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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5/23
2012

Sneak Peek…

I found out today that pictures from Eliza’s birthday are on their way!! Eeee! I can’t wait to share her sweet celebration with you and brag on all the contributors that made it possible. I have some adorable goodies to show off from Sweet Goosie Girl, Creations Bakery, Claudia the Cupcake Lady, Party Depot, and more! Until then, take a peek at one of my snapshots. The beautiful cake was provided by Creations Bakery of Cumming. Check back soon for our new website reveal and lots more of Eliza B’s very first birthday!

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I got the biggest smile today as I came across this adorable Pretty in Pink party via I Heart Naptime! Is this not the cutest first birthday picture?! Jamielyn of I Heart Nap Time didn’t miss a pink detail in planning her daughter’s big day!

Love it! We are just a few days away from our sweet E’s celebration and I can’t wait to see what she thinks of her first taste of sugar!!

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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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3/14
2012

Peace Love Party

Something fun for the groovy girls…

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>I just love ALL the possibilities of this new party collection! Check out Mallory’s 2nd birthday party and you’ll love it too! :) Awesome job, Jill!!! And a big thank you to my dear friend Holly for all the pictures and photo collages. You can see more of her work at Holly Kittle Photography!
Mallory’s very talented daddy made the cherry pie-pops! How good do those look?! You can find the recipe on Bakerella. The adorable popcorn boxes can be bought at Hobby Lobby and the checkered donut wraps were found at World Market. Pumpkin donuts…. such a perfect idea for a fall party!
Mallory’s creative momma made the fabric banner above the food table and used empty wrapping paper rods to display.
A mini banner for the adorable birthday cake! For those local to the Chattanooga area, the cake was designed by Piece-a-Cake bakery in Collegedale, TN.
Favor tags from the County Fair Collection along with a mini petting zoo for all the party guests.
Every county fair needs some fun games!! There was a ring toss game using glass bottles in antique Coke cases. Gold and Silver wrapped chocolates were hidden in the pile of cedar chips for the coin dig and Mallory’s daddy put together a barn of hay bales and boards. What fun!!
The tin can toss game was made by wrapping some empty paint cans from Ace Hardware and the adorable bean bag toss game came from Hobby Lobby. Love Hobby Lobby!

Mallory’s grandmother surprised party guests with pony rides! So perfect!
Happy Birthday Mallory! What a fun celebration of you!! Can’t wait to see what your momma dreams up next! :)

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>I’m excited to share with you The Cowgirl Collection! I just love all the possibilities of this theme. Hay barrels, stick horses, pink boots and country music! Hopefully one of the girls in our house will want to a wild west birthday! I would love to put together this party!!
The cupcake topper file is designed for the 2 inch scallop craft punch. Punch and glue to a lollipop stick to create your own cupcake toppers. The scallops can also be used as party circles, favor tags, trail mix jar toppers and more!
The pennant banner brings together all the prints and patterns of the Cowgirl Collection. Print, cut and string together with some raffia or thin rope for your rodeo event.

Think of the fun favor possibilities…. Cowgirl and Cowboy hats (Michael’s sells great pink and brown ones at a bargain with your 40% coupon). Give your guests their hats as they arrive and send them home in style. You could also do an old fashion mason jar cookie mix. Or maybe some homemade trail mix with your favor tag attached!
Decorate your drink station with old fashion root beer bottles and sweet tea in mason jars for that country feel.
Don’t forget your thank you notes and return address labels…Print your water bottle and napkin labels, wrap and attach with a bit of glue or piece of clear tape. So simple, yet one of my favorite details! :)
Food labels are also available for the Cowgirl Collection upon request! Think of all the fun food ideas you could have…. pork sliders, pigs in a blanket, “haystacks” aka rice crispy treats, lemonade, sweet tea. A full country western affair! Yee-Haw!

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>Remember the adorable owl party from last October? Mallory’s creative momma is at it again! :) This year, she is planning a county fair party for little M’s 2nd birthday. Jill wanted the look and feel of a vintage western typography poster and I just love the way it turned out! The invites have been sent so take a peek and check back after the party for more of this collection to come! (Can’t spoil the fun for all the guests!) I know Jill will pull off the cutest county fair in town! Can’t wait to see! Happy Birthday Mallory!

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