I love photo invite orders!  They are definitely top on my list, especially when the pictures are as sweet as these!  Below are three favorites from my inbox this past week.  Two used the preppy nautical layout and one was a substitution order that worked so beautifully for such a special event!  Aren’t they great photos?!

Photo above by Kristen Eldridge Photography

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For the girls’ 4th birthday, we celebrated poolside with a pink and green sea turtle beach club theme.  During our family beach trip, the girls spotted a baby sea turtle and watched his LONGGG voyage from the nest to the ocean.  The fun experience and a desire for a pool party quickly decided their preppy birthday theme! Once home from the beach, we whipped up their invites and celebrated a week and a half later.  It was very fast party planning, but the girls really enjoyed it!  To be just four years old, they are the best shoppers, which made searching for all their pink and green party goodies all the more fun!

The dessert table was set up on the clubhouse balcony, overlooking our neighborhood pool and lake.  With the help of some wonderful vendors, the party was simple and sweet, but most importantly, a really fun time for the girls!  I designed the invitations and paper decor, and then sought the help of some great talent…

The adorable cookies were custom designed by Sweet Goosie Girl to perfectly match our preppy pink and green sea turtle theme.  Be sure and visit Terri for your next cookie purchase!!  Her creations are not only adorable, but so delicious!

The turtle cupcakes and cake were created by a local baker, Creations Bakery.   The owner, Jamie, is so kind and wonderful to work with!  You name it, she can bake it!  Thank you Creations for our sea turtle sweets!

A very big thank you goes to Stacy Mize Photography for sharing her time and talent!  Stacy photographed Eliza’s big day, formerly Princess P. Photography, and was back again for more fun.  What a pleasure to work with!  See more of Stacy’s work at stacymizephotography.com.

The polka dot napkins were a dollar find at Walmart!  The printable napkin wraps will be available in the shop with the sea turtle party collection.  Pink and green polka dots, lattice and greek key patterns were used on the paper decor throughout.

“Lil Turtle Lunches” were made for all our party friends.  Each sand castle pail was filled with a starfish sandwich, green apple and some goldfish “Turtle Treats”.  The sand castle pails were found at Party City.

Thank you to Fun Paper Straws  for our pink and green straws!  What is it about paper straws?  I just love them!!

The girls’ initals were made of patterned card stock, cut into the letter shape and lined with green yarn.  Thank you Anders Ruff for the inspiration!  My desire was to make the girls the focus of the party table versus our cake or a traditional centerpiece.  By using their initals and pictures, I think we did just that!

The girls’ favorite turtle backpacks made a party appearance as well.

Favor Boutique by Angelique created the pink and green soap favors, which were a big hit with my little ones!  Yes, these adorable sea turtles were handmade soaps!  Isn’t that a fun favor and practical too?  Thank you Angelique for sharing your talent with us!

The pink and green party balloons were kindly supplied by Party Depot.  Nancy, the sweetest owner, carries my favorite polka dot balloons along with paper plates, napkins and LOTS of your needed party goods!

Our sea turtle theme invited our friends to “Slow Down and Celebrate” and that is exactly what we did!  We enjoyed sweet treats and some wonderful catering thanks to The City Bistro.  The City Bistro is another fabulous vendor in dowtown Cumming that helped make our day so great!

Beautiful weather, dear friends and family…..it was the most perfect night to celebrate our precious girls as the summer came to an end! Happy Birthday, Anna Claire!  Happy Birthday, Julia!  We love you so much!!

A VERY BIG thanks to all our fabulous contributors!!

Catering:  The City Bistro

Balloons: Party Depot

Cake/Cupcakes:  Creations Bakery

Photography:  Stacy Mize Photography

Party Favors:  Favor Boutique by Angelique

Paper Straws:  Fun Paper Straws

Cookies:  Sweet Goosie Girl

Invitation and Paper Decor: Sweet Peach Paperie

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I’ve had several customers recently request a substitution order using the layout of Eliza’s Preppy Nautical Collection.  For a small custom fee, it is usually possible so please feel free to ask.  These are a couple of my recent favorites….  pumpkin, owl and carousel invitations that fit perfectly with just a few minor changes.

 

 

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I’ve had lots of requests lately for photo invites to be added to a few of the party collections. Now in the shop …

Preppy Nautical Collection

Fresh on the Farm Collection

Vintage Barbie Inspired Collection 

Fonts and colors can be customized.  If there is a photo invite that you are hoping for, feel free to let me know!

