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HWTM “Little Sailor” 1st Birthday Party for Pottery Barn Kids

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little sailor first birthday

I’m thrilled to finally be able to share this Little Sailor 1st Birthday theme that I styled for Pottery Barn Kids! We actually shot this theme in Northern California with the PBkids team – at the same time as our Ice Cream Shoppe Party featured earlier this year… so it was fun to focus on something more boy oriented for the 2nd day of shooting.

I’m sure the room attendants were completely confused by the random array of craft explosions happening in our hotel room though. ;) Alyssa & I even frosted & decorated the cookies for this shoot in there… so I figure they should be a breeze for you to do at home!

Sailor Birthday Party Printables

My Sailor Boy printables are available in our store! Use them to add instant style and personalized details to your party. 🙌 You can edit the custom text yourself – right on the website – whenever (and as often as) you need to! Click here to buy this collection.

Sailor Boy Printables

diy dish plates

sailor themed dessert table

little sailor printables from hwtm for pottery barn kids

diy smash cake bunting

lantern inspired centerpiece

adult sea inspired tablescape

lifesaver sailboat cupcake toppers

dish fish cookies

ocean punch drink recipe

The coffee sleeve “sailor hats” were a happy accident. I was originally going to make sailboats and was all set up to do so, then realized (while sitting in Starbucks, nonetheless) that sailor hats would be even easier! They aren’t really proportional for wearing (although it might be cute to glue a girl version to headbands) – but they made for really cute accent decor. We added them to chair backs in this shoot, but I also think they’d make cute “place cards” for table settings too… or even strung together as a party garland!

kids sailor hat craft

kids ocean inspired tablescape

orange ship juice

nautical banner

candy craft

catch of the day favors

Sailor Birthday Party Printables

Printables are my favorite *secret weapon* for adding unique style to any celebration! Click here to customize my Sailor Boy collection for your own party – instantly, online. 🤗

Sailor Boy Printables

Sailor Girl Printables

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  1. Ricka June 21, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    SUPER CUTE!!! I just adore the fish paper plates. Love the accidental sailor hats.

    • jenn s. June 22, 2013 at 9:05 am

      Thanks, Ricka! :)

  2. Bird June 22, 2013 at 3:29 am

    So, so cute! Love the polo/lifesavers details, clever!
    Congrats on another fabulous party Jen! :)

    • jenn s. June 22, 2013 at 9:03 am

      Thanks, Bird! I loved how easy the lifesavers were too! ;)

  3. RM, Home Confetti June 22, 2013 at 6:05 am

    Everything looks great! The 1st Voyage banner is very clever. (FYI-Pottery Barn is spelled wrong in the title!)

    • jenn s. June 22, 2013 at 9:02 am

      Oh my goodness… love it when I miss the most obvious of things! How does that happen? Anyways – thanks so much for the heads up! :)

  4. atozebracelebrations June 22, 2013 at 6:24 am

    Oh my goodness Jen! you are soooo creative… I love everything about this. I am always excited to see boy party ideas …..well done my friend! Congrats! xoxo

    • jenn s. June 22, 2013 at 9:03 am

      Thanks so much, Nancy! :) xo

  5. blovelyevents June 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    This is literally the cutest party ever! I adore the nautical line at pottery barn kids and this is a perfect party to go with it!

  6. Amanda June 23, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I love how you used something as simple as lifesavers in such a creative way!

  7. bloomdesignsonline June 24, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Amazing Job Jenn- Love the color scheme and sailors’ hats!

  8. elissa @ one stone events June 25, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    absolutely adorable, jen! i get so excited every time you post one of your own parties or shoots! love your work!

  9. Tasha June 30, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    I would love to know where you got the little cups with the lifesavers on the outside, they are adoarable!

    • alyssa July 1, 2013 at 9:01 am

      Hi Tasha, We got them from Party City. Here’s the exact product: We loved them to- the slant is fancy and fun!

  10. Tasha July 5, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Thank you for the link to the cups!

  11. Holly July 16, 2013 at 9:17 am

    This super cute post from PBK was posted right after I decided to have a sailor theme for my son’s 1st birthday. I had already had a shirt made for his birthday, because I had found party supplies I liked. Now, I love this, and his shirt won’t match (little bit of OCD). Is there a way to edit the color scheme once I download it? OR if It is printed somewhere?

    • alyssa July 16, 2013 at 9:41 am

      Thanks Holly! Contact our Etsy shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/hwtm for any custom color changes :) Our team will be happy to help you out!

  12. Meredith August 1, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Hi Jennifer! I LOVE this party idea and am planning to use it for my son’s 1st birthday! The printables photo above shows tent cards, but they are not on the printables link. Can you please help me locate them?

  13. Meredith August 1, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Hi Jenn! I LOVE this party and am planning to have one like it for my son’s 1st birthday. I am trying to locate the tent cards on the printables page, but do not see them there. Could you please help me with this?

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  15. Heather August 8, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Where did you get that boat?? I’m in love with this party. Well done.

    • jenn s. August 9, 2013 at 6:04 am

      Thanks, Heather! The boat is from Pottery Barn Kids too :)

  16. […] loving and special… and just send my heart out to sea! :) (For more Nautical party ideas go here and […]

  17. […] P.S. Find all the FREE Printables on Potterybarn Kids here, the custom printed versions at Hostess Ink. here and the custom printables in our Etsy shop here! And see our blog post using this collection here.  […]

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