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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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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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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>Get excited!! The giveaway from Claudia the Cupcake Lady is now open!! Claudia has some great talent when it comes to fondant! You name it, she can make it! And this week she is sharing that talent with you! One lucky winner will receive one set of fondant cupcake toppers of your choice. And for ALL readers, receive a 15% discount by entering the coupon code TSPP15 with any purchase. You can visit her etsy shop HERE to see some of her great work! Adorable choices for girls and the boys too!OR Claudia is also willing to custom design your winning set of toppers to coordinate with any Sweet Peach party collection! Sooo….. I thought I would add to the fun! Along with your choice of fondant toppers, I will be giving away a printable party package that includes a customized invitation, welcome sign, banner, favor tag and thank you note file from any Sweet Peach collection. Five free files and one set of fondant toppers = one adorable custom party!! :)

So are you ready to win?!! Here is how you enter to win your free fondant toppers and printable party package:

1. For 1 entry, visit Claudia the Cupcake Lady on etsy. Come back and leave a comment below of your favorite item.

2. For a 2nd entry, share this giveaway on your Facebook wall. Leave a comment below that you shared the excitement with all your FB friends.

3. For a 3rd entry, follow Claudia the Cupake Lady on Twitter. Leave a comment below that you are following along.

4. For a 4th entry, visit Sweet Peach Paperie on Facebook and become a fan! Leave a comment below to let me know.

Please list a SEPARATE comment for EACH entry! Thank you! :) Also, please leave your email or be sure there is a way to contact you through your blogger profile. If you do not have an account, but still want to participate, please feel free to send your entries to sweetpeachpaperie@gmail.com. The lucky winner will be chosen on Friday, February 3rd at 10pm eastern time. Good Luck!!! :)

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>Always feel free to ask if an invitation can be customized to your color desires. Most of the time, it is very possible! :) A customer today had these adorable plates that she ordered from Lima Bean Kids . Oh what an adorable shop!

The perfect plate for the birthday boy! Lima Bean Kids also has plates that would coordinate for the girls’ preppy whale collection along with t-shirts, lunch boxes and more! I even spotted some super cute coordinates for the sweet shoppe, cowgirl and what a hoot party printables! Be sure and check them out at LimaBeanKids.Com! I may need to do some early Christmas shopping! :)

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> How adorable are these cake pops recently designed by And Everything Sweet!! Just perfect for the Fresh on the Farm Collection!
Barnyard parties are especially cute in the fall! Be thinking of your autumn parties and all the cute possibilities of haystacks, bandanas, metal buckets, burlap tablecloths…. I could go on and on!!

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I’m so excited to introduce my latest find, a fabulous bakery called “And Everything Sweet”!! Isn’t that the cutest name?! Kate from And Everything Sweet makes the MOST beautiful cakes, cookies and adorable baked goods! Wow, they are truly art forms!!
Yes, these are cakes!! I can’t imagine how long these must take to make!
So here is the fun part….A few weeks ago, my sweet friend Ashley from Chickadee Chickadee sent me a link to And Everything Sweet. She had come across Kate’s blog and told me to check it out. Ashley knows how much I love all the details and Kate definitely has an eye for that too!! As I am strolling through her blog, in awe of every creation, I suddenly come across one of my invitations! To my surprise, And Everything Sweet had designed an amazing cake for one of my customers! I then realized that the customer she designed the cake for was my parents’ next door neighbor! I had no idea, nor did Ashley, that And Everything Sweet is local in the Atlanta area! It only gets better as it turns out that she lives just a few minutes down the street from me! How wild is that?! I was so excited! I have been in need of someone local for baked goods and found Kate in the most randon way! I just love those small world moments!

The beautiful cake she designed to coordinate with my “Monkey Girl” invites…
And how cute is this cake for the “Fresh on the Farm” party collection…
Goodness, I could keep going and going! Check out some more of Kate’s fabulous creations that coordinate so perfectly with many of Sweet Peach’s party collections. If you are in the Atlanta area and need some yummy treats, be sure to contact And Everything Sweet! I have already requested that Kate make some cookies for the girls’ ice cream parlor party so I’ll be sure and share more pictures of her work soon! :)

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My sweet friend Ashley has just opened her new etsy shop, Chickadee Chickadee! She makes the most adorable clothing and hair accessories for the little ones in your life. She has made all kinds of cute things for the girls, including their garden party birthday dresses! I just designed the banner for her new etsy shop so I thought you should check her out!! Become a fan of Chickadee Chickadee on Facebook too and be in the know for her upcoming givaways. Time to start shopping! :)

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>Introducing Festive Frills for Jacks and Jills! Ashley, another crafty momma, is a sweet friend from my discipleship group that makes the most adorable clips, headbands and so much more! She asked me to make some cards and stickers to package her items for sales. She just sent over these pictures of the cards in use and I think they turned out perfectly for her crafty creations! Check out her site at festivefrills.etsy.com!
She has even made these way cute headbands for my girls! Anna Claire (top) and Julia (bottom) modeling their Festive Frills headbands.

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