Nautical Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed Nautical event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.


There is massive potential for party supplies, decorations, and music for a nautical theme party. Celebrating a special event with outstanding performances that include singing, dancing and acting is a great way to keep the guests involved in the celebration. These fun activities are perfect for guests of all ages and will add a great deal to the celebration. More often than not, these performances will be the perfect addition to a fun filled and exciting event. Include a wide variety of party supplies and decorations for a nautical theme party such as fish and pelican cutouts, blue cellophane (representing water), pictures of anchors, lighthouses, fish netting, ores, nautical flags, life preservers, and captain hats. Primary colors or yellow, blue and red and standard nautical colors.

For nautical music purposes, why not play some sea shanties for the guests to enjoy. Sea shanties are as old as the sea itself and make for great sing alongs. Sea shanties include:

A Hundred Years Ago
Blow the Man Down
The Dead Horse
The Dreadnought
Drunken Sailor
Eliza Lee
The Black Ball Line
Fire Down Below
The Fish of the Sea
Aweigh, Santy Ano
Sir Peter Parker
The Coasts of High Barbary
The Tarpaulin Jacket
Then Farewell, My Tridonotuse-Built Wherry
Paul Jones
The Pirate Song
Quare Bungle Rye
Blow the Man Down
The Rambling Sailor
Rhyme of the Chivalrous Shark
Sir Patrick Spence
Three Fishers
Toll For the Brave
Roll the Old Chariot
Blow Boys, Blow!
Boney Was a Warrior
The Coasts of High Barbary
Blood Red Roses

There are hundreds of nautical music tracks to choose from when throwing a nautical theme party. Guests might tire of an endless amount of sea shanties. For a change of pace include more calming sounds of the ocean. Select a cake that can be part of the theme decoration initially, until itís time to serve the cake to the guests. At a gathering where there will be small children, consider hiring a babysitter to keep them occupied in another part of the house. Inspire everyone to be creative by setting up arts and crafts workstations with amazing activities from coloring and drawing to finger painting to be taken home.

A Nautical party with homemade party supplies and handmade party goods can be a lot of fun. Most Nautical parties are very festive occasions with drink umbrellas, homemade seashell baskets and fashion jewelry. The majority of nautical parties occur in the summer and near the water. Many people find that this makes it the perfect time for homemade summer party supplies. The homemade party supplies for a Nautical party can vary depending on the location.

Most hosts will find that fun and exciting activities will be a great addition to this fun filled celebration. More often than not fun activities in which everyone can play and participate along with decorative supplies will liven up the event and make it very special. For this reason, planning and organization will be very beneficial for the host. A Nautical party is the perfect occasion for handmade party supplies which include Nautical designed banners, flags and seashell centerpieces. Homemade party supplies such as nautical party lamps or wind chimes are great items to make for the nautical party. The homemade Nautical lamps and wind chimes, along with Nautical centerpieces will bring a lot of conversation to the nautical party itself.

Other homemade Nautical party handmade supplies include banners, party streams, glow sticks and temporary Nautical tattoos are perfect for a nautical party. Making a homemade nautical party banner is not as hard as it sounds. The Nautical banner can be produced on paper and designed with fabric paint and other items to add to the handmade personal touch. More often than not, this Nautical banners will compare to others that have been made in the past. Making this homemade banner very tough and long lasting while adding a personal touch to the nautical party.


A three tiered nautical cake is perfect for a nautical themed party. This exciting and fun event is the ideal time for a variety of creative desserts and other tasty treats designed especially for this celebration. These items are always a great addition to a celebration and most often the addition of enjoyable fares that are designed especially for this gathering will make everyone feel very special. This cake is perfect decorated with blue icing, miniature lighthouses, seashells and nautical cake toppers. Most often, a nautical party is a very joyful party complete with an ocean blue iced cake and topped with various nautical cake toppers. These items, along with party supplies such as drink umbrellas, party streamers and nautical tableware will make the party complete. Many people have a nautical party during the summer, but a nautical cake can be served at any time. Therefore, the party supplies for your nautical party may vary according to the setting.

