Sailboat & Nautical First Birthday Party for Joshua

Joshua's fun sailboat party makes me long for the summer! The days are already starting to get longer, so I thought I would share this beach theme party for all you mommas ready for warmer days.

It was so much fun helping Joshua's mommy, Katie, brainstorm for decorating ideas for this fabulous event in sunny Boca Raton, Florida.  Katie wanted to incorporate Joshua's age and initial as key elements in the party's sailboat theme.  These are the invites that I came up with.  I love the little "J" on the sailboat.

What an adorable nautical tablescape with the anchor garland, nets, bucket, and whale centerpiece!

These cupcake toppers were designed to perfectly coordinate with the invitations.  Some are polka-dotted and others are stripped, and both patterns alternate between "1" or "J" medallions in the center. Joshua's smash cake featured a larger version of the cupcake toppers.

Doesn't Joshua look sweet in his little crown?!


I just think the balloon centerpieces at the party were to die for!  They were designed by Enchanted Balloon and featured various nautical items, such as an anchors, lifesavers, sailboats, and whales.

Katie found these perfect nautical tablecloths at Publix of all places.  One of my number one party planning tips is to keep your eyes open for unexpected things in rarely visited isles of your favorite stores and to visit stores that seem out of your comfort zone.  You can find some of the most unique and perfect things where you would least expect them, especially items you won't see at anyone else's events.

Katie reserved a pavilion at a local park for Joshua's party, but one thing really bothered her about the space: a large concrete wall.  I love her solution!  She purchased a large beach scene to use as a wall covering and hung a birthday banner on top of it.  I designed large sailboats with adhesive on the back to match all of Joshua's other party items.  As kids arrived, they were invited to decorate the wall covering with the sticky sailboats and had a blast doing so.

Here's a close up of Joshua's sailboat birthday cake. Why don't they have smash cakes for adults?

As part of Joshua's sailboat party set, I also created these cute sailboat straws.  They would be perfect for sipping blue punch on a warm beachy day.

This is such a sweet picture of the birthday boy that I just had to include it.  Thanks for letting me be part of Joshua's first birthday, Katie!  It was a true joy.  Between creating the designs and seeing all these fun pictures, I feel like I was there celebrating with you guys.

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