Nautical Party Style & Mud Pie Faves

Nautical Party by the pool! Cute items with links to buy!

Oh the warm weather, I’m so glad you’re back! Y’all, I’m just itching for spring and summer parties. The outdoors provide the perfect setting for mixing and mingling. You might remember when I shared a few of my favorite holiday hostess gifts from Mud Pie a few months ago, and now I get to share a few more faves. I styled up a simple nautical party to show you how to enjoy these darling Mud Pie entertaining items. And I have the direct links below so you can click right over and browse away. Grab a drink to sip though, you might be glued to their adorable site all day!

Throw a Nautical inspired party! Tips, ideas, and inspiration from

How cute is that chalkboard for year-round celebrations and inside as a weekly meal planner in the kitchen too? I love items that can be re-purposed for multiple uses (less clutter!). It served as the “anchor” for my little nautical party set-up to greet guests as they arrive! A festive blue and white table covering did the trick as a mini party-setup for sips and bites. You don’t have to go “overboard” with heavy hors-d’oeuvres. Simple chicken salad sandwiches on croissants, lime Arnold Palmers (half lime-ade, half sweet tea), fresh fruit, and chocolate petit fours will do the trick. Turn a typical weekend family dinner into a themed meal outside on the deck or patio.

Throw a Nautical inspired party! Tips, ideas, and inspiration from Pizzazzerie.comThrow a Nautical inspired party! Tips, ideas, and inspiration from

I absolutely adore the crab pitcher and crab rope platter.  All the crab items from Mud Pie are too cute. They’re fabulous for beach houses or adding a nautical touch to your celebrations. The rope detail is my favorite. It would be fabulous displayed all summer to hold fruit on a table as a centerpiece or coffee table.

Cute Sweet Tray SetSave Room For Dessert

You know it’s not a party without a few sweet treats, especially when they’re displayed on the cutest sweet tray set! One must always save room for dessert ;)

Miss Blakely made an appearance in her flamingo swim suit because swimming is the perfect activity for a nautical-inspired soiree. She’s my little fishy and loves the water! This flamingo suit is SO cute.

Flamingo Swim SuitGlitter Happy Birthday BannerI couldn’t share my love for Mud Pie without mentioning their darling birthday items like the gold glitter birthday banner! HOW CUTE? Miss Blakely has loved having this hanging in her room all week to celebrate her birthday (MONDAY!). I love that it can be reused from year to year too! How cute are the pink pom poms? Precious!

Find the links for the items seen above below! You can also visit the store locator so you can find a shop nearby. They’re perfect gifts and entertaining essentials.

Large Chalkboard
Flamingo Swim Suit
Crab Pitcher
Crab Rope Platter
Circa Sweet Tray Set
Glitter Birthday Banner

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Orange & White Kids’ Crab Bash Party

Orange and white polka dot gift bags for a party!
Swedish fish for a cute crab bash party!
Super cute orange kids' crab bash party!

While parents will certainly miss the carefree days of summer, it’s the kids that truly have to say “goodbye” to head back to school! Before the calendar becomes full of homework, sporting events, and afterschool activities, gather together your kids and friends for an “End of Summer Party” featuring all things “summery”! I chose a vibrant color – orange – for my End of Summer Kids' Crab Bash … { read more }

Party Plan: Host a Girls’ Fiesta Night!

How to throw a fabulous girl's night fiesta party!
How to make a mini pepper garland!

I'm so tickled pink to share this party table with y'all! I designed it for the launch of Inspired Gatherings, a new site for Kroger that is packed full of entertaining ideas for lots of occasions (and yummy recipes too)! I was thrilled to help contribute content for the site in the form of this festively chic Girls' Fiesta Night! Plus, ALL the items (minus the tablecloth which was a fun fabric … { read more }

Summer Fun Backyard Picnic Party

Tips for hosting a backyard summer picnic!

I'm super excited to share a backyard summer picnic party I recently styled for this month! Embrace the warm weather while it is still around with a sun-filled picnic! I'm sharing my top tips for keeping it easy and stylish all at the same time. Picnics are such a fun way to entertain and enjoy the summer weather. There is something so refreshing about laying out on a quilt while sipping … { read more }

7 Summer Soirees to Love!

7 Summer Soirees to Love!

Happy Wednesday, y'all! I'm over on eHow Home today sharing 7 of my favorite summer soirees. You'll find tips on how to recreate the look, ideas for entertaining in the backyard, and lots of inspiration for summer hostessing! With just a few weeks of summer left before school starts back, I hope my ideas inspire you to invite friends over, get outside, and enjoy a beautiful evening! Even if you're … { read more }

Host an Ice Cream Social Party!

Tips for hosting an ice cream social party
Tips for hosting an ice cream social party
Tips for hosting an ice cream social party

It’s summertime! Celebrate the season by throwing an ice cream social party. Whether it’s neighbors, friends, or just family, we hope you’ll find lots of ice cream inspiration with these tips and photos. Blue Bunny Ice Cream is our go-to for all things ice cream from adorable mini cones and tasty ice cream sandwiches to the absolute best flavors like Bunny Tracks and Banana Split! See how we … { read more }

Build a Stylish Summer Salad Bar!

Build your own summer salad bar!
Build a Summer Salad Bar! Idea to SAVE!

Entertaining this summer? Try a "build your own salad bar". I recently styled up this summer salad bar above for eHow Home (click to see all the pics and my top tips to recreate the look). I love this idea because it's perfect for fresh summer fruits and vegetables and hey - it helps counter all the desserts I share around here ;) This was such a fun and colorful project. I adore how it turned … { read more }

Summer Blackberry Treat Table!

Blackberry Cupcakes + Mini Pies
Blackberry Treat Baskets with muffins!
Blackberry Summer Treat Table!

Did you catch our Blackberry Mojitos from last week? Oh yes, the blackberry obsession continues, y'all! You might have seen some sneak peeks of this treat table on Instagram! I'm excited it's LIVE! It's over on's site where I'm a contributor! See more photos + all my tips to recreate the look here.   Who's excited for BLACKBERRIES now?! I hope you're getting inspired to … { read more }

Summer Beach-Inspired Dinner Party

Beach inspired Aqua and coral Summer Party!

Summer entertaining season is in full swing so it's time to grab your friends and enjoy an outdoor dinner party! Pier 1 asked me to do just that and naturally I said ABSOLUTELY! From planning out my inspiration for the dinner party to treasure hunting in the stores, you have followed along with me in all of the fun! Now I get to share the party photos! Take a little photo journey through the party … { read more }

Fresh & Fun 4th of July Ideas We Love!

4th of July Pancake Breakfast
4th of July ICE - freeze berries in ice cube trays
Cute red, white, and blue popsicle cakes

Can you believe the 4th of July is almost here? AAAH! It always sneaks up on me. I'm so excited to celebrate America with friends and family. I've been loving this holiday on Pizzazzerie for years (see here and here and oh wait, here too!). These ideas, however, are my new favorites... Printable Ice Cream Cone Wrappers?! Perfect for the 4th (also considering July is National Ice Cream … { read more }