Joshua’s Nautical First Birthday Party

Children are a heritage from the Lord,

offspring a reward from him.

Psalm 127:3

What a blessing it has been to celebrate Joshua’s first birthday. Now that he is taking his first steps I realize, once again, that time flies by and that every step he takes is another step towards his independence. For now, I just want to embrace his babyness and hold him as long as I can even if my back hurts and he decides biting my shoulder is the coolest hobby.

I know everybody says that first birthdays are more for the parents than for the kids but I can tell you that both Evan and Joshua have enjoyed their parties to the fullest and that we just love throwing parties. Evan’s first birthday was a big bash with a construction theme. His second birhtday was much smaller and we opted to celebrate Ka-Chow style with a Cars 2 party theme.

For Joshua’s first birthday we opted for a nautical theme. As soon as I started ‘pinteresting‘ ideas I got overwhelmed with the thought of not being able to get everything we needed here in Jakarta. I even considered getting  a party planner, but it was too pricey and to be honest I love making things myself. So we endeavored in the planning and making of my baby’s birthday.

Disclaimer: Since I’m terrible at taking pictures of parties, some of the photos are really bad quality because they are from my phone. My very good friend Kaho from Chuzai Living was very kind to take some excellent pictures of the party and you will see her name credited under those really good pictures.

The Decor

Since the function room at our apartment building is overly ornate we didn’t want to overwhelm it with decor (besides I didn’t have the time or energy to do it). We had a few streamers, some banners, lots of balloons and some nautical toys to decorate. Part of the decor were an antique steering wheel set on a base and a cardboard boat which doubled as entertainment.

The Food Table (Image by Kaho from Chuzai Living)

The Food Table (Image by Kaho)

Party Room

Party Room

The Spread

The Spread (Photo by Kaho)

The highlight of the decoration, and workload, was the paper party package I got from Totful memories. The colors and the theme were spot-on and the details looked very cute. My personal favorites were the water-bottle and chocolate labels and the personalized signs we used all over the party room.

A small preview of Joshua's Birthday Party

Water bottle labels, chocolate labels and party hats

Water Bottles (Image by Kaho from Chuzai Living)

Water Bottles (Image by Kaho)

Gift and Favor Table

Gift and Favor Table

Banner (Image by Kaho from Chuzai Living))

Banner (Image by Kaho)

Thanks to Oriental Trading we were able to pick up some cute sailor themed party plates, a banner, sailor hats, life-saver wall decorations, popcorn holders and colored streamers and balloons. We also bought some party favors and candy from them. For the party favors we chose miniature Chinese take-out boxes and we added a few candies (mostly for the parents of the babies), rubber duckies with pirate costumes and some silly bandz.

Favors (Image by Kaho from Chuzai Living)

Favors (Image by Kaho)

To be honest I didn’t realize I had to make decorations for the tables so last minute I grabbed a couple of toy boats, some pipe-cleaner and just put them on the tables. We also had the party hats and the sailor hats so they didn’t look too empty.

Last minute table centerpieces (Image by Kaho from Chuzai Living)

Last minute table centerpieces (Image by Kaho)

Sailor Hats for the guests

Sailor Hats for the guests

The Food

Nothing too fancy but everything kid-friendly and fun. The main dishes were a shepherd’s pie and a vegetarian lasagna. We had a fruits and veggies as well as pretzels and popcorn to snack on. For dessert of course we had cupcakes, jello,  a chocolate fountain with fruits and marshmallows and a candy bar that included blue-wrapped kisses, blue licorice, blueberry gummy sharks and red candy covered chocolates.

The Food Table (Image by Kaho from Chuzai Living)

The Food Table (Image by Kaho)

Drinks (we had Sangria for the parents and for the non-toddling crowd) (Image by Kaho from Chuzai Living)

Drinks (we had Sangria for the parents and the non-toddling crowd) (Image by Kaho)

Cupcakes and Sailboat Jello (Image by Kaho from Chuzai Living)

Cupcakes and Sailboat Jello (Image by Kaho)

The very simple and often attacked by little fingers Cake (Image by Kaho from Chuzai Living)

The very simple and often attacked by little fingers Cake (Image by Kaho)

Cupcakes (Image by Kaho from Chuzai Living)

Cupcakes (Image by Kaho)

Candy Bar (Image by Kaho from Chuzai Living)

Candy Bar (Image by Kaho)

Candy Bar

Candy Bar

A couple of fun details were the blue jello with “sailboats” made out of oranges and popcorn cups that actually where the first to cease to exist.

