For a few months, I’ve been keeping a little secret. You see, Mr. K’s mom celebrated her 60th birthday and retired from her career as a school teacher within a couple weeks of each other. So the family has been clandestinely planning a surprise 60th birthday and retirement party. Mom loves old world nautical decor and the color red, so it only made sense to throw her a nautical birthday and retirement party. I wanted to keep it classy and bright, so we decorated mainly with navy and white, throwing in little pops of red. I was thrilled with how everything came together for this classy nautical birthday/retirement party.
This whole event has been quite the ordeal, first because it was a surprise and most of us slipped up at least once, but also because many of us were traveling from a distance. Mom lives in south-western Washington state, but none of the family lives close by. We, along with Mom’s dad and brother flew from various parts of CA; Mom’s sister flew in from Texas; and other family came from the far reaches of WA. There were lots and lots of secret emails and text messages and text pictures and Skype conversations while she was at work, as well as shipping of packages of decorations and coordinating travel and lodging plans. But everything came together splendidly, and we were able to give Mom 2 beautiful parties–a family dinner on Saturday night and an open house party for everyone else on Sunday afternoon. We totally surprised her!
Many, many thanks to my sweet sister-in-law, Charity for doing a ton of work and letting me bounce a million and a half ideas off of her, as well as Kristi and Marissa, two of Mom’s good friends who did all the in-town legwork for us out-of-towners. I’m also extremely grateful to Erin from LUNCH Restaurant for lending us her serving platters, as well as Nicole and Vera for helping with all the food prep and decorating on Sunday.
My good friend, Monika from Hello Brielle, designed all of the printables (nautical cupcake toppers, nautical food labels, nautical snack cones, nautical Thank You bag toppers, & mini nautical flags). She did a great job, as you can see from the below pictures–you should use her for your next event! The invitation and inserts were designed by Honeycomb Events.
Party #1: Family Dinner with specialty cake
The cake was made by Mike’s Amazing Cakes in Seattle
Party #2: Open House event at Mom’s Church
This party was open house style with a dessert/snack table so people could eat as they came. Most the food was easy prep stuff so set-up didn’t take extremely long. We were also able to re-use all of the decorations from the dinner party the night before.
- All Nautical Party Printables: Hello Brielle Designs
- Nautical Invitation & Inserts: Honeycomb Events
- Event Planning & Photography: Marigold Mom
- Dinner Venue: Shilo Restaurant, Ocean Shores, WA
- Open House Venue: Immanuel Baptist Church, Hoquiam, WA