Sweet 16th Birthday Party: The Last Splash!

Buffet set up. Party boat in the background sweet sixteen in the lake

Buffet set up. Party boat in the background.

Have to share with you the pics of Ally’s Sweet 16th. The event was a complete success! Every last little detail from the Save the Date and her party website (see here) to the party favors was taken care of. The birthday girl and her guests had a blast. I call that flawless execution. 🙂

Save the Date birthday party at the lake

Save the Date

The inspiration for this party was the movie Aquamarine. Two of Ally’s favorite movies growing up were The Little Mermaid and Aquamarine. She even told me once that she thought that she was a mermaid in another life. How cute is that? Having seen Aquamarine myself several times the theme was a no brainer. Aquamarine is a teen movie about a mermaid that comes to land to help some friends and to fall in love (Little Mermaid anybody?!). In the movie, the yacht club throws a Last Splash party every year to signal the end of the summer so I thought we could play with that concept to represent the end of her childhood and the actual end of the summer as the party was scheduled for late August on a party boat at the lake.

In terms of design, I knew I didn’t want it to have anything from the sea except the colors. I chose different shades of blue, gray and integrated green to the color palette to bring in the greenery of the lake. I had been wanting to work with watercolors for quite a while so this was the perfect opportunity. Ally is a girly girl and she knew from the start that she wanted lots of sparkle so I decided to add metallics to the mix.  The subtle watercolors with the metallic accents worked great!

Hand painted watercolor metallic invitations

Hand painted watercolor invitations

Lake Allatoona park marina Cartersville GA Red Top Mountain State Park

Lake Allatoona park marina

Party boat with custom hand painted watercolor banners

Party boat with custom hand painted watercolor banners.

Guests were received with fruit pops

Guests were received with fruit pops.

Guests were received at the dock with fruit pops and slow music so they could chat. Blue floaties and beach balls served as props for pictures. Right before departure guests received safety instructions, music changed to a faster beat and out we went. Bacon and spinach mini quiches, chicken pesto pinwheels and three cheese shrimp dip were served as the boat anchored on one of the lake’s lagoons. Guests had the opportunity to slide down the slide into the water, swim and take wonderful pictures with their friends.

Guests enjoying the appetizers

Guests enjoying the appetizers.

Birthday girl ready to go down the slide

Birthday girl ready to go down the slide.

Guests take a moment to take a picture with the birthday girl

Guests take a moment to take a picture with the birthday girl

Dinner was to be held at a secluded cove by the lake that has a dock and a beautiful meadow so we got all the guests back on board and sailed down to it. The cove was set before the party started so when we arrived the guests saw the buffet table and the dinner tables waiting for them. Guests were given a break to stretch their legs which they use to explore around the cove and do some more swimming.

Meadow in the cove Red Top Mountain State Park

Meadow in the cove.

Buffet set up. Custom banner and tablecloth, hand painted watercolor food labels. Individually wrapped silverware with hand painted watercolor sleeves.

Buffet set up. Custom banner and tablecloth, hand painted watercolor food labels. Individually wrapped silverware with hand painted watercolor sleeves.

Picnic tables with hand painted reserved signs, watercolor runners. Wine bottles filled with water in different shades of blue as centerpieces.

Picnic tables with hand painted reserved signs, watercolor runners. Wine bottles filled with water in different shades of blue as centerpieces.

Buffet of pulled pork sliders, arugula, Gouda, and sun-dried tomatoes pasta salad, and Asian pineapple coleslaw were served. Tables had been set family style so they had the opportunity to eat together and continue to talk.

Family style dinner.

Family style dinner.

After dinner we headed back to the docked boat were some of the birthday girl’s friends serenaded her to a very emotional rendition of Bruno Mar’s “Count on Me” and sing happy birthday.

Cake set up/ Party favors

Cake set up/ Party favors

Sea inspired sweet sixteen cake

Watercolor and metallic cake with crystal topper to resemble a splash of water.

Music changed once again as we headed back to drop the guests. This time a playlist with music from Ally’s childhood was played and guests had a chance to reminisce with her as cake was served. We arrived back as scheduled at which point guests were send off with a water bottle as a thank you for taking the time to celebrate with us.

Vendor credits:

Venue – Red Top Mountain State Park

Boat Rental – Paradise Boat Rentals

Catering – Sokia Kim from Ever so Yum Catering (sokia.kim@gmail.com)

Cake – Bert and Boo’s

Event Planning & Styling – Jinny at Injinnyous Events

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