Celebrate Milestones with Build-A-Bear

It seems like when our children are growing up there are so many milestones to be celebrated. When they’re babies we look forward to them holding their head up, sleeping through the night, and rolling over. Then as toddlers we welcome the day they walk, talk, and their personality shines, and the milestones continue.

As my girls grow I find myself in some pretty big milestone times. Lil’ C will be 3 at the end of March and becoming a big girl. We’re working on potty training, getting a big girl bed, but mostly saying, “goodbye” to paci {her pacifier.} Miss A on the other hand is now in Kindergarten, and as of today has lost 2 of her baby teeth. Those are some pretty big milestones if you ask me. And I’m not the only one who has great things to celebrate. As I talk to a lot of my friends and even asked some of you via my Facebook and Twitter accounts, your children are growing and accomplishing some pretty awesome things too.

I love celebrations, big or small, and enjoy making my girls feel special during those moments, in hopes that they’ll be excited at their progress and be able to hold those memories dear too. As I thought more about celebrating milestones my thoughts kept returning to one of our favorite places to celebrate, Build-A-Bear Workshop®. In the past we have taken our girls for different occasions, but never experienced a true Build-A-Bear® party.

Thanks to Build-A-Bear Workshop® we were able to invite some friends who were also celebrating milestones to experience and rejoice in their accomplishments. Let me introduce you to our friends and tell you a little more about their milestones.

Lil’ C, who you may recognize as the youngest representative of the B Family, celebrated giving up, or saying, “goodbye” to her pacifier. We brought one of her pacis and she chose whether to put it in her bear’s hand, foot, or tummy. She chose Rainbow Bear’s {the name she gave her bear}, foot, so she could feel it whenever she wanted to. In celebrating this milestone it made the transition a little easier for her and is a big step towards “big girlhood”.

Build-A-Bear Milestone Party Paci

Miss A, is Lil’ C’s big sister, and obviously my daughter. When I approached Build-A-Bear Miss A had lost her first tooth, in the process of waiting for the date of our party she lost another! Losing a tooth for us, was a huge deal because it is one of the biggest physical changes of a Kindergartner. If you are celebrating a lost tooth you could purchase a pouch for the tooth, or put the tooth inside the bear if you choose.

Build-A-Bear Milestone Party Tooth

Miss P, actually had two pretty big milestones. She’s a potty-trained girl, which for some of us parents, getting through potty-training is quite the challenge and either way, it’s a great accomplishment and totally worth celebrating. P also recently started preschool, what a big girl!!

Build-A-Bear Milestone Party Potty Train

Miss T is growing by the minute, just like most Kindergartners she’s diving into academics. When a child learns to read and starts to enjoy it and want to read to their parents that’s a huge success. Miss T celebrated her accomplishment with a pink Build-A-Bear® Hello Kitty® she had been eyeing for a while.

Build-A-Bear Milestone Party Reading

Becoming a sibling is pretty cool, in fact, when both my girls arrived my mom went to Build-A-Bear® and made them their very first teddy bears. Miss A got to help make a bear for Lil’ C when I was in the hospital after her delivery, a special milestone indeed. Now it’s Miss L’s turn to be a big sister, her mom is expecting her little brother this summer and she’s elated for him to join her family. It’s always nice to celebrate both the baby, but also the new big sister or big brother too!

Build-A-Bear Milestone Party Big Sister Brother

Last but not least, some milestones can be a little bit scary or cause children to be a little nervous, especially when it involves some pretty big changes. When your child experiences life changes sometimes they’ll need a little extra comforting that a stuffed friend from Build-A-Bear® can provide, or some may deserve a reward for being such a big kid. Miss S recently moved to North Carolina, and her transition has been great. Miss S has been making new friends and enjoying discovering Charlotte, now she has a new friend to accompany her.

Build-A-Bear Milestone Party Moving

As I mentioned above, we had never enjoyed the experience of a Build-A-Bear® party.Moms and Dad (namely DaddyB – big props) helped the girls choose the animal of their choice, which they then named, stuffed, washed, and dressed. Not surprisingly, each girl chose an outfit and shoes from Build-A-Bear’s® Disney Princess line to make their special friend look as fancy as ever.

BAB Milestone Collage

I was specifically impressed with the way that our Build-A-Bear® party associate, Michael, was professional, but moreover fun {which wasn’t necessarily a surprise, but enjoyed by all}. He kept the girls engaged and giggling the entire time, and even got the parents involved and dancing too! As a mom who’s thrown a bunch of parties, I know first-hand that it’s a challenge to make sure all of the kids are entertained. Michael made sure he gave the girls who were not building their stuffed animal games to play, and activities to participate in which kept them in one area of the store and gave us the perfect party experience. See for yourself:

 

All of the parents commented on how much fun they and their child had during our party and it was one of the best, {if not best ever} ways to celebrate our children’s milestones. If your child is about to celebrate a milestone, or accomplished something awesome, consider taking them to Build-A-Bear® to pick out a new friend, or chat with your friends and have a Build-A-Bear® Milestone party of your own, the cost is no more than what you would pay for the items on your own, and you can make it an even bigger event for everyone to enjoy and remember.

Head to Build-A-Bear®’s website www.buildabear.com for more information or shop around and make sure you’re following them on Facebook and Twitter for fun updates, contests, and the newest friends in stores and online.

 

 

Big thanks again to Build-A-Bear® Workshop for the great hospitality and for helping us celebrate milestones. I was not compensated for this post, and all opinions expressed by myself, parents, or children involved in this party are honest, real opinions

Jennifer Bullock

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