I grew up watching Popeye The Sailorman, so two years ago when it came time to plan my nephew’s First birthday party I immediately jumped at the idea of creating a party that was uniquely inspired by it. Considering most of our guests were adults, it was the ideal opportunity to do a party using a theme that everyone would love and associate with, while maintaining a theme that I was sure the kids would enjoy as well. Needless to say the party was an unforgettable one, not just for the adults, but also a huge success among the children. This theme was such a hit due to the fact that it is rarely seen as a party theme, therefore I decided to re-create it for this exciting styled shoot which you might have already seen in this amazing Amy Atlas guest dessert feature a few days ago.
To re-create this party theme, which I called “Lil Sailorman” Popeye Inspired party, I contacted some of my favorite party girls. I wanted to showcase a party theme that can work perfectly for a children’s birthday party or boy baby shower. The color scheme included royal blue, red and classic yellow and denim blue. As you can see, this fantastic “Spinach Can” Cake designed by Jennifer Bunce of The Hudson Cakery took center stage on our very modern nautical dessert table.
Wendy Oliver, of Green Beansie Ink has been one of my go-to girls for printables for a while now. She designed the lovely invitation, pennant banner and dessert tented labels by incorporating the playful stars pattern, steering wheel and lifesavers elements. And of course, this table would have not been complete without the fun cupcake toppers from Lynlee of Lynlee’s Petite Cakes. Her idea to incorporate the “Arm/Fist” topper design was just perfect!
“I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a sandwich today.” –Wimpy. Haha how can I leave this table without it? I will let you in a little secret, can you believe this was Arlene Saint-Hilaire of Sweets by Arlene‘s first attempt at making those adorable Sandwich Cake Bites? They came out perfect! They tasted just as good as they looked. Arlene is not only super talented but also amazing to work with. She also created the “Spinach Can” Cake Pops that matched perfectly with the cake and the cute sugar cookies in the lifesaver, anchor and star shapes.
Chocolate covered Oreos are very popular now and lucky for me, I found Janet Moreno of Sweet Temptations who made these yummy treats in a yellow and red polka dots pattern that matched incredibly well with our color scheme.
Last but not least, I designed a tablescape to match, by using a white linen with a fishnet as a table runner and lanterns as centerpieces and red Carnations, Yarrow and blackberries arranged in a tall skinny clear vase which were adorned by red/white striped ribbon. I also made some chair covers out of a stars patterned fabric and tied it with rope to complete a very nautical and sailor look.
I hope you all enjoyed this post which I’d like to dedicate to my wonderful friend Anny, who supports and always assists me with all of my crazy ideas! So a big shout out to you my dear friend! And to my wonderful nephew Jaxson who inspired me to create this Popeye theme, he’s my Lil’ Sailorman!
All the beautiful photos were captured by Franklyn Espinal of Espinal Photography (except Jaxson’s pic).