28 May

Nautical First Birthday Party {Red, White & Blue}

nautical first birthday party invitation

Ships Ahoy, Birthday Boy! Jenny from Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line styled this seriously adorable red, white & blue Nautical First Birthday theme for Issue 5 of Bird’s Party Magazine. Several talented vendors contributed their creative work as well, and Jenny did a great job pulling everything together into one seriously cute & creative party that would also translate beautifully to a nautical themed baby shower!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Amazing nautical rope cake pops with “Ahoy” flags
– 2 different bunting banners (one with photos for each month) + tissue tassel garland
– Fabulous anchor-shaped ribbon wreath!
– The sweet birthday boy in his party hat, “steering the ship” (a.k.a. embellished high chair)

nautical first birthday high chair with the birthday boy in his party hat

nautical first birthday party dessert table

nautical first birthday party favor table

nautical first birthday party book signing

nautical first birthday party tassel decorations

nautical and sailor theme party with rope cake pops

nautical first birthday cookies

nautical party hat with an anchor

nautical bunting banner and water bottles

nautical first birthday party cupcake topper

nautical first birthday party rope cake pop with "ahoy" flag

nautical first birthday party sailboat cake



PARTY DETAILS, as told by Jenny

I was incredibly honored when Bird asked me to contribute to Issue 5 of Bird’s Party Magazine. Choosing a theme could not have been easier as my sister-in-law had already fallen in love with Bird’s nautical collection for my nephew’s 1st birthday. I just adore this collection and knew we had a lot of beautiful bold patterns and colors to work with. So I got right to work!


Red, shades of blue, and accents of gold and rope. I tied nautical rope around the cake plates and made nautical rope into knots to hold food labels. There were accents of gold on the fondant toppers, cake plates, Mylar tassels, and dessert sticks.


The dessert table was filled with beautiful nautical inspired treats. Maria of Love and Sugar Kisses created the most unbelievable nautical rope (monkey’s first knots) cake pops out of fondant. She also created the sailboat topper for the smash cake. The beautiful captains wheel, sailboat, and anchor fondant cupcake toppers were made by Edible Details. As always her work and attention to detail is perfection.

Special nautical cookies were designed by Bambella Cookie Boutique. Each cookie was meticulously adorned with nautical waves, buntings, and stripes to match the details of the collection.


The favor table displayed sea glass candy, cookies, and chocolate covered Oreos for our guests to take home. Of course we had to showcase the birthday boy some more with a birthday photo banner and anchor shaped ribbon wreath.

Guests signed a copy of Robert McCloskey’s Time of Wonder to add to his growing book collection. The birthday boy told his favorite Aunt Jenny (through lots of giggles and smiles) how much he appreciated his very special first birthday celebration! We know for sure that the little man truly enjoys cake!


– The real life version of the little red Nantucket boat on the table is actually docked in Newport, RI, only miles from the birthday boy’s house. I found that boat for $.25 at a thrift store near my house in PA!
– The “ruler” on the table is actually my kiddos growth chart
– I made two of the gold cake plates on the dessert table. One cake plate is made from an Abe Lincoln plate with the Gettysburg Address written on it and the second cake plate is made from a pie tin.
– And last random fact, the pirate peg doll’s name is Sam.

A huge thank you to all the mega talented ladies who helped me pull this party together! I hope you will visit their shops and use the vendor credits below as a resource shopping for your next party. They are the best of the best at what they do!



– Styling: Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line
– Photographer: Allison Kaharick
– Nautical Party Printables: Bird’s Party
– Cupcake Toppers: Edible Details
– Nautical Rope Cake Pops and Cake Topper: Love and Sugar Kisses
– Tassel Garland: The Flair Exchange
– Red Rose Chocolate Covered Oreos: Sweet Temptations
– Cookies: Bambella Cookie Boutique
– Sea Glass Candy: Candied Cakes
– Melamine Plate: Magnolia Creative Co.
– Birthday Hat: Prop Shop Boutique
– Stamped Spoons and Treat Sticks: The Papered Nest
– Anchor Ribbon Wreath: She’s {kinda} Crafty
– 12 Month Photo Banner: Stampin’ Fanatic
– Balloons: Polka Dot Market

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Miss Margarita SAYS:

love everything!

Reply May 28, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Bird SAYS:

I ADORE Jenny and her totally fab styling for this party!! Such a pleasure working with someone so talented!! STUNNING!!

Reply May 28, 2012 at 11:35 pm

artes dImaginacao SAYS:

BEAUTIFUL! Congratulation!

Reply June 1, 2012 at 1:43 am

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor SAYS:

Love the whole theme, but those Rope Cake Pops are just too cute!

Reply June 2, 2012 at 8:40 am

amanda SAYS:

everything is super cute!

Reply June 14, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Sarah Baldwin Hayden SAYS:

Hello! Could you share where you purchased the rope? Thanks so much!

Reply July 16, 2012 at 12:51 am

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