I am officially writing this as the mother of a one year old. How in the world did that happen?!? Last Saturday was my little guy’s first birthday, and we spent the day celebrating him in all of his awesomeness!
I shared with you guys a while ago that we were planning a pirate-themed soiree, so now I’m here with all the deets!
First, let’s talk food. I wanted to keep things super simple – think, stuff that people can serve themselves – because I didn’t want anyone tied to a kitchen or serving food. We had coney dogs, meatballs, fruit cups, a veggie tray, and some chips & crackers. But of course, we had to theme it out a little bit.
So the coney dogs became pirate ships…
And the meatballs became cannonballs…
The fruit cups were dolphin cups..
And what would a pirate party be without fish & chips (Goldfish crackers and potato chips)?
And to wet your whistle we provided lemonade, sea water, and pirate rum!
Cute, huh? And let’s not forget the star of the show…CAKE!
As the backdrop for the cake table, I simply hung some streamers in coordinating colors and strung up a banner I picked up at Target. So cheap and easy!
Originally, I was going to do the streamers behind Roarke’s highchair where he would eat his cake, but then I got an idea that I loved SO much more!
I created this little ‘1’ display out of various Instagram photos from the past year. I’m so totally in love with this little tribute to my sweet boy and everyone really enjoyed seeing how much he’s changed!
The highchair you can see a glimpse of in that picture is actually JP’s old highchair that I gave a little makeover last summer. I loved being able to use a piece of his dad’s childhood for such a special moment.
And what kind of blogger would I be if hadn’t whipped up a fun little pennant banner to decorate it with? I’ve got a super easy tip I’m going to share with you guys in another post for how to get perfect triangles without measuring!
I created a cute little display over the gift table with some wood letters and paper fans. Another cheap set-up that makes a big impact!
I knew there would be a few small kids coming to Roarke’s party and I know how tough it can be to keep kiddos entertained indoors for more than 5 minutes, so I thought I’d try and help out a bit! I picked up a couple pirate-themed things that they could color and put them in a basket with some crayons.
And now the question on every one-year-old’s mind: WHAT am I going to wear to my birthday party? Luckily, I took care of that, too. I whipped up a design and printed it on some heat transfer paper to make this adorable little onesie! Please forgive my juvenile humor, I couldn’t resist 🙂
For favor bags, we gave each buccaneer an eye patch, a pirate rubber duck, bubbles, and some rad temporary tattoos. Ya know, for the rebellious babies.
All in all, the party was fantastic and I’m so happy we were able to share it with our whole family. And to my precious little man: you’ve brought so much joy and happiness to my life and I love you to the moon and back!