Sailing Themed Birthday Ideas for Dad: Anchors Aweigh!

Fathers are a bit of a challenge to throw parties for, right? But if you plan an entire celebration around a hobby or pastime your Dad loves, then he’ll be thrilled for sure! Take this sailing theme for a birthday party, for instance. The selection of nautical-inspired decorations, party ware, food and drink ideas, and party favors out there is pretty amazing. So we managed to navigate our way to these suggestions for hosting a great sailing birthday bash for Captain Dad! (*this post contains affiliate links)

Sailing Party Decor, Food, and Favor Ideas

Welcome aboard for some pretty cool sailing party planning. Here are 10 inspiring ways we found to help you get all hands on deck for Dad’s next birthday celebration!

Sailing birthday ideas for dad. Also great for a Navy party

Poke a little fun at the celebrant with a “Vintage Vessel” nautical-themed invitation (1) that will give guests a hint of the party fun to follow.

As a welcome display come party day, create a wall hanging out of a decorative fishing net (2) adorned with seashells. Just add faux starfish, life savers, a boat’s steering wheel, and a wooden welcome sign. While on the guest tables, assemble a variety of centerpieces, from sailing vignettes featuring brass lanterns, rope, and compasses (3) to model sailing ships and DIY lighthouses (5).

Of course, the party fare must be seaworthy, too! A crab boil type of menu is sure to be Dad-approved, along with fun add-ons like Crab Croissant Sandwiches (6) – which can also be made with different fillings from chicken to salmon to pulled pork to tuna, to suit different tastes.

For sides, use a sailboat-shaped woven basket (7) to offer up fresh fruits or crunchy bread rolls and crostinis with different cheeses and spreads as part of a bread bar.

Of course, the celebrant must have his birthday cake topped with a replica of a sailboat (4) to be served as dessert. Plus a round or two of beer in personalized labels (8) while everyone enjoys themed activities like a fun photo booth with a nautical vignette (9).

And as a special memento of this occasion, have each guest set sail homeward with a handcrafted seashell dish (10) filled with candies, fish crackers, or assorted cookies shaped like sailboats, anchors, lifesavers, and steering wheels.

So, if Dad happens to ask if you’ve got something planned for his birthday, now you can say a snappy, “Aye, aye, Sir!”


1 – Invitation – Available from Zazzle

2 – Decorative fishing net – Sold by Yagote and Fulfilled by Amazon.

3 – Tablescape – Inspiration from The Lavender Jar

4 – Cake – From Creations by Susie

5 – Lighthouse centerpiece – DIY tutorial from Bellenza

6 – Crab croissant sandwiches – Image from Party City

7 – Sailboat fruit holder – Available from Pier1 Imports

8 – Beer bottle labels – Styled shoot  from Bellenza

9 – Nautical Welcome Table – Styled shoot  from Bellenza

10 – Seashell candy favor trays – Available at the Bellenza SHOP

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