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Nautical Birthday Party Ideas & Decorations

by Hannah Walton aka The Cheapskate Mom

For my son's first birthday, we've opted to go with a nautical party theme! We're super excited to plan this and share with you some awesome products from Birthday Express – as well as a round-up of ideas from all over the web (used with permission) from nautical party food and menu ideas to nautical decorations and activities (including a diy cardboard sailboat!). Enjoy, folks!

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Preppy Ocean Blue Party Ideas

Nautical & Sailing Party Decorations To Make
Nautical Favors & Decorations To Buy

Nautical & Sailing Party Food Ideas
Nautical & Sailing Party Activities


Nautical Party Ideas:
In exchange for my honest review, I received the birthday package of my choice from Birthday Express. It took me forever to choose as I was in love with everything on their site! I finally had to go with the Anchors Aweigh 1st Birthday Classic Party Pack for 16for our little guy's first birthday. We totally love our anchors aweigh theme supplies !

I am so excited for this nautical themed birthday party – and I had a wonderful time searching online and checking out other moms' and designers' awesome nautical parties to find DIY ideas that will complement my Anchors Aweigh! birthday package!

Some Fun Make Yourself Nautical Decoration Party Ideas :


Sand & Flag Nautical Party Centerpiece
This elegant, cheap and easy to make centerpiece  from paper & ink is the perfect complement for your Anchors Aweigh party!

Ocean Party Goldfish Snacks Bar
What party food is more perfect for little tikes and moms on budgets than Goldfish? This brilliant goldfish bar idea and photo from Life on The Mom List  is the perfect accompaniment for your nautical themed party!


Anchor Mobile
Can you believe a five year old made this beautiful anchors mobile? Check out this project and other nautical party ideas from My House of Giggles!

Cardboard Box Sailboat
Got a cardboard box? Whether your Anchors Aweigh party is indoors or outdoors – you can still have fun on a boat. Take a cardboard box and make it into a sailboat with this wonderful idea from 6th Street Design School – the kids will go wild for this awesome and so easy decoration – and the photographs will look excellent !


Beach Party Sand Pail Cake
Easy to make, affordable and delicious – this sand pail cake from Casa Camacho is sure to be a conversation starter amongst kids and grown ups alike.



Nautical Birthday Party Food Ideas:

Go Fishing : Give the kids celery sticks and peanut butter – plus tiny dishes of goldfish. Have the kids dip the celery in peanut butter and then "go fishing" in the dish of goldfish (the peanut butter will make the goldfish stick to the celery sticks!).

Make a Jello Pond:
Fill a clear bowl with blue jello – then make slits in the jello to insert gummy fish. This looks totally awesome!

Make Ocean Water : Add blue food coloring to lemonade. Maybe top off with blueberries!!

Beach Ball Fruit Salad:
Using a bunch of colorful fruit, arrange fruit on a plate to resemble a beach ball. Super easy and super cute :)

Serve Sea Weed :
Serve Green Licorice Sticks or Green Fruit Roll Ups!



Nautical Birthday Party Activity Ideas:

Water Pinatas :
Fill up water balloons and hang outside (if you have monkey bars this would work great). Include a treat in each "pinata".

Sailboat Sandbox:
If you have a sandbox, drape a sheet over it to make it look like a sailboat. Have boats and pails for the kids to play with.

Make Popsicle Stick Boat Building Contest:
Fill a tub with water – and give the kids popsicle sticks, glue, and construction paper. After they make their boats, have a boat building contest (make sure everyone gets a prize) and have a maiden voyage in the tub of water!

Make Newspaper Sailor Hats:
Give the kids glue and newspaper sheets – and have them make their own sailor party hats!

Sailor Tattoo Parlor :
Go old timey – like Popeye – and have a bunch of fake tattoos or face painting designs for kids to pick from and get "tattooed". Make sure the camera is ready.

Have a Treasure Hunt :
Make maps – hide a pot of gold (chocolates) – and break into teams for the kids to go treasure hunting – pirate style. Argghhhhhh!

Nautical & Sailing Decorations To Buy:

Sail Party Personalized Lollipops – 12 for $12.99
These yummy, fruit flavored lollipops are made personalized for your birthday boy or girl – perfect for your party guests to sail on home with!


Nautical Favor Bags for .99!These nautical favor bags are absolutely adorable and sell for only .99 a bag. Fill these bags with craft projects, candy, or a nautical themed coloring book and crayons (whether you buy one or make one – you can also make your own crayons for super cheap!).

Preppy Blue Ocean Party Supplies   & Preppy Pink Party Supplies: this series offers cute and fun nautical and sailing decorations from plates to cups to invitations and even nautical high chair decorating kits for first birthdays! Very cheap too :)


Sailing Party Personalized Buttons Print up a custom button for each party guest with their own name on it for only $.89 cents a button.
Cute, easy and cheap. I love it!




Nautical Felt Banner This felt banner is absolutely perfect for any nautical or sailing themed party – it's bright and fun and would work for a boy or girl's party! 12 alternating images of saliboats and very cute whales. Cheap – but reusable! Love it :)


My Review:
My birthday package arrived promptly and customer service was a breeze.  The quality of all the plates, invitations, centerpiece, cups and hats are excellent and sure to be a hit with my friends and family. I love having all of my little guy's party supplies in a box – ready to open the day of his party. Until then – I can forget about it because I know it's all done. Way to go, Birthday Express! A+!

Buy It:
The Anchors Aweigh! Birthday Theme starts at $22.99 . Birthday Express sells lots of different party packages and supplies – and they cater to all budgets. For a more simple nautical party – you could choose a solid color set in blue or red from their color themes – or you could choose their Anchors Aweigh! deluxe package if you wanted to get a bit fancy!