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In April, Grace Marie’s mommy contacted me about changing the colors of the Vintage Barbie Collection to aqua and black.  Absolutely!  Her daughter’s party was being held at the most adorable cupcake shoppe, The Perfect Circle Cupcakery in Orange, California.  The shoppe’s decor was black, white and aqua so with a few changes, the Vintage Barbie Collection perfectly matched the party setting and brought everything together so sweetly.

Barbie Cookies by Cookie Cheers

Water Bottle Wraps and Cupcake Toppers from the Vintage Barbie Collection

Grace’s mommy, Kristen, made the adorable Barbie inspired aprons for the party girl and all her guests!

Polka Dot Lunch Boxes by Just A Little Favor and the die-cut Barbie attachments are by Fresh Cuts

Pennant Banner and Favor Tags from the Vintage Barbie Inspired Party Collection

Barbie Ring Favors by CuppieCake Sprinkles

Adorable work, Kristin and Happy Birthday to Grace Marie!  Thanks so much for sharing your sweet celebration with us!

Lunch boxes:  https://www.etsy.com/people/justalittlefavor

Silhouette die cut on lunch boxes: http://www.etsy.com/shop/FreshCutsbyLauriBeth

Cookies: http://www.etsy.com/shop/CookieCheers

Barbie Ring Favors:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/CuppiecakeSprinkles

 

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I’m so excited to share with you Eliza’s very first birthday party! I chose this pink and navy nautical theme after deciding that we wanted to have her party on the lake in our neighborhood. With a lakeside setting, preppy nautical seemed to be the perfect fit! Miss E also has two pink and navy outfits that were among my favorites on her so it was settled… a preppy pink and navy nautical celebration! The weather was perfect and it was a beautiful evening to spend with some dear friends. Now getting there, that is another story! It was one of those days where more seemed to go unplanned than planned. And I am quite the planner!! However, thanks to my wonderful hubbie, parents and some fabulous vendors, Eliza’s celebration came together just as I hoped for her very special day! My baby is ONE!
The wonderful pictures are courtesy of Princess P. Photography. Wow, Stacy was way more than a photographer! She took pictures, assisted, took pictures, assembled, took pictures, taped, and took more pictures on top of that! What a blessing! You can see lots more of Stacy’s fabulous work at princesspphotography.com. Thank you, Stacy, for giving of your time and services!!
The table on the lawn was set for our little party friends. Since my sewing expertise are zero, my mom made the navy table cloth. I found the best bargain on fabric, add a coupon and we made the table cloth for $3! I designed the place mats, napkin wraps, stickers and flag straws to coordinate with our nautical theme. All items will be available for purchase in the shop very soon. The table and white chairs were kindly offered by It’s My Party in Alpharetta. It’s My Party is your full party rental for bounce houses, tents, popcorn machines and all kinds of adorable items for your big events. Last year, I showed up to a party rental company and my table and chairs were not there. Our party quickly turned into a picnic! It’s My Party had our order on the sidewalk and ready to load instantly. Wonderful!
It was so much fun to design the invitations for Eliza. The invites are always my very favorite part! I lined the navy envelopes with a pink stripe paper and sealed them with a coordinating return address sticker. I’ll have to get some pictures and a tutorial for you. So easy and waaayyy less expensive than purchasing lined envelopes. It’s those silly little details that I get excited about!
We set up the party table inside the gazebo and filled it with the talents of so many! The cake…. oh I loved the cake! A big thanks to Jamie and Creations Bakery in Cumming for designing exactly what I had in mind! Creations is not only a bakery, but it is full of baking supplies and party items. They also host parties where the birthday child can decorate cakes with their friends. Isn’t that a fun party idea! For the children, I made “sailor sandwiches” and popped them in these way cute pink lunch bags to make a peanut butter sandwich feel a little more fun. The bags are from Party Depot in Cumming. This store is 5 minutes from our house and I just now discovered it! Wow, what a find and sooo reasonably priced! Party Depot has a great supply of party goods, balloons and one very sweet owner. Thank you, Nancy, for your adorable pink polka dot and navy balloons!

