It’s pretty much impossible for me to go to Target without checking out the dollar bins. Wow, I think today may have been one of my best finds ever…. just a couple months too late. If you are planning a black and white party in the near future, be sure to check out the Target dollar bins asap!! Look at the all this cuteness! And this was just the beginning! Striped straws, black polka dot plates and napkins, white and black favor bags, coasters, labels, stickers, ribbon, mini buckets, and the list goes on. It’s all marked as holiday in the Halloween bins, but sure looks like the makings for a Little Miss party if you ask me!! The same straws and ribbon are sold in other parts of the store for three times the price! Kinda crazy! Grab your black and white goodies! Happy Wednesday!

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I’m asked often where I buy my milk bottles. Mine are actually recycled Starbucks Frappuccino bottles! They have worked perfectly for me and give great purpose for indulging in my guilty pleasure! I always thought the ones in online shops were way overpriced. If you want to find them locally, Michaels now carries them. I spotted them this week and they are on sale for $0.99! This is an even better deal than my thrifty recycled bottles!! They read “Dairy” and have a cute cow on the glass. They would be absolutely perfect for a farm party! If you don’t love the wording, you could easily cover it with a water bottle wrap.

A reader shared on the Sweet Peach FB page that you can also find them at Ikea. Another fan suggested they would make cute vases with some flowers and burlap ribbon. Love that idea! I could see them lined on the center of your fall table. So cute!

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Like so many little girls, Eliza loves dress up, playing mommy and tea parties. She is almost always in someone else’s shoes… usually her sisters’ tap shoes or my high heels. It started early and funny enough, “shoes” was actually her first word after “momma” and “dadda”. This year, pulling off a big party just wasn’t feasible, but fortunately, the only thing Eliza requested was a tea party with her best girlfriend, Blayke. Absolutely, I can do that! I sought the help of the talented Casey at Sugar Studios. She created the adorable silhouette and I just LOVE how it came out!

Eliza and Blayke are only one day apart, born in the same hospital and our rooms were just down the hall from each other! Her mom and I are dear friends and our daughters have shared such a special relationship, literally from the very start. Look at the most precious photos captured by Kim Craig Ali Photography. These two just adore each other!


The white dresses were hand-me-downs from my Anna Claire and Julia and I asked Blayke’s mommy to send along her pearls and heels. The girls were sooo eager to get dressed up. It’s easy to forget sometimes that the most simple things can be so exciting to little ones! I wish I had a picture of Eliza’s face when she saw her room. She was so excited! The night before the party, Eliza got to sleep in our bed and I transformed her room after she went to sleep. Timing was perfect as we were sadly taking down her crib, putting away the glider and making way for her big girl bed. We used our Carolina play table and chairs from Pottery Barn Kids. I pulled in Anna Claire’s nightstand for our cake table and we used Eliza’s dresser as our “serving station”. Our Harper Rug is also from PBK. It was a very simple setup, but the girls felt sooo fancy!


The Little Miss Collection includes the following: invite, pennant banner, water bottle wraps, place cards, favor tags, cupcake toppers, welcome sign, flat note, stickers and straw flags. No matter how small the party, I can’t help but still love all the details! My husband just laughs at how excited I get, but it is so fun! Enjoy it while we can, right?



The beautiful cake was made by local baker, Kate Petronis. Kate shares my love for parties and has designed some incredible cakes!! You can see lots more of her work and party ideas on her blog at And Everything Sweet. I found the inspiration for this cake in a random google search and sadly, I do not know where. To the creative mind behind the original cake, thank you for sharing your talent! I hope our take is a compliment to you! I apologize for not being able to give correct credit where credit is due. Kate did an awesome job and of course, it was sooo delicious! The whole “too pretty to eat” does not stand true in our house! We had a family party that night and dug in!



After we dressed up, the girls were ready for their “tea cake”. On birthdays, I let them completely spoil their meals so we ate cupcakes first. You can see Eliza was not keen on sharing. She took her time, yet the rest were ready to nibble hers as seconds! That face!
I only set the table for Eliza and Blayke, but the big sisters really wanted to be part of the fun. We decided Anna Claire and Julia could be the waitresses and they just LOVED that idea!! I set up Eliza’s dresser as a serving station with drink pitchers, napkins, snacks and their boxed lunch. The white gable boxes came from Smash Cake & Co. I dressed it up with the silhouette sticker and polka dot ribbon from JoAnn. The snack containers were filled with yogurt and can be found in the Sweet Peach shop. The pink striped napkins came from the Target party aisle and matched perfectly.


