nautical themed birthday party

February 16, 2011

Time of Wonder (Picture Puffins)
My friend Sarah emailed me a few weeks ago asking for some brainstorming ideas for her son's upcoming first birthday party. She wanted to use Robert McCloskey's Time of Wonder  as the inspiration for the party.

You'd think I would be the perfect person to ask for a book-inspired party, wouldn't you? But the truth is, I had never read the book! (I'm hiding my head in shame!)

She pretty much laughed at me when I told her, but since she's nice, she let me run out to the library, get a copy and then get back to her.
Blueberries for Sal (Picture Puffins)One Morning in Maine (Picture Puffins)
So, Juliet and I read it together and now have one more McCloskey book to add to our favorites. (We already love Blueberries for Sal and One Morning in Maine.

After doing my homework, I set to work trying to find some ideas she could use for a nautical-themed birthday party. Here are some good things I stumbled across:

Walnut boats--how cute are these? You can find the complete DIY instructions here. These make me want to have a boat party...

I also love all the images from this sweet nautical themed birthday party--especially the cardboard sailboat!

Do you have any ideas or links to share? 


Butterfly Wishes and Wonderland Dreams said...

here is some cute links:

great book she is doing it on! :)

Ana Degenaar said...

This is so pretty! I'd love to throw a party like this to Emma.

Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said...

Another great book by Robert McCloskey that has a nautical theme is: Burt dow, Deep-Water Man. We have the DVD of it and it is really unique. I would have never known it existed unless we had the DVD. Also, I've always loved : The Little Island by Margaret Wise Brown which could be a nautical themed book too! I love your blog!

Melissa said...

So much fun, love book inspired themes~so creative!

silly eagle books said...

Thanks for those links, Shannon! I think that first one is the original post with the cardboard boat I was linking to!

Melissa, I've never heard of that one, but I'd love to see if our library has it. And we love The Little Island--another beautifully illustrated classic. :)

Christina said...

I can't find the original post but I featured a cute sailboat invitation a while back ... ... might take some time so depends on when party is.

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