Maverick’s 1st Birthday: A Preppy Whale Party

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Having already had two girls, this was my first "boy" party.  I have a love of all things nautical and striped, so I thought doing a "boy" preppy whale party would be so much fun!

Design Inspiration

East Coast prep meets West Coast sophistication!  I knew I wanted to use a singular whale icon, so I found one that I liked and reproduced it at all different sizes.  I also love the look of navy and white stripes, so I wanted to incorporate that in a big way.  Then, I mixed in some rustic wood and some hydrangeas to complete the coastal and nautical feel.

Project Details

Cakes - Plain cakes covered in fondant by Duff's Cake Mix, exterior decoration by Emily Klaparda

Whale cake topper and striped name plate: Mimi Cafe Union

Custom Whale cookie cutter for Cake: JB Cookie Cutters

Welcome sign, invitations, and all other party signage: Emily Klaparda

Flower arrangements: Emily Klaparda

Flower vases (wood boxes) Save on Crafts

Striped Table linens: Jessmy - Mylk and Honey

Green and Navy Paper lanterns: The TomKat Studio

Tassel ceiling decorations: Target

Custom Whale and Monogram Cookies: Flourish Cakes

Whale vinyl decals for walls: Emily Klaparda

Whale food toppers/food picks: Wild Bean Lore and Double Trouble Designs

Striped pennant banners with whales: Emily Klaparda

High chair banner and rosette: Emily Klaparda

Food placecards: Emily Klaparda

Striped plates (whale decal added separately), striped cups, napkins, and cookie bags The Tom Kat Studio

Invitations and all other party signage: Emily Klaparda


Favorite Items

I loved the navy and white striped cotton table linens!  I think they really set the mood for the for the whole party.

I also loved the whale print cake I made for Maverick.  I tried to make it look like those preppy animal print khaki pants from J.Crew and was happy with how it turned out - I had the whale cookie cutter custom made to match all the other whale shapes in the party.


Search high and low for authentic coastal decor - and sometimes shopping during summer can be easier than winter!  And first birthday parties are more for the adults than kids anyways, so you can have a little fun with the drinks ;)


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    I love all the parties that you have done for your little ones! You are very creative and everything is so well done! Love the color matching outfits also!

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    I am going to be doing a cake for a client in March, and they love the whale cutter on the cake! It’s so cute! I see it’s from JB cookie cutters, but was wondering how I could get that cutter? Thank you so much! Adorable party!

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    I am obsessed (in a good way) with the navy and white striped theme and especially love the little green whales. Can you please tell me where I can purchase the whale decals that you added to everything?

    Thanks so much :)

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    HI! I love your whale nautical 1st birthday theme and it is everything I have been envisioning for my son’s first birthday. You did an amazing job and everything looks so beautiful!! Where did you purchase all of the whale/nautical banners, high chair decorations, and whale decals? Just love them! :)
    Thanks you so much!

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    Where did you get the little whale overalls your son is wearing? I love everything about this party!

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    Hi! I was wondering if u have a website where u make the banners? Or if u know anyone that could make those exact banners? I did find a file with the whale, but i don’t have a circuit machine to do it with! Thank u so much!

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    I love this theme!It’s so cute! Where did you get the whale cookie cutter and decals for everything and also all of the whale/nautical banners?

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    If you are looking for the cookie cutter used for the cake, it’s here. The other whale cookies were purchased. Emily made the decals and banners herself.

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