Kara's Party Ideas Preppy + Girly Nautical 1st Birthday Party | Kara's Party Ideas

I am in love with this PREPPY + GIRLY NAUTICAL FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY submitted by Tracy Allen of Sweet Peach Paperie! Tracy did such a good job, there are so many cute ideas here! This could easily be a baby shower theme, too!

Tracy said- “I chose this nautical theme after deciding that we wanted to have my daughter, Eliza’s, 1st birthday party on the lake in our neighborhood. With a lakeside setting, a preppy pink and navy nautical celebration seemed to be the perfect fit! It was so much fun to design the invitations. The invites are always my very favorite part! I lined the navy envelopes with a coordinating pink stripe paper and sealed them with a personalized return address sticker. The liners are so easy to make yourself and way less expensive than purchasing lined envelopes. Simply create your pattern, adhere the liner to the envelope with a glue stick and that’s it! From the invite, I designed the rest of the collection around the diagonal stripes and quatrefoil patterns. The dessert table was set up in the lake gazebo and filled with the talents of so many! The pink cake was designed with a swirl “wave” pattern and contributed by Creations Bakery. It sat on my favorite white scallop stand from Pi er 1 Imports. The adorable anchor cookies were made by Sweet Goosie Girl and were just as delicious as cute! I couldn’t resist and ate one within minutes of the package landing on my doorstep! The fondant toppers were custom made by Claudia Cupcake Lady to perfectly match the sailboat and monogram used throughout. Claudia also kindly designed a sailboat fondant topper for Eliza’s smash cake. The pink stripe and navy stripe straws were courtesy of Fun Paper Straws. I just love paper straws! I designed straw flags and used glass bottles that were recycled Starbucks frappuccino bottles! The individual snack containers were filled with pretzel goldfish and topped with a “Catch of the Day” sticker. The containers were another fun freebie! While eating lunch at a local deli, those perfect little containers were served with the kid’s meal. I asked if I could purchase some and the kind manager gave me as many as I needed! The pink lunch bags held “Sailor Sandwiches”. The sailboat kabobs were filled with blackberrries and blueberries to match our navy colored theme. The skewers were topped with a sail and inserted into a glass vase of brown sugar to give the look of sand. All of the preppy party decor was designed by Sweet Peach Paperie. After dinner, our little party guests built their own sailboats. My dad cut all the wood and my mom made the sails with leftover fabric from the backdrop. It was so cute to see a table of girls and one little boy using their hammer and nails to build sailboats. We then set sail in the lake! It was such a beautiful night and the perfect evening to celebrate our sweet girl!”

Vendors and Credits:
Party Printables- Sweet Peach Paperie
Photography- Princess P. Photography
Cookies- Sweet Goosie Girl
Fondant Toppers- Claudia Cupcake Lady
Cake- Creations Bakery
Table and Chairs: It’s My Party Rentals

Items used in this party that are available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop:

Paper Straws


Pink Striped Paper Bags

Glass Milk Bottles


Clear Plastic Mini Parfait Glasses

Clear plastic parfait glasses available here.

Pink striped paper bags available here.

Jute/Twine available here.

Glass milk bottles available here.

Blue & pink striped paper straws available here.

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  1. Valencia C says:

    I love it! It is very “preppy” lol

  2. Tracy Allen says:

    Thanks so much for sharing our Preppy Nautical Party! I’m honored!! :)

  3. Carla Franco says:

    Oh I just adore this party! Beautiful work! And those little pails are exactly what I have been looking for… Would you mind telling me where you got them?

  4. Erika says:

    Gorgeous! I love the pink lunch bag where can I find that?

    • Tracy Allen says:

      They were purchased at a local shop, Party Depot. You can also find them at Walmart and Party City. I’m sure they are sold in online party supply shops as well! :) If not, email Sweet Peach Paperie at [email protected] and I can ship some to you.

    • Tracy Allen says:

      The pink lunch bags were purchased at a local party store, Party Depot. You can also find them at Party City and Walmart. I’m sure they are available through online party stores as well. If you don’t have luck, email [email protected] and I can ship. Thanks! :)

  5. morgan says:

    Hello, I love the decor! So adorable. Could you please tell me what you used for the striped backdrop behind the dessert table, how much it cost and where you go it? Thank you!

  6. This is absolutely adorable! Love the theme!

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  9. julie says:

    these ideas are so cute thanks for sharing maybe your next post could be for a 10 year old girl party!

  10. nicole says:

    i am dying to know where you were able to find the light pink and white striped backdrop paper that you have behind the cake table along with the paper for the banner?!

  11. Tracy Allen says:

    Hey Ladies! The striped background is actually fabric wrapped around a piece of dry wall. You could also use a piece of plywood, foam board, etc. or directly attach the fabric to your wall. Our party was outdoors and the dessert table was in a gazebo so I needed a little help to create my backdrop! :) The striped fabric came from Fabric.com. For all the tips, please see the full post of FAQs on my website at http://thesweetpeachpaperie.com/?s=faq+nautical&op.x=0&op.y=0 If I can help further in any way, just let me know!

    Thanks so much for your sweet comments!
    Tracy Allen