8.14.2013

Luke's Nautical 1st Birthday Party!

This past Saturday was Luke's 1st Birthday Party.
When I was pregnant with him, we didn't know if we were having a boy or a girl, but I knew that if I was having a boy, that I wanted him to have a Nautical/Sailboat 1st Birthday Party!

Here is the invite that I made that features Luke each month for the first year of his life:
{Invite available in my Etsy shop}
For the girls, I also made them 12 picture 1st birthday invites. I love seeing how they grow each year I just coordinate the invite to match the colors/theme of the party.

I took a few pics of Luke the morning of his party so that I could some photos of him in his party outfit before he got it all dirty :)

{Luke's shirt made by my friend Melissa}

Baby Toms. I couldn't resist.

 They were just too perfect for the whole nautical theme. Too cute!
Kevin told me I had to keep this party small & just have family and a few friends.

I kept the tables simple.
Just some flowers & these cute containers from the Target Dollar Spot (that I bought last summer when I was pregnant) 
  I had chips in the containers for people to snack on.

We mostly had older kids at the party, so it was a swim party.
We also had corn hole for people to play:

I served dinner at the party, but kept it simple, since I was feeding over 40 people.
I tied a life saver around the utensials. Cute decoration & an after dinner mint! Win-Win :)

For Decorations, I hung up some red/blue lanterns & pinwheels inside:
I also made some bunting out of scrapbook paper:
 I had the pinwheels hanging over the dessert table.
Across the window, I strung photos of Luke from newborn to his 1st birthday.
Close up of the dessert table. You know me. I LOOOOVE a dessert table.
Cupcake Toppers I made to on on delicious fruit puffs. {Recipe here}

Red Velvet Bundtini's

Cupcakes:

I got the cupcake toppers {HERE}

Red Velvet Cupcakes:
The cake:
Usually my mother in law makes the cake for my kids birthday parties, but they were on a cruise, so I had a local bakery make it.
I think it turned out pretty cute! And, it tasted good also!
Luke's little smash cake:

Favors:

My favorite type of favor is giving out favor cookies! Much better than a bunch of random junk :)

For Luke's party, I also had a little candy station set up so people could bring home a goodie bag of candy also. I love candy :)

More bunting that I made from scrapbook paper:
 I got the oar on clearance here.


The Red "L" is from Luke's nursery.








Hat from {here} Bib from {here}
{1 Banner made by my friend Heather}

The best part of the 1st Birthday....Cake time!

It's safe to say he liked it :)

Me & the Birthday boy:

{And my awesome sailboat shorts I got on clearance here}!)

Happy 1st Birthday, Luke!
Hope you had as much fun at your party as we did!

63 comments:

  1. ABSOLUTELY AWEsome!!! You created a magnificent party for Luke!! Love everything!!

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  2. Awww!!! Luke is a year old :) Happy Birthday to him! I loved the beautiful decoration and the invite. So creative and cute!!

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  3. Great party!!! I may have to steal that theme for a birthday party in the future! Love all the details!!!

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  4. oh my goodness, Mel, this party is gorgeous!!
    I wish I had had you as inspiration when I planned Nolan's nautical party last summer! I love Luke's anchor baseball shirt, the plates, the pinwheels, the paper bunting you made, and especially the DESSERT table with those cupcakes!
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  5. So cute, Mel! Everything is absolutely perfect! Especially that adorable birthday boy! :) and you look fantastic, mama!

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  6. You seriously throw the best parties! Happy Birthday Luke!

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  7. Loving it all - especially your shorts and the plates! We are having a Labor Day cookout and I am really considering a sailboat theme now, sailboats go with Labor Day, right?

    Cuteness everywhere!

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  8. MEL!!!!! I am in total awe of you. Everything is DARLING! EVERY LAST DETAILS! Well done mama!!!!

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  9. AMAZING party, as usual!! I love the theme and all the wonderful details!

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  10. This is incredible! Adorable party and adorable little man!

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  11. The party looked wonderful and your little man is adorable! My little guy will be turning 1 in a couple of months, so I better get crackin! I loved your cute shorts too - I have them in the coral color w/ turuoise sailboats!

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  12. His party turned out so good. I love the nautical theme.

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  13. It's all too cute!!! :) so much love put into all the perfect details! Glad your little man had a great birthday party!

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  14. Love it all, as usual! Loved the theme and the last pic of the two of you is so cute and had me teary eyed at the same time! Still remember our conversation in my office like it was yesterday when I told you I was preggo with Liam and it took me 3 or 4 times to realize you were preggo with Luke! So bittersweet!

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  15. Such a cute party for a cute boy!!! I would be lying if I didn't say that the Toms weren't my favorite part ;). I actually loved all of it (the girls' swimsuits, the dessert tables, the favors, the printables,everything!). Well done mama!

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  16. What an awesome party, the details the details... how awesome you need to add party planning to your resume

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  17. Oh my gosh! What an amazing party! Can I be invited to your next party?! :). Could have used your creativity when planning my son's grad party! Do you do party planning as a job? You should....you are great at it !

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  18. Oh my gosh, I love it all!!! It looks amazing! You did a fantastic job right down to the teeny tiniest details!

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  19. So cute Mel! I love that you got some of that stuff before you even knew that you were pregnant with a boy...a TRUE party planner!

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  20. You always have the greatest parties. Every little detail is truly amazing. My boy turns one in December (two weeks before Christmas) and I'm really struggling to think of a theme. I think my creativity block is partially due to my denial..... :)

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  21. What an awesome first birthday party and you have such a cute family. I just found your blog through Shay's blog and I have a little guy named Luke as well. Look forward to following along with you.
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  22. Looks amazing! I loved his little hat and he obviously had a blast! Great job!
    Paige

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  23. What a beautiful party you put together and what a little sweetie pie your little boy is!

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  24. Another AMAZING party Mel!! You are the party queen. I love the banner you made.
    And a candy bar what kid...adult does not like candy!

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  25. I love it all!! another amazing party Mel!!

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  27. oh I LOVE every party post of yours! Luke's party was AWESOME! I had to laugh when I got to the par where you said, "I kept dinner simple bc I was feeding 40 ppl" 2 things, 1- My husband just made me keep my daughter's 5th bday simple & we had 20 ppl and he thought that was still huge and 2- your dinner was fantastic! I died when I saw your shorts! PERFECT PERFECT PERFECT! Couldn't have been a cuter party! thank you for sharing it~

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  29. gorgeous! where did you get those anchor plates and napkins?

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  34. Everything turned out to be so cute. You are really a sweet mother to a cute boy. I am wondering if you tell me from where you got those pinwheels. I want to use these to arrange my boy's best birthday party nyc.

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  35. Love it all!!!! Question - what do you use for tablecloths? I like them to match my themes, but the plastic ones are al cheesey....

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  36. Absolutely amazing! Birthday Party thrown for Luke looks just too good. The pictures are very beautiful and I must not forget to appreciate your effort to decorate the whole place with such beautiful lanterns and those photographs of Luke.

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