It’s a Nautical Life!

When we think of summer, we think of cool linen clothes, seafood, sailing, ocean breezes, salt water, and beautiful sunsets.  It’s time spent at the beach, toes in the sand, drink in hand with good friends and family. We put together this great mood board to help you create this feeling too. Whether you’re on the East Coast, the West Coast, or somewhere in between, the nautical life remains the same.  






(Photo source: Cape Code Snow Fence, Cap Cod Highland Light, unknown, unknown)  

If you’re planning a little shindig for the 4th of July, or a nautical themed event, we’ve put together some great ideas outside of the traditional red, white, and blue that can give you the added twist you’ve been looking for.

Ok, lets get this party started!  

If you’re up for a clambake, Bon Appetit has put together instructions on The Ultimate One-Pot Clambake.  This looks messy and FUN!


Champagne wishes and caviar dreams start with what else – CHAMPAGNE! Add some buckets of San Pelligrino, some personalized bottles of a beverage of your choice, and throw some ice and beer in a vintage tin and you have something for everyone to drink.

For appetizers serve the ever versatile shrimp!  Shrimp cocktail, Popcorn Shrimp With Corn Butter, or Paleo Popcorn Shrimp are just a few options.  

(Original source of bottom two photos unknown.)  

Our Nautical Paper Food Cones and Round Cut Outs are the perfect way to serve Popcorn Shrimp.

Round Cut Outs 

Patterned Food Cone 

 Chevron Patterned Food Cone 


 Crab, crab, and more crab! 

How to decide which to serve? Seafood Martinis, Crispy Crab Cake bits,  Crap Dip in pastry cups, or Snow Crab Stuffed Mushrooms.  


Mussels & Oysters  

Mussels from Cooking etcetera , Baked Oysters (source unknown), Grilled Oysters from Top Appetizer Recipes, and a steamed mussel and clam combo from also from Top Appetizer Recipes.   

Main Course    

It’s not a nautical theme without lobster! Serve up some Curry Lobster Rolls from Food & Wine, Steamed Lobster with Drawn Butter from Williams Sonoma, Lobster BLTs , and Fresh Main Lobster Roll. Sign us up for any of these options!  


How yummy do these clams look? What is your favorite way to prepare clams?   (Photo and recipe credit: unknown, Martha Stewart, unknown, and Top Appetizer Recipes.)  

It's A Nautical Life Clams  


Serve your seafood with root chips in Stars and Stripes paper cones, Grilled Corn On The Cob, french fries in newspaper themed containers, or Sweet Potato Fries.  


Last, but certainly not least – dessert!    Serve up all American ice cream cones, anchor cookies (source unknown), nautical themed cookies, or a crafty fruit and yogurt cup.    


The Details  

Now that the food and drinks are taken care of, let’s set the table.  Anything rope or striped is perfect!  

(Rope photo source: Flickr, unknown,Fine Art America, and True Textures.)   

How beautiful and classic are these tables?      

(Photo source: unknown, Wedding BeeCompletely Coastal, and unknown.)  

Don’t forget the napkins!  

Tie your utensils together with some twine, rope and boat snaps, buoy napkin rings, or skip the ring and let the napkins speak for themselves.    


Our Nautical Life Printable Napkin Rings add the perfect touch to your napkins.  

Shellfish Cracker/Napkin Ring   



(Photo source: Ikea, Ikea, Iron + Twine, unknown, unknown, unknown, unknown, and Intrigue Designs.)  

Add these colorful flags to any party favor or centerpiece to show a little more spirit. 

Colorful Pennant Flags or Mini Banner 


Dress the part!  


Photo source: Champagne and Caviar Dreams, Piper Lime, Banana Republic,  Lauren Conrad,, and Fashion Diva Design.  

Are you ready to live A Nautical Life?  Invite some friends  

It’s a Nautical Life Invitation

(Includes Personalization)  



Whip up some food and display it with our Nautical Food Cards.  

Food Cards: Lobster, Crab, Clams, Oysters, Potatoes, Shrimp, Corn on The Cob, & Sides 


Sail off into the sunset…

(Photo source:  

Enjoy some fireworks!  And most important of all, make some beautiful memories!  


(Photo source: Beers and Beans)      

It’s a Nautical Life” Printable Package   


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To purchase the individual printables or the whole package, please visit our “It’s a Nautical Life” printables page.

To see more great ideas, please visit our “It’s a Nautical Life” Pinterest Board.





P.S. For those of us who love to entertain and create a beautiful home, we are often inspired by ideas online, yet implementation is time-consuming. Though we hope to encourage you to try things on your own, we understand that sometimes you don’t have the time, and we would love to help. As full-service creative lifestyle designers, Simply Tangerine specializes in designing beautiful living spaces, sourcing or refinishing furniture, planning special events, and creating menus to meet personal dietary needs. We will discuss your needs, assess your situation and put together unique ideas to make your room décor, furniture, event, or menu exceed your expectations. We would love to bring a Simply Tangerine twist to your home or event. Please contact us anytime!

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