Nothing but the best for 'Friends' baby

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October 13, 2002|By Sarah Kickler Kelber | Sarah Kickler Kelber,SUN STAFF

When Friends had its season premiere last month, most viewers were watching to see what would happen with the Rachel-Ross-Joey love triangle. But the people at PoshTots were watching to catch a glimpse of baby Emma's nursery.

Set decorators at the NBC sitcom contacted the luxury children's decor company, based in Glen Allen, Va., when it came time to put together the nursery for the Must-See baby. Among the items they requested were the Black Toile Nursery Glider (below, $595, optional ottoman sold separately), the Classic Changing Chest ($1,190, with a choice of butterfly, heart, swirl or ladybug drawer knobs), the Retro Crib (left, $540, in white, green or blue) and the Princess Wallhanging ($270).

According to Karen Booth Adams, PoshTots' co-founder and chief executive, the company delivered the items to the Friends studio less than 24 hours after receiving the request. (Most customers will have to wait six to eight weeks for delivery, however.)

To check out the items in Rachel and Ross' apartment, or any other PoshTots products, visit www.poshtots.com.

Don't be scared by Halloween

Halloween can sneak up on you, can't it? If you suddenly find yourself scrambling for a kid's costume, throwing together a party or finding something to occupy some trick-or-treaters on a sugar high, The Halloween Activity Book can help.

The pumpkin-shaped book, by Mymi Doinet and illustrated by Benjamin Chaud, has a step-by-step guide to creating witch, ghost or vampire costumes, including makeup tips. Party tips range from homemade invitations and decorations (Ghastly Garlands, Pumpkin and Cauldron Placemats) to disturbing dinner options (Spider Pizza, "Blood" Cocktails and Killer Chiller Sundaes).

The paperback also includes rules and instructions for games such as Truth or Scare darts (you create the board, which has a pumpkin in the middle), Double Jeopardy (a card-matching game) and Crypt (a twist on typical hide-and-seek).

The Halloween Activity Book costs $5.95 and is available at www.amazon.com and www.bn.com.

Paint your own chalkboard

Usually, you want to prevent the kids from writing on the walls. But Rust-Oleum's new brush-on chalkboard paint can give them a place to let all that creativity out -- and then wipe it off when it's cleanup time.

Previously only available as a spray, the paint creates a writable and erasable surface and can be applied to walls, doors or tables as well as picture frames, flowerpots or place mats. It can be applied to such surfaces as wood, metal, masonry, drywall, plaster, glass, concrete, paperboard and hardboard.

The paint comes in green or black, and one quart should cover a 10-by-10 wall. It costs $12.99 a can and is available in the paint and craft sections of home improvement centers such as Home Depot and Lowes.

Events

* Ladew Gardens' fall lecture series continues Thursday with "Design for Entertaining: The Art of the Party With Renny Reynolds." The lecture, based on Reynolds' book of the same name, is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers and starts at 10:30 a.m. Participants are invited for coffee at 10 a.m., and reservations are recommended with payment in advance. The gardens are at 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton. Call 410-557-9570 or see www.ladewgardens.com.

* Cylburn FestiFall at Cylburn Arboretum and Cylburn Mansion (4915 Greenspring Ave.) takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It features hay rides, pumpkin painting, scarecrow building, cake walks, sack races and other seasonal games and contests. Parking is $2, and some activities come with a fee between 50 cents and $4. Call 410-367-2217.

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