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sailboat baby shower

My sister-in-law Jillian just had a little boy – Lucas Henry – and I threw a baby shower for her to celebrate.

Before throwing any party, I first decide upon a theme (in this case, I was inspired by one of our invitation designs) and a color scheme (sage green, pool blue, white and gray – something a bit more unexpected and chic than your standard baby blue!).

 I made a personalized banner to hang on the wall in my dining room, printing each panel on white cardstock and punching two holes at the top. Coordinating pool blue ribbon was strung through to hang. Quite simple, actually, with maximum impact!


I found the most perfect ceramic "boats" months ago at a Crate & Barrel outlet in Texas. I filled each of these with sage green chocolate mints. The "mast" was made using adhesive paper and a wooden skewer. A piece of caramel was used to anchor the mast under the mints.


To ground the sailboats, I used circular pieces of pool blue felt and added chartreuse asters. I love using asters because they are inexpensive (I found these at the grocery store), graphic (no baby's breath for me) and last forever.


I don't like to deal with cups at parties so water bottles are a good choice, especially with coordinating labels.


I am not a big fan of games at showers, preferring good food and good conversation. However, not everyone at this shower knew each other so I used an idea from my friend, Brooke, and put together a little quiz about Jillian (thank you to Jillian's mother and sister for providing the answers).

The prizes for those guests who knew the most about Jillian were individual boxes of coordinating thank you notes.


I was determined to make a sailboat cake to match the invitation.


I made my favorite yellow cake and poured it into a jelly roll pan. When it was baked and cooled, I wrapped the cake in plastic wrap and put it in the freezer, making it much easier to cut. The next day I cut the cake into three sections and managed to not waste a bit of cake (I was quite pleased with my frugality).

Once the "sailboat" was pieced together, the cake was enormous. Thank heavens my mom saved my sister's wedding cake platform!

I frosted the cake with my favorite cream cheese frosting – 1 lb. softened cream cheese, 1 stick softened butter, 1 t. vanilla, and approximately 3 cups of powdered sugar. I tinted the frosting to match the color scheme of the party – pool blue, sage green and gray and then finished the cake by piping white stars on the bottom. Not bad for my first sailboat attempt.


For favors, I ordered a sailboat cookie cutter from here and then packaged each cookie in a glassine bag with a foldover label (remember to staple the bag closed and then affix the label using double-stick tape in order to avoid staple marks on the label).

Voila! The party was a success and I think Jillian was pleased with the results.

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Reader Comments (15)

love the sailboat centerpieces.

01.21 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

I LOVED the shower, it was absolutely perfect and the sailboat cake was delicious!! I think I had 3 pieces! Thanks Angie!

01.21 | Unregistered CommenterJillian

What a lovely and beautiful party! Thanks for sharing!

01.21 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing. You are oozing talent!

01.21 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

So cute! Jillian was actually in my dorm/ward at BYU :) Congrats Jillian!!

01.21 | Unregistered CommenterJenni

what a fabulous party with a great color scheme.
love the little boats, and that you anchored the
masts with a caramel! so smart!
thank you for sharing.

01.21 | Unregistered Commenterautumn

What a great baby shower! Love the sailboat theme and you coordinated everything so wonderfully from the invites and banner to the cake and water bottles. Can I ask, how much does 1 stick of butter weigh - here in Australia we don't refer to butter that way and I would really like to try out your recipe...

01.21 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

love the colors! as always, every detail in order. great inspiration! thanks for sharing.

01.21 | Unregistered Commenterjessica

Extra good. As usual :) xoxo W

01.22 | Unregistered CommenterWhitney

Too cute for words! Sorry I couldn't be there.

totally love the colors you picked and the original theme.
love the little sailboats you created with the candy dishes...really cute.
very inspiring.
thanks for sharing this...

The cake is brilliant! Such a good idea, and using all of it too, no waste, that's brilliant!

what colors did u mix for the pool blue, im making a wedding cake and the fondant needs to be that color, ive already added, what seems like a ton of leaf green and sky blue. i know that makes aqua, but i dont know if they consider aqua and pool blue the same. i cant find anywhere anything on pool blue. thanks for any help

04.9 | Unregistered Commenterdonnell

To mix pool blue, you probably need more yellow. I'm not sure if the leaf green has enough yellow in it. If you send me a photo, I can tell you what to add. -Angie

So beautiful,I like this article very much.

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