With all that being said, I needed to start working on the decorations and banners in order to find a real theme to the party and something to give me a better guide lines. I headed out to Micheals one day, spent about 30 minutes going up and down and up and down the scrapbook paper. I was looking for the perfect paper to use for the banners. I found a few and was so excited when they all started to really pull together. Once I purchased the scrapbook paper, I then needed templates to cut out my themed items.
I just did a simple google search for the anchor, sail boat and wheel. I then printed, and enlarged them into the sizes I wanted and was going to use. I also made extra copies, just in case one of the kids got a hold of one, or if I accidentally cut one... you know, back ups; JUST IN CASE!!!
I then took all the paper, a pencil and my trusty busy bee scissors and got to work. I first cut out my template and then spend, however many hours, tracing them onto the paper. Then I spend an extra, however many hours, cutting those out.
|First set cut out.|
|First set of each color cut out.|
|Different sizes for different banners.|
|Heres all those super cute scrapbooking paper I got.|
I then purchased twine; the ugly, rough, cheap kind you find at the home depot or lowes kind of store; and used that with a lot of hot glue and ta-da:
The end result looked great. Excuse the painters tape, we were on a small budget.
I also wanted a fun high chair banner for when Jared smashed his cake. Just something simple and nothing crazy.
I used the same blue, orange and white paper to cut out circles (as this banner needed to be small, to fit on the front of a high chair.) I used my stencils to cut out the letters, and just used bowls to make the circles. I then cut, and glued them all together.
I again used the cheap twine and a little hot glue to put the banner together.
|Again, ignore the painters tape.|
|The sign was so perfect.|
|His feet loved it... see?|
|Notice the strand of circles and the anchor and boats in the background.|
|These are the circles cut out from the scrap paper, and hot glued on to the twine.|
You could do a ton of these and hang them in a door way, or use them to block off a room or stairs. So cute, and it looked great.
|This was a great addition to the inside decorations. Made the arch ways fun.|
The decorations were a great hit, and everyone kept asking where I got the banners. I always love that feeling of fulfillment when I know I made something extra special on my son's big day.
Thanks for checking out the nautical themed birthday party, be sure to pin this, and share with your friends and family.