Set Sail for a Good Time!
April 05, 2011
Do you ever find yourself dreaming of traveling across the world on a cruise ship? Do your dreams get crushed when you realize you don’t have the time and/or money to sail around the world? Bring the ocean to you by inviting your friends over for a nautical party!
Let your friends know that your party is going to be an under the sea affair by sending our lobsterfest personalized invitations. Other invites that work with your nautical theme are the nautical stripes, ahoy ship and nautical yachts invites.
For a really creative invite, write down the important information of your party on the cruise ship party passes. Your friends won’t be able to “board” your party without them!
A nautical theme is popular for Fourth of July parties, in which case it’s best to go with red, white and blue invitations like the nautical stars.
Decorations and Supplies
For your nautical party, decorate one room of your house to look like your guests are partying on a cruise ship. Disguise another room as a private beach island—a scenic stop on your fabulous trip.
Hang a bon voyage or nautical banner in front of your house and customize it to say something like “welcome aboard!” or “your private island awaits!” Also stick a cruise ship door cover on your front door so your friends know that they’re about to set sail.
Since your first room is dressed as a ship, start by placing anchor garland around your crown and baseboard moldings. Sporadically place cruise ship cutouts around the room which will point your guests in the direction of the casino, lounge, buffet and lido deck. For a touch of ceiling décor, hang cruise ship whirls all over your “cruise deck”. Lastly, hang colored fish nets in the corners of your room to look as if they’re hanging off of your “boat”.
Your next room needs to have a relaxing beach vacation feel, so start by placing ocean and blue sky as well as sandy beach scene setters on each wall of the room. On top of these scene setters, place sea life, crab and lobster cut outs. Hang tropical fish spirals from the ceiling or doorways for a pop of color and a shimmer of metallic.
If there will be children at your party, tie metallic balloons like the tropical fish or dolphin balloon to a life preserver balloon weight and scatter them around your house. For more child-like fun, blow up tropical fish inflatables for the kids to play with.
If you’re sticking with the nautical theme for your tableware, go with the red, white and blue nautical or lobsterfest paper goods. If you want your dinnerware to have more of a tropical feel, use the ocean view line including cups, plates, table covers and napkins. For the center of the table use the cruise ship center piece. You can also use 8” plastic crab decorations to liven up your tablescape.
Tropical drinks are an important part of a nautical trip and this should be reflected at your party. Jazz up your cocktails by serving them out of pineapple or coconut cups with cocktail parasols and palm tree straws.
Nautical Party Extras
If you and your friends love dressing up, then have everyone come in sailor dresses and sailor suits. If this doesn’t sound like your kind of fun, at least hand out some yacht caps or sailor hats for silly photo opps! Follow these tips and your party is sure to be First Rate!