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  • An 8 Year Old’s Boat Party!

    This year my youngest wanted a party themes around boats.  All kinds of boats!  Sail boats, power boats, pirate ships, cruise ships, submarines…you get the picture!  I searched pinterest and google and we came up with a boatload of ideas!

    First for the invitation.  I used a combination of ideas I found online for the wording and the layout.

    I used these cute vector images for some of the graphics.  Nautical Clip Art Vectors

    And this super cute scrapkit by Erica Zane over at Sweet Shoppe Designs.  Cruisin’

    invite front

    invite front

    invite back

    invite back

    Then it was time for some party ideas!  My son loved the pirate ship cake ideas that we found here.  We took his favorite parts and came up with our pirate ship cake.  The bottom water was a yellow cake mix with pre-made icing that even came with tiny fish sprinkles (I think it was Pilsbury).  The ship was a chocolate cake mix baked into 2 loaf pans.  We then stacked and carved into a ship shape.  A few skewers and printed pirate flags, malted milk ball cannonballs, rolos gold, pepperidge farm piroutte cookie sidings, and candle cannons and we were set!

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    Pirate Ship Cake

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    Pirate Ship Cake

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    Cannons ready to fire!

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    Pirate Flags


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    For the rest of our ideas and decorations, we found inspiration for a cardboard sailboat here.  I used 2 large boxes from the packaging section at WalMart, and a foam presentation board cut in half diagonally for the sail.  The stripes are blue painters tape.

    Our homemade sailboat

    Our homemade sailboat

    We drew inspiration for a watermelon ship of fresh fruit from here.  In the background you can also see little boats of candy.

    Watermelon ship

    Watermelon ship

    The kids had hot dog boats and the adults had sub sandwiches.

    Sub sandwich boats

    Sub sandwich boats

    Hot Dog ships

    Hot Dog ships

    Sub sandwich boats

    Sub sandwich boats

    We even made twinkie submarines!  Each child made their own.

    Twinkie Submarine

    Twinkie Submarine

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    I used these little “boat” fast food trays for the plates.

    For the fun, it was pretty unstructured and they just ran around and had fun in the backyard!  We had a table set up with some foam boat kits, foam ships, foil, and duct tape.  They could create boats, and then they used straws to have boat races across the hot tub portion of the pool.  And a bonus…no kids fell in!  Although two did think they could float their twinkie submarines…

    Boat races

    Boat races

    For party favors, I found these cute little mason sippers on Amazon.  I added these nautical straws, some pirate tattoos, and some fun spring pin wheels I found at Hobby Lobby (on sale).

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    Party Favors

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    Party Favors

    All in all, a fun party!  The Birthday Party was thrilled and they all had fun.  None of the items were difficult to make, and the best was that after the food was put out, my part was finished!  They just ran around and had fun.  Low-key, old-fashioned fun!

    If you need more boat themed inspiration, you can take a look at my Pinterest board where I gathered my ideas.

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