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Party #6- nautical first birthday

Party #6- nautical first birthday

Welcome to the last day of our Imperfect Party Challenge finals. It has been a blessing for me to share with you these six amazing parties. Keep voting throughout the week, rules for voting can be found HERE. Friday I will announce the winner and have a bit of extra inspiration for you from other party entries.

I am thrilled to present to you finalist number six. Jennifer who hosted a nautical themed first birthday party for her son. The inspiration for this party came from her baby’s favorite snuggle blanket which is just too, too sweet. It was an incredibly lovely party.

One of my favorite things about this party is Jennifer’s use of overhead space. Having two toddlers I understand how grabbing hands can quickly alter your party plans. Hanging decorations is a great way to get around the issue. She hung bunting, the adorable favor cones and a bouy welcoming her guests. There is also a line of sailboat hats hung which the kids later decorated with ribbon and buttons.

The table centerpieces were tin ponds with hand painted sailboats “floating” on tissue water.

A¬¨‚Ć bright red cupcake tower with sail boat flags carries on the party’s cheery nautical theme.

A bucket of notes left by friends and family for her son to read when he gets older was set at the entrance table. A note above said “Say Ahoy to our very good boy”. What a special birthday idea to have notes written every year to your child by loved ones to read as he grows up.

A homemade sailboat was the center play piece of the party. It was made from cardboard and there were also fishing rods made from dowels for the kids to pretend to fish with.

Jennifer shared that the kids had such a fun time in the boat she had to “stop untape and re-glue parts of it” before the party ended.

Thanks for sharing with us Jennifer. Vote by commenting below if you would like Jennifer to win the challenge.

blessings.

PS. tomorrow a baby bird shower sneak-peak.


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  1. Tiffany

    17 March

    I am definitely voting for the nautical first birthday party! I have never seen one quite like it and think that it is perfection! Love every little detail and the thoughtfulness behind it!

    I hope she wins!!!

  2. I love the way she carried the theme through with so many little details! An adorable party from a very creative lady.

  3. Kim

    17 March

    Vote! This is so adorable. I also love the note idea – I might steal it for my daughters’ 2nd bday coming up!

  4. Sonya

    17 March

    Jennifer is one of the most creatively driven chicks I know! Love her! Love her ideas! She gets my vote!!

  5. kris

    17 March

    this one! i’m voting for this one because i think it’s PRECIOUS for a first birthday, love that it was built around something the little guy loved.

  6. David

    17 March

    This is such an amazing idea–love the detail and creativity!

  7. Barbee

    17 March

    My vote is for this one. Wonderful attention to detail. Absolutely precious idea!

  8. Angela

    17 March

    This is adorable, well-thought out, and so kid friendly. Any age child would enjoy this. I’m voting for this one!

  9. Gina Cleminson

    17 March

    Absolutely fantastic! love it to itty bitty pieces! the cardboard boat is GENIUS, and I adore the little wooden boats in their tin pail of blue paper water. It is simply delicious, every bite. And hats–cute as decor and great as a craft. I love this!! Beautiful, whimsical, memorable, and FABULOUS!

  10. Sarah

    17 March

    Wow! Jennifer is so talented. I think I’ll have her do my daughters birthday party. :)

  11. Jenny

    17 March

    Very precious, it looks like it was a great party for little Charlie I hope he loved it……this one gets my vote!

  12. Courtney Erdman

    17 March

    Jennifer is so talented and creative. I love the details that went along with the whole theme. Great Job!!

  13. Diane

    17 March

    This party makes me want to go sailing!!! The colors are so bright and vibrant and the details are perfect. My kids would love a birthday party with a play boat AND fishing, what a great bonus.

  14. Faith Long

    17 March

    Jennifer gets my vote! Super cute party ideas! My favorite is the cardboard sailboat! What a hit!

  15. Janie

    17 March

    I love this one…so creative…and the children look so happy! My vote is for this one!!!!!

  16. Carla Reyna

    17 March

    What a great idea! Everything is just precious, this mom knows how to throw a party!

  17. Sarah

    17 March

    I love this!!! i especially love the time capsule idea

  18. janet

    17 March

    Precious idea

  19. Nikki

    17 March

    LOVED IT! Great idea!… wanna use it

  20. Nacy

    17 March

    I like the boat

  21. Jamie

    17 March

    too cute!

  22. Nicole

    17 March

    Great idea!

  23. katharine

    17 March

    super cute! way cuter than the other one.