Win It:
One lucky winner will receive the Birthday Express package of their choice – up to $50.00 usd in value. Winner must be 18+ and reside within the continental United States. For more information, please read the specific terms and conditions. Contact hannah (at) thecheapskatemom (dot) com with any and all questions!

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  • twinkies25

    My twins birthday is coming up in August and although they are going to be 3 it will be there first party. They really love Minnie Mouse right now, so I would choose that =]

  • http://twitter.com/mkjmc Kathy

    Angry Birds for my daughter

  • margaretsmith

    My sons would love the Football Fan Birthday Deluxe Party Pack for 8.
    Thanks so much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000289253157 Courtney Bella

    i like the hello kitty package

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  • http://www.facebook.com/amy.pugmire Amy Bolda Pugmire

    I would choose the mermaid or ariel theme.

  • Rtmarie09

    I would choose the john deere one for my son

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1206308072 Teh Doll

    monster high 

  • http://www.facebook.com/lenz.nicole Nicole Lenz

    I would chose the sonic the hedgehog,

  • Maryann

    I would pick the New York Yankees

  • shirley fin

    little man package

  • Kristen Hernandez

    I would get the Dora the Explorer package!


    I’d get the Rock Star package

  • brandy

     I would get the Hello Kitty Balloon Dreams Deluxe Party Pack for 8

  • Emily V

    I like the Construction Pals

  • Lauren

    maybe the avengers

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=69200198 Jayme Mane

    I would love the toy story one… my husband loves toy story and we have my son’s room decorated in all toy story :)

  • Cribcouture

    Woodland Gnomes. Thanks for the chance, jessdgoodwinatyahoodotcom

  • Strangeone1120

    I like the
    Flutterby Butterflies 1st Birthday


    I might get “Tangled”.

  • Casey

    the WWE package

  • Mverno

    i like the Mod Monkey 1st Birthday Deluxe Pack for 8

  • Monique Rizzo

    Oh my gosh…I love the woodland gnomes.

    Thanks for the chance.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Liza-Vladyka/100003659329954 Liza Vladyka

    Hello Kitty Balloon Dreams Party Supplies

  • Lena

    I would choose the Disney Jake and the Neverland Pirates

  • Terra Heck

    THE DOG Deluxe Party Pack for 8

  • Tara Huff

    I would choose Cars 2.

  • http://twitter.com/akronugurl Stephanie

    Disney Minnie’s 1st Birthday Party Supplies


  • Kirsten perez

    tom and jerry

  • Robyn Galloway

    I might get the Disney Cars 2 Deluxe Party Pack for 8 for my son’s 3rd birthday!

  • Jlritter68

    My son would definitely love the Avengers!

  • tam

    i like the woodland gnomes

  • Theconners3

    I would totally get the Lego Star Wars Set of my son!


  • Kathy Schoenherr

    Love the Woodland Gnomes package.  So cute!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tiffany.clarke.92 Tiffany Clarke

    Topsy turvy tea party!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=538735330 Lana Bilyy

    I would choose the 1st b-day for my 9 month old

  • Stephanie Adkins

    I like the Wigglins party theme supplies.

  • jackie

    I like the minnie mouse 1st birthday

  • gkran

    Super Mario Bros. Deluxe Party Pack for 8. (Gianna)

  • Jenny Isaacks

    I would pick spongebob squarepants!

  • Katie Soule

    The Elegant Princess Damask set would be super cute for my nieces =)

  • Chel Pay

    I’d choose the Max & Ruby Party Kit for my little girl!!

  • Amanda K.

    I’d choose the Sweet Treats http://www.birthdayexpress.com/Sweet-Treats-Party-Supplies/77422/PartyKitDetail.aspx

  • Rich Morris

    i subscribed via email

  • http://www.facebook.com/paula.tavernie Paula Tavernie

    Id choose Disney Mickey Fun and Friends Party Pack!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

  • http://profiles.google.com/xxbeccaannxx Rebecca Peters

    I like the monster high pack

  • Heather Garcia

    Los Angeles Lakers NBA Basketbal Deluxe Party Pack for 18

  • kathy pease

    id pick 
    Basketball Fan Birthday Deluxe Party Pack for 8

  • mary gardner

    Brilliant Birthday Deluxe Party Pack for 8

    jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

  • tamar

    Angry Birds party supplies because it’s unisex and my next party will be for a boy and a girl

  • Marla B

    I would choose Playful Puppy Blue 1st Deluxe Party Pack for 8

  • Valerie Taylor Mabrey

     I would choose Disney Mickey Fun and Friends Party Pack!

  • Jennifer

    I’d choose the Little Man Mustache Theme.
    jennylovesjeff (at) hotmail (dot) com

  • Arudig

    I would pick the everything one boy party suplies.

  • Corey Olomon

    Angry Birds Ultimate Party Pack for 8

  • Theremustbmore

    I’d choose Birthday Princess.

  • Rosey

     The Amazing Spider-Man 3D Deluxe Party Pack for 8

  • jessica schueler

     Woodland Gnome Deluxe Party Pack for 8

  • christal c willdebbie

    The pink skull party theme

  • Nichole samonek

    i’d choose the anchors away theme

  • susansmoaks

    i would choose the wiggles theme
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

  • Jennifer M

    I like the Cars 2 theme.

  • AEKZ2

    I’d choose the Angry Birds pack

  • http://www.facebook.com/leslie.l.stanziani Leslie Luke Stanziani

    My daughter would love the Justin Bieber Deluxe Party Pack for 8. Thanks

  • Shirley Zolenski

    I like the Holy Bleep Party pack

  • DanV

    I’d choose Disney Cars 2 Party Supplies