Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Nautical 1st Birthday Party

This past weekend we celebrated my youngest son's first birthday with our family:

Here is the birthday boy; he's a happy little guy:

To plan the party, I made it easy and chose the theme and colors I used in his nursery:

I started the planning and set the theme with the invitation.  I purchased the pdf design from Etsy seller Carissa848.  She was great to work with, was open to changing the colors and font, and turned around the invitation extremely quickly.  When purchasing the electronic copy of the invitation, you can either print up the design as a photograph or have it printed on card stock.  I chose to print on card stock at home.  I purchased 50 blank cards and envelopes from Target - and reserved half for the next birthday party which is coming up soon - for $10.  The total cost to me for 25 of these customized invites was $20:

Here, the color of the invitations translated into the party decor:

I tried to keep it simple - although my husband doesn't think it was so simple and declared that he will be planning the next party - so I stuck to just papers and balloons to make our house festive.  I also included this wheel which I already had in the nursery: 

We added a table for additional seating in the living room.  Believe it or not, we just don't have enough room to seat 30 adults and 10+ kids in our dining room:

The birthday boy having fun with a balloon and grandma:

I made these cake pops for the first time and they were really good.  I never heard of cake pops before planning this party but I guess they are pretty popular right now.  Where have I been?  Since our party was a nautical theme, I added little paper sails.  The blue sprinkles marked the chocolate cake pops and the yellow sprinkles marked the red velvet:

My sister-in-law makes the best chocolate cake EVER, so she has happily made birthday cakes for my sons' on their birthdays:

Here is the Mater cake she made last year, pretty amazing:
The birthday boy again, enjoying his cake:

I found a lot of the decor ideas and pinned them to my Kids Party Board on Pinterest.  Here are the links to the various sources I used for planning his birthday:

Cake Pops recipe from Divas Can Cook
Nautical Cake Pops from Anders Ruff
Nautical Life Savor decor from Craftomaniac
Paper Rosettes from Catch My Party
Nautical Invites from Etsy seller Carissa848

As always, thanks for stopping by!

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  1. Adorable! The little sailboat cake pops are too cute :)

  2. The birthday boy is adorable, and so are the decorations.

  3. I LOVE your party decor!!! Pinning immediately. :)

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original linky party is open

  4. The cake pops are so cute! Yes, they are kind of hot right now! My husband is obsessed with them :) All the decorations are so cute. I love the balloons hanging from the ceiling. What a cute theme. Happy 1st birthday to the birthday boy!

    1. My husband is now obsessed with them too! They weren't too hard to make, although they don't look as professional as the ones you had!! I'll blame that on the three year old who helped me make them.... ;)

      Still SOO good, though.

  5. oh it's absolutely adorable, dawn. i love all these details, and you have perfectly balanced everything! the cake pops are adorable. when i made them for my husband for the first time he went nuts and said it was his favorite ever.

    what a lucky guy cutie colton is! you rule.


  6. That little Colton is a cutie patootie and everything looked really festive and fun! Thanks for sharing with us and oh yeah, by the way, i did not see the chair at Ikea! What the heck?

  7. Love this! I'm working on planning my son's 2nd birthday with a similar color scheme. The bunting is adorable & the napkin rings are so clever.

    - Lora

  8. How cute is he and the party!! I have a colton too! I love your theme. Looks like Colton had a great time.

  9. The birthday boy is precious and the party looks perfect!

  10. What a lucky little guy! Every detail is just perfect. I just love those cake pops!


  11. He's so cute! Your party decorations are perfect (especially love the napkin rings!), and I think your husband should let you do the next one for sure! My son is turning 18 next month and I have no idea what to do for it. The idea of rowdy teenagers at my house scares me!!

  12. I don't know which is cuter Little Colton or your party decorations! I love the colors, the sails were a great addition to the cake pops.

  13. You are a STAR today over at I Gotta Create! I'm featuring you and your fabulous cake pop boats and party.

    Thank you so much for linking up at the Wildly Original link party!

    See you at the party tonight,
    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!

  14. I love your decor! I want your mantle :).

    I have a weekend Link party if you'd care to join: