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A Nautical Birthday Party

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Combining the glory of sand and sea, this nautical-themed birthday party makes for one fabulous celebration. Louisa, of Little Big Company, styled this party for her son’s 12th birthday. It doesn’t get much better than a carefree day at the beach with a sea-inspired smorgasbord of treats. Come along – set your party planning course in the right direction.


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We adore the simplicity of Louisa’s setup; two, rustic-looking ladders with weathered wood planks stretched between them made a magnificent setting for nautical paraphernalia and seaworthy treats. With the wide open sea in the background, a gorgeous metallic marquee-style photo frame welcomed partygoers.

A standout 3-tiered cake, by 2 Sisters Cakes, effectively conveyed the nautical birthday party theme with fondant details of waves, life preservers, and anchors. And ships in a bottle used as a cake topper? Brilliant. 2 Sisters Cakes also created the coordinating cupcakes dressed in nautical striped wrappers, topped with theme-perfect anchor and life preserver fondant embellishments. Even the matching cake pops, too.

Additional treats were intermixed with awesome props: telescopes, model sailboats, nautical rope, oars, periscopes, and small nautical replicas. Cookies by The Iced Biscuit with fondant initial toppers and editable printable topped versions (printable by Green Beansie Ink) look sailing club handsome. Adding personalization via desserts definitely kicks up the cool factor at a party and it’s a great way to pay tribute to the guest of honor.

Bet the guys loved seeing rock candy (doesn’t it look like treasure?) on the table, as well as the treat-filled lanterns. Custom wrappers with the birthday guy’s age printed on them gave life to full-sized candy bars. Tubes of candy rocks were another creative treat choice. Nautical wrappers and labels on glass bottles and cups dress up the party in a non-fussy way that would please a group of older kids.

There were even mariner map-inspired napkins. Details make such a difference in tying a theme together. Even older kids appreciate party favors. Friends were gifted with decks of themed playing cards, custom-wrapped chocolate bars, and classic-style pens. What a splendid 12th birthday celebration! Whether you are a land or sea lover, a nautical-themed birthday party is an impressive way to celebrate an older child.

Check out more great nautical-themed party ideas:

Plus, don’t miss A Nautical 1st Birthday Party

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