This fabulous NAUTICAL THEMED BIRTHDAY PARTY was submitted by Lauren Borquez of Capes and Crowns. Lauren styled this party for the Pottery Barn Party Box Challenge and won! Congratulations, Lauren!
Some of the Nautical themed party elements and ideas to look for in this darling celebration are:
- The nautical themed food
- The perfect nautical netting and linens
- The mermaid and nautical themed cake pops
- The sea themed cookies
- The ruffle cake with darling whale topper
- And MORE!
Concept & Styling : Capes and Crowns
Photography: Danielle McCann Photography
Printables: Whimsically Detailed
Cookies : Sugared Hearts Bakery
Cake Pops Painted & Sprinkled
Macarons: Dolce Designs
Whale Topper Mama Fresh
Cake: Gourmet Gal Cakes
Cupcake Toppers :https://www.facebook.com/
Items and supplies used in this Nautical party available in Kara’s Party Shop:
Nautical Party Details
Lauren said this about planning the party- ”Yesterday I received that awesome news that I was the winner of the Pottery Barn Mystery Box Challenge! I could not wait to finally have this set up shared on my favorite party blog! I wanted to wait until the contest was over to submit to ensure that I didn’t have any kind of advantage. Even after I was informed that I could go ahead and share I decided to hold off until the end of the contest whether I won or not.
I was elated when Pottery Barn contacted me a couple of months back and ask me to be part of their Mystery Box Challenge. They chose five stylists to create setups with their fabulous products. The variables of the challenge change each year. This year the stylists were asked to chose a signature cocktail to high light and use coordinating elements for the decoration. To my surprise we were actually able to chose between a few items that were emailed to us on a list format. I knew after receiving it that I wanted some resemblance of a theme for my styled set up. I took my inspiration from a single piece that was sent to me. A little whale bottle opener lead the way. I decided almost immediately that I wanted to go in a nautical/coastal direction.
I had Miranda of Whimsically Detailed create some printables for me. She captured my vision and the direction for the shoot perfectly. We were also required to create a cocktail as a part of our set up. I chose Blue Lagoons because the color as well as the name fit so well with all the decor. I decided to do a very light fare. Blueberry salads as well as crab dip served as a prequel to a yummy array of sweets. Sugared Hearts Bakery was able to match the printables to her beautiful cookies with ease. The mermaid was one of my favorites! I also served lovely blue macarons made by Dolce Designs. I had my local baker, Heather of Gourmet Gals, create a pretty ocean ombre cake. For the topper of the cake I decided to use my inspiration for the shoot. Mama Fresh created a fondant version of the little bottle opener to sit on top of the cake! Cake pops were also added to the sweets mix by Painted & Sprinkled. Lastly, nautical themed cupcake toppers were created by Kima’s Konfections. Everything came together with classical nautical elements such as fish netting, anchors, and even a vintage model sailboat! Danielle McCann shot the set up at an outdoor kitchen. She captured everything just as I had envisioned and didn’t miss a single detail. We have such a party chemistry and a rhythm down now! The outdoor element brought the theme to life. I was happy to be able to incorporate all the items that were sent to me. They each played an intricate part to the setup. Thanks to all my vendors, talented fellow contestants, and a huge thank you to Pottery Barn for such fun challenge!”