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Monday, August 21, 2017






Nautical Birthday Party Ideas

What is it about summer birthdays that makes them so fun?
The majority of the birthdays in our family are in the winter and early spring.  That's when our weather is so dark and gray and most of the time--rainy.  In fact, we're usually surprised when it doesn't rain on our birthdays.


Table setting for a nautical party

But my mother-in-law...she's the lucky one, with a birthday in August!
Oh, how we all wish we could have an August birthday with blue skies and sunshine and fresh watermelon and berries.
August in the Seattle area is absolutely gorgeous!
The warmth, light and sun always makes you want to celebrate!
Just take a look at my mother-in-law's nautical anchor party.



Anchor Themed Party

Anchor's Aweigh!
It's a Nautical anchor-themed party.
'Love is where the anchor drops.'
'You are my anchor in the storm.'
Heb. 6:19-- Love anchors the soul.  



Nautical party supplies
Affiliate links:  Anchor paper fans are found here.  Wrapping paper found here.
Anchor tags and clips were found at Target Dollar Spot.



A very simple party was made easy by a few anchor party supplies.  Red & White striped wrapping paper down the center of the table makes a great and easy table runner.  Instant color, just cut to fit.


Anchor Themed Party

Red & white stripes and navy & white stripes are perfect nautical colors.  This could also be a great 4th of July theme.


Nautical Birthday Party Ideas


Our simple summer menu included:  garden salad, watermelon, black pepper chips and salmon.  

Anchor party with fish and chips.


You do have to have fish (and chips) at a nautical party, right?
Anchor party with seafood.


The cake was store-bought (gasp!)  I know.  (It was purchased at WinCo.)  I was planning on making a cake, but when I saw this one in the store, I couldn't resist!  Just take a look at it!


4 flavored cake!

4 different sections:
1 section chocolate
1 section caramel spice
1 section red velvet
1 section carrot cake
We all chose to try a different kind, sort of.  Well, most of us tried out every flavor!  Delicious!


4 flavored cake


An anchor pillow and gift bags with anchor tags helped decorate the cake table. The anchor pillow is from Coastal Living found at Bed, Bath.& Beyond.

Anchor gifts


Light up boxes help set the occasion.  Do you have a Lightbox?
These things are so much fun!  No having to print out posters, just change up the letters, plug it in and... it's spectacular!



Table decorations for a nautical party.

I own 2 of these fun light up signs.  

Affiliate link:  Lightbox from Heidi Swapp and this one from WOPS.
Nautical Birthday Party Ideas


Happy Birthday, Nana!

Nautical Birthday Party Ideas








For a complete list of all parties on my blog, click here.
Check out more of my Mother-in-law's summer birthday parties:


Whale party decor.
Whale Party

Hiking party for a 70 year old!

Hiking Party

Balloon birthday party
Balloon Party

Sun themed birthday party.
Sunshine Party

Nautical Party
Beachy Starfish Party

Have a puppy party.
Puppy Party






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Monday, July 17, 2017

Ah, these sunshiny summer days...blogging just doesn't seem to happen much in the summer. Trips, family outings, visitors and just relaxing is much higher on the priority list. However, I did want to bring you a few posts of summer. Starting with my oar wall!


Easy to make oar wall.

It's a whole wall of oars!
I've been collecting oars for a few years-- just waiting for enough to create my wall. 
The little antique shops on the island know me by name. Garage sales, junk sales, craft markets have all helped me with my collection.



An oar gallery wall.  Perfect for a large wall in a beach home!

Yes, I know this doesn't work well in every home, but in a beach home...I love it!
This post contains affiliate links to help you locate products.

A collection of oars--ready to go on the wall!

Obviously, the first step in creating an oar wall is collecting oars. Mine were all different. Some vintage, some just old. Some in terrible shape, others looked pretty good. Some long, others short. I loved the ones with old chipped paint and the ones with the oar locks still on them. I did end up staining a few so I could get a darker color on my cream wall.

Hang an oar on the wall.



The next step was figuring out how to hang them.
We used picture frame hooks on the back of each oar. The hooks are so easy to nail into the wood oars and can safely hold a bit of weight.
Hang an oar on the wall.


Hang an oar on the wall.

