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Hi! I'm a mom to an adorable toddler son (I may be biased there) and owner of Sweet Pea Parties....creating stylish celebrations for the sweet pea in your life. My work has been featured on Catch My Party, Kara's Party Ideas, Red Tricycle, and Spoonful to name a few. When not putting my die-cutter in overdrive, you can usually find me making jewelry to fill my jewelry box or on Pinterest, pinning my dream closet. Mama always needs a new pair of shoes!

Samantha’s Snow White Birthday

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Birthday girl, Samantha! Rather than go the traditional princess party route for her 6th birthday, Sam wanted to go a little more classic… Snow White. She had some very specific desires: a cake “with Snow White frosting”, a Snow White “table cover”, Snow White decorations, and a visit from Snow White herself. Natch. Based on the day full of smiles, I’d say we brought her fairy tale to life!
The 8 little guests were royally greeted upon arrival and entered to see a Snow White themed snack table. The birthday girl’s initial was magically framed, making sure she took center stage. Using Snow’s attire as inspiration, we created a ball gown style table skirt, topped with blue satin and ties with red bows. Snow White themed décor is hard to come by, so we created them using graphics found on the internet. Guests snacked on “dwarf sized treats like mini caramel apples, veggies & hummus in decorated cups, marshmallow apple pops, and popcorn in cones with butterflies and birdies. We cut the wax cover on Babybel cheese to resemble bows—who ever said food can’t be decoration, too? A birdcage held the plates, utensils and napkins and was topped with a butterfly bought from the Dollar Store. A little beverage station encouraged adults to “Pick Their Poison”, while the kids filled Snow White inspired milk bottles with “Wishing Well Water” and “Evil Queen Lemonade.”
A kids table was not only inspired by Snow’s dress again- complete with red tulle bows on the chairs- but was covered with Snow White fabric. Tissue paper poms (from the Dollar Store, too!) were transformed into apple trees and used as centerpieces on the kids table and as a focal point on the snack table.
Snow White herself came to teach the little girls how to be princesses, read her fairy tale, and face paint. While kids were waiting to get their faces made-up, they decorated their own magic mirrors with gems and glitter stickers, which they could take home. The little princesses took home “Sweet Tweets”—birdie sugar cookies, bird whistles and chocolate eggs wrapped up in nests.

Greyson’s Star Wars Inspired Party: The Revenge of the Fifth

The force is strong with this one….
Guests were greeted by some familiar faces—R2D2 and C-3PO. Kids put on their “Luke” or “Leia” Jedi robes made from felt & the requisite Leia hair bands, and picked up their pool noodle light sabers before heading to Planet Much for a fun activity filled afternoon. They could indulge their creative sides by designing their own R2D2-inspired droids, coloring in “Star Wars” coloring book pages or decorating their own “rebel spaceship” made from a cardboard box. For those that like more action, we had a “Destroy the Death Star” cornhole game and a bouncy house. They were also able to take off in a Luke’s landspeeder or Han’s Millenium Falcon, both made from cardboard boxes. A Jedi even stopped by to teach the kids on how to use the force. They used that new knowledge to break open the Death Star piñata. It was more like a Death egg. #pinterestfail.
We kept the kids hydrated with “Yodapple Jedi Juice” and “Jawa Wawa” served in “Star Wars” themed reusable milk bottles. Each had a chalkboard label so they could write their names to keep track. Straws had little “G” flags. The Jedi’s parents went to the dark side with “Vaderitas” (ginger beer margaritas) in mason jars. Inside, heavy finger food could be lunch or snack and included “Jar Jar Links” (mini corn dogs”), “Fin Solo Sticks” (fish sticks), etc. Guests were encouraged to use the light saber napkins and eco-friendly bamboo forks, hand-stamped with silver chevron pattern and blue stars. The dessert table was the real show stopper. R2D2’s Smore Push-pops were a crowd-pleaser, as were the Death Star cake pops. The Wookie’s Cookies were adorned with the faces of C-3PO, Chewbacca, Yoda and Darth Vader, all made from molding chocolate using cookie cutters. Serving cake to younger kids can take forever, so I always go with cupcakes- they only eat the frosting anyway! They were wrapped with “star” cupcake wrappers and decorated with character inspired cupcake toppers. Guests saved them and took them home! The salted caramel chocolate cake was devoured by the adults.
I tried to keep the décor “Star Wars” inspired rather than being too on the nose. I went with a blue, white, gray and black color scheme. Tissue paper tassel garland hung from the front porch, while crepe streamer was used to create the tassel table skirts. A “Star Wars” curtain made for a great backdrop for the food, and black felt with white glitter stars was the backdrop for the dessert table. I painted MDF “GREYSON” letters with silver glitter paint and “underlined” them with tissue paper light sabers. The adult table centerpieces were futuristic looking flowers in Death Star inspired vases, and mini concrete Death Stars, made using silicon molds, were on the kids tables. Almost all of the décor was repurposed and used to redecorate Greyson’s room. Reduce, recycle, reuse!
Before leaving the party, guests got their photos taken, which were printed and mailed with thank you notes. Favors were set below a Yoda saying and included a light saber bubble wand and “Chewy Treat” (cocoa krispie treats).

It’s A Block Party!

