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The Posh Parent’s Guide to Conquering Palm Beach Polo

If you’re a native to South Florida, then you know that society and fashion trendsetters mark their calendars early for the ultimate, “must-do” Sunday champagne brunch and polo at the International Polo Club (IPC) during the high-goal Palm Beach polo season. And the scene just got brighter with the introduction of the stylish, new Lilly Pulitzer Patio at The Pavilion.

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We spent our Valentine’s Day this year at the IPC along with friends April Golightly and hubby, Kevin. They were pros having spent a similar day at the polo grounds last year.

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We had QUITE the Sunday Funday. The (pink) champagne was flowing and the brunch options were seemingly unending. Let’s just say that all the convincing I had to do to get #modernbocadad to join me went out the window the minute he saw the brunch spread. And I think his pastel shirt looked rather good on him.

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Don’t our guys clean up nicely?

Lilly kicked its brunch up a notch this year, creating the ultimate Palm Beach polo scene, with chic, vibrant pink, yellow, and orange Lilly tablecloths, napkins, and embellished centerpieces. The outdoor covered field-side dining area was the perfect place to watch the fierce action on the field, as well as score a few celebrity sightings during the match. Hello Tony Danza.

And, if you happened to splash a drop of your mimosa at brunch, well it’s all part of the iconic brand’s legacy that inspired local socialite Lilly Pulitzer to create the original prints that were fashioned into colorful shifts 45 years ago. #fashionfact

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Here’s how parents can conquer Palm Beach Polo this season…

Palm Beach Polo Modern Boca Dad & Modern Boca Mom

Step 1: You gotta convince your man to join you. Thank goodness football season is over! Buy something stylish and pastel or in a Lilly Pulitzer print for you and your #modernbocadad to wear. Source a hat or fun headpiece/fascinator. Don’t forget your sunglasses!

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Step 2: Get a sitter (or NOT- we’ll tell you why below!) and invite some fashionable friends to join you for polo on a seasonal Sunday at the International Polo Club Palm Beach.

Step 3: Book tickets to  the Lilly Pulitzer Champagne Brunch if you want to go all out…or Stadium Seating if you’re looking for a more economical option.

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Step 4: Eat, drink and take in an action-packed polo match in (hopefully) beautiful Palm Beach weather!

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It’s really that simple and fun! And I, of course, love a theme and any excuse to dress up.


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If you want to forgo the fancy brunch and bring your kids with you to a polo match (there are Lilly outfits for little ones too!), then here’s another great, option that I definitely plan to take advantage of before polo season ends.

The winter polo season at IPC is open to the public, and every Sunday there is desirable stadium seating available (kids age 12 and under are free). Self-parking is just $5.

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The field even boasts fun activities like bounce houses to keep your kiddos occupied during the match. And there is plenty of champagne to be had on the stadium side for the adults, not to worry!

Ticket Prices: January-April, Sunday Polo Matches 
  • $30 – North and South Stadium Seating
  • $40 – Center Stadium Seating
  • $150 – Box Seats (limited availability)
  • $5 ─ Parking on-site at the Stick and Ball field (behind the stadium)

You don’t need to dress up (but come on, go for it!) unless you are styling with the brunch and champagne crowd. Jeans, a colorful shirt, or a sundress is acceptable attire for the sideline folks.

Grab your family and enjoy an exciting afternoon outdoors watching the world’s most elite polo players passionately compete during the winter polo season!

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MBMom Tip: Flats or wedges are ideal shoes to wear, as grass is the major ground cover at polo.

Polo is a really fun way to spend a Sunday, especially if the weather is sunny and cool! You can have your “Pretty Woman” moment while stomping divots (champagne in hand) or simply sit back and enjoy an exciting game of polo. FYI- the horses get REALLY close to you on the stadium. I loved it!

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Lavish Champagne Brunch and Polo – Lilly Pulitzer Patio Seating

January‐February: $100; March‐April: $120

  • The Pavilion reception
  • Lavish gourmet brunch
  • Lilly Pulitzer Patio seating
  • Two complimentary drink tokens 

International Polo Club Palm Beach

3667 120th Avenue South

Wellington, FL 33414

(561) 282-5290 (Polo Hotline); (561) 282-5334; (Ticket Office); (561) 792-9292 (Brunch Info)


About International Polo Club Palm Beach

The International Polo Club Palm Beach is the premier polo destination in the world, hosting the largest field of high-goal teams and the most prestigious polo tournaments in the United States. The 2016 Palm Beach Polo Season will open on Sunday, January 3, and will conclude 17 weeks later with the U.S. Open Polo Championship® final on Sunday, April 24. Polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating that includes elegant grandstand viewing, field tailgating, stadium seating, field-side champagne brunch at The Pavilion, and exclusive sponsor boxes. Tickets start at $30. For ticketing and sponsorship information, or to book a special event year-round, please call 561-204-5687 or visit InternationalPoloClub.com.


Sponsored: All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor. Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was given two complimentary Lavish Champagne Brunch and Polo – Lilly Pulitzer Patio Seating tickets from the IPC for review consideration.