So many customers ask me about water bottle wraps and how I make them. Super simple! Print them on regular paper, cut and use a bit of glue stick to adhere to the bottle. Sometimes, I add a small piece of clear tape in the back. They fit any standard size water bottle, but the shape of Kroger brand water bottles seem to work extra well for me. Chill them in the fridge before the party and lay them out just before your guests arrive. You can use a sticker label if you’d like, but I find the paper wraps to be much easier to work with. The wraps will also be available for purchase with the preppy nautical collection soon.
More cuteness arrived on my doorstep courtesy of Sweet Goosie Girl. How adorable are these anchor cookies?! Terri, the creative hands behind Sweet Goose Girl, really has some talent! If you can dream it, she can make it! The packaging in itself was really amazing to be sure her delights arrived safely. On top of cuteness, they were delicious. I fully admit to eating one within minutes of their arrival. I have a serious sweet tooth! Thank you, Sweet Goosie Girl!

I filled a dollar bin Target pail with “Life Preservers” aka Lifesavers. The individual containers were pretzel goldfish that I labeled as “Catch of the Day”. The cute containers were one of my fun finds. We were eating lunch at Atlanta Bread & Co. and those perfect little containers were served with the kid’s meal. It never hurts to ask! I offered to purchase some and the kind manager gave me as many as I needed. Love it!
And the cuteness continues! Claudia the Cupcake Lady whipped up these perfectly coordinating fondant toppers! I really need to learn to bake, but thank goodness for friendly talent! Claudia sent her way cute toppers along with a sailboat topper for Eliza’s smash cake. All of her products are available for purchase in her etsy shop, including my very favorite nautical goodies! Thank you, Claudia, for your attention to detail!

I used the coordinating navy paper for some DIY popcorn cones and labeled them “Popcorn for the Shrimps” with the nautical collection menu tents. We put together some mini yogurt parfaits topped with blueberries as a healthy snack for the kiddos. The individual parfait cups were found at Party City and I can’t wait to use them again!

The navy and pink striped paper straws were graciously sent by Fun Paper Straws. Talk about fast service! I contacted Fun Paper Straws about being one of our contributors and the straws were in the mail within hours!! I designed some coordinating straw flags and voila! Thank you, Gary, for your incredible customer service!

I created a slideshow for my big girls on their first birthday, but since we were outside I had to settle for a few of my favorite pictures.  Anna Claire and Julia LOVE watching their “picture movie” so it is still on my list to create for Miss E.  As our friends left, we sent them home with a goody bag of personalized notes along with their hand-built sailboat.  The favor bags along with tons of adorable party products can be found at Shop Sweet Lulu.  Super cute shop!

I wish I had pictures of the girls building their sailboats.  I thought it would be a fun activity for both the boys and girls and it turned out that only one of our little guy friends was able to come.  So we had lots of little girls with hammers and nails, building sailboats.  It was really cute!  My dad cut all the wood pieces and my mom made the sails.  Below is one snapshot of my own as they set sail in the lake.  My Anna Claire is in the pink shirt, Julia is in the navy and Eliza was watching in the background. The sailboats are available for purchase. My dad has continued to build them for lots of Preppy Nautical parties!

It has been an incredible year that has just flown by.  We are so thankful for our Eliza and loved every minute of celebrating her. I leave you with a few sweet shots from Eliza’s one year photo shoot.  Photos by Katie Davidson Photography and the balloons are from Party Depot.

Happy Birthday, Eliza Brooks Allen!  You are so very loved!

For more frequently asked questions about the Preppy Nautical Collection, please click HERE. To purchase your Preppy Nautical Party, please visit the SHOP!


Contributing Vendors:

Party Printables: Sweet Peach Paperie

Photography:  Princess P. Photography

Cookies: Sweet Goosie Girl

Cake: Creations Bakery

Fondant Toppers: Claudia Cupcake Lady

Favor Bags: Shop Sweet Lulu

Table and Chairs: It’s My Party Rentals

Stripe Straws: Fun Paper Straws

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A new collection for the little guys! I had so much fun designing for the boys! Favor tags…Water Bottle Wraps and Napkin Rings…Lunch Bag Stickers…. I like to put the kids’ party lunch in color coordinating paper bags and seal with a sticker. Cute, easy and I love the uniformity when the bags are all lined on the party table!  You can find colored lunch bags at Walmart (in the wrapping paper aisle), Party City and craft stores such as Michaels.
Thank You Notes…The collection will be added to the shop shortly!

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Introducing a new Barbie inspired party collection as a take on the preppy whale printables. Pink, black, polka dots, stripes and the classic silhouette.

Now available in the Sweet Peach etsy shop!

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I love it when I come across coordinating clothing for my collections! Tonight, I spotted this adorable smocked whale dress by Posh Pickle and had to share. LOVE!
Visit PoshPickle.com for lots more cuteness!
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How cute is this preppy little girl that came my way today?!

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