Nautical party themed inspiration and ideas

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Nautical Party Theme

Seas the day. (See what we did there?)

About the Theme

If you’re looking for a summer party theme that can set itself apart from your neighbor’s tropical backyard BBQs, look to the beach for nautical inspiration. Incorporate classic marine details like anchors, small buoys, vintage life jackets and maritime flags.

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Venue Settings

Country Club

A yacht club or charter boat would set the scene perfectly, but we're not all lucky enough to be waterside. Fake the atmosphere you're after with some faux-nautical vibes at a country club.


String Quartet

The beauty of live music is the flexibility of musical pros—work on a set list with them ahead of time so you're sure to hear all of the crowd pleasers that you're expecting. A mix of classic melodies to fit the mood as guests arrive can transition into covers of pop hits and chart toppers toward the end of the evening to keep the energy high.

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Raw Bar

Indulge in the catch of the day with a raw bar. This station offers a variety of seafood from oysters to lobster and is completed with dipping options such as horseradish and cocktail sauce.

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Seabreeze Cocktail

Cool off with a sea breeze cocktail. A vodka base with cranberry and grapefruit juice on the rocks make this a refreshing summer favorite.

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Creative Detail

Seashell Décor

Get inspired by your surroundings and incorporate seashells into the décor. Fill large candle jars with an assortment of shells or hang seashell string lights overhead. If you're the DIY type, you can use twine and shells (bought in bulk) to assemble your own napkin rings.

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