introducing little sailor


We’ve been working on two new collections for a few weeks now and I’m so excited to share the first, a little sailor birthday or baby shower party, with you.

I’m completely in love with this whale. It’s perfect for either a nautical themed baby shower or a little boy birthday party. And this color palette just made me giddy when we were putting it all together. It’s the perfect combination of bright and soft.


For the cupcake printables, we paired bright nautical images with a lovely light blue patterned cupcake wrapper. I’m a huge fan of mixing patterns to get a “wow” effect. It’s much more interesting than matchy matchy.


As for the cake plate, I decided to create a mini-banner made from this collection’s straw slip patterns. I just snipped them into triangles and assembled them using a hot glue gun and red thread. I really love how it turned out.


And last but not least, instead of using our fun cupcake picks on both levels, I used the anchor design, in the striped pick, to make red chocolate transfer anchors. (It’s much easier than you might think. It’s a little like tracing a picture except you’re using melted chocolate in a resealable bag with an icing tip and wax paper.)


We created nautical beverage wrappers sporting our little whale that can double as hurricane wraps or even flat napkin bands.


 And of course we had to create dessert labels. The collection has eight pre-filled labels plus a sheet of blank labels so that you can overprint any treats you like. (These cookies were flooded with white icing and embellished with the same chocolate transfer anchors as the cupcakes and they were delish!)


The pre-filled labels include sugar cookies, licorice, rock candy, salt water taffy, chocolate candies, fruit chews, lollipops and gumballs.


And of course cello toppers are a must. We filled these with red sour balls. Yum!


Or, send your guest home with a little goody bag embellished with our “thank you” tags. These adorable buckets were found at Target for $2.50 each. Wish I had them for the shoppe.


We also designed these adorable straw slips, six patterns in all, that are great to label your guests’ drinks.


Other touches include this 4×6 picture frame mat,


flag banner (four patterns),


and this rock candy jar embellished with a wooden anchor from the craft store. 

You can shop the little sailor party invitationfull set of nautical printable party supplies, and thank you notes in the shoppe.

As always, I hope we’ve helped inspire you for your next celebration!

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About Kim

Kim Byers, creative director & owner of The Celebration Shoppe. Her work has been featured in Parents, Better Homes and Gardens, All You, Pregnancy, iVillage, Huffington Post and many others. Kim is also a contributing writer for Kellogg's Snackpicks and Parade magazine, as well as craft contributor for JoAnn.

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    How sweet!

    : )

    Julie M.

  3. 3

    so cute!!!

  4. 4

    As a lover of all things Nautical I am SWOONING! My wedding was Nautically Casual and these take me back there!!!

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    This is such a chic party!
    Love the colors! I just featured it on my own blog (feel free to let me know if not ok!) because it’s just so lovely!
    Claudia S.

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    This is absolutely adorable. Your best ever!!

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    I’m planning a sailor party for my baby’s 1 st birthday and I loved this collection!!!!!Thank you for the inspiration!!!

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    Courtney says:

    I’m also planning a sailor theme for my son’s first birthday, Great ideas! LOVE it!!

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    LOVE this collection and the red, white and blue theme is so timely for July 4th! The detail on how to create your dessert table using your printables is so sweet. If you need a cookie designer to partner with on your inspiration tables for your printables, let me know! You can find me here: and I have worked with TomKat Studios, Project Nursery and sell on Etsy at I do edible images so I can do your printables on cookies, too! –Angela

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    What a cute collection! LOVE the tiny cake stand banners!

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    love the color scheme and mini cake garland-too cute!

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    Where did you find the cherry round candy and do they have a name? I’d like to get some for my son’s party! Awesome job!!! I love all the paper products!


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