Nautical Baby Shower

30 Oct

Nautical Dessert Table

I’m going to be an aunt! In honor of this momentous upcoming occasion, I co-hosted a baby shower in Los Angeles for my sister-in-law Trish.

Anchor Cookies

Even before knowing that Trish and Phil were having a boy, I thought that a nautical theme would be perfect for them. It just seemed so fitting; they live in San Diego and have bits of nautical flair throughout their home — glass buoys, coral, lighthouse paintings, maps. There are so many options for a nautical party that I had a difficult time narrowing down the projects (as you will see)!

Nautical Dessert Table

To set the tone for the party, I sent out “message in a bottle” invitations. With stamps and a label, the bottles were able to go straight into the mail! (More details on this and many of the projects to follow.)

Message in a Bottle Invitation

I chose robin’s egg, dark coral, light tan and navy for the colors (inspired by this awesome photo).

Nautical Dessert Table

Once I had a palette, I applied the colors to everything I could! (The anchor sugar cookies were one of my first completed projects, so I actually carried broken cookie bits around in my purse for two weeks, matching scrapbook paper and spray paint to them as I shopped!)

Nautical Flag Banner

I made flags in Adobe Illustrator based on the nautical alphabet, just tweaked the colors to match.

Childhood Photos of the Mom and Dad

Look at those cute kiddos having fun in the sun!

Message in a Bottle

Even after sending out “message in a bottle” invitations, I couldn’t resist a “message in the bottle” activity where guests could write notes to Trish. We also played a couple nautical word games, made anchor bracelets and rocked a lot of nautical props at the photobooth.

Photobooth Fun

We had plenty of food, including crab dip, pasta salad with shrimp and clam chowder in bread bowls. And for non-seafood eaters like me (gasp!), we also had mango pomegranate guacamole, blue cheese and fig crackers, corn chowder and an ombre assortment of fruit.

nautical baby shower food

Nautical Place Settings

After calculating that everyone could fit at one long table (comprised of two 6′ tables and a 5′ table), I bought seven yards of muslin fabric to make one long table cloth. (At $3 per yard plus a 50% off coupon at JoAnn, the fabric for a massive tablecloth was just over $10 and totally worth it.) I topped the table with scrapbook paper placemats, sea salt favors, flowers, candles, and napkins folded into sailboats.

Nautical Place Setting

Nearby, a dozen handmade sailboats floated in the pool, courtesy of Greg and his dad!

Sail Boats in the Pool

All told, it was a gorgeous afternoon with many wonderful friends and family! I’m so thrilled that we had the chance to celebrate Trish and her little one, and so thankful for all the shower help from Kathy, Greg, Steve and even Phil!

I have tons of project details to share, and I’ll try to get to them as quickly as possible! Let’s try to finish blogging about this before the baby is born, shall we?!

5 Responses to “Nautical Baby Shower”

  1. karen 31. Oct, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    the table looks beautiful! all the food looks so yummy too! looks like you did a terrific job, as usual!

  2. joe 20. Nov, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    My lack of reply on this post for the last few weeks should be interpreted as a stunned silence.

    Amazing.

  3. Trish 16. Oct, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

    A truly fabulous party! It was so special, thoughtful, beautiful, creative, and perfect!

  4. Katie 15. Jan, 2015 at 10:43 am #

    What a beautiful shower! I am doing a nautical-theme party for some young women at my church. I’m going out on a limb here, but any chance you would be willing to share your nautical flags so I could print them? The colors are spot on to our theme. I understand they were probably a lot of work. Yes or no, they are darling. I’d be delighted to have them as part of our night.
    Thanks!
    Katie

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