Bank, the local candy store. It was a Valentine’s party with fun crafts and ice cream at the end.

There were 6 separate craft projects the kids could do, set up at stations around the room.

The kids really seemed to have a good time making the different crafts.

Most of the parents were really great at helping out where needed.

It’s amazing how intent kids will get with some pipe cleaners and some beads!

Helen and I have talked about hosting parties at the store but we can’t figure out the logistics of space. Dirty hands and stuffed animals are not the greatest mix.

Ricky’s has a separate room just for parties which allows the kids to have fun without getting distracted by the merchandise on the shelves.

The party was scheduled to be an hour long but it lasted a bit longer than that. I enjoyed working with the kids (it brought back memories of working with kindergartners again!) and the time really flew by. There will be more parties in the future. Easter Parade anyone?