AH (Awesome Husband) helped me. We put one hook on the handle of the oar and another one close to the paddle. If an oar was longer, we used three hooks.
Creating an oar wall. One paddle at a time.

I laid out the pattern I wanted on the floor.  Colored oars next to wood oars. Older ones next to newer ones, etc. Mixing up the directions of the oars added to the charm.



Creating an oar wall. One paddle at a time.

We measured the wall and determined how many rows we could create with spacing in between. We couldn't even come close to being exact in our measurements, due to each oar varying in widths and heights, but we did our best. We pounded nails into the wall, hanging one oar at a time, measuring AND eyeballing as we went.




Vintage oars on the wall.




Now, here's the hardest part...stopping!  There's a part of me that wants to keep collecting oars and adding more and more...but yet, it's important to call it done and be done and be happy.
Oar wall- perfect for a home by the water.

And maybe I'll start a different collection for the other blank wall?
Hmm...mermaids? Haha!

Beachy Oar Wall. Perfect for a large wall.


I couldn't believe I didn't check Amazon when I was looking for oars. Take a look! (affiliate links)






If you follow me on Instagram you saw me working on another summer project...a driftwood star.
Click here to make your own...it's so easy!

Got driftwood?  Make a star!


Happy Summer!

 



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Friday, June 9, 2017

If you've followed my blog for some time, you know that I've put on quite a few baseball themed parties.  AH (Awesome Husband) can't get enough of the sport and it's always his party theme of choice.  It's starting to get harder and harder to come up with new baseball party ideas, but never fear---I've chalked up another one.

It's a clever baseball party with lots of baseball food ideas.
And of course, the Seattle Mariners gear makes an appearance in every one of my baseball parties!  Go M's!



Foods for a baseball party.

Let's start with the cards, not baseball cards, but Father's day cards. This party was for Father's Day, so we put all the handmade cards for dad in a glove and labeled it 'Card Catcher'.  (A catcher's glove would have been even more perfect, but we don't have one of those!)

Card Catcher for Dad's Baseball Party



Next up, the refreshments...2 pitchers with their appropriate labels. The starting pitcher, filled with water.  The relief pitcher, filled with lemonade.

Starting and Relief Pitchers for a baseball party.


Onto the snacks.  Every baseball party has to have Cracker Jacks. Baseball, Cracker Jacks-- they just go together.



Baseball themed party-- Cracker Jacks

Another great baseball food...pickles?! (You know what this is, right?)

Baseball Themed Party--pun foods.


And don't forget about the chips and salsa.  I gathered 4 levels of salsa to try out.
1st base- mild salsa
2nd base- medium or hot salsa
3rd base- very hot salsa
Home- 5 alarm salsa!
Baseball Foods--Chip display as a baseball infield.

It was fun to see how far we could go around the bases with our salsa eating.  I made a 'pitcher's mound' with the blue chips in the middle.

Baseball Foods--Chip display as a baseball infield.

Another chip dipping option was a corn salsa...because of the baseball term, can of corn.  (That's what they call a pop up--just in case you're not baseball fan.)



Baseball Party Foods

Salami roll ups were a fun and easy snack, made even more festive with the baseball picks.

Baseball Party Foods

Of course we served sliders for the meal.  Choose between a single, double or triple!
Baseball Party Foods- sliders

To go with the sliders, you'll need a suicide squeeze...or two!

Baseball Party Foods- suicide squeeze

Best candy to serve...Mounds bars!
Baseball Party foods- Mounds bars

The perfect cake to serve at a baseball party is a bundt (bunt) cake.  I made a simple chocolate/chocolate chip cake in a bundt pan and splattered it with icing.

Baseball Party foods- Bundt Cake
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Baseball pun foods and party ideas@michellepaigeblogs.com
Baseball pun foods and party ideas@michellepaigeblogs.com

Finish off the meal with a spitball.  (Extra large gumballs).


Baseball Party-- Spitballs

Wrapping paper hung with large baseball cutouts made a fun backdrop for the food and the photo shoot.  Just move the food table out of the way and snap a few pictures.

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Baseball pun foods and party ideas@michellepaigeblogs.com

To print your own baseball food labels, click here.


Happy Father's Day!






To see more of our Father's Day parties, click here.
Father's Day Pizza Party

Click here to see some more of our baseball parties.

Father's Day Baseball Party

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