Have you ever tried to get a one year old to sit still? It’s similar to trying to reign a bull in a rodeo. Or maybe trying to tag a great white shark. In other words, it’s not happening. Especially when said one year old is not on his best game. As in, he clearly hadn’t been told to prepare for this mini-photography session. Next time I’ll give him a week’s notice. I’m sure he’ll appreciate it.
Our friend’s son, Ryder, graced us with his presence the other day. At our house. For an overnight! Now, before you tell me how amazing I am for taking a one year old overnight, you must know, I also took his parents on the overnight. So really, I didn’t do much. Except a lot of soul-searching. But if you want to tell me I’m amazing anyway, I will gladly accept the compliment.
Ryder is so cute, one could get caught up in wanting a little-mini-Ryder of their own. Ryder knows how to handle this in a very mature way. He promptly cries, poops, and wakes you up at 5:45am. Just to prove to you how cute those little bundles of joy are.
In all reality, Ryder is super cute and we love him. So when we found out we couldn’t make it to his first birthday party, I definitely wanted to help his parents with the decorations. I may have been a little overwhelming (note to all the other parents who accept my help)…but they handled it well. I’m sure the texts at midnight, asking if I should add fringe to the birthday hats were much appreciated.
I wanted to keep them within a really low budget. You’ll need a pool noodle, a bucket, red/white crepe paper, yarn, wooden sticks, and the blue stuffing paper. I used Google for nautical images, printed them on cardstock, and taped them to wooden sticks. To make the life preserver, you need to cut the pool noodle to size, tape it in a circle shape, and wrap the crepe paper around. I used yarn (because real rope was a lot more expensive), to twist into “rope” for the handles. Hot glue worked to keep them on the preserver.
I bought birthday hats at the dollar store, and used nautical themed paper to cover them. Then I made my own fringe with the corresponding colored crepe paper. They turned out super cute, not sure if Ryder thought so:
Ribbon Birthday Banners
Just grab some ribbon from your local fabric store in various colors/patterns. Cut them in about one inch strips, and knot them onto ribbon/twine. I used my Cricut for the “ONE” banner, but you could do one by hand just as cute.
For more Nautical themed party ideas and free printables, check out Kaleb’s first birthday party here.