Joel’s Nautical Birthday Party


My Joel turned 1 a few days ago and I want it to be a very special moment for him to remember when he grown up. I already got a theme in my head for months: Nautical! How boyish it can be for a little sailor. My son Joel also likes to swim and play with water so much, so I think this theme is perfect for him.

At first I wanted to use the birthday EO to manage the party and hire professional to design the dessert table. Some names are pretty popular nowadays at parenting forum. After chit chatting, I considered that  I can save more if I made it myself. Beside, I’m a graphic designer, loves paper crafting, and a stay at home mother. I am the perfect one to create the party for my son!

First thing first, I created the invitation. It had to be a pop-up style. So I made this:

I used fancy paper and printed all of the parts by home printer. My sister helped me with the cutting everytime she came by. She is very neat and determined. When she finished the cutting, I glued and put it all together. We made 15 cards. Oh ya, I didn’t invite too many guests, only some of close friends nearby and close relatives with kids. since the point of this party is to make my boy happy, so I needed to create more space for him to cruising around and build a good mood through the party.

Next: the dessert table

I ordered the birthday cake, cupcakes and cookies at bunda corner cakery.

The cupcakes was delicccccccioouss… They were chocolate with blueberry filling, the topping were buttercream. They were light and enjoyable to eat. I design the paper toppers.

This phenomenal cake was the reason I ordered at Bunda Corner Cakery. She already made the one for another client and I fell in love in a sec! So I ordered the same cake she already made before with personalized figurine and sand beach. The candle was wrapped with fondant. The flavor is choco ganache.

And the super cute nautical cookies..

And this is the dessert table:

The back of the dessert table was a white background for Joel’s photos slideshow.

The main menu was cooked by my mom-in-law (I think she should start a catering business). Guests said that the food was superb.

The menu: tempura, fried noodle, fried chicken, gurame tepung, fish balls soup, gado-gado, sak liu mi (pacar cina), and very hot sambal! *drooling*

I also design a “photobooth”, the idea was a deck and my friend brought photo properties like bandannas, hats, and cute glasses. ;)

The boy in the sailor suit is the birthday boy and that’s me in stripey top.

Every guest wrote a wishes for Joel in the future in the book:

We gave goodies bags at the end of the party. I filled them with dolphin changing color lamp (for boys), rose flower changing color lamp (for girls), rubiks toy keychain, fish shape biscuits and jelly gums.

And that’s all I want to share. I hope my son Joel read this post in the future and feel how his mommy and daddy loves him so much.

Happy birthday, son.


  1. maymoms
    Susan Aldilla May 1, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Ahoy mate! Cool party ! Love all the color combinations, sailor costume and the Joel turns 1 backdrop !

    1. popobell
      Gisela Sumy Lusianty May 1, 2011 at 7:45 pm

      Thank you Susan.. :)

  2. oci
    Oci Rajagukguk Dewono May 1, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Super cool! Love the photo booth idea!

    1. popobell
      Gisela Sumy Lusianty May 1, 2011 at 8:32 pm

      Thank you Oci.. ;)

  3. thelilsoldier
    inga May 1, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Aww keren sekali. suka banget liat undangannya, detil kue ultahnya, dan tentu yang ultahnya dong. Happy belated birthday Joel!

    1. popobell
      Gisela Sumy Lusianty May 1, 2011 at 8:33 pm

      Thank you Inga.. :)

  4. ninit
    ninit yunita May 1, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    happy belated bday, joel! keren bgt party-nya :)
    sukaaa banget sama undangannya! what a creative mama!

    1. popobell
      Gisela Sumy Lusianty May 1, 2011 at 8:35 pm

      Thanks Ninit.. Jadi malu aku.. hehe..

  5. amie kumala
    Hutami Kumala May 1, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    keren ya…makin terinspirasi untuk bikin pesta ultah Rama yg pertama nanti pake tema dan kue2 cantik kayak buatannya Bunda Corner Cake :) tfs mom…

    1. popobell
      Gisela Sumy Lusianty May 1, 2011 at 8:38 pm

      Iya bunda corner ini memang ciamik bikinnya ^^. Pake tema memang perlu supaya gampang dekor2nya.. :D

  6. winD
    Winda Deftiani May 2, 2011 at 2:16 am

    keren banget…suka sama undangannya, dan pastinya kostum nya Joel…sukasukasuka..:D Happy Birthday Joel!!

    1. popobell
      Gisela Sumy Lusianty May 2, 2011 at 10:56 am

      Thanks yaa Winda.. :) kostumnya nyarinya susah euy yg ada sepasang sama topinya.. untung ada yg jual.. :D

  7. puspita_jewel
    Sitha May 2, 2011 at 4:22 am

    Love the colors! And the card. Cakep banget. Ntar bisa terima pesenan kartu dong… *pasti ada Mamas yg siap2 mo order tuh…* :D

    Happy belated bday ya, Joel…

    1. popobell
      Gisela Sumy Lusianty May 2, 2011 at 10:57 am

      Boleh kalo ada mama yg berminat.. hehe.. ;) Thanks yaa..

  8. Bety Kurnia
    Bety May 2, 2011 at 4:41 am

    love this..lucu juga buat tema party untuk anak cowok..kartu undangannya top abis..

    1. popobell
      Gisela Sumy Lusianty May 2, 2011 at 10:59 am

      Thanks mom, semoga bisa dijadikan inspirasi ya.. ;)

  9. Susy Bundanya Quinnsha
    Susy Bundanya Quinnsha May 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    keren bgt ide nya mom….

  10. pinky
    paulina igah May 9, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    coool !!
    undangannya oke sekali (buat sendiri pula) ..
    ide photo booth nya boleh juga ..
    trus yg paling berkesan adalah ide book wishes nya .. perfect !
    btw, ini bikin dimana ya ?

    1. popobell
      Gisela Sumy Lusianty June 26, 2011 at 12:46 am

      Thanks ya.. Bikin pestanya? Ini diadain di rumah mertuaku.. :)

  11. rHe aLvaRo
    reny diana May 9, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Lam kenal bunda Joel..
    keren bgt idenya mom…
    very inspirated…bisa d contek bwt b’day Varo ntar..

    1. popobell
      Gisela Sumy Lusianty June 26, 2011 at 12:48 am

      Salam kenal juga bundanya Varo.. Boleh2.. Silakeun..

  12. lidyas
    liDyawaTi June 25, 2011 at 10:45 am

    hello sista.. keren banget kreasinya.. aku juga lagi nyiapin bday anakku yang pertama.. cari2 eo dan bener, mereka mahal banget… jadi pingin bikin sendiri…
    kalau tuk bendera yang jadi hiasan tulisan happy bday dan background photo corner, bikin dimana yah?

    tks a bunch

    1. popobell
      Gisela Sumy Lusianty June 26, 2011 at 12:51 am

      Hi mba, smuanya aku design n print sendiri di rumah, kecuali background photonya aku print di digital print jayaabadi. Aku ada contact personnya kalo mau. :)

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