Sailor Girl Party :: Navy's 1st Birthday!

Our BABY turned ONE last weekend. I knew I was going to have a nautical themed birthday party for her since she was in the womb. With a name like Navy, it was pretty much her destiny. {P.S... get ready for a photo overload...} Isn't my little sailor darling; Her dress was a vintage Etsy score!
To set the tone for the party, each guest received a simple, preppy invitation in the mail, inside of a 5x7 flat kraft paper bag. I wrapped a {printable} envelope address label around the outside of the kraft bag to personalize them, and secured the "envelope" closed with navy polka dot washi tape! The invites are double sided, with a fun navy polka dot pattern background.
Pink & navy tissue poms made a fun statement as the back drop for the kid's favor table. Each little sailor received their own personalized sailor hat and a box full of "life rings" {aka powdered donuts!}.
The sailor hats were personalized with a printable name tag, attached with staples. A darling, easy and non-permanent way to customize each hat.
Printable "sails" set up at each station let guest's know what was what. We wouldn't want the adults to think those donuts were for them...
The sweets table was filled with delicious treats...
Pink frosted cupcakes and a pink polka dot cake tasted great, as well as matched the theme of the party perfectly!
Mini fruit pizzas were the perfect size for a pop of sweetness!
Printable "sails" attached to masts {lollipop sticks} made for cute cupcake toppers...
Navy's catch of the day {pretzel fishies} spruced up a large wooden boat and made for a tasty take-home treat!
Printable banners, signs and "sails" tied in the decorations in each room... And, how fun is that watermelon boat! I assigned that "pinterest project" to my mama, who happily took on the challenge!
The drink station was a "printable party" dream... with everything labeled, from the water bottles, to juice boxes to flags on each navy striped straw...
Here, the mason jars were tied with a printable tag and life saver and the straws had a printable mini flag attached to each...
I loved the mini water bottles and juice boxes for all the little guest's at the party, and the other stuff for the big kids at the party...
Navy had a {hand-me-down from her brother} sailor hat that I knew she was going to wear for the party, but I wanted each little guest to have one for them self...
Pink tulips, a photo of Navy {from here 1 year photo shoot by the talented Alia Morgan Photography} and DIY paper boats made a charming centerpiece...
Rustic twine and kraft paper off set all the pink & navy sweetness wonderfully...
I had been planning on painting these large letters for Navy's room for, well, a year now, but never got around to it. I was pleasantly surprised when I decided to wrap them in navy polka dot washi tape! So easy, and so cute!
We spruced up Navy's highchair with a printable mini banner, and upgraded a white onesie with an iron-on pink polka dot anchor applique.
Time to blow out the candles! Thank goodness for an older brother and cousin to help...
This little one year old can EAT... she loved every second of her first, and second, piece of cake!
I captured a special moment with grandma and Navy right before the party started and here are some of the happy Crew Mates, sporting their personalized hats...
Navy was spoiled with many new cute outfits, shoes, toys and more... but her favorite part of gift opening was definitely the tissue paper!
We have been BLESSED with an amazing first year with the most chill, "easy", snuggly, quiet, funny, happy baby girl. Happy Birthday Navy Rose. We LOVE you!

Want to create your own Sailor Girl Birthday Party?  Start with these simple and sweet invitations...
Order the printable Sailor Girl Invitation & Envelope Wraps from my Etsy shop...
Make party planning a breeze with these printable Sailor Girl Party Decor designs. Work exclusively with me to customize each piece for YOUR little Sailor Girl!


  1. Seriously unbelievably talented Mama you are!!!

  2. So awesome Nellie - your work is unbelievable! And Navy is one!!! She is the cutest thing ever!
    PS - glad to get a peak at the work you did on the kitchen... I love it!

  3. I meant "peek"... oops.

  4. Jayme Shefchik07 April, 2013

    What a beautiful party, Nellie! You are so incredibly talented and your attention to detail is amazing. Thanks for sharing :)

  5. What a sweet party it was! So proud of my Nellie Rose celebrating with her Navy Rose!! I am blessed.

  6. Every single detail is incredible!!!! Awesome job momma!!!!!!

    And that dress????? Gorgeous on her...the hats are super cute too!

    I swear I would still have my house all decorated if I ever did a party that cute!!!!!! Love it!!!

    (and I'm with Molly on the peek at the looks gorgeous!!!)

  7. Hi I'm Heather! Please email me when you get a chance, I have a question about your blog! LifesABanquet1(at)

  8. Anonymous18 July, 2013

    Such a cute party! Did postage cost you any more by sending invitation in the kraft paper bag?

  9. Thank you, Anonymous, for your compliments on my party! There was no additional postage for the invitations! They stayed within standard postage guidelines {dimensions, weight, etc} so all was okay!

  10. Super cute!! Also, LOVE the highchair...where did you find it?! :)

  11. Hi Anonymous! I'm so glad you like the party! Our highchair is by Eddie Bauer, found here: ...We just took out the cushion!

  12. Hi! Adorable party! Would you mind sharing where you bought the kids sailor hats? I have been looking nonstop and have not found any small enough. Thank you!

  13. Hi Aj! I found the Sailor Hats at Oriental Trading, available here: ... Enjoy!! -Nellie