nautical party theme

Nautical Party Theme For Birthdays or Baby Showers

Nautical First Birthday theme was used for Issue 5 of Bird’s Party Magazine. Their work was contributed by several vendors (see pages 116 – 121), and we all did an excellent job pulling a very cute & inspired party that would also interpret marvelously to a nautical themed baby shower!

Party Highlights To Look For

  • Marvelous nautical rope cake pops with “Ahoy” flags, you can make your own with rope from the hardware store and use clothespins to attach small flags.
  • Wonderful anchor-shaped ribbon wreath!
  • Two distinct bunting banners (one with photos for each month) and tissue tassel garland
  • The cute birthday boy in his party hat, “steering the boat” (a.k.a. embellished high chair)

Party Information

Deciding on a theme couldn’t have been more comfortable as my sister-in-law had loved the idea of a nautical collection for her son’s 1st birthday. We knew we had a good deal of colors and bold patterns to work with and just love this collection. So I got right to work!


Red, shades of blue, and accents of rope and gold. I attached nautical rope near the cake plates and knotted nautical rope to carry the food labels. There were dialects of gold on dessert sticks, cake plates, Mylar tassels, and the fondant toppers.


The dessert table was full of lovely nautical inspired foods. Maria of Love and Sugar Kisses made the most incredible nautical rope cake pops from fondant.

She also made the sailboat topper for the smash cake. The gorgeous anchor fondant cupcake toppers, sailboat, and captains wheel were produced by Edible Details. Here is how to make your own sailboat cake.

As constantly her commitment and diligence to detail is perfection. Excellent nautical cookies were created by Bambella Cookie Boutique. Every cookie has been incredibly loved with stripes, buntings, and waves to coordinate with the collection’s details.

nautical scene for party idea

Favor Table

The favor table displayed sea glass candy, biscuits, and chocolate covered Oreos for our guests to take home. Of course, we needed to showcase the birthday boy some more with an anchor-shaped ribbon wreath and a birthday photo banner.

Guests acknowledged a copy of Robert McCloskey’s Time of Magic to add to his growing book collection. The birthday boy described his beloved Aunt Joyce(with lots of smiles and giggles) just how much he appreciated his exceptional first birthday party!

We know that the little man truly enjoys the cake!

Funny Party Facts

red nantucket ship

The real-life version of the little red Nantucket ship on the table is in fact docked in Newport, RI, just miles from the birthday boy’s house. I found that boat for $.25 in a thrift shop near my home in PA!

The “ruler” on the table is actually my kiddo’s growth graph I made two of those gold cake dishes. One cake plate is produced from an Abe Lincoln plate with the Gettysburg Address printed on it and the other cake plate is formed using a pie tin.

And last random fact, the name of the peg doll is Sam.
A big thank you for all of the mega-talented women who helped me organize this party! I hope you will visit their stores and make use of the vendor credits mentioned below as a resource shopping for your next function.

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