Often times when I think about summertime parties I envision the crisp colors of red, white, and blue! Perfect for patriotic celebrations and ALL summer long with clean stripes, polka dots, and nautical images that remind us of the sea! Clam bakes, barbecues, ice cream and s’mores are just a few of the summer food favorites that also come to mind when I’m dreaming of outdoor entertaining and gatherings with my family and friends! So today I’d like to share with you some nautical inspired party ideas that you can use at your next backyard celebration…and when I say nautical, I guess I use the term a little loosely because it might not be exactly what you think! But that’s the fun of party styling…letting your creativity flow with no rules to follow! When I come across decorating items that I love, I just have to share them…in hopes that you can find lots of inspiration for your festivities! I also love sharing ways to use these items outside of what they were intended for…that’s what can make your event (big OR small) unique to you AND let you get lots of bang for your buck by having loads of options for your goodies! Let’s get started