21 Apr

{Breezy + Modern} Nautical Birthday Soirée

nautical sailboat adult birthday party

Time to SAIL AWAY to a Nautical 30th Birthday Party from Marina del Rey to Santa Monica on a 40-foot Catamaran! Wedding photographer Jordana Hazel of Hazelnut Photography set sail with friends to celebrate her husband’s SURPRISE 30th birthday!

Growing up along the coast myself, I fell head over heels for all the nautical details of this surprise party. From the handmade fleece blankets and flag pillows to the sand-filled invitations and delicious seafood appetizers, get ready to SET SAIL….

nautical adult birthday party

Read on for more pictures + lots of Nautical 30th Birthday Party inspiration….

nautical 30th birthday

nautical adult birthday party

nautical adult birthday party

nautical adult birthday party


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Jordana….

I am a wedding photographer and absolutely LOVE to be a part of such a festive day.  I think it leads me to go overboard on my own parties though!   For my husbands’ 30th  birthday, I knew I wanted to do something super special.  I decided on a SURPRISE party with only our closest friends and family on a 40 foot Catamaran.  We sailed from Marina del Rey up to Santa Monica on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon!

I wanted to make the event incredibly personal, and with such a small guest count, only 10 of us, I was able to!  I shipped the invitations in red boxes, filled with sand and invitations created to look like nautical flags with sailing rope.

I made fleece blankets and pillows, also to look like nautical flagsYummy Cupcakes in Burbank created fondant nautical flags for the cupcakes and more flags were tied around koozies and banana pudding jars.  For food, we kept it super light… shrimp, fresh salsa, egg salad, cheeses, s’mores & banana pudding in mason jars and cupcakes.

Photography + Design: Hazelnut Photography
Fondant Nautical Flags: Yummy Cupcakes

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Sweet Tea with Cindy SAYS:

Super soiree! Love it :)

April 21, 2011 at 7:28 am

mimi SAYS:

Love that she used the signal flags to spell out her husband’s name on the invite!

April 21, 2011 at 7:51 am


I don’t know what it is about nautical… it may be the stripes and it may be that I was raised in Michigan, but I do love it!Such a fab party!

April 21, 2011 at 8:09 am

Luxury Monograms.com SAYS:

So fun and fabulous!xx

April 21, 2011 at 8:11 am

Forever Lovely SAYS:

What a lovely idea! A nautical theme is perfect for a party on a warm spring day. Very cute!-Forever Lovely http://foreverlovelydesign.blogspot.com/

April 21, 2011 at 8:29 am

Rowaida Flayhan SAYS:

This is so beautiful love the idea

April 21, 2011 at 10:11 am

Heather SAYS:

Is there a recipe you’d be willing to share for the s’mores and banana pudding jars? Sounds phenomenal!

April 21, 2011 at 11:37 am

Jordana SAYS:

Heather – it’s the simplest thing you could ever do. The S’mores is just layered chocolate pudding, crumbled graham crackers & mini marshmellows. The banana pudding is layered banana pudding, mini vanilla wafers & Cool Whip. Hope that helps!

April 22, 2011 at 6:46 pm


I just love this nautical theme. It is perfect for a summer party by the sea or the pool. The colors are wonderful. Thanks for this inspiring post. http://www.skylarkmanor.com

April 21, 2011 at 1:50 pm

www.StarHughes.com SAYS:

The cupcakes with the flag decorations are a great idea and look delicious! Great post!

April 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Catherine SAYS:

Beautiful! It makes me homesick… I grew up in Santa Monica & taught sailing in MDR when I was in high school!

April 22, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Jordana SAYS:

Thanks so much! The party looks fabulous on your site!

April 22, 2011 at 6:44 pm


Great job! I may just have to borrow some ideas for my husband’s birthday party.

May 2, 2011 at 4:35 am


Oooh shrimp! <3

May 25, 2011 at 2:17 pm
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