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Cute & Crafted Nautical Birthday Party

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Origami Sailboat Cake Topper

This Crafted Nautical Birthday Party that Kim created for her little captain’s 3rd birthday is overflowing with CUTE ideas! The homemade details like the book page welcome wreath, ombre layer cake and fun nautical bunting make this celebration feel so loving and special… and just send my heart out to sea! :) (For more Nautical party ideas go here and here!) 

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– DIY Book page wreath with mini nautical bunting
– Crepe paper streamer photo booth & origami sailboat cake topper
– Anchor, sailboat, fish and lifesaver cookies
– “Thirst Aid Station” drink station sign + Lifesaver drink tags

Sailboat Cupcake Toppers

Lifesaver Drink Tag

DIY Book Page Welcome Wreath with Nautical Mini Bunting

Nautical Birthday Party Invitation

Nautical Themed Snack Station

Nautical Themed Candy Bar

Nautical Dessert Table with Fabric Bunting Backdrop


Fish and Lifesaver Cookies

Nautical Birthday Party Ideas

Thirst Aid Drink Sign

Sailboat Water Bottle Wraps

Cute Nautical Photo Booth Props

Sweet Sendoff Favor Tags

Nautical Party Ideas


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Kim

As I was throwing around theme ideas for my son’s third birthday, I came across this nautical print fabric by Michael Miller Fabrics and I was immediately hooked on the colors! I used tomato red, navy and various shades of turquoise throughout the party. I ordered custom invitations with a paper boat design from NOTES by red letter design on Etsy.

I was very fortunate that a friend of mine was able to score the captain’s wheel and lighthouse from her parents’ garage. I used these to create a nautical mantle. Her Dad also did the wood burned signs I used on the front door and dessert table. I made the buntings on the mantle and above the dessert table with scrap fabric and jute twine. I used the Mutiny on the Bounty fabric as the top layer on the dessert table. I made a three layer cake with graduating shades of blue inside. I topped the cake with a simple paper boat. I made red velvet cupcakes, topped them with cream cheese frosting and a paper “sail.”



– Photography: Elizabeth LaRoache Photography 
– Cookies: Cookies by Sandy
– Invitations: NOTES by Red Letter Design Studio 
– Salt Water Taffy: The Candy Crate
– Nautical Print Fabric: Michael Miller Fabrics

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8 responses to “Cute & Crafted Nautical Birthday Party”

  1. wow, just love this! i adore anything and everything nautical!

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  3. Really nicely done! Cute & Crafted Nautical Birthday Party

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