Making a three tiered nautical cake is easier than it sounds. Each cake should be baked separately and then iced before putting it together. This works best using three different sizes of pans. The cakes can then be decorated with various nautical items such as miniature lighthouses, seashells, boats, etcÖ These items, along with traditional party supplies will only add to the nautical party theme.

Additionally, a nautical party can only get better with a brightly decorated nautical cake. This cake, like other nautical party supplies should carry the nautical theme and will add a personal touch to the nautical party.

Swab the decks and pull up the anchor to launch a Nautical Cruise Party. Whether itís a wedding, Bon Voyage, graduation or retirement, play the nautical theme to the max throughout the party. Have the guests enter under Nautical Arches as they hand over their invitation cruise tickets or passports. The archway also makes for an excellent photo station, as does a Captainís Wheel. Greet them dressed like Captain Stubing of Love Boat fame and have them dress as cruise tourists. Have lots of disposable cameras to record the various interpretations that come aboard! These fun ideas along with cute supplies are always a great addition to a celebration and fun posters that include designs and greetings that are perfect for the celebration will liven up the event and make everyone feel very special. More often than not, these signs and posters will add a lot of fun to the celebrated get together. Place homemade or store-bought portholes on the walls and swathe your shipís buffet table with fish netting to add to your nautical theme. An ocean mural or your own seascape and horizon will bring in the romantic, salty air. Dress up the kitchen and/or food area as a cozy galley, and designate the main area as the shipís dinner and dancing spot. Make it festive with blue, white, and red streamers and balloons. Gather nautical-themed music, such as South Pacific and even the Love Boat and Gilliganís Island themes. If the party has a Caribbean or Hawaiian theme, include Calypso or Don Ho tunes! Cruises offer sumptuous feasts daily, so haul in the nets to put the dayís catch on the Nautical theme decorated table. Lobster tail and stuffed crab are upscale, adult fare. Linguine with clam sauce and/or shrimp are less expensive entrees. A light spinach salad and French bread accompany fish well, as does a bottle of white wine. If kids will be present, reel in battered fish or crunchy fish sticks with plenty of catsup. Work off the calories by beach bowling, dancing, or doing the Limbo. Then play Bingo or Pokeno and your guests will never want to head for shore.

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Nautical History, Facts and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the Nautical theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

Planning a nautical party is something that not everyone thinks about as their first choice for a party idea or theme. Everyone has their niche or side hobby and for some it happens to be staying up on their nautical facts and all of the different style boats in history. If you looking to throw a party for someone that is into different things, kind of like how the nautical theme is off the wall, this could be a great surprise for your guest of honor. One of the first things that you are going to want to think about is the location of venue in which you plan to have your party. There are several different great places to use a party or event venue when throwing a nautical based party.

Most people are amazed at the history behind many celebrations and how music from the past and present will add to the event. Like other get togethers this small addition will add a great deal to the celebration. For this reason,guests of the party will find this celebration to be a lot of fun and very special. If you have access to water front property or boat houses these are often places that offer great pieces of history or can add character to your party or event. These are great places for retirement, anniversary or birthday parties. Unless you have a young child who has a rare interest in boats and nautical; this is the kind of party theme that you are going to want to share with the older generation. But with fun filled facts, you will be able to offer a great party for those loved ones, family and friends. When you are inviting your guests let them know what your party theme is and prepare them to be around open water front. With a little imagination and white poster board, crayons, coloring pencils, tape, staples and printed photo images that can be cut, kids can create their own paper hats. As you plan a menu for a celebration remember, there may be vegetarians and vegans on the guest list so plan accordingly. With a little imagination and white poster board, crayons, coloring pencils, tape, staples and printed photo images that can be cut, kids can create their own paper hats. The history of Nautical has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for Nautical to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

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