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Real Soirees: Nantucket Party (Part 1: Decor)

Today's post is a cross between a Real Soiree and a party inspiration post!  Every year, my husband and I host a big rooftop party, and this year it had a Nantucket theme.  Check out these photos from the set-up and start planning your own Nantucket/Cape Cod/Martha's Vineyard party...no matter where you are!


These colorful fabrics are from the local fabric store.  I used them plus an arsenal of safety pins to cover our outdoor cushions and pillows.  I wouldn't recommend safety pins for long-term usage, but for one night it was fine.


Bucket of napkins.  Aren't these little crabs cute?


Throughout the space, I set up clear vases (actually, this is a punch bowl) filled with sand and tall grass from the floral section of the craft store.  Tip for using less sand: Before you fill your vessel, place an inverted plastic cup at the bottom, then fill the vessel with sand. The plastic cup takes up space that would otherwise be filled with sand.





The theme was carried through with blue and red papers, white rope and nautical knots.  The easiest knot is the Figure 8.  Learn how to tie it here.


This fishing net was from the party store.  Looks like we caught a few shells plus a lobster!


Fishing net as a chair cover?  Why not!

Ok, I have to admit that this was a mistake, much like penicillin or chocolate-chip cookies.  One of my interns had momentarily placed a net on the back of a chair to get it out of the way.  I saw it and praised her for her brilliant idea! :)



Red party cups go nautical with the addition of some scrapbook paper and stickers.  The coordinating coasters were made out of the same materials.  So easy!


Click for menu ideas, plus the recipe for Nantucket Lemonade!

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Reader Comments (4)

So adorable. I was just in Nantucket with my family for a week. You did a fantastic job of capturing the feel! xx

August 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOlivia

The lobsters are very cute. Sand is heavy, so yes, anything one can do to use less in a vessel is good.

August 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDan L

Very nice!

August 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMJ Tam

This is amazing! i can't believe the cushions were done w/ safety pins - such a great idea! love the sand and grass.

August 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandi

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