Monday, June 13, 2011

First Birthday Pirate Party

(Subtitle: Attempting to Crash Your Computer, One Ginormous Photo at a Time)

Apparently you dolls are only interested in my writing about summer handbags and wine, but you're just going to have to tolerate my blathering on about my wee darling baby toddler boy (at least) one more time. I mean, who doesn't love looking at other people's endless amateur kid photography? Thank you for understanding.

Those reading my recent ramblings know that we celebrated Master P's first birthday last weekend here at Pretty HQ. On that note & as the first step of party planning, I set out weeks ago to find just the perfect invitation - because, naturally, my infant toddler son would have no part of any Evite silliness. He's just not that kind of boy. Ahem.

When We - yes, the royal We seems fitting for a first birthday - happened upon these, our previously scheduled party theme flew out the planning window as I started to envision the pirate possibilities...

Photo Credit: Minted

Via Zazzle
Once the invites were posted, I set about creating all the many, handmade, Martha-style details for which my parties are renowned. By "many, handmade, Martha-style details", I mean to say that I personally handed over my very own credit card to purchase stuff that other people made, presumably painstakingly. I know! Please take a moment to be impressed with the one & only party detail I managed to remember to photograph:

Tray by Target  (found via Beach Bum & Baby's fab mom blog), pirate duckies by Oriental Trading Co.


With all of these not-even-remotely handmade details in place, we were ready to get down to the actual party business:


Outfit by BabyGap, balloon from Heaven - Master P could barely fit in the party between the balloon nibbling
Target sprinkler pool, Little Tikes "Anchors Away" water table; as usual, however, Master P preferred the inexpensive details over the main event...


The shark proved more interesting than the ship table, alas.

Tasty as they were adorable, Austin party planners should go here for excellent baked goods
(Alas, we couldn't fit "Master P" on the cakes. Thank you for understanding.)






And with that, the whole of the Pretty family took to our respective fainting crib & couch, reluctantly reemerging only this morning. All that non-homemade party goodness really takes it out of a girl, though even I will admit to having had too much fun this weekend.

For all those chanting "Less babies, more bags!", we'll be back to our usually scheduled First Church of Reformed Materialism services tomorrow...

11 comments:

The Shabby Princess said...

Ok, that last picture of you and Master P? Please tell me you're going to frame it! It's perfect.

As is the rest of your amazingly homemade birthday celebration. Sidenote: I follow the same homemade rules, my Visa does not appreciate it.

Kristen at The Red Velvet Life said...

Happy 1st Birthday, Jack! What a cutie :) LOVE the gorgeous pics of you two and the cakes/cupcakes are too cute!

LPC said...

So much creativity. Birthday parties, and Halloween, are great occasions for a little maternal self-expression:). Plus, you are a beautiful little family.

McQ said...

Yay - pics of the entire pretty family! While I am not exactly "baby friendly" I am able to recognize a fabulous party when I see one. You def. subscribe to my kind of party planning - a little by me, a lot by Target (or anyone else, really), and a bit of Martha polish to pull it all together. Love it.

Llama said...

How adorable! Happy 1st birthday Captain Jack! Your cake was super cool!:)

for a different kind of girl said...

How in the world is it possible that your adorable Jack is a year old already?! He's perfection! The party sounds like it was, too.

thepreppyprincess said...

What an absolutely wonderful party you put together! I love that he decided to gnaw on the whale, it show his good taste and early understanding of the importance of most things nautical.

The decor is darling, doesn't Beach Bum & Baby have a great eye?! And who can overlook the beauty of something from Oriental Trading?! (Yes, we fight over the catalog when it comes, we lead tragic lives here at The Prepatorium.)

He looks so, so happy, I love the photos, you would have been run out of Blogdom on a rail if you didn't share some of the fun!

Hugs at you, you really did an amazing job.:)
tp

The Waspy Redhead said...

Great job! I'm not ready for kids, but I am ready for kids birthday parties. I wish you could rent offspring just for the milestone celebrations.

Perfectly Imperfect said...

I cannot believe he's already one!!! The party looks fabulous and I'm a big fan of the pirate theme!

Thanks for sharing! Give that boy a birthday hug from BG and I!

Kate said...

Master P is way too cute in his nautical shirt!!! You did a great job with the party! Did he like the cake??? H cried when his dad took the cake away! HA!

a H.I.T. said...

I LOVE this party theme! And Happy belated Birthday to Grand Master P!! What sweet pictures :)

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