15 Oct

Playful “Row Your Boat” First Birthday Party

Playful Row Your Boat First Birthday Party

All aboard the S.S. Scarlett (a.k.a. crafted cardboard photo booth ship!) for a playful “Row Your Boat” Inspired First Birthday Party with a mix of homemade decorations (made by mommy, Terra & best friend Janice of Bellwether Events) and professional elements like the adorable sail boat topped cake by Charm City Cakes!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Cute DIY life saver “door wreath” made from yellow & white yarn
– “Gone Fishing” orange slice sailboats swimming in seas of blue jello!
– Bunting banner food labels, party decor & fondant cake decorations
– Felt polka dot party hat for the birthday girl!
– Hand crafted anchor for the S.S. Scarlett ship “photo booth”

Playful Row Your Boat First Birthday Party

Playful Row Your Boat First Birthday Party

Playful Row Your Boat First Birthday Party

Playful Row Your Boat First Birthday Party

Playful Row Your Boat First Birthday Party

Playful Row Your Boat First Birthday Party

Playful Row Your Boat First Birthday Party

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Janice

Terra and I have been friends since high school. When her daughter was born last year, I must admit that I immediately started planning all of her future birthday parties in my head. When Scarlett was about nine months old, I started hassling Terra about Scarlett’s first birthday party. We tossed around a few ideas for themes, most of which surrounded one of Scarlett’s three favorite songs: Itsy Bitsy Spider, Patty Cake, and Row Row Row Your Boat. We settled on RRRYB and wanted to play up the “merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream” portion of the song – as life is truly but a dream for any baby turning one!

We also knew we wanted to use a fun, but girly color palette, and avoid the normal nautical palette of navy, red and white. After starting the Pinterest board and scouring Etsy, Terra brought Monica from Lemonade Design Studio on board to collaborate with. Terra is a graphic designer by trade and she wanted to work with Monica to create the invitation and numerous other paper decor items. I made the yellow and white yarn life ring for the front door.

We took Scarlett to Charm City Cakes for her first (but surely not last) cake tasting and design consultation. We set our husbands to work on the cardboard boat “photo booth.” Unfortunately DC’s summer heat kept very many from taking a ride in the boat, but Scarlett hopped in for a quick birthday spin! We had theme appropriate snacks like Swedish fish, classic gold fish and salt water taffy. While Charm City Cakes provided a delicious smash cake especially for Scarlett, she did not give us a smash, but kept true to her character and daintily picked at the little cake. The marble and chocolate chip muffin flavors of the two-tier cake were a huge hit with the guests. Terra created the mini coloring books given as favors to the younger party guests.

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VENDOR CREDITS:

– Photography: Tim Riddick Photography
– Planning and Design: mom Terra and Janice from Bellwether Events
– Paper Products: Lemonade Design Studio
– Cake: Charm City Cakes

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9Comments

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Chris SAYS:

Where is the bunting garland from ?

Reply October 16, 2012 at 4:55 am

monicachitwood SAYS:

Hi Chris! I’m Monica, from Lemonade Design Studio. I designed the printable graphics for this party, including the printable buntings. If you’re interested in a custom bunting for your party I would be happy to help! You can visit my Etsy shop here http://www.etsy.com/shop/LemonadeDesignStudio or message me through my FB page here https://www.facebook.com/LemonadeDesignStudioMonica

October 16, 2012 at 11:17 am

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Janice Carnevale SAYS:

Hi Chris! The bunting was designed by Lemonade Design Studio, and put together by the mom Terra.

Reply October 16, 2012 at 3:22 pm

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Brit Tucker Stewart SAYS:

What a cute party idea!

Reply October 16, 2012 at 8:30 am

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monicachitwood SAYS:

SO honored to be a part of this amazing party! After designing that little sailboat graphic, invitation, water bottle labels, buntings and other printable items… it’s really exciting to get a little peek into that special day to see how everything came together! Thank you!! Monica {Lemonade Design Studio} http://www.etsy.com/shop/LemonadeDesignStudio
https://www.facebook.com/LemonadeDesignStudioMonica

Reply October 16, 2012 at 11:42 am

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Erin Cogan SAYS:

I LOVE this! my daughter's name is Saylor Grace, her first birthday is in July. using this theme! perfect for my Saylor girl :)

Reply December 15, 2012 at 1:41 pm

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Lauren SAYS:

Who deigned the topper on the cake?

Reply June 9, 2013 at 5:58 am

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