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8 Nautical Birthday Party & Baby Shower Ideas

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Table of Contents
  1. 1. Sailboat-Themed Nautical Party
  2. 2. Nautical-Themed Birthday Party
  3. 3. Nautical Birthday Dessert Table
  4. 4. Nautical-Themed Birthday Party
  5. 5. Vintage Nautical Dessert Table
  6. 6. Nautical First Birthday Party
  7. 7. Nautical First Birthday Party
  8. 8. Nautical Birthday Boy Outfit
  9. Check out more great nautical party ideas:
  10. Plus, check out A Nautical Themed 4th of July Party

With so many pirates, ocean, and nautical-themed TV 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 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 party ideas with a nautical twist. You will see tons of decoration ideas,  and enough sweetness to give you a toothache.


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1. Sailboat-Themed Nautical Party

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.

2. Nautical-Themed Birthday Party

Ahoy! This nautical-themed birthday party was planned for a child’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 crisscrossing the dessert table backdrop. There are so many creative ideas for throwing your own nautical birthday party.

3. Nautical Birthday Dessert Table

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!

4. Nautical-Themed Birthday Party

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.

5. Vintage Nautical Dessert Table

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.

6. Nautical First Birthday Party

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.

7. Nautical First Birthday Party

Nothing screams nautical party quite like red, white, and blue seafaring details! There is 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!

8. Nautical Birthday Boy Outfit

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!

Check out more great nautical party ideas:

Plus, check out A Nautical Themed 4th of July Party

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