Speaking of parties, this past weekend was my son's FIRST birthday party! Since he's a Pisces, I went with a fishing/nautical theme (it seems I'm not going to get over this theme anytime soon, but yes, he will be allowed to pick his own theme once he can talk). And since it was his very first birthday ever, I went a little bit overboard (ha!).
The cheese spread featured an armada of ships made from newspaper papier-mache with felt sails - an unfinished holiday project of mine that happened to fit right in as-is! I made the cheese labels ahead of time to avoid spending the party answering cheese questions. All you have to do is find a fun font, print it on fun paper, and glue it to a food pick with some white glue. I laminated these with a Xyron to keep them from getting greasy.
I made adult and kid punches in simple large jars and named them on theme - "Full Steam Ahead" is really just this Lemon Drop Champagne Punch, and "No Wake" was fresh-squeezed orange-lemonade, but the funny names got people in the spirit (literally). I made label stickers with a Xyron and slapped them right on the glass. All surfaces were draped with inexpensive netting from Save-on-crafts.com and scattered with ocean artifacts like starfish, driftwood, and sea glass from Jamali Garden Supply.
For every birthday party I throw, I make these little swizzle-stick favors featuring the guest of honor. All you need a is a wallet-sized photo, a craft punch, some store-bought swizzle sticks, and some hot glue. So simple, but people get a huge kick out of them.
In order to avoid completely overwhelming myself, I concentrated on crafting an atmosphere (my forte) and left baking for a crowd (not my forte) to the professionals - I had to share these, because talk about craftsmanship!: