The lure of the sea touches something deep in the heart and imagination. Once sea fever takes hold, there is no cure! Walk next to a boy looking out across open water, hand over his eyes against the glare as he watches a tall ship glide past. Hear the crashing waves beating on the rocks. Sit on sand still warm from the sun while the stars twinkle overhead and the sweeping beam of a lighthouse guides vessels through the dark. This is where sea fever starts.
We brought the excitement and thrill of the ancient call of the sea indoors with a nautical themed party for Rory. It was great fun to see their eyes when they walked in the room! This is why we do parties. The memories are so important for kids...and moms!
The Coloring Wall from Anders Ruff was such a hit it was hard to get the kids to stop coloring long enough to eat. They do such amazing work and did all the printables. The detail in these printables is first quality all the way down to the rope around the circle to put the twine through...it was clearly visible! The craft paper boxes came from Pick Your Plum.
Birthday party attire was furnished by GreatStitch. Custom shirts, bucket hats and a pillowcase dress for Rory and Reese all featured the nautical theme.
The photographer that did all this amazing work is Mallory Hall Photography. One of the things I love about photography is that you can catch moments. I think Mallory did such an awesome job with that!!
We loved the envelopes we found from a new company that a dear friend Heidi just started PartyPrepaganda. You will not find a sweeter person to work with and we loved the nautical feel of these navy striped envelopes. They went so well with the Anders Ruff invitation!
They say the blue lobster is extremely rare—only one in two million—but we were able to capture this reclusive creature for place mats and fry boxes from When I Was Your Age. (I adore their name!!) They also provided custom forks for the party. We made a lovely apple dip to go with the apples that were in our fry boxes.
The little bitty bags and straws came from More Sprinkled Joy. They made perfect crayon holders!!The printables are Anders Ruff.
"Opulent Mac and Cheese"....That's what Andolini's calls it. It is only my favorite dish right now. They make it gluten free which is really hard to find in a restaurant. They actually did a TV feature and put the recipe online....it is so worth it! We added some steamed lobster to kick it up another notch....as if it needed anything else!!! If you are ever in Tulsa, the restaurant is amazing! They give pizza dough to kids to have something to do while they wait! The jars came from Specialty Bottle.
We used our limes as little vases with our daisies.
Party favors included a special 3-2-1 cake mix. This incredibly simple recipe provides individual cake portions. Mix an angel food cake mix with a regular cake mix. Take 3 tablespoons of the mix, and 2 tablespoons of water in a mug and microwave for one minute. That fast you have cake! You can also add chocolate chips, nuts or coconut to make it even better. The labels were part of the party pack from Anders Ruff.
We rounded out the Lobster Mac and Cheese with a blueberry and pecan spinach salad and apples with Snickers dipping sauce.
The chocolate covered Oreos with anchors came from EZ FAVORS Lollipop Shop and O Sweet Cakes provided lighthouse sugar cookies.
Shelly from KC Cakes and Bakes has been such a great friend to us and came and helped with the last minute stuff for this party. Her nephew is our little party man! She did these cucumber boats! The flags are Anders Ruff.
Piggy Bank Parties is becoming a staple for all our parties. They do the most amazing favor boxes that you can print out and glue together. So perfect for last minute Lizzies like me! You can also ask them to do custom, just provide a little more time. These are their sailboats that we just had to include as decoration, they are not just favor boxes.
Nothing can take the place of the sea, but until we next sail with the tide, this takes us there.
I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by...
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.
The Good Stuff:
Party Styling: GreatStitch, Brenda and Rhonda Byers
Nautical Invitation & Printable Graphics: Anders Ruff Shop
Professional Photography: Mallory Hall Photography
Custom Embroidery: Great Stitch
Striped Envelopes: Party Prepaganda
Blue Lobster Party Supplies: When I Was Your Age
Party Favor Sailboat Shaped Boxes: Piggy Bank Parties
Glass Jars and Glass Containers: Specialty Bottle
Wooden Utensils: When I Was Your Age
Paper Straws & Balloons: MoreSprinkledJoy
Sixlets, Jolly Ranchers, M&Ms: Lolli and Pops
Chocolate Covered Oreos: EZ Favors Lollipop Shop
Custom Sugar Cookies: O Sweet Cakes
Indigo Blue Party Table: Rhonda Byers