Not one to go with a traditional girly celebration, Caroline decided she wanted a Lego party to kick off her new year. Such a colorful and fun theme! The sweets table took center stage with a Lego inspired backdrop made with a white plastic table cover and plastic plates that mimic the Lego nubs. Small boxes covered with blue and red wrapping paper were made to look like blocks, as well as the Happy Birthday banner. Colored candy melts were used to create the Lego cupcake toppers and cake décor. They were also used to make the hit of the party– chocolate covered Oreos. Mason jars were adorned with large Lego man faces that guests could write their names on to keep track of their drinks. Colorful fabric was layered as a nod to the eye catching blocks. Legos themselves were incorporated in cute and useful ways- a large block held utensils. Centerpieces were Lego tulips and the kids table had CAROLINE spelled out. A Lego company set up various stations where the little guests could get creative and play games with Lego characters, build a Lego city and even Star Wars ships! As guests left, they were given Lego head marshmallow pops. Aside from Mother Nature having a bad hair day and taking it out on us with crazy winds and drizzle-necessitating a last-minute move indoors- I think we built the perfect party!

An Epic Easter Egg Hunt

A modern home with an amazing view of LA was the setting for this most eggscellent adventure. 25 children decorated their own baskets and filled them in an epic hunt. We went with carrot orange, green and white as our color scheme, and created a mod meets magical party. Guests were greeted by charming chevron bunnies on the front gate. The centerpieces were “gardens” in the middle of the table. They were not only beautiful, but useful, as we hid eggs in them! Parents could relax in the lounge area and take in the gorgeous surroundings as their kids gathered loot. Moss bunnies and a carrot/bunny banner added some whimsy to the kids table. Kids were able to snack on “rabbit food” to fuel up before the big event- organic carrots and hummus in mini flower pots, donut holes served in egg cartons and berry & yogurt parfaits were on the menu. Mini milk bottles had labels for kids to write their name on. Faux grass covered the buffet tables to bring the outdoors in.

A Rockin’ One Direction Birthday

When our preschool was looking for donations for the annual fundraiser, a bunch of moms pooled our resources and put the mother of all party planning packages on the auction block. The winning bidder received a customized birthday party complete with a party planner. All they had to do was write a few checks and show up. When you’re an expectant mom with two children whose birthdays are back to back, could you ask for anything more?
Ellie & Logan, the birthday kids, both love One Direction. With the school as the venue and teachers to manage the various entertainment areas, all that was needed were the details to pull it all together. In addition to having a 1D playlist, we incorporated some iconic UK elements- the red double decker buses and the Union Jack, which inspired our color scheme.
The adorable One Direction themed invitations and London “bus” favor boxes were created by the graphic designer mom. Upon entering through the VIP door, the kids received All Access Passes bearing a photo of the guests of honor, with a 2L logo as a nod to their fave band, 1D. A pop star themed bounce house manned by Ellie’s teacher was a party favorite. No surprise there. Kids were able to decorate their own guitars in a crafting area using stickers, markers, Crayons and 1D stickers, of course.
To get into the rock star spirit, kids were given rock star make-overs. Temporary tattoos? Colored hair? Sparkly make-up? Check, check, and check. Budding pop stars got to experience their own X Factor by singing along with a karaoke dj. One Direction tunes were in heavy rotation!
Inside the Lollie Lounge, a One Direction themed sweets table held yummy treats like “microphone” cake pops & “drum stick” pretzels made by the party planning mom, rock candy, pops rocks, and a beautiful cake baked by another mom who is a professional chef. One Direction wall decals were attached to a white shower curtain to create the cool backdrop. Kids ate cake at tables with charming UK/rock star themed centerpieces and drank water wrapped with Union Jack duct tape. All the Lollie Palooza revelry was captured on film by a talented photographer mom.

Misha’s Up, Up & Away Hot Air Balloon Birthday

Balloon-loving baby Misha got the first birthday party of her mom’s dreams when we pulled together a hot air balloon themed bash. With a wide open lawn and amazing ocean view, the Bel Air Bay Club provided the perfect backdrop for the girly affair.
A mini hot air balloon at the party entrance set the stage for what was to come, and made a fabulous photo booth. Mint green and purple balloons were netted and attached to baskets of flowers as centerpieces for the adult and kids tables. Die-cut balloons were tied to the adorable pink kiddie chairs with purple tulle sashes. Mimicking the large balloon, the sweets table– a lemonade stand borrowed from a family friend– was adorned with the same fabric treatment, to give it a hot air balloon vibe. Hot air balloon garland made of die-cut balloons in various sizes and patterns hung on the buffet and looked like a balloon race.
Kids big and small were not at a loss for entertainment! In addition to a bouncy house for big brother Milan & his friends, mom also got a pirate character to lead the boys on a scavenger hunt armed with balloon swords. A bunny petting zoo, silhouette artist and a floral station where guests could make flower crowns, were unique and fun options to keep guests busy. Everyone enjoyed the concert and music lesson given by one of Milan’s teachers. Misha especially enjoyed the bubbles that flew through the air during the show.
In addition to flower crowns and silhouettes, the babies were gifted with personalized piggy banks and bigger kids received gumball machines filled with pretzel M & Ms.