Nautical Theme Party

nautical theme party

Get ready to set sail for a good time by hosting a nautical theme party. Whether your event is onboard or in your home, a nautical party theme is guaranteed to be both classic and fun. Read on for our favorite ideas for invitations, activities, food, and party decorations.

Nautical Invitations

Great invitations can help set the tone for your event before it even starts. Invitations for a nautical theme party should reflect the level of formality you are hoping your event to have. Is this a sit down dinner with full regalia or a backyard lobster bake? Whichever type of event you decide to hold, send great nautical invitations to get people excited for your party.

Here are some suggestions for nautical themed invitations you can make:

An Invitation with a Little Extra — Add a touch of sand or a few tiny shells as ocean confetti to any invitation for an extra special surprise. You might also address your envelopes to “Shipmates ________ & _________”

Invitation in a Bottle — Write your party information on a piece of white or eggshell colored stationery, roll it up, and insert it into a clear bottle. For an extra touch, add some sand and small shells. If possible, seal the bottle with a cork. These invitations should be hand delivered or mailed in padded envelopes.

Nautical Party Invitation Wording — Wondering what to say on a nautical party invitation? Consider these options:

  • “Anchors Aweigh! Join us for a Nautical Theme Party to Celebrate ________.”


  • “Ahoy, Mates! Join us for an Ocean of Fun”


  • “Fun Ahoy!”

Here are some invitations, available from our friends at Shindigz, that would be perfect for a nautical theme party:

Nautical Invitations
Nautical Invitations
Anchors Away Personalized Invitations
Anchors Away Invitations
Anchor Personalized Invitations
Anchor Personalized Invitations


**General Invitation Tips** — If you choose to make your own invitations, don’t forget to include the date, location, and time of your party. It is also helpful to put the host’s name, RSVP by date, and either your phone number or email.

Nautical Party Decorations

nautical theme party ideas

There are lots of great options when decorating for a nautical theme party. The traditional colors a for nautical party are blue and white, with accents of red and gold, but other colors can work well too. to accessorize, start by thinking of things you associate with ships, the sea, and the shore. Here is a list of things that can make great party decorations:


Here is some partyware that would be just right for a nautical theme party:

Nautical Basic Party Pack For 8
Nautical Party Supplies
Lobster Boil Stripes Wine Bottle Labels
Lobster Labels
Ahoy Matey Basic Party Pack For 8
Ahoy Matey Party Supplies


Nautical Theme Party Activities

Depending on what type of party you are hosting, you might need a few activities to keep things rolling along. Here are some ideas:

Music — Great music can set the tone for your party. At a nautical party, you might consider playing Caribbean style music, Jimmy Buffett music, reggae, or making your own nautical theme playlist. There are lots of great songs out there about the ocean. Here’s some sailing music to get you started:

  • The Southern Cross — Crosby, Stills, and Nash
  • Sailing — Christopher Cross
  • A Pirate Looks at 40 — Jimmy Buffett
  • Orinoco Flow — Enya
  • Son of a Son of a Sailor — Jimmy Buffett
  • Sailing Life — Eric Stone
  • White Flag — Dido
  • Sitting on the Dock of the Bay — Percy Sledge


Songs You Know by Heart

Music for Sport Sailing

Caribbean Hits


Nautical Party Favors

Here are some ideas for nautical party favors that go well with a nautical party theme:


Boat Wheel Magnet Favor
Boat Wheel Magnet Favors
Lilly Pulitzer Starfish Wine Bottle Stopper
Starfish Wine Bottle Stoppers
Mini Wooden Sailboats
Mini Wooden Sailboats


Party Food and Drink Ideas

The best choices for food at a nautical theme party involve seafood. Here are some of our favorite menu items:


  • Shrimp Cocktail
  • Clams Casino
  • Clam Chowder
  • Lobster Bisque


MAIN COURSE ITEMS — Accompany any of these with a green salad and some crusty bread, and you will be all set.

  • Stuffed Flounder
  • Shrimp Scampi
  • Pasta with Pesto and Shrimp
  • A Lobster Bake!



  • Punch served in a bowl with toy boats floating on top
  • Blue Ocean Punch — Dissolve a packet of blue Jell-o in two cups of hot water. Mix in two cups each of sugar, cold water and pineapple juice. Freeze until just before use, then mix with Sprite or ginger ale for a bubbly ocean-blue treat


Hope you found some helpful nautical theme party ideas on this page. Enjoy the party!

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