Kyler’s Nautical First Birthday Party

28 Jan

For sweet Kyler’s first birthday, we decided to make her birthday party a nautical theme complete with anchors, whales, stripes, pink and navy! I started working on making things for her party well in advance so I didn’t have to stress out and stay up night after night working on her birthday party…. yeah…. I still did that. Not sure where I went wrong or perhaps I kept adding to my already long list of to-do’s but I felt like a Christmas Elf on Christmas Eve for the last month now. The day before the party I told my mom that next year we are going to Disney for her birthday. I am half-joking, half serious.

For those of you that don’t know me or my background, I am in the event industry so event and party planning come natural to me and I LOVE to do it. Anytime I can wrap my head around an idea, theme, or project, I tend to go all out (money hindering of course πŸ™‚ ). I ended up making 80% of her decor items so that can be cumbersome. I made the invitations, thank you cards, monthly photo cards, menu cards, other signs around the house, birthday bunting as well as all of the other bunting, ONE letters and KJ letters, and painted all sorts of anchors and whales.

Invites and Thank You cards:

The party came out great and I think Kyler had a great time. Thank you to EVERYONE that helped me with this party πŸ™‚ Pictures are below πŸ™‚ Let me know if you have any questions!

Outside decor:


Foyer & Thank You pails for the kiddos.


Kitchen area & Monthly Photos:


Dessert, yum!


Push-Pop cupcakes and cake!

cake collage

Kyler’s First Birthday Cake!


Cake Eating Chair!


Food set-up:



Drink Display:


Family room aka party spot!


My First and My First Holiday photos:



Looking into the backyard:


Now the fun begins…. cake time!



She LOVED the cake ❀


She ate more than I thought she would!

cake collage3

Time to clean up!


The Birthday Girl!


Talking to her cousins in North Carolina on FaceTime.


My love.


Kyler and her cousin Cole.Β 


Grandpa helping Kyler with her new car.


Opening up gifts.


Cruising along with her new ATV from Grandma and Poppa.


It was a GREAT party and we are so blessed to have such great friends and family that love her to come celebrate her birthday with us! I think Kyler had a great time but the poor girl was tuckered out afterwards.



Well Kyler Nicole, we hope you had the best first birthday a girl could have. We love you so much and are so lucky to be your Mom and Dad ❀

22 Responses to “Kyler’s Nautical First Birthday Party”

  1. Valerie Drabyk March 7, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

    We are your Dad’s cousins from NJ. After I read your touching memorial to your brother, I looked at the photos of your beautiful daughter’s birthday party. I can’t get over the wonderful decorations that you made for Kyler’s first birthday!! I’ve never seen anything like it. You area very talented person. Enjoy her… I’m sure she will ease the pain of loosing Craig.
    Valerie & Andre’

    • ThisGreyHouse March 18, 2013 at 8:26 am #

      Thank you Valerie. I love planning parties and it makes it that much better when it’s for my little kiddo πŸ™‚

  2. Bradey April 25, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    How precious! We’re doing a nautical themed party for my little girl this year, and I found you in a search. (: Where in the world did you get her precious little outfit/bow at the end of your post? I order a little ruffle bottom onesie online, and it didn’t fit. 😦 (No returns)

    Also, if you don’t mind me asking – where did you get the covers for around your water bottles?

  3. Brooke April 26, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    Hi there. Beautiful party!!!! Can you send me or post a picture of your invitations? I want to do this for my little boy and replace your pink with orange but now I’m searching for an invitation. Love your site πŸ™‚

    • ThisGreyHouse April 26, 2013 at 9:35 am #

      Hi Brooke! Thank you so much πŸ™‚ I just updated this post to include the picture of the invitation and thank you card. Orange and Navy would be so cute for a nautical party, great idea! I searched all of the internet but just broke down and designed one myself. It’s simple but I love it πŸ™‚ Good luck with your little man’s party and let me know if you have any other questions!!

      • Brooke April 26, 2013 at 10:15 am #

        Thanks! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the invitation. You wouldn’t by chance have the template would you?! :0

      • ThisGreyHouse April 26, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

        I do πŸ™‚ I will send you an email πŸ™‚

      • Brooke April 26, 2013 at 10:24 am #

        And also, how did you make those K & J signs? What is it on and what did you use? I’m sorry I just adore this party!

      • ThisGreyHouse April 26, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

        Those are super simple! Buy the paper mΓ’chΓ© letters from a craft store, your favorite scrapbook paper, glossy Mod Podge and the wooden anchor or whales! Turn the letter upside and paper upside down and trace. Cut it out and then Mod Podge it down! Give it 10 minutes and then Mod Podge over it to seal it. I did this a couple times. Last but not least, hot glue your anchor or whale somewhere on the letter and tada! And please, do not apologize! I love this stuff and don’t mind at all πŸ™‚

  4. Lisa June 14, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    Gorgeous party! Did you make the pushpop cupcakes and Kyler’s cake? If so where can I find the recipes? We are doing an almost identical party but with a pink crab. Love the pink and navy, I’m very excited πŸ™‚

    • ThisGreyHouse June 14, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

      Hi Lisa! Thank you! I made the pushpop cupcakes and bought Kyler’s cake from the local bakery. Her cake was just a plain vanilla with buttercream. As for the push-pops, one was the funfetti mix with homemade buttercream frosting (with food coloring) and a chocolate cake with cookies and cream frosting. Are you looking for a tutorial on how to put them together or the actual cake recipes? Send me your e-mail and I will send a few links!

  5. Amanda April 24, 2014 at 10:13 pm #

    By chance, do you still have the link of where you purchased your invitations? Thank you!

    • ThisGreyHouse April 24, 2014 at 10:41 pm #

      Hi there! I designed these invites myself. Are you interested in them?

      • Amanda April 24, 2014 at 11:07 pm #

        Yes, I am definitely interested!

  6. Christine May 6, 2014 at 9:38 am #

    So happy I fell upon your blog! I am throwing this same birthday party for my daughter at the end of the month! I love all of the details and thank you for your links in the comments. Hartstrings doesn’t seem to have the dress anymore..any chance you want to sell yours?!?

    • ThisGreyHouse May 6, 2014 at 9:46 am #

      Hi Christine! Thank you! I am actually going to hold onto this dress however, I did find it on ebay just now for 18 months? Not sure if that size would fit your daughter or not.


      • Christine May 6, 2014 at 8:59 pm #

        I’ll have to check it out! Thanks for looking into that for me πŸ™‚


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