How To Throw A Nautical 4th of July Party

Searching for splashy ways to celebrate Independence Day? Consider throwing a red, white, and nautical blue bash! The nautical party theme is perfect for summertime, whether you’re hosting a 4th of July soirée or a Memorial Day BBQ.

We’re sharing our top tips and must-have decorations for an unforgettable nautical-themed event. From tasty lobster dishes to sailor-made tablescapes, here’s how to throw the perfect 4th of July party with a nautical twist!

Start by setting the scene with a brimming red, white, and blue balloon garland. We suggest incorporating a variety of shades to make your setting feel deep and detailed. Embellish it with a few shiny red lobster balloons, en voilà. 

If you’re in a pinch or want something simpler, go with a small blue balloon bouquet. For a little pop of personalization, write a punny saying or two on your balloons in permanent marker!

As far as other nautical-themed decorations go, anything that feels patriotic or oceanic will do. Feel free to add more traditional 4th of July decorations, like American flag banners or red, white, and blue bunting garlands. Finally, tie it all together with a few anchor-inspired accents, and a patriotic floral bouquet. 

Now let’s crack into the tableware! Start by lining the center of your table with a blue and white striped runner. This will set the tone and provide a nautical base for your décor. Next, set each place with lobster plates, anchor napkins, and coordinating nautical-themed cups

If you prefer a simpler red, white, and blue tablescape, you can never go wrong with our Cabana Stripe Signature plates, guest towels, and cups. Available in Sky Blue, Cherry Red, and Midnight Blue, they’re the perfect complement to any 4th of July or nautical-themed event. To elevate the look, layer each setting with a Cherry Red Signature Bow Napkin

When it comes to curating your maritime menu, seafood and ocean-themed snacks are essential. From lobster rolls and shrimp cocktails to clam chowder and crab cakes, there are tons of fun and festive food options. 

Be sure to include some star-spangled Summer desserts, as well! We suggest going with a classic 4th of July treat, like a berry trifle, or some red, white, and blue frosted sugar cookies.

The best 4th of July fêtes are full of fun games or activities. Beach volleyball or relay races are always a good time– feel free to incorporate some nautical elements like sailor hats or ocean-themed challenges to keep the theme alive. 

If you’re throwing a 4th of July party for kids, we suggest organizing a treasure hunt with exciting clues and prizes! Be sure to include lots of boat-themed accessories to level up the fun!

With these tips and tricks in mind, your nautical 4th of July party is sure to be a hit! For more snappy party ideas, check out the rest of our 4th of July and nautical party collections. From our fête to yours, bonne chance and bonne voyage! 

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