The Boobies (Were) OUT in Boca for World Breastfeeding Week

From contributor: Modern Boca Crunchy Mom

World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton

It’s World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton and Palm Beach County is participating in the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project in a big way! Each year photographers from across the world provide FREE photo sessions to breastfeeding moms everywhere. They spread these images online and on social media (#PBAP2015), in the hopes of bringing awareness to and normalizing breastfeeding in public.

This project was founded in 2013 by birth and breastfeeding photographer, Leilani Rogers of Austin, TX. Since then, it has gone viral on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Local newborn and maternity photographer, Connie Granja is representing Boca Raton for the second year in a row. One of her images of a “Modern Boca Mom” was featured on The Huffington Post, BabyCenter.com, Redbook.com, and The Stir/Cafe Mom, among others.

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In true Boca fashion, the theme for Granja’s project is “Breastfeeding is Glamorous!” Let’s face it, breastfeeding moms do not always feel glamorous or even tolerated in today’s society.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least the first six months of life, and then along with foods for the first year. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends breastfeeding the first two years because of decreased risk for obesity, diabetes and more. However, despite the well known health benefits, the 2013 Breastfeeding Report Card by the CDC shows that in Florida only 29% of mothers are exclusively breastfeeding at three months of age. By six months it decreases to only 10%.

In Lansinoh’s 2012 breastfeeding study, 40% of mothers listed breastfeeding in public as their top worry about breastfeeding. The goal of the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project during World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton is to support breastfeeding mothers to change that.

World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton

If you follow my personal blog Essentially Erika, then you know that breastfeeding is near and dear to my heart. I often credit breastfeeding for introducing me to a whole new way of thinking / parenting. My youngest was able to “self-wean” at the age of 2 1/2 years old, despite meeting constant opposition from well meaning family, friends, and even healthcare professionals. I was even lucky enough to participate in “The Big Latch On!” I couldn’t have done it without the help of incredible organizations like La Leche League who provide support for women in all stages of breastfeeding.

These stylish and fashionable breastfeeding moms in flowing dresses and heels are a wonderful example of a true Modern Boca Mom! Let’s face it, we all struggle with trying to “have it all.” Moms often feel torn between returning to work that is important to them and the strong urge to nurse their children as long as possible. The Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project during World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton hopes to encourage supporting women with these powerful images.

World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton

So the next time you’re out and about in Boca and you see a mom breastfeeding in public, show your support. We’re all in this motherhood gang together and she’s making a choice to put her child first and take a stand against breastfeeding discrimination. Give her a wink and a smile!

Unless you’re a Modern Boca Dad... then that may just be creepy…

Essentially yours,

Modern Boca Crunchy Mom

World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton


In honor of World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton, where are some of the public places you have had to breastfeed? Tell us all about it in the comments section below!

Erika is a Write-at-Home Mom of two boys. A self professed Bookworm and Advocate for Play. She created a blog called Essentially Erika that focuses on All Natural Parenting, Life, Nature and all things Organic. Follow her journey to getting back to basics and discovering what’s essential.  

You can follow Essentially Erika on FacebookInstagram & Twitter.

MBMom & Musikgarten: Halloween Album 2014

A HUGE thank you to Bloomingdale’s Boca Raton for hosting our Special Halloween Edition of “MBMom & Musikgarten!”

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We had a fantastic class in costume taught by Musikgarten by the Beach’s Diana Rush, a beautiful breakfast spread and even a fun Halloween parade through the Bloomingdale’s Children’s Department.

Check out this adorable parade video:

And how about all of our awesome MBMoms & #bocakids in costume?

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#dailybabyavery made a pretty cute Tinkerbell if I do say so myself!

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Why hello soccer star Mason!

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I knew Peter Pan would show up!

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Mommy is this Prince Charming’s lucky lady!

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The class in action!

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Meet the lucky winner(s) of our Costume Contest! 


Once again, special thanks to my “MBMom & Musikgarten” partner Diana Rush!

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And of course, thank you to Jen and Kelli-Ann from Bloomingdale’s for organizing the beautiful space and spread.

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Our November “MBMom & Musikgarten” date will be announced soon! Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for the event invitation!

Modern Boca Mom’s 2014 Lift, Tone, Burn…BRUNCH!

Thank you to the 20 fabulous ladies who joined us for the Modern Boca Mom “Barre & Brunch” event at Pure Barre West Boca on June 1st (2014)!  

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We all took part in a booty-kicking, 45 minute barre class (sign up for more + PB West Boca Summer Specials HERE) and celebrated with networking, gift bags, mimosas and brunch after…not a bad Sunday!  

Several MBMoms even scored  great prizes in our raffle drawing!

A HUGE THANK YOU to Heather Clark & the team from Pure Barre West Boca for hosting our group of MBMoms and Boca Raton’s Signsations (who made my awesome MBMom signs!).

Hope to see you at our next MBMom event!

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Pure Barre West Boca

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Gift bags galore!

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Up an inch, down an inch!

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The brunch spread

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Shopping & socializing after class

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Thank You Pure Barre West Boca!