Get Nauti: Sail to Happy Hour

Terri ZimmerContributor

It’s officially Summer, so take advantage of the summer’s balmy evenings and late sunsets and set up a nautical happy hour. Thanks to the nautical trend explosion, décor decked out in navy stripes and anchors is not hard to come by. Keep it casual with DIY ideas, or hire a bartender to serve boat drinks for a classy clambake. Even if you’re landlocked, you can create a seaside escape that you’ll remember all summer long. Get pinning with some of our favorite nautical happy hour ideas.


Boat drinks and beachy bars create a seaside feel - even if you're nowhere near the ocean.

Nautical themed drink bar
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Drinks in a nautical themed boat cooler

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Get Nauti: Boat Bar Inspiration


Extend the nautical theme with a few key pieces your guest will enjoy after they have a drink (or two) in hand.

DIY nautical coasters made with rope and blue ink

Source: (they're DIY!)

Get Nauti: seahorse wine glass

Source: Caron's Beach House 

DIY Nautical napkin holders

Source: Printable from youmakedo Shop on Etsy

White napkin with sailor knot around it

Source (and a how-to):

Blue napkin with white sailor rope tying silverware

Source: Photo Credit


The best happy hours inevitably turn into dinner. Set the stage by setting the table.

Get Nauti: Menus on Oars
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White cookies with blue anchors

Source: Hostess with the Mostess Blog

Dessert display with nautical accents

Source: Amy Atlas

Nautical place setting with blue and yellow accents

Source: Wedding Chicks

Nautical themed clam bake

Nautical place setting outside


Light blue cupcakes with sailor accent

Source: Spaceships and Laserbeams

Get Nauti: nautical table decor

Source: Iron and Twine

Have you been Nauti? Show us! Tag us in your Instagram @GigMasters with #GMgetsNauti. Thirsty for more nautical inspiration? Explore our Pinterest board for more ideas.