Nautical Baby Shower Decorations

nautical baby shower decorations

There are lots of different options available for nautical baby shower decorations.  You can use store-bought balloons, garlands, or table decor.  You could also make some of the decorations using patterned fabrics or paper.  There are several options for nautical themed tableware that you can use, too.  Here are some of our favorite ideas for nautical baby shower decorations.


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Decorating Package from Birthday in a Box

This balloon kit from Birthday in a Box has a good assortment of nautical balloons.  It comes with 5 different balloons, curling ribbon, and a balloon weight.  The color scheme would work great for a shower for a baby boy and there are some matching items like tableware that you could get, too.




Large Decorative Anchor from

You could easily add the nautical theme to the walls or tables with this decorative anchor from  It’s 25 inches tall.


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Anchor and Crab Balloons from The Party Works

This anchor and crab foil balloon from The Party Works is really cute and would be a good accent to solid colored balloons that match.  Just a note – the balloon has the smaller pattern on one side and the larger decor on the other so it’s just one foil balloon being sold.



Metal Sailboats from

You could use these miniature metal sailboats from throughout the shower.  They would look adorable as a part of your table centerpieces, or you could use them on the food table to hold small candies like Lifesavers.


Large_225535Bunting Patterned Fabric from

Large_203050Sailboat Patterned Fabric from

Large_204287Nautical Bunting Fabric from

You can use fabric in lots of different ways to make your own decorations for a baby shower.  These fabrics from are all good options if you’re wanting to use some nautical patterned fabric.  You could choose just one patterned fabric and also use solid, less expensive fabrics that coordinate.

Here are some great tutorials for how to decorate with fabric:


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Nautical Paper Pack from Oriental Trading

You can also make a lot of decorations using paper.  We love this nautical paper pack from Oriental Trading.  You could use it, or similar nautical papers, to make buntings, garland, paper fans, and lots of other decor.


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Nautical Luminary Bags from Oriental Trading

These anchor luminary bags are meant for a nautical themed wedding, but we think they would be easy, cute, and inexpensive for your baby shower decor.  Note that they are not flame-resistant so you would want to use battery-operated lights in them.


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Decorative Fish Net from Oriental Trading

You can use this decorative fish net from Oriental Trading to decorate the tables or walls at a nautical baby shower.  Bunch it up in the center of a table as a table runner or as part of a centerpiece.  Or you could drape it over the side of your food or gift tables.


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Patterned Paper Lantern Set from Oriental Trading

We love paper lanterns because they are a great way to add height and interest to the shower decorations.  These patterned chevron lanterns from Oriental Trading are affordable and would look great with a lot of different color schemes.  You can also find them in red here.



Big Whale, Little Whale Party Package from

This party package from is so cute and it would make perfect nautical baby shower decorations.  The different parts of the package feature a big whale and little whale and lots of wave accents.  The collection includes items like a customizable banner, garland, table signs, cupcake toppers, stickers, tent labels, party signs, and table confetti.  You could get just one or two of the items or they are available in package deals.



“Whale of a Time” Party Package from

Here is another party package from that also features whales.  This one is called “Whale of a Time” and it features whales and different patterns in blue, yellow, and red.



Nautical Garlands

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Nautical Dot Garland from Oriental Trading

This dot garland from Oriental Trading is in classic nautical colors of red, white, and blue and it is 6 feet long.  You could hang it vertically as shown in the picture, or string it across tables or a feature wall.


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Navy Pennant Banner from Oriental Trading

This navy pennant banner is made from cardboard and it is 7 feet long.  Since navy is a really common color with nautical themed items, this banner would work well with lots of different decorations.


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Anchor Garland from Oriental Trading

This anchor garland would be a perfect decoration for a nautical themed shower.  It is in red, white, and blues (the same colors as the dot garland shown above) and is 9 feet long.


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Triangle Garland from Oriental Trading

Here is a triangle garland that would work really well with a nautical shower.  It is navy, red, and off-white and the triangles are strung on a cute (and fitting) jute string.  It is 6 feet long.


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Free Printable Nautical Garland in Blue and Navy

Free Printable Nautical Garland in Pink and Navy

If you want an inexpensive decoration for your nautical baby shower, we’ve created this free printable circle garland that you can use.  You can use any combination of the colors that you’d like, but the PDF is organized so that you can print just navy circles, just pink circles, or just baby blue circles.  All you have to do is print the pages of whichever designs you want to use.  If you like the garland, be sure to check out some other coordinating free printables at our Nautical Main Page.



Nautical Table Decor

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Nautical Table Confetti from Oriental Trading

You could use this table confetti to add the nautical theme to your centerpieces or tables.  Just scatter the confetti around a simple vase with flowers (or whatever centerpiece you’re using) and the tables will fit the theme.


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Miniature Starfish from Oriental Trading

You could also use starfish on the tables or centerpieces to point towards the nautical theme with your table decor.   You could fill empty vases or glassware with the starfish for an easy centerpiece or scatter the starfish across the table to compliment the rest of your decorations.


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Nautical Centerpiece Kit from Big Dot of Happiness

This table decorating kit from Big Dot of Happiness makes it easy to decorate the tables.  It includes a large, folded centerpiece that you can leave long like shown or you can fold it into a cube.  The kit also has two stand up circles and some matching table confetti.  You can customize this centerpiece kit with the guest of honor’s name, and it’s part of a large collection of matching baby shower items that you could also get.



Nautical Plates + Napkins

There are several different tableware packages that you can get for a nautical baby shower.  Most are available in various sizes and with different items included.  Here are some of our favorite nautical tableware collections.


“Ahoy” Tableware from Big Dot of Happiness



“Whale of Fun” Tableware from Celebrate Express



Anchor and Lifesaver Tableware from


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Pink and Green Tableware from Birthday in a Box


Sometimes less is more when it comes to using a theme with the shower tableware.  For example, you may choose to just use the theme with some patterned napkins and use solid colored, plain plates and glassware.  If you’d rather just use the theme with one or two items, here are some of our favorite nautical plates and/or napkins sold individually.


Ship Wheel Napkins from



Navy and Pink Napkins from


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Sailboat Plates from The Party Works


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Anchor and Sailboat Plates from Oriental Trading


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