I made this adorable ship wheel wreath during nap time one day. I love the way it turned out, and its now hanging in Jacob's bedroom! I bought the ship wheel at Hobby Lobby for like $10 on sale, and used paint pens and stencils to write his name and birth date. Then I free-handed the anchor in the middle. I really hope I can come up with something sweet like this for all my kid's first birthdays (wishful thinking).
One of my sweet friends, Pege at Coastie Life and Never Forgotten Designs, made all my printables and I'm seriously in love with them. Her husband is in the US Coast Guard and she happens to specialize in USCG announcements and nautical-themed parties are totally up her alley!
I made the bunting behind the cakes with some washy tape and baker's twine- suuuuuper easy and cheap! I used popsicle sticks to attach it to, and stuck them in sand in mason jars. A small touch to an already lovely cake table.
I ended up buying both cakes at Market Street. I had planned on making them, but I just couldn't figure out the buttercream icing and we all know I couldn't make a navy anchor. I got both cakes for under $30! Score!
We served burgers, hotdogs, potato salad and various chips/dips for lunch. I loved this table- so festive and delicious!
I can't even tell you how many tears I shed making this sweet banner. It's absolutely incredible to see the transformation our sweet baby made over the course of a year. I can't bear to part with this sucker. For all I know, it'll end up on the walls of our bedroom. I love it that much.
As party favors, Jacob gave these cool buckets with shovels, goldfish and bubbles! A fun way to incorporate the nautical/ocean theme.
Here's Jacob's pile of presents. This kid is blessed beyond measure with the sweetest friends and best family! I hope he felt the love that day, because it was certainly all around.
Now, onto the actual party....
We started the party with some mingle time and food.
Thankfully the weather was gorgeous that afternoon, so a lot of people hung out in the backyard. We set up the water table and chairs outside for some fun in the sun for the kiddos.
The grill master hard at work...
Two of my sweet friends and their daughters (aka Jacob's girlfriends). I loved how the dressed up in theme for the party. So festive!
Jacob with our neighbor, Mrs. Cheryl. She is hands-down the best neighbor and adopted grandma (Mimi) and kid could ask for! Love her!
We opened presents next, and let me tell you- this little boy had so much fun!! It was such a difference from Christmas. He got so excited with each present and wanted to stop and play with everything. I loved watching him!
Last we did cake. I cleaned up blue/green poop in Jacob's diaper for a week. So disgusting, but so worth it! Haha!
Clean up afterwards. Everyone pretty much cleared out while we were washing him up. He wanted to play in the bath foreverrrrr. Per usual.
And last, but certainly not least, a picture of our sweet little family. I am forever grateful for these guys. They make my world go 'round. My cup runneth over. Thank you, God!