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Monday, August 28, 2017



Hello!  I thought I would try to get another post out before the back-to-school madness hits around here. I've been wanting to share my teenage daughter's beach themed bedroom for awhile, now. It's always a bit sad to watch your child grow out of their little kid room and want something a bit more sophisticated. However, this room still has plenty of playful touches that doesn't feel too grown up.

Beachy room for a teen.


We decided to go with a beachy 'wave' theme.  My daughter picked out her favorite color--a soft blue. Paint color is Soothing Blue by Valspar. 

Beachy room for a teen


The surfboard belonged to my father-in-law. It was in bad shape, so we gave it a couple coats of paint and leaned it against the wall.We chose to put mirrors in this dark corner niche to add more light to the room. These wavy mirrors are from IKEA. (They don't sell these mirrors online, but here are two other fun options. Click here and here.)

Teen Beach Themed Room


Teen Beach Themed Room


On one wall, we framed out a rectangle with basic molding and painted the wall with magnet paint.  After a couple coats of the magnetic paint, we covered it with BEHR's semi-gloss paint in the color called, Wipeout. (This is the same color we used on the surfboard.)


Teen Beach Themed Room


The wooden tags were found at Michaels.
Small green and blue buttons were hot glued to magnets.


Teen Beach Themed Room


A few other art pieces and an old skimmer board were hung on the wall by the bed.

Teen Beach Themed Room

Beachaholic pillow came from Joanns.  Bedding is from IKEA.

Teen Beach Themed Room

The drapes, pillow shams and the recovered chair were made out of fabric from two IKEA twin duvet covers. We fell in love with the bold stripes and the blue and green colors. I cut up the duvets and with some simple machine sewing, made them work perfectly. (This particular duvet cover is no longer available at IKEA, click here to see more options.)

Teen Beach Themed Room

We ordered the vinyl 'wave' scripture from here.  Have you ever put vinyl lettering on your walls?  It's super easy and looks amazing!

Teen Beach Themed Room


 I love how this verse goes perfectly with the room's theme.
Teen Beach Themed Room

The fabric draped on the ceiling is to look like waves.

Teen Beach Themed Room

Simple clear-colored tacks hold up the lightweight fabric shades (these were found at IKEA.)
Light fixtures are from here.


Wave Themed Teen Room

and the best part...
My daughter loves her room! 






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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

Linking up to BFFParty@TT&J




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