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Countdown to the Big One: Nautical First Birthday Party Ideas!
I can’t believe that in less than three months from now, we’ll be celebrating Judah’s first birthday! It’s like we blinked and suddenly our little newborn has turned into a babbling, rolling, giggling little man already. We’ve decided to throw Judah a nautical first birthday party! It’ll be right before Memorial Day weekend in May, so the timing is perfect for a New England-inspired nautical theme.
I’ve been so excited about planning his first birthday party, that I’ve been pinning and bookmarking ideas away for the last three months already… and here are some of my favorite nautical first birthday party ideas that I just had to share!
Come Sail Away
I can’t wait to start planning Judah’s first birthday in May, with a New England-inspired nautical theme! Here are some of my favorite finds from Pinterest that have my party-planning wheels turning.
High Seas High Chair Decorations
The pom-pom hat with anchor decoration. The navy captain’s wheel with matching stripes. The suspenders and tie. All of it: just precious and perfect!
Photo courtesy of Jenny Dixon/Crossing the Bugger Dixon Line
DIY Lifesaver Photo Prop
I love that this DIY lifesaver prop serves a dual purpose: it makes for a great first birthday photo with our own little sailor AND serves as a sweet, personalized decoration for a nautical themed first birthday party!
Photo courtesy Alyssa Wine/Clever Nest
Ombre Ocean Sailboat Cake
I love the simplicity of this sweet ombre cake frosted in ocean blues. The white chocolate sailboat topper is impressive!
Photo courtesy of Charlotte Tyson/Sugar Ruffles
I love the combination of the painted mason jars, the fabric pinwheels, twine wrapped candles and burlap: everything about these nautical centerpieces just says “beach time.” I love the little homemade wooden sailboats, too!
Photo courtesy of Brandy J Photography
I love the use of nautical inspired scrapbooking paper to create these easy to make origami boats; I made tons of these myself when I was a kid. I love the clean lines of these boats: they’d made a great cake topper, table decoration, or even as an food and treat labels!
Photo courtesy Kirstin/kojodesigns
Vintage Paper Straws
From the “Ahoy!” straw flags to the sweet vintage look of these striped paper straws. There’s just something so classically nautical about pairing red and navy together, especially stripes!
Photo courtesy of Project Nursery
Lifesavers and Twine Napkin Ties
There’s something about the clever use of Lifesavers candies with a simple string of twine for napkin rings that I just love!
Photo courtesy of Jessi/The Vintage Canvas
Printable Nautical Bunting
I love the look of buntings and banners and what better time for one than at a birthday party! Designer Patti Murphy created these free, printable banners featuring anchors, sailboats, sea horses and whales! I’m pretty sure these will absolutely be making an appearance at Judah’s first birthday party!
Photo courtesy of Patti Murphy/Patty Murphy Designs
At first I was stumped for ideas for a nautical birthday party until I found this image on Pinterest. Lifesaver mints, goldfish crackers, striped peppermints, Swedish fish, saltwater taffy: genius! Definitely a “why didn’t I think of that?” moment when I came across it. Even better? You can download these cute snack labels and other nautical printables from My Sister’s Suitcase!
Photo courtesy of Nat/My Sister’s Suitcase
Macarons in Maritime Hues
I adore macarons: tasty, decadent, and super cute! I love how the colors of the macarons really pop, playing off a red, white and blue nautical palette. What’s even more exciting is that there’s a brand new patisserie in my town that just happens to specialize in macarons, so I can’t wait to take this to them for inspiration!
Photo courtesy of Evie Perez Photography
Catch of the Day Snacks
“Catch of the Day” cups with pretzel goldfish – so clever I can hardly stand it! Definitely filing this idea away for a tasty birthday treat or even a cute birthday party favor item.
Photo courtesy of Project Nursery