For the favor, I bought these white boxes at Michaels and filled them with some girlie fun…. pink nail polish, pink lip gloss that looked like lipstick (they loved that), and some play jewelry.



After lunch, the girls just played… squealed, scooted around in heels, laughed and played! It was a simple celebration, but so sweet! I’m sooo thankful I had Kim Craig Ali Photography come over. She captured some of the most precious pictures that I will absolutely treasure! My little Minnie Pearl…

I wish this picture was a video! I would love to remember what they were laughing about! Something extremely silly, I’m sure, but they do have the cutest giggles together!


Happy 3rd Birthday to our dear friend, Blayke! {We sang to both of them!} You have such a sweet, tender heart, Blayke!! We are so thankful for you and your precious friendship!

And Happy 3rd Birthday to my my most precious, Eliza! You absolutely brighten our family! Your spunky personality, contagious giggle and 3 going on 13 conversations bring us so much laughter! I am so blessed to be your momma!

All printable supplies for the Little Miss Collection are available in the SHOP. If you are desiring professionally printed invites, please see pricing and info HERE.

Party Printables & Plastic Containers: Sweet Peach Paperie
Photos: Kim Craig Ali Photography
Silhouette: Sugar Studios
Cake: And Everything Sweet
Gable Boxes: Smash Cake & Co.
Striped Straws & Favor Boxes: Michaels
Table, Chairs & Rug: Pottery Barn Kids
Napkins: Target
Polka Dot Ribbon: JoAnn
Black Stitched Ribbon: Hobby Lobby
Table Runner Fabric: Hancock Fabrics
White Dresses: Bailey Boys
Bow Top & Bloomer Set: Posh Pickle

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I have so many planning tips and FAQs that I would love to share with you. I may just see if I can get a schedule going and share some of those ideas on a regular basis. One question I am asked often is where to buy the milk glass bottles. Little secret…mine are actually recycled Starbucks Frappuccino bottles. They work perfectly!!

A Mocha Frappuccino is definitely a favorite of mine! Enjoy and save the bottle! It is the perfect height to hold a striped straw and the Sweet Peach water bottle wraps fit exactly. You can get 4 bottles for $5. It just takes a bit more prep. Drink away and then remove the wrapper. There will be a bit of gooey residue left behind. I used Goo Gone and it works instantly. Run your bottle through the dishwasher and you are ready to use! The only difference in your bottle will be the code stamped on the glass. I turn it to the back and you never notice. It’s also nice to have an option that doesn’t require shipping. If that idea doesn’t work for you and you want brand new, check out Smash Cake & Co..

My Starbucks bottles have been put to use many times, including Eliza’s Watermelon Picnic. For more details on her summer party, check out the full post. Happy Tuesday!

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Our sweet Eliza B. is TWO! This year, we celebrated with a small family watermelon picnic. It was simple, but a sweet celebration! The weather was so nice and the sunset was beautiful. With exception to the mosquitos, it was the most wonderful night for a picnic!


 
The neighboring field was the perfect setting for our watermelon picnic. The red Pottery Barn table came straight from our play room, covered with a handmade eyelet table cloth. My mom had made it for a former party and I have used it again and again. White table cloths and white dishes are great party staples! My dad built the garden bench and I borrowed it from my parents’ back porch. I love the feeling of bringing furniture outdoors.
The adorable chalkboard print came from Dear Lillie. If you haven’t visited Dear Lillie, be sure to do so! They have beautiful home décor inspiration, pillows, and hand drawn prints. It’s a great blog to follow!

My talented mother-in-law (or “mother-in-love” as she sweetly calls herself) created the watermelon with watercolors and I digitally added it to the collection. I asked her to paint for me, but didn’t tell her my exact purpose. I was so excited to surprise her with a full Watermelon Picnic collection using her art!


The adorable watermelon cookies were custom designed by Kristie of Peapods. I love her style and was so impressed with her incredible work! If only I could bake!!


One of my new favorite punches by Martha Stewart was used to create the decorative eyelet edge on the lunch bags. Add a wooden spoon and collection sticker for an easy Watermelon Picnic lunch.

