Teddy's Nautical Beach Birthday Party

My little boy turned one at the beginning of January, and we thought a birthday party by the beach would be something he would actually really enjoy.

We send the invitations out as a message in a bottle..

nautical birthday party invitation
nautical party message in a bottle invite
message in a bottle nautical party invite


On the day, the fun started even before the party did, with our boys in their swimmers heading straight for the crab-shaped sand pit and sailboat pool we had brought in for the party...

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The venue we had picked was Tanjong Beach Club, owned by one of our friends and one of our favourite weekend spots.  It sits on Tanjong Beach in Sentosa, and there's a beachside pool and bar plus restaurant. 

At the entrance we'd set up a little nautical photobooth with little props like flags , sailor hats and telescopes for guests to grab a polaroid with.

sailor photobooth

We'd put together a little guest book with photos from Teddy's first year, for guests to leave a message in, before Teddy received them inside the nautically- decorated venue.

nautical birthday party guest book table
birthday boy receiving guests at nautical party
nautical party dining room decor
nautical party cake and lighhouse

Inside the dining room, a nautical buffet awaited the guests. The dessert buffet table featured a beach made of edible graham-cookie-crumble sand, with a scattering of sea animal-shaped cookies, edible candy-floss sea, and fish swimming in blue jelly.  It was awesome seeing the kids (and some adults) eating the beach straight off little spoons! 

nautical dessert buffet
nautical beach party dessert buffet with edible sand beach
lighthouse dessert buffet
nautical cupcakes
edible beach
fish in jelly sea

For the hungrier guests, Tanjong Beach Club had prepared 300 little brown paper bags of fish and (truffle) chips, along with calamari and spaghetti.  And at the bar, TBC had arranged martini glasses of a specially concoted Blue Hawaiian Freeze for those people in search of a mid-afternoon cocktail.

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blue hawaiian freeze cocktail
guests at nautical birthday party

Because a kid's party isn't complete without ice-cream, we set up an ice-cream station with a chef making live oreos-and-cream ice cream. The other flavour offerings were creme brulee and orange-lychee, and there was an assortment of toppings to add atop the sundaes.

ice cream station
ice cream parlour

Fun for the kids was our priority, and guests were invited to come in their beach attire. Some families hit the beach and pool, and the littler ones had a terrific time splashing in the sail boat pool and the sand pit set up on the terrace just by the dining room.  

adorable korean girl gyubin swimming in the boat pool
kids playing in sand pit

And somehow, a pinata (an overstuffed crab one in this case) always seems to get children extremely excited....

little girl hitting the crab pinata at nautical party
little boy hitting crab pinata at nautical beach party

We managed to get everyone together for the cake cutting...

nautical birthday party cake with boat and fish
nautical birthday cake cutting

And at the end of the party, the kids were invited to bring home a bucket of sand toys or their very own pet fish.

nautical party door gifts
nautical party favours sand bucket
nautical party fish food
nautical party door gift pet fish
nautical party pet betta fish

When the party was over, we went out to the beach and watched the sunset.

nautical party family sunset on the beach

Happy Birthday my little one!

happy birthday luke nautical cake

Photo credits: Andrew Lum, Gwo Wei and Kerry Cheah