  24. kitty

    17 March

    MY FAVORITE!!!!!!

  25. Jordan

    17 March

    IS THERE ANOTHER CHOICE?!? I MEAN THIS IS THE ONE!!

  26. kelsea

    17 March

    this is the cutest idea! so creative. definitely the best

  27. Heather

    17 March

    Wow! Great party and beautiful pictures!

  28. deanna

    17 March

    the cardboard boat looks so fun! i bet the kiddies loved this! great pics!

  29. carson

    17 March

    so creative and fun! this one is my fav.

  30. Hunter

    17 March

    Ain’t no party like a nautical party!

  31. Leanne

    17 March

    Soooo cute!!!

  32. Joyce

    17 March

    this party grabbed my attention! this is way cute and super creative!

  33. Christine

    17 March

    My vote is for this one! Everything is precious and so much thought went into this. Great job!!!

  34. Jana K

    17 March

    Loved the originality of this party. I adore the sailor hats made out of newspaper.

  35. Candace

    17 March

    This one gets my vote too! Love all the adorable little details… the handpainted wooden boats and newspaper hats. Just precious :) So much fun creativity put into making this special occasion so memorable!

  36. Lana Robison

    17 March

    Just too cute! I love the creativity with the cardboard boat – kids always like playing in boxes. This one gets my vote.

  37. Jennifer

    17 March

    This party blows the rest of the parties out of the water! Such a cute and creative first birthday! :)

  38. Erin Strain

    17 March

    Love the party idea and love Jennifer and her family. I would be lying if I said I didn’t wish I had her creativity and craftiness.

  39. beth

    17 March

    I love a party based around something special to the child! The red and aqua are so yummy! I vote for this one!

  40. Charles

    17 March

    Got to vote for the nautical party! GO NAVY!

  41. Angela

    17 March

    A cute party for a cute boy!

  42. Brad

    17 March

    Go Jenn!

  43. Scott

    17 March

    Reminds me of something i would come up with myself! Just kidding!

  44. Andrew

    17 March

    I am stealing this when we have little guys!

  45. Robert

    17 March

    We didn’t go to this much trouble for birthdays in Frasier!

  46. Dan

    17 March

    Even from Africa I can tell who should win this one!

  47. Shelley

    17 March

    I love me some Charlie so i gotta vote for this one!

  48. Sheri

    17 March

    Love the creativity! You must be a teacher!

  49. David

    17 March

    Just wait till you have more kids–your parties will become alot simpler!

  50. maribeth

    17 March

    it is absolutely precious! i love the hats, the bunting, the boat . . . so cute!

  51. suzanne

    17 March

    My favorite part is the boat made from cardboard. You gotta love anything made from cardboard that kids can play in for hours. Save those refrigerator boxes.

  52. Courtney

    18 March

    So many adorable details. I especially loved center pieces.

  53. Rach@InHisHands

    18 March

    Every detail is simply perfect!

  54. Callie

    18 March

    Loved the nautical theme! Great Job!!!

  55. chip

    18 March

    Fun and exciting party for my grandson. I vote for this one. Charlie loved the cupcakes.

  56. Lindsey

    18 March

    Love this!

  57. Dean

    18 March

    He is growing up so fast! Great Party!

  58. Shane

    18 March

    I wish you all were still across the street so i could come!

  59. Troy

    18 March

    All I can say is Wow……

  60. John

    18 March

    I feel cheated….i never had a party this cool!

  61. Andy

    18 March

    Amazing Party Jenn–You get my vote….

  62. Chris

    18 March

    Never Let my kids see this….

  63. Jason

    18 March

    I am such a slacker…i usually just take my kids to Chuck E Cheese….

  64. Breanne

    18 March

    Absolutely adorable! Such a talented momma!!!

  65. ari morris

    18 March

    i vote for Jennifer. Love the party idea!

  66. Stephanie Lemont

    18 March

    Jennifer,
    I’m so proud of you! The nautical theme was a cute idea for a Boy’s 1st B-day! Well done!!!!

  67. Shelley

    18 March

    You are so creative. I am going to hire you to be my party planner!!!! I love it.

  68. Melissa

    18 March

    too precious…love the notes left by family and friends.

  69. Beth

    18 March

    Such a great party theme, love all the little details – super creative! Those centerpieces are too cute! Definitely gets my vote!!!

  70. Ellen

    18 March

    How do you even think these things up? It’s amazing!

  71. Creepy S.

    19 March

    Charlie looks wonderful!!….. I like cupcakes

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