My Big Fat Pink Party

Thursday, June 5, 2014


We have a winner.  Shanna Uptergrove, please send me an email and let me know which company you’d like  a shopping spree at!


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I was informed today by an expatriate friend of another nationality that the whole Big Fat Greek Wedding Pink Party thing is very “American”.  For months, Gigi has been talking about her birthday.  When you asked what kind of party she wants to have, she’s exclaimed “pink“!!



We all blame our mothers for what’s wrong with us….the same should be said of what’s right with us.  (…..and Ill let you determine which category this would fall into.  🙂  But, the whole obsession with color-coordinating and resourceful creativity and memory making and celebrating-to-the-tens is a trait inherited from my very talented mother.   She is the queen of parties!  Sure, maybe a little bit overboard, but you only turn 3 once.  So, this is not a “mommy wars” post, but a confession really of my need for a creative outlet sometimes.  Completing a paper bunting banner or wrapping washi tape around candy jars is the only sense of accomplishment I get somedays.  The best part was, there were some super sweet evening spent with my big girls royal-icing butterfly cookies and assembling invitations and making memories together!

My dream job would be being a party coordinator…..give me a theme and a budget and let me plan.  I was reminded again that 75% of the fun actually is not the party itself…. “my thing” is the planning and pinning and preparation.

Quirky, I know…thats just me!

Let me preface this by saying just a few things:

1) Gigi is not getting another birthday party until her sweet-16

2) I had a LOT of help!  Ive apparently handed down the generational sin, ahem……”party planning inclination,” because Britain and Abi were huge helpers with all of this!

3) Pink.  Im over it.  Don’t need to see that color again for a good, long while!

4) I have the best momma-friends!  They were totally good sports with the fact that I fed their children inordinate amounts of sugar and then sent them home to try and get through the dinner hour with bellies full of junk!  (Ive done worse….I sent live goldfish home as party favors one time years ago!)

Some of my favorite vendors collaborated on this party to help execute my “vision in pink”.  Im excited to share them with you and highlight the element they contributed.  Scroll to the bottom to enter to win a giveaway from your boutique of choice!


Invitations created with washi tape from Beve


plastic utensils adorned with washi tape from Beve


Fancy flags and skewers wrapped with washi tape. Straws also from Beve


We LOVE Beve paper straws!



Outfit from Dayspring Dresses


funky pink balloons from Beve

We had a cupcake station with a mountain of iced cupcakes for the girls to decorate as they pleased.  Tons of sugar sprinkles, glittering crystals, edible pearls and delicate sugar flowers.   As you can imagine, there was no moderation.  Some serious excessive “sprinkling” going on.  Another wonderful reason to have had the party outside!


Cupcakes supplied by Happy Oven BKK


All cupcake embellishments provided by Happy Oven BKK



Birthday Girl’s cake provided by Happy Oven BKK

Party favors Gigi style…..a tutu, froo-froo feather boa and matching hot-pink headband.

Again, my apologies to the moms who are going to be finding feathers scattered throughout their house for the next month.  These things shed!!

What a sweet group of girls we are blessed to call “friends!!”


Tutus, Headbands and Boas from The Hairbow Company

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Chic paper favor bags and washi tape decorated clothes pins from Beve and tutus from The Hairbow Company


Headbands from The Hairbow Company

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Photo Booth paper fans from Beve





Feather boas from The Hairbow Company and paper decorative balls from Beve

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Thought it would be fun to share a little party package with someone.
Simply click the links to “like” the following pages on Facebook:

Designer wholesale party supplies –  paper straws, chic favor bags, paper fans, decorative balls, washi tape and printed balloons.

Customized cakes and cupcakes for themed parties, showers and teas prepared with quality ingredients.  Also providing catering services designed to  fit each party function.

Boutique hair accessories, ballet tutus. wings, ribbons, leotards, boas and everything girly-girl at affordable wholesale prices!

Quality handmade boutique children’s clothing, coordinating sibling lines and Mommy-and-Me classics.

After liking all 5 pages, leave any-ole’ comment below to be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to use at your choice from the 4 participating boutiques.

Happy 3rd Birthday to our swee n’ sassy, pretty in pink, girly girl Gigi!!  We love you baby cakes!

  • Sarah says:

    Pick Me! 😉

  • Beverly Patterson says:

    I liked all the pages.

  • Nichole Seiler says:

    Love the giveaway

  • Janet Rhudy says:

    Precious !

  • Jessica Loudermilk says:

    Your amazing Mandi!! This is absolutely beautiful! Love it! And my child was one of the recepients of the live goldfish party favors a few years ago and we thought that was pretty cool too!! 🙂 miss you!

    • cmsmity says:

      Hahaha….kuddos to you for being such a gracious recipient Jessica. It seemed like a good idea in the moment, but I look back in wonder that friends didn’t “unfriend” me for sending home more responsibility in the form of a live pet.

      Miss you too Jessica! Cant believe it when I see pictures of Austin. He’s a man!!!

  • Jennifer Belleville says:

    Happy Birthday Gigi! Thank you for sharing your birthday fun with everyone

  • stacy wilbourn says:

    “Liked” all the pages, most I was already a fan of. Would love to win, thanks!

  • Laurie O'Connor says:

    Don’t need a giveaway. Just want you to know the party was precious, pictures stunning and sweet, and the momma planner is an amazing woman (who is a lot like her mom in the party planning regard, including liking the planning better than the party).

    Good stuff.

  • Lona says:

    Love your giveaways! Thank you for including us in your lives 🙂 Love reading about your families and your adventures!

  • Lisa D says:

    We are wanting to do a tea party theme for my granddaughters 5th birthday in October and this would be a great place to start! Thank you

  • Shanna Uptergrove says:

    Pink is such sweetness!!! Amazing. Love seeing your girls grow up 🙂

  • J. McClain says:

    Liked all 5!

  • Trini says:

    I love this post! This reminds me a lot of the parties I would have as a kid, though I don’t recall any of them ever being quite as involved as this one! 🙂

  • Rachel says:

    Done! Beautiful party! Beautiful girls! Looks like so much fun!

  • Lin says:

    How did I miss this post?
    Amazing pics Mandy, and thank you for a great party Gigi!

  • Gina Fiorini Toothe says:

    You have a beautiful family and i thank you for a chance at this amazing giveaway!! What a wonderful party you had. Loved the pics 🙂 If i win i know just the sweetest little girl i would buy something for in time for her First B-day~my little great niece Jillian 🙂

  • Angela W says:

    My daughter just turned 3! Love all the items! Precious!!

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