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Maverick’s 1st Birthday: A Preppy Whale Party


Having already had two girls, this was my first "boy" party. Ā 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! Ā I knew I wanted to use a singular whale icon, so I found one that I liked and reproduced it at all different sizes. Ā I also love the look of navy and white stripes, so I wanted to incorporate that in a big way. Ā Then, I mixed in some rustic wood and some hydrangeas to complete the coastal and nauticalĀ feel.

Project Details

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

Whale cake topper and striped nameĀ 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 andĀ 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 bagsĀ The Tom Kat Studio

Invitations and all other party signage: Emily Klaparda


Favorite Items

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

I also loved the whale print cake I made for Maverick. Ā 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! Ā And first birthday parties are more for the adults than kids anyways, so you can have a little fun with the drinks ;)

Chelsey Harris

Sunday 18th of September 2016

I love this theme!! Where did the whale come invitation come from?

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Friday 13th of May 2016

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Stacey wooten

Wednesday 16th of March 2016

Brooke, I just did this whole theme myself for a baby shower. And if u want to email me at, I can tell u where I found everything to make the banners and decals. Along with the rest!


Wednesday 16th of March 2016

Does she sale the banners and whale decals? I really want them.


Wednesday 16th of March 2016

No she doesn't have a shop.


Tuesday 15th of March 2016

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?


Wednesday 16th of March 2016

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.