Ahoy there mateys! I blended a few ideas into this boat party theme: the spirit of summer, nautical icons and patterns…and that music video. A little classy, a little trashy, and perfect for an outdoor beer & BBQ bash with pals!
Nautical Icon Banners
Icons designed by yours truly in Illustrator, water stain textured in Photoshop, and printed on cardstock. For filler, I used some striped scrapbooking paper for smaller banners. Once cut & hole-punched, I strung the banners along twine.
Sailor Straw Flags
I used my nautical icons to create a tiny pattern for these tiny paper crafts. Flags are about 5.75″ wide x 0.75″ tall, measured to fit what I *think* is a standard-sized straw.
Assembling the straw flags is pretty easy. Once the flags are cut to size and folded in half, a piece of double-sided tape secures the inside of the flag to the straw. After it’s pressed, you can cut the inward-facing triangle at the end of the flag to complete the look.
Created these little nautical icon cupcake toppers by printing the designs on cardstock, cutting out with a 2″ circle cutter, and sticking a 4″ appetizer skewers to the back of the circle cutout with a silver mailing label (you could also just use clear tape, or washi tape if you want to get fancy).
I love the Pinterest community. I saw this somewhere along the lines of my research and thought it’d look sweet if the lifesavers also had painted stripes. Note: I used acrylic so these are definitely NOT edible. But, since these would be used on Mason jars that would hold utensils, I figured none of my friends would be chewing them off. At least I think…
Super simple decor to put together. I filled these globe votive holders with a bit of craft store sand, some found seashells from over the years (I knew those would come in handy one day!) and a blue candle. Once the wax starts to melt, it creates a really nice effect of waves washing over the beach.
Boat Party Deck
This deck was begging to be turned into a boat. I made that dream come alive.
Featuring: seashell candles, lifesaver utensil jars, nautical straw flags, mermaid bottle opener, and precisely one pirate patch.
Boat Birthday Cupcakes
In keeping with my color scheme, I chose my white chocolate raspberry cupcakes for this one.
Backdrop decorated with a fisherman’s net, starfish, seashells, and my nautical icon banners.
I asked my friends to dress up. They did not disappoint. Pirates, sailors, and yacht club, oh my!