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!
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.
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
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
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 ;)