real parties: crabby, preppy & pink

As I mentioned earlier this week, I'm headed on a beach vacation tomorrow, so the timing of these beachy parties couldn't have been better.  If Tuesday's whale party was for the boys... this preppy pink crab theme is the perfect counterpart for girls.  I was so excited when Jess at Party Box Design sent along this party for her daughter Charli's 3rd birthday... the unique theme is wonderful inspiration for summer. In addition to her own designs, she pulled together the work of some terrific vendors.  Personal favorites include the crabby cookies, fondant toppers and the custom jars of Maryland spice mix.  Read on below for more from Jess...

My daughter Charli loves crabs, we are from MD... and I must admit, I heart prep! What other possible theme could there be then, a... Preppy Pink Crab Party?!? Plus I really think Shades of Pink, Powder Blue and Navy look so well together. I had to throw in the polka dots, because what is prep without polkas?!?

We of course had to have steamed crabs and Crabby Ale at the party, which the guests loved. If you are from MD, then you know Summer means crab feasts- it's one of the best things about this state.

For the favors the kids took home crabby cupcake push pops and crabby cookies. The adults were given a jar of crabby spice.

My husband made the amazing Crabby Bar and Beach sign, which is prob my most favorite part... aside from the actual bar, which was a labor of love. The crabby bar was originally purchased from a second hand shop and restored by me- amazing find!

Overall, this was our favorite party yet. So many amazing vendors and a fantastic photographer. This party really felt like "us", more then just a theme but rather a great party that celebrated all the things we love.  For more details and party vendors, click here.


  1. So genius and adorable. I'm smitten.

  2. So precious! I love the pink & blue together!

  3. lovely colors, lovely ideas....I love the little hat!! :D

  4. This might be the cutest party I have ever seen....adore the theme, the colors and all those fabulous details!!! We love preppy stuff too... Coming from New Canaan.

  5. Just love, love this!!!!


  6. How in the world did you make the "cupcakes to go" and the drinks in the glass bottles? This theme is the cutest i've ever seen! Love, love, love it! <3 Really Good! Hope she had a great birthday

  7. WoW! more of the cuteness. . super love it..=0

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  8. I love this theme! I just happened to receive an e-mail today from Linda and Harriet that made me think of this party theme, even though I know it is post-party: