Ahoy It’s a Boy : A Nautical Baby Shower
Showers might be my favorite events to throw, both bridal and baby. Unlike weddings, which tend to be stressful with overly complicated timelines, showers are always full of joy, smiles and happiness, celebrating the life two are about to lead, or the life that’s about to be.
I super love the nautical party theme. It’s timeless, classy, and totally versatile. Use it for a summertime bridal shower or a naughty nautical bachelorette party. It’s adorable for a shower for a baby girl, think Shirley Temple singing “On the Good Ship Lollipop” in her crazy cute sailor dress, and especially cute to celebrate the pending arrival of a baby boy. I am super excited to share with you the most recent baby shower I hosted for a dear childhood friend expecting her first baby. Ahoy, it’s a boy!
Here’s how you can create your own nautical party, whatever the reason for celebration may be!
Invitations set the tone for any event, so be sure to choose one that resembles the theme of your party. You’ll find endless options in stationery shops both in-store and online, but one of my secret spots for invitation design is Etsy! Save on printing costs by buying a customized invitation design file, usually delivered as a PDF, then take to your local office supply store to be printed on heavy card stock. Use the money you saved on something more tangible, like more bottles of Champagne!
I used envelopes in “Night” from Paper Source and a white gel pen to calligraph each guest’s address. The envelope flaps were embossed with return address, stamped with a small white anchor rubber stamp, then sealed with pennant washi tape. The final touch? Lighthouse stamps from the Post Office! What a score!
A distinct color palette is the first step in choosing decor for any event; red, white and navy are a pretty obvious choices when it comes to a nautical-themed party. The table was dressed with a custom-sewn navy and white runner, atop of which we placed red and white striped plates, navy and white striped straws, and anchor-printed napkins. White rope from the local hardware store was wrapped ’round the tall rectangular vase to complete the centerpiece of white hydrangeas, and a lifesaver ice ring made with scarlet ribbon kept the Champagne punch chilled. A small wooden sailboat was displayed on the living room table, customized with a gold pen to bear the name “S.S. Jack,” after the baby in celebration.
Food and Drinks
To customize the menu and make it thematic, give each item a nautical name. Among our faves were our “Knock You Overboard” Champagne punch, complete with lifesaver ice ring, Sea-Salted Chocolate Caramel Cupcakes bearing navy and white anchors, and fresh berry skewers we deemed “Fruit on a Plank.”
Instead of cheesy shower games, which I whole-heartedly despise, we chose to do a “Message in a Bottle” favor for the mama-to-be. On burnt-edged paper bearing anchor stamps, each guest wrote a note of advice or well-wishes, rolled up, popped into the glass bottle, and corked it closed, to be opened at a later date.
The guests were each treated to a box of Crackerjacks bearing the iconic sailor boy to bring home in honor of baby Jack. The perfect balance of sweet, salty and crunchy!
No party is complete without a rockin’ playlist, and Spotify makes selecting songs a snap! Music sets the ambiance and helps fill the gaps when there are any awkward gaps in conversation. Don’t be shy to throw in a few cheeky selections for an daytime event to keep the party lively and entertaining. No one will be able to resist bustin’ a move to “Baby Got Back,” even if it is only two in the afternoon.
Are you hosting any parties this spring? What’s your theme? Tell us in the comments below–we’d love to know!