Happy New Year!! Wow, 2014! It’s exciting to think of what the new year holds! 2013 was a really great year for Sweet Peach! I’m so thankful to have Lauren, my orders assistant, join me as we move into the new year. She was definitely a highlight of 2013. Lots of new collections were added, many which still need to be revealed. I’m learning more and more each year and continue to enjoy this journey!

Julia and Anna Claire went back to pre-school today and our wonderful break has officially come to an end. I’m actually the mom that did not want to send them back. We enjoyed our vacation so much, but it is back to the routine for all of us! I’m excited to share with you a beautiful party that took place over the holiday. Meet this sweet and southern little gentleman, Thornton!

Thornton’s momma wanted a classic southern party for her little gentleman. We worked off the Preppy Nautical Collection with revisions to the colors, added wide stripes and a bow tie as the theme. The color requests were navy, gray and cranberry and I just love how they came together! Andrea Wood Photography captured the party details so well. Andrea is a very talented Atlanta photographer for those local. Thornton’s momma did such a beautiful job!! I’m honored that Sweet Peach was able to be a small part of it. Happy First Birthday, Thornton! You are a little southern gentleman from head to toe!
The bow tie cake and red velvet cupcakes came from a local Atlanta baker, Sugar Bends Bakery in East Cobb.
Even the gingerbread men were dressed for the occasion! I also love the bow ties added to the aprons!

If you have a need for a preppy cookie, Terri of Sweet Goosie Girl is your lady!  She created the anchor cookies for our Preppy Nautical Party and I have been hooked ever since!
The party favor was a gift card for a Chick-fil-a lunch, an Atlanta founded favorite!

Every southern party needs sweet tea and check out those beverage napkins!








How adorable is this family!  I love when a daddy is willing to participate in the fun!  Beautiful momma with her matching gentlemen…

Happy Birthday, Thornton!  I’m so glad you had a special day!  You are ONE!

Invitations & Party Décor: Sweet Peach Paperie
Photos: Andrea Wood Photography
Bow Tie Cookies: Sweet Goosie Girl
Cake & Cupcakes: Sugar Benders Bakery

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Are you following Sweet Peach Paperie on Pinterest? If not, come join me!! I have pinned some great ideas for your Fourth of July parties, including free printables. If you are a business or simply a Pinterest lover, please send me your link through the contact box or comment below. I am always looking for more eye candy and would love to follow your boards as well! Hope to see you there!

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How adorable are these Easter Bunny Pops!  The best part is that they are really easy to make!! For the full tutorial, visit Positively Splendid.com!

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Two weeks ago, we celebrated our precious daughters, Anna Claire and Julia!  My little girls are FOUR!  Yes, I know to those of you with older children, they are still babies.  To me, we have turned a corner and they are getting so big!  I have to say that I often miss them as babies.  As hard as that stage was, I would love to go back and truly enjoy it.  With all the worry and question that goes into being a first time parent, it just seems you can enjoy the ”second child” so much more.  Don’t you agree?  I’d love to step back in time for a few days, but we all know it doesn’t quite work that way.  Instead, I flip through my bazillions of pictures and watch all those random moments I have on video!  For the many of you that do not know me personally, change is not very easy for me.   The fact that my little ones are growing up fast goes into that category!  Happy Birthday to my “BIG” girls!  You give your momma so so much joy!!  I just wish you could slow down, just a bit!

Thanks to Sweet Goosie Girl, we had some adorable sea turtle cookies that were such a hit!!  Lots more to come of the girls’ pink and green sea turtle pool party!

Beautiful Photos courtesy of Stacy Mize Photography

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Remember Push-Up Pops from last week’s giveaway?  It’s now on its way to the home of lucky reader, Miss Donna!  Courtney Dial Whitmore of Pizzazzerie is amazingly at it again with her second new book, Candy Making for Kids!  I’m honored to be a part of her Blog Tour that just launched yesterday and landed here at Sweet Peach Paperie today!  Candy Making for Kids includes 30 adorable, fun recipes that are all super easy to create.  None of Courtney’s creations require a candy thermometer so know that every single recipe is perfectly designed for your little baker!  A great gift for the holidays too with an entire chapter devoted to holiday-themed candies!  YUM!  Now for the extra “sweet” part, Courtney is offering a signed copy of her Candy Making for Kids to one lucky reader.  Run over to Sweet Peach Paperie’s Facebook page, click “Share”, and help spread the word of this fun new book!  One winner will be chosen on Monday, August 6th at 10pm eastern.  Share it to Win it!

Candy Making for Kids is available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  Courtney is also offering darling red and white polka dot book plates to include a personalized greeting in your book!  Email courtney@pizzazzerie.com with the subject line BOOK SIGNATURE and proof of purchase (screen shot of Amazon order, picture of receipt, etc).   Include the address to send the book plate, the name for the greeting, and Courtney will get your book plate on its merry way to make your gift even more personable from the author herself!

Congrats, Courtney, on your new book!  What an awesome accomplishment to not only have one book , but TWO!!

Candy Making for Kids by Courtney Dial Whitmore

Photography by Zac Williams

 

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Need a last minute idea for your party tonight?  Cute and easy patriotric fruit kabobs!  Happy 4th!  Have fun celebrating and be safe!

Photo via Party City’s Fourth of July Patriotic Food Ideas

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Martha, Martha, Martha… .always whipping up the cutest things at the snap of her fingers!  She has several really cute patriotic desserts on her website that you may want to check out.  These were two of my favorites.  I’m not much of a baker so I won’t be making a cake this July 4th, but I think I could handle the parfaits!  I would even substitute yogurt for the cream and make it even easier and healthier too!  They would be really cute in my mini parfait cups that I scored at Party City.   

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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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I love hearing cute ways that customers name their party foods! A recent order for menu cards included…
spare tires (chocolate mini donuts)
boulders (cake balls)
wrecking balls (cheese puffs)
refueling station (drinks)
supplies & equipment (plates & silverware)
nuts & bolts (chex mix)
spare Parts (condiments)
logs (hot dogs)
lumber (buns)
So cute! For more fun constructon party ideas, visit my pinterest board HERE!

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Last fall, Mallory’s 2nd Birthday and the County Fair Collection were featured on Pizazzerie, a wonderful website of party ideas and inspiration. The founder of Pizazzerie, Courtney Dial Whitmore, has a new book with the most adorable push-up pop recipes and ideas. Cuteness all over the place!
You can order your copy of Push-Up Pops on Amazon!

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