Nautical Party

LAST UPDATED: Apr 07, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Aug 02, 2012 | By: Julie Blanner
Sometimes I’m just looking for a reason to entertain.  The end of summer offers just that!  One last hurrah before strict bedtimes, helping kiddos with homework {fortunately we’re not there yet} and back to school activities.  Whether you’re hosting a nautical party or looking for nautical baby shower, wedding shower or wedding ideas, I hope you enjoy photos from our most recent gathering.
Invitations were made on leftover stationery.  For the DIY on the stationery below, click here.
To keep my guests from getting anxious while I’m putting the finishing touches on dinner, or, let’s be honest, to keep me from starving before my guests arrive, I like to create an easy self serve display – often on the sideboard in our kitchen so that I can enjoy our guests too. The basket is from the coffee table in the living room.  The moss pot has had many homes over the last few years!
If I’m on a tight schedule, you can guarantee I’ll be serving fruit and cheese!  It’s not only an easy appetizer, but a favorite of mine.
As I recently shared from another dinner party post, I like to keep it simple and use items I already own.
This nautical rope vase is from our guest bedroom.  It’s easy to do, not to mention quick!
If you really want to keep it simple, especially when hosting a large group, stack the plates and allow guests to serve themselves.
Nothing creates a nautical party like navy stripes!
If you really want to “fill” the table, use a bold pattern like this navy and white stripe.  I love how it adds depth and makes even a glass of water appear more interesting.
For each placesetting, I tied a simple nautical knot with a piece of twine.  It takes just 20 seconds!
I hope you enjoyed this nautical party inspiration!  As Fall approaches, I look forward to entertaining more.
The cards were originally purchased for my bridesmaids gifts 5 years ago.  I always have a surplus of envelopes because I inevitably change my mind a few times while writing notes.  These gold lined envelopes were from a Crane stationary set.
Measuring the envelope first, I appropriate cut the card to size.

Using images from Graphics Fairy, I eliminated the background {select magic eraser tool and click on white area} in Photoshop and added color to the images {clicking on the image and using the colorize wheel}.
Finally, in Microsoft Word, I create a document {in Page Setup} the size of the notecard.  Insert the image where you would like it to print.  If you’re unfamiliar, cut a couple sheets of paper to size and test print on those first.  It’s an easy way to create personalized stationary or invitations!

mini loaves of bread gift wrapped