B'ville: Tea parties on the river

For every little girl that dreams of being a princess, Jacqueline Coe will make it a reality.

As owner of Sugar and Spice Party Planners, Coe has been coordinating themed children's birthday parties with much success at her clients' homes. However, as word spread and business grew, she received more and more inquiries from parents who did not want to have the celebration at their own home. So Coe decided that the time was right to open up her own shop where she could host the birthday parties as well as other special events.

After looking at several different locations, she found the perfect place at 3 Marble St., the former home of Il Bello Vino.

"I fell in love with the spot," she said of the waterfront setting, which will have a Victorian English rose garden theme. "It really looks like you're going to grandma's for tea."

Tea parties, princess parties and fairy parties will be the staple offerings for Coe's younger clients. Geared towards ages 4 to 10 years old, they each allow the party-goers to dress-up, do a craft and have "tea" (often chocolate milk or lemonade) using real china and linens. Coe also teaches the girls manners and formal dining etiquette.

"I wanted to give something to the girls for a birthday party that didn't concentrate on them being all grown up," she said. "I wanted to give them something innocent, sweet, and fun and special."

For those girls that are a bit older, Coe offers "tween" party themes including spa makeovers, where guests make their own facial treatments, yoga parties and diva parties, complete with a walk down the red carpet.

Besides hosting parties at the new location, Coe will continue to do parties in people's homes including her popular cooking classes where children make their own pizza dough. She also does party themes popular with boys such as jungle parties, dinosaur parties and wizard parties for those Harry Potter fans.

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