The Entertainment

We usually like having (and making) pinatas at our parties but since we didn’t know if the apartment building would allow it we opted for a cardboard boat instead. Boy are we glad we did. It was the hit of the party and it was a lot of fun for the boys to “help” daddy make the boat out of cardboard boxes.  I bought an old steering wheel at an antique shop and daddy set it on wood.

We made the boat and bought the steering wheel at an antique shop. Daddy set it on wood.

We made the boat and bought the steering wheel at an antique shop. Daddy set it on wood.

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Fun playing with the boat

Fun playing with the boat

Family Pic

Family Pic

Since most of the kids were quite young we opted to put a playmat on the floor and my good friend Nazira let me borrow her son’s ball pit. For the older kids we set up coloring pages on a table and we had some of Evan’s toys available to them.

The play area (Image by Kaho from Chuzai Living)

The play area (Photo by Kaho)

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Ball Pit Fun

Coloring Table

Coloring Table

Joaquin in the Tunnel

Joaquin in the Tunnel

We also set up a sort of photobooth that both parents and kids enjoyed. It was a very simple plastic board frame that my friend Priscilla helped me decorate while she visited. We added a few fish in a net, rosettes and some party signs from the totful memories party package. We also set up the steering wheel for kids to take pictures with and it was quite popular. (In fact it still is)

With my good friend Maria.

With my good friend Maria.

Josh loved playing with the wheel.

Josh loved playing with the wheel.

Hey boy

Hey boy

Mateo loved the steering wheel

Photobooth Props (Photo by Kaho)

Photobooth Props (Photo by Kaho)

A few pics….

We had a blast celebrating our Joshua and are very blessed to share his first birthday in Jakarta with all of you!

Captain Evan

Captain Evan

After singing happy birthday

After singing happy birthday

Josh was very grateful for all the cool presents.

Josh was very grateful for all the cool presents.

Hey!

Hey!

Picking the confetti up

Picking the confetti up

The leftover disaster zone

The leftover disaster zone

The best helper

The best helper

Until next year! Or actually, next month as we are preparing Evan’s Blast Off to Space 3rd Birthday Party!

33 thoughts on “Joshua’s Nautical First Birthday Party

  1. What an amazing party! I love the cardboard boat for the kids and the steering wheel, looks like so much fun! SO glad that you have so many wonderful pictures to capture all of your hard work and Joshua’s special day!

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  3. Oh wow! Looks like such a fun party — for both the niños y adultos! You are so DIY. Did you make the desserts also? Regardless, I am impressed with your skills. I love the photo booth idea also, how fun.

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  5. Hi Ana, that was very inspiring :)
    My name is Ay, live here in Jakarta.
    I’m about to make a 1st birthday party for my son, next month.. Just wondering, if we buy those online design, what kind of paper did you used to print all the materials? or simply just bought all customer party supplies?
    thank you..
    oh, and happy birthday to Joshua! Cheers..

    • Hi Ay! Thanks for visiting! Happy birthday to your boy! I printed everything in Snappy. For the banners I used 230gram glossy cardboard. For the bottle and chocolate labels I used glossy 120 art paper. They also have sticker paper which could work for some of the things. Let me know if you have any more questions! Happy planning!

      • Whoaa, many thanks for the answers, Ana :)
        *im about to wrote “customed”, it came out to customer* :s
        Anyway, how come you can bought many stuff from “Oriental Trading”?
        They dont have shipping service to Jakarta.

      • My husband got the stuff from oriental from the US. However, you are able find lots of cool things in glodok! I didn’t know about it until after I had gotten everything. I will go there next time.

    • Thank you! I cut everything myself! Well, couple of girlfriends helped me but we did it at home. I have some punches and a guillotine cutter but we spent a few hours on them over tea and fun conversation.

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    • Hi Meg, thanks for your nice comments! To be honest, we just played it by ear and started building it with whatever boxes we had available. First, decide whether you want to kids to be able to go in or not and then go from there. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just start putting the boxes together and have fun!

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  9. Hello. Congratulations on an amazing party. Question. How did you make the letters for the photobooth? I am impressed. Also I only have a month to plan this party to you think that is enough time?

    • Hi Eunice! Thanks for your comments! For the letters I found a font I liked online, put the name in the size I liked, printed it on construction paper and cut it. Have fun planning your kiddo’s party!!! :)

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  11. Hi, I just stumbled upon your blog. I am planning a party myself and am desperate to find sailor hats (for adults) in Jakarta. Could you please email me and let me know where you found yours? They look great!

    • Dear Sarah, unfortunately I got my hats in the US and don’t know where to find them in Jakarta. I would give pasar majestic a try. They seem to have lots of party supplies. Otherwise, China Town also has tons of good party stuff. Enjoy your party!

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