I just love the colorful preppy style of Happy Wish Company, so I was thrilled when they put together a Preppy Whale Boys Birthday Party for our Spring 2013 issue of The Party Dress Magazine. Darling ideas in a blue and orange color palette that will have you dreaming of summer parties! Read on for the details from Alicia and Betsey….
With the warm summer months fast approaching, we couldn’t help but dream of the beach, the salty ocean breeze and sand in our toes when we designed this nautical-inspired Preppy Whale boy’s birthday party!
As two busy, working moms (like many of you!), our Happy Wish Company styling concept is to create parties that are lovely, yet easy to implement. Our concept sticks to the prettiness in keeping things clean, classic and simple – like we’ve done here with this whale-themed celebration.
The adorable spouting whale invitation served as the inspiration for the party’s color scheme of orange, white, navy and sky blue set on a backdrop of khaki burlap to evoke the look of sand!
The kid’s table starts with orange and white polka dot paper placemats at each setting. Beach buckets are essential to any ocean-related party. We’ve selected orange plastic buckets that double as a lunch container and a take-home favor for summertime play and sand castle building. Fill the bucket with the birthday boy’s favorite foods. Our menu included a sandwich packaged in a navy and white striped Kraft paper bag, light blue and orange polka dot snack cups filled with fishy crackers and fruit. And to wash it all down, a container of the “ocean water” punch in French square plastic bottles with stripey straws. As an extra-fun snack, we filled little glass jars with blue jello and an orange gummy fish, tied with twine and a perfectly sized, chevron-patterned wooden spoon.
Another centerpiece includes a galvanized bucket, wrapped in nautical rope filled with sand and the most precious blue whale lollipops! To top it all off, fabulous 36-inch navy and orange polka dot balloons float like ocean bubbles above the kids table for a whimsical feel.
To set the sweets-table stage, we filled a pedestal beverage dispenser with blue “ocean water” punch and filled three old fashioned glass jars with scrumptious sweets, including blue raspberry gummy rings, orange gumballs and, of course, blueberry salt water taffy – reminiscent of cruising the boardwalk! Party-goers can fill personalized fabric whale favor bags with the candy to take home as a special treat!
A pod of sweet navy blue whale sugar cookies are placed on a white serving platter atop a multi-blue chevron fabric table runner that mimics ocean waves! White milk glass cake stands are stacked with white-frosted cupcakes adorned with navy and orange paper wrappers and polka dot ribbon flag toppers. The cupcake pièce de résistance is the charming blue fondant whale that sits at the very top of the cupcake tower!
The simple backdrop is covered in burlap and draped with natural-colored fish net with a delightful starfish making an appearance. And it wouldn’t be a Happy Wish Company party without our signature coordinating fabric pennant banner hanging above!
Little party guests are sure to have a “whale-of-a-time” at this sweet & simple Preppy Whale soiree!
We hope this party has provided some inspiration and ideas for your own nautical birthday celebrations!