I bet you didn’t even know you wanted to throw a Peeps-Chic Summer Party. Or that Peeps could be chic. Or eaten in summer. Well, you’re wrong on all counts. And I teamed up with my friends Seri and Michelle (aka Little Miss Party) to prove it.
We’re Jews from New York City (well, Michelle’s just married to one), so granted, we are probably the last people you’d think would throw a Peeps themed party, but when Peeps challenged us to create an event featuring their two new summer flavors, Lemonade and Bubblegum, we rose to the occasion. Who doesn’t like a party with a good theme? That’s peprcisely the reason my Roman Catholic stepmother insists on throwing our Yom Kippur Break Fast every year.
First a word about the flavors. Truth be told, I’m not the hugest marshmallow fan so I was not expecting to like either one of them. But the lemonade is awesome. It tastes like a softer less intense version of a sour patch kid. The bubblegum is tasty too but I could probably eat my weight in lemonade if I let myself.
Of course, Little Miss Party was most excited about using the Peeps for decor purposes— bubblegum pink and lemon yellow being two perfect colorscapes (did I just say colorscapes?) to represent summer.
Did I mention the SHOWSTOPPING PEEPSCAKE???
Let’s be clear. I didn’t DO ANYTHING. I just called Little Miss Party, told her Peeps wanted to throw a party, invited a bunch of my friends with their kids and then waited for everyone to collapse from a sugar overdose. If I threw a Peeps Summer Party by myself (notice I left out the word “chic”), I would put Peeps on a Plate, call it a Plate ‘O Peeps and I’m sure everyone would still leave happy.
Little Miss Party does things a bit differently.
Duh. Of course, she’d construct a homemade lemonade stand to serve the alcohol! Who doesn’t have spare lumber in their Manhattan apartment?
I think the kids liked the party. What do you think?
From the “Peeps on a Log” to the “Peeps in a Fruit Cup” to the “Peeps on Ice”, everything looked and tasted fantastic. But more importantly (not to take away from all Little Miss Party’s efforts), it’s a pretty easy look to replicate.
You wanna make fruit cups? Place a bubblegum Peeps on top. You wanna serve bubbly? Put a Peeps on a Swizzle Stick inside. Even the Peepscake is simple. You can make a cake out of box, frost it white, put gumballs on the top and attach the Peeps with toothpicks. Or, if you don’t want to risk eating a piece of wood, just arrange the Peeps around the border on top.
I learned a valuable lesson that day. You can pop a Peeps on top of anything and immediately it becomes Pinterest worthy. And I’ve never done anything Pinterest worthy in my life.
We even had Peeps crafts for the kids, including stringing Peeps necklaces and coloring pages from Alex’s Lemonade Stand— a fantastic foundation benefiting children with cancer and a partner of Peeps. In fact, every purchase of Lemonade Peeps helps support Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
Then we sent everyone home with all the ingredients to make their own Summer Smeeps. (That’s Peeps lingo for Smores made with Peeps, by the way.)
Want more pictures? Below is me looking like a Peeps…
And everyone else dressed normally…
Thank you to my friends for coming, including NYC bloggers— Lauren from A Mommy in the City, Jill from Glamamom, Alison from Crushworthy Moms, Brianne from Stroller in the City, Sari from Mama 411, Pam from Triple Threat Mommy and Jessica and Kaity from Well-Rounded NY.
Thank you to photographer, Raquel Bianca for taking pictures, Karen Ferries (aka the Cocktail Party Chef) for making all the food, and of course, the amazing Little Miss Party for making everything look like something out of my wildest six-year-old dreams (check out her site for more details about our party).
Also? I’m giving Peeps an A+ in summer party themes. There really isn’t anything happier than a bunch of kids running around a bubblegum and lemonade flavored Peeps spread.
Especially after the inevitable sugar crash.
This post was sponsored by Peeps but all of the thoughts and opinions are my own.
You live a fabulous life. A photographer to take pictures of a party? You’re like a blogging celebrity – but that’s my kind of celebrity!
The two peeps sitting in the “sand” under the umbrella is probably the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. It’s so cute.
So much fun! I may have to let my kids have a smeeps this summer!
Looks like it was a blast! Now if I’d like to get some peeps… I reg. shop at 99c store… will I find them there? The lemonade ones sound great! :-)I def. wanna do this with some freinds….
So cute! I wonder if I can pull this off with the 6 crates of Peeps I have left over from Easter… I think maybe I’ll go with Peeps on a Plate.
Who would have thought PEEPS could be so chic?
everything is absolutly stunning!
looks like the kids had a blast!
sounds so funnn & that cake tho!
very mouth watering post (;
Adorable. I’m totally making bubblegum Smeeps with my girls this summer. They’ll FREAK OUT – they adore anything bubblegum and anything s’mores. Thanks for the idea!!
How fun! Looks like a fancy and fun time!
So much fun. Thanks for the fabulous party. But please, next time put dress code on the invite.
It’s official. My life is boring. This is Peeps-tastic. And I want Smeeps.
So adorable! My daughter has a summer birthday and Peeps is definitely going to be part of it!If you can manage a lemonade stand in Manhattan, I should be able to pull one off here. 🙂 Ellen
You have the best job ever, Ilana! I would love to work with Peeps and your amazing party planners to throw such a fun and awesome party. Let’s not kid ourselves, I could NOT come up or make these treats look as good as they did (that’s why they have jobs :D). And that slide, roller coaster contraption, hello!!!!! Totally cute! Cute party. I love the two white peeps hanging in the sand.
Love the pics! And such a fun time. In an effort at restraint, I held off on making the Schmeeps so Lucas could have them. But instead I just wound up eating the ingredients in three separate and distinct snacking sessions. Ooops, sorry Lucas. And btw, the pink lemonade IS awesome.
My daughter loves peeps! I am having an August or early September baby shower for her. Any “peep” ideas?