Last summer I planned a bridal shower for my sister. She had an early September wedding that took place on a sailboat. I wanted her shower to reflect the colors and theme of the wedding.I poured over the internet from site to site to site looking for inspiration and ideas. In the end, I decided to stray from the blatant nautical theme I had originally envisioned and opted to use her wedding colors as the theme for the party. Navy blue was her main color, so I set out to give our nautical bride her “something blue” shower. My goal was for simple, classic decorations that were all tied together without feeling “theme-y”.

Place Settings

Each place setting consisted of a silver charger, blue game packet, white paper fan and two favors- a dog made from a washcloth and a glass jar with navy and white peppermint patty pieces. The bride’s setting also included the bunch of mini roses. The tables were draped in navy blue tablecloths.


The centerpieces were simple: 3 glass cylindrical vases with red roses (red roses were her wedding flower as well)


Entrance Table

A table holding the guest book, charms and “something blue” vase was placed at the entrance to the garden. For the something blue vase, each guests as asked to bring a small blue item that the bride might use on or in preparation for, her wedding day. Items included:a blue toothbrush, blue mirrored compact, blue gum, blue pad and pen, etc.


The first favor was a towel favor dog. My sister loves dogs and the very first time I asked what she wanted her shower to be like she said she wanted dogs there. The second, is a white paper fan which was a last minute addition given how hot it was that day. The last were navy blue and white candies in a glass jar.


What I learned from this party: You’re planning process often ends up somewhere different then where it began. Even though our party wasn’t filled with sailboats and sailors it still carried the feel and style of our nautical bride.