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12 Nautical Birthday Party and Baby Shower Ideas

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With the many recent pirate, ocean and nautical themed shows, movies and toys, Nautical themed birthday parties and baby showers are all the rage in party planning.

Whether it’s a first birthday party, a baby boy shower, or maybe even a christening or baptism celebration, anchors, whales, fish and sailboats are sure to dress up your event with charm to spare.

Below you will find a collection of 12 party ideas with a nautical twist. You will see tons of decoration ideas, links to buy the supplies, and enough sweetness to give you a toothache.

With all this info, you will have no problem saying “Ahoy” to your little guy’s party.

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1. Vintage Nautical Birthday Party

From By Courtney, as seen on Spaceships and Laser Beams

This vintage nautical birthday party was planned for an adult, but includes so many fantastic nautical party details that are perfect for children too! From sailboat centerpieces and nautical rope elements to a fondant nautical flag embellished 2-tiered cake and sailor cake pops to octopus-inspired cupcake wrappers and pin-the-tentacle game to paper boat favors with Lifesaver anchors, the adorable details of this celebration will definitely float your boat.

2. Sailboat themed nautical party

From Dolce Design via Spaceships and Laser Beams

The preppy red, light blue, and navy color palette of this sailboat themed party will help keep your nautical birthday party plans moving full speed ahead. The simplicity of the sailboat silhouette perched atop a cake decorated with blue meringue icing waves is perfect! Little desserts with custom party flags featuring a personalized name and sailboat are an example of easy-to-implement details you can replicate.

3. Nautical themed birthday party

From Sugarbird via Spaceships and Laser Beams

Ahoy! This nautical themed birthday party was planned for a boy’s first birthday, but the preppy decorations and sea-inspired treats are perfect for any age celebration! Don’t miss the hand-folded paper boats that house small candies, or the nautical inspired pennant flags criss-crossing the dessert table backdrop. There are so many creative ideas for throwing your own nautical birthday party.

4. Nautical birthday dessert table

From Dulce Design via Spaceships and Laser Beams

All aboard for an incredible nautical birthday party featuring an amazing dessert table! The details will astound you! Chocolate seashells in a bed of edible brown sugar sand are beautiful! The centerpiece is a sand pail cake so real looking that you feel more inclined to play with it than eat it. And look at those sand pail favor buckets for party guests!

5.  Nautical themed baptism reception

From Avie and Lulu via Spaceships and Laser Beams

This nautical themed baptism reception is the perfect way to welcome and thank your crew of family and friends for joining in your religious celebration. A scenic water view provides a stunning backdrop for a gorgeous dessert table featuring fondant life preserver topped cupcakes, anchor embellished cake pops, star fish sugar cookies and macarons! Before guests sail home, you can send them with anchor favor bags filled with surprises!

6. Nautical themed birthday party

From Simply Sienna via Spaceships and Laser Beams

A mix of seashells, lighthouses, fishnet, and a delicious array of desserts will leave you feeling inspired to plan your own nautical themed birthday party. The classic color pallet and handmade details pair well with the fun nautical props.

7. Vintage nautical dessert table

From Spaceships and Laser Beams

Ginger nautical knots, lemon sugar cookie sand dollars, two cakes with nautical inspired toppers, adorable printable octopus and boat cupcake wrappers, and a sea of darling nautical décor are just a few of the elements that set this vintage nautical dessert table apart. This party features an incredible printable design package that makes replicating the look and feel of this party totally doable for even a novice party planner, still trying to get his or her sea legs.

8. Nautical teddy bear party

From Idea! Event + Style via Spaceships and Laser Beams

Adding a teddy bear to a classic nautical party theme is a fun, unexpected surprise, but suits this boy’s first birthday party well, pairing sophisticated details with hints of juvenile fun! You’ll come away with so many great ideas, including a sail centerpiece that rises from the dining table!  Don’t miss the sea shell cookies, 3-tiered cake with sailor teddy bear topper, or the licorice “nautical rope” bundles.

9. Nautical first birthday party

From Middle Aisle

There is something refreshing about a simple approach to a nautical first birthday party! A navy and white nautical striped fabric backdrop stand gives way to white cake stands and platters topped with lightly embellished cupcakes, cookies and cake. Vases are filled with bouquets of color coordinating swirl lollipops bringing in that sea breezy, carefree summer by the sea vibe.

10. Nautical boy baby shower

From A Blissful Nest via Spaceships and Laser Beams

Ahoy! It’s a Boy! Printable elements featuring anchors, nautical rope and sea-faring sentiments combine with the most adorable collection of nautical props and vintage details in this nautical boy baby shower. I love the creativity of the “Little Sailor Sweets” dessert table selections, including “lifesaver donuts” and anchor topped cake pops.

11. Nautical First Birthday Party for a Boy

From Paige Simple via Spaceships and Laser Beams

Nothing screams nautical party quite like red, white and blue seafaring details! There are an abundance of creative DIY projects including a “Welcome Aboard” wreath that doubles as a backdrop focal point, gingham and polka dot party hats, paper buntings and pinwheels in party colors and a sea of treats inspired by the ocean!


12. Nautical birthday boy outfit

From Boys Be Cool via Spaceships and Laser Beams

Dressing the part for a nautical party or shower can help reinforce the theme. This nautical birthday boy outfit features boat shoes, a nautical striped sailor sweater, wide-legged sailor trousers, a lightweight pea coat, and nautical bandanas. Your birthday boy will be ready to sail the birthday seas for sure!

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.