Thank you to the precious owner, Jamie, at Creations Bakery for the delicious cupcakes, cake and rosette chocolates! Her cupcakes have always been my favorite!!

The beautiful photos are by the talented Kim Craig Ali Photography. Kim is sooo great to work with! If you are in the Atlanta area, you want to check her out. Inspired by Eliza’s Watermelon Picnic, Kim will be offering watermelon mini sessions soon!


The Watermelon Picnic Collection can be printed with a straight edge or rounded corners. The corners can be hand cut using the provided tracing lines or cut with a rounded corner punch.

Watermelon slices make for a great summer birthday cake!


Liza B. loves watermelon!! By the end of our picnic, she was dripping in watermelon juice and one happy girl!

Happy Birthday, Eliza! We are so blessed by you! Your sweet laughter, silly faces and adorable personality bring so much joy to our family. We love you!! Happy 2nd Birthday, big girl!


Vendor Credits:
Party Printables & Styling: Sweet Peach Paperie
Photography: Kim Craig Ali Photography
Cookies: Peapods
Cakes, Cupcakes & Rosette Chocolates: Creations Bakery
Chalkboard Print: Dear Lillie

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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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8/21
2012

Birthday Week!

It’s birthday week at our house!!  My dining room table is covered in a sea of pink and green and the girls are sooo excited!  Anna Claire has told every listening ear that she is almost FOUR… the cashier at Kroger today, the sweet old lady at the dollar store, anyone who looks her way!  My sweet babies are getting big!  I can’t wait to share all the fun!

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Today was a very big day for Kara Allen of the incredible party site, Kara’s Party Ideas!  She just announced the pre-sale of her newest book!  Full of party ideas, printables, styling inspiration and more, ”Kara’s Party Ideas” is now available for purchase on Amazon.  Kara’s site is one of my favorites and always on my list as I start brainstorming and party planning.  So hurry over and grab your copy!!

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It’s 90 degrees in Atlanta so it definitely feels like summer is here! I love it. I love summer! I’ve yet to clean up from Eliza’s party, haven’t even received the pics (Coming soon! Can’t wait to share!!), but my mind is already filling with party ideas for my big girls and their August birthday. Mermaids, cowgirls, ballerinas, watermelon?? They have so many likes right now and it only gets more fun to plan as they get older! We’ll see what the summer brings!

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8/2
2011

Party Planning!

>I can’t believe it is August!!! My babies will be 3 years old in 3.5 weeks! When they say kids grow up so fast, it’s true!! Get through the first 6 months and then all of a sudden time starts to fly! Makes me a bit sad, but at least we have a fun party to plan and time to celebrate my precious girls!

So I’ve started collecting. I highly recommend you pick a party theme a few months early so you have time to shop clearance bins and keep your party from costing the big bucks! My stash has increased greatly since I took this picture last week, but thought you might like to see a few of my bargains. My dining room table is always covered leading up to the girls’ party. It gets them so excited and maybe me too! ;)
My first need was to find some classic ice cream dishes for our ice cream parlor. When I shared the girls’ party theme, one of my sweet customers and new friends offered her ice cream soda glasses to borrow! Fabulous!! If you need some, they can be bought at Kroger. I had the red and white paper straws from the vintage red wagon shower I gave back in January so I pulled those out for our root beer floats. Our party colors are red, aqua and light pink so I went through my ribbon to find just the right colors. If you need to purchase ribbon, I always buy mine at Hobby Lobby when it is 50%. The red buckets also came from Hobby Lobby’s 66% off summer clearance. Definitely a benefit of having a birthday at the end of the summer. The red baskets came from Joann’s summer clearance for $.25!! Love those for the kids’ table. I grabbed the red napkins out of the Fourth of July clearance at Walmart. Why solid red goes on clearance I don’t know, but I’ll take it! IBC root beer has also been on sale lately at Kroger and Publix so I went ahead and stocked up. My favorite steal of all is the red striped fabric from Ikea! I went looking for certain platters I’ve been wanting and had no luck. I decided to stop by the fabric on my way out and I’m sooo glad I did! It made my trip all worth it! Super cheap fabric (way cheaper than the same fabric I was just about to order online) and they gave me over a yard free since it was the end of the bolt! LOVE IT!! We’ll see what fun things I can craft up!!

So party planning is in full swing! I know the girls’ can’t quite appreciate all the details just yet, but they are getting there. In the meantime, this is so fun for their momma!! :)
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