inspiration and party prep

i am in the process of designing, and preparing the decor for a third birthday party. the party is at the end of july, on the beach. i have been hard at work gathering inspiration and materials. here are some ideas so far.
since the party is on the beach, i thought it would be fun to stray to the nautical side. the colors will be crisp whites and tones of green and blue, with pops of bright yellow. my pennant flag invitations are the perfect start.
what better way to match the invitation than to decorate with festive pennant flags in tones of green and blue. for the flags, i am sticking with a mix of traditional fabrics like ticking, unbleached muslin, chambray and gingham, while mixing in some fun modern prints.
inspired by this vintage regatta photo, the activity of the party will be to build a toy boat. i will prepare simple pine sailboat hulls for the kids to assemble with a mast, and their choice of sail. the children will then get to float their boats in big tubs filled with ocean water. the boats serve double duty by going home with the kids as a party favor.

based on a cake i made last year, i am going to make a sandcastle cake for the little birthday boy's celebration! 

photos of the fĂȘte to come early august! 

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