Seven Seas Party {Mockingbird Cottage}

I am thrilled to introduce my very talented guest to you today!

The lovely Melissa is the mom of one of my darling little first graders from years past!  I have kept in touch with their cute family over the years... And now I get to share some of her creativity with you!


Hey there!  My name is Melissa. 

I've known Alison for about four years now, ever since my little girl was in her first grade class.  She is still my daughter's all time favorite teacher! So many fun memories!  🙂  I have been a "Mommy Blogger" for almost four years (mostly recording my favorite funny moments) and finally have started another blog to fuel my creativity and do more to beautify my home.  I have many projects to share! My new blog is Mockingbird Cottage.   Stop in and say hello sometime!

Today, I am excited to share with all of you my latest labor of love!

My son, Chase, just turned seven years old.  He is always looking for an adventure and is absolutely obsessed with animals, sea creatures, and maps.  So, I thought that The Seven Seas would be a perfect theme for his adventure-style birthday party.

It was a really fun party!

I made the invitations tri-fold style and tied them with rope. No envelopes needed!  I absolutely love this paper from Three Bugs In A Rug!  It was so perfect for Chase's theme.  Such cute paper!

Here is a glimpse of all sides of the invitation.
When you open the top flap, there are all the details of  the party.  In the middle, there is a poem I wrote about a Seven Seas Adventure.
Here are the words to the poem:
Ahoy Mateys!
Seven years to Celebrate,
Since Chase became our young first mate.
Seven Seas are calling him now
His sights are set toward the bow
The days spent at Port six cruised by way too fast
But new adventures await as he raises his sail to the mast
Chase invites you to join the crew as his vessel sets sail
Exploring depths of the ocean where sea creatures dwell
We'll dive right in to games and cake
Wear a swimsuit and sunscreen so you don't bake
The day is Monday August 15th from 2-4 o'clock
(Modern day time)
Make sure you do naut get land locked and get left behind!
Having you on board will be sure to please
We'll see you at the Seven Seas!
Some party decorations to welcome Chase's friends:
A party store made up these darling balloons of a fish and an octopus.  We loved them!
(And there were tears shed by my two youngest when they finally popped a few days later.)


I thought it would be fun to use our chalkboard to copy a fish market sale.
I loved making this banner so much! I again used 3 Bugs In a Rug  paper and used skewers behind the paper to make sailboats as part of his name display.  This was my favorite party project!
My kids and I made newspaper sailboat hats for all the party guests.
Easy-Peasy! (and cheap!)
The crew had to find their sailor hats in Davy Jone's Locker.  Then all of the other decorations for the table mostly came from things I had around the house or we made together as a family for this party.
I wanted to put a banner on the front of the table and then I thought of the idea as making it as Shark teeth.  The tablecloth is made of old map tissue paper.  We put a couple of fish in some fish bowls and added around any marine life toys we could find.  Again, I let my kids help do this!
The party games were fun, and didn't cost anything!
The joy of playing in the water in the summer-time! 🙂
Dribble-Dribble Dunk! was a big hit! It is just like duck-duck goose, except the players take a pitcher of water around the circle and dribble a drop down each person's neck and until they dunk someone! The giggles were so great with this game!
After Chase's friends went home, we had dinner with our family that evening.
All of the food was named after one of the Seven Seas. We had octopus of the Black Sea, Caspian Sea with traveling Swedish fish, Persian Gulf Shrimp, Pirate Ships of the Indian Ocean, Sea Shells off the Adriatic Sea, Chicken of the Red Sea, and Ocean Water from the Mediterranean.
I tried to make some grilled chicken and pineapple to look like a fish.  It was very, very simple; and so yummy too!
My birthday boy loved it, so that's what makes me happy! 🙂
Cupcakes were super-simple. Blue frosting with gummy sharks and fish.  There wasn't time for anything fancier. 😉
Thanks so much Alison for letting me be a guest on your blog and share a thousand photos!
I'll be posting more ideas on my new blog soon, so be sure and watch for that!  I'd love you all to visit!

Sunday’s Snippets: Our Camping Adventure

If you're new to Oopsey Daisy--welcome!  For me, Sundays are all about family.  So each week, I share little bits and pieces of our regular, everyday lives in this Sunday's Snippets feature.

Last weekend, my entire family gathered to celebrate my nephew's fourth birthday.  This little dude is quite the outdoors' man.  My sister threw him a fantastic camping birthday party.

Here are just some of the happy campers.  Love them!

My sister sent us on a scavenger hunt, where we discovered fields full of our Colorado state flower, the columbine.  Little Man seemed intent on picking a "flowee" for his Mama Bear, so I had to discourage him from picking our state flower!  Isn't it gorgeous?!

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Mr. One-derful Birthday

Is anyone else feeling a bit of a 3-day weekend hangover?
I am feeling a little sluggish getting back to regular everyday life.
But summer is here, my friends!!
(Knock on wood, right??)
We had a lovely weekend with family in town--all celebrating my sweet nephew's first birthday.  My sister threw him a sweet birthday party, and the theme was
Mr. One-derful

Super cute, right??
I made some of these little party hats as centerpieces. We guessed (and we were oh-so-right!) that this sweet little guy wouldn't actually wear a hat on his head.  Instead, we used them as centerpieces.  Doesn't this just scream "BOY"??
I made these in Lil' Luna style...
*I used circle dot stickers as polk-a-dots
* I added some paper pinwheels with glittered cardstock 1's.
* My favorite part is the ruffled crepe paper around the edges.  Is there anything more lovely than ruffled crepe paper??
Using my Cricut, I cut out the fabric for the birthday boy's onesie, and ironed it on.
(If you'd like to know more about how to do this, see this tutorial.)


The birthday party was SO sweet!  So many fun moments.


And is there anything more precious than watching a one-year-old try to eat their own birthday cake??  There was cake EVERYWHERE by the time this little guy was done!
Have a happy day!
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