Ahoy! Last weekend we set sail and turned our house into Birthday Party Island! Seriously, it was POURING down rain the entire day, which kept our 40-ish guests confined indoors! We still had a great time and had the greatest pirate party ever!
I spent the whole month prior to the party freaking out about the weather. Regardless of it being September, it's still SUPER hot and I worried about having kids outside in the heat of the day. Well, mother nature took care of that for me and dropped the temps 25 degrees and made it rain for two days straight. Now, I love the rain and I know we need it, but not on party days! I am grateful though, for my amazing friends and family for coming anyway and enduring the cramped house to celebrate with us!
Our house has an open floor plan downstairs, and for the most part is all open between the kitchen, living room, and breakfast area. We've dubbed the breakfast area the "party corner" since that is usually the main decorating spot for parties. The furniture is the most movable here and it just seems to work. Sometimes I wish I had a little more space in the party corner, but I'll take what I can get! We hung flags from the ceiling to match the invitations I designed, and I'll admit they are still there, two weeks later. Just today Nolan was eating lunch and pointed to the flags and said "happy!" Maybe they'll stay up just a little bit longer.
This year, I also decorated our fireplace mantle by replacing the pictures in the frames that are always there with a photo of my pirate boy, a ship, a number two, a pirate flag, and of course hung lots and lots of banners, flags, and buntings.
I have been dreaming of doing a pirate party for well over a year. I was buying stuff for the First Birthday Confetti Celebration while collecting clearance pirate gear for this year! I found some great hats and crafts at JoAnn's and Target had a ton of pirate Valentine items too. Luckily, Nolan took to the Disney show, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, which made it definitely okay to throw him a pirate party!
I had a hard time deciding on how to decorate the cake. I am SO happy with how it turned out. The inside layers were suppose to match the outside with ombre layers, but my cakes didn't quite cooperate. I still love the finished product!
My mom has become quite the sugar cookie decorator and made some amazing cookies, one of which I used on top of the cake. She also made the pirate ship watermelon fruit bowl, it was SO cute! We even had sharks in the punch thanks to an ice mold I purchased forever ago that I'd been saving for the perfect party!
Thanks to a dear friend, we had a 5 foot colorable pirate ship that was quite the life of the party! I loved seeing the kids sailing through the livingroom having a great time together. We had pirate hats to color and a fun photo booth. Everyone got to choose their own loot of tattoos, necklaces, coins, and eye patches to take home.
I love spending these great times with our friends and family. I love planning parties and working on the little details. I have to say, life is pretty great! Even when it rains on party day.
Here lately I have been looking for pretty much any reason to throw a party. I think it really has to do with just wanting to see friends and spend time with people I love. It seems the older we get, the faster time goes by, and the busier we all are, the longer it is in between seeing the people we care about. Parties are a good way to remedy that, at least, I think so!
Back in March, we decided to throw a St. Patty's Day Pot LUCK with a few close friends. The weather was so nice, and we needed an "excuse" to light up the smoker. Aside from seeing friends and smoking meat, thanks to Pinterest, I had been dying to make one of those 7 layer rainbow cakes... and well, what better reason than St. Patty's Day?
So, we threw a little get together, complete with a pretty adorable little table setup. I made this banner to hang over the table, which I then moved to my mantle for the rest of the month.
Our last little bit of fun came in the form of a photo booth with some fun props I downloaded and printed from The Dating Diva's. We had such a fun time, I am already starting to think of the next reason to have a little get together! (Not that you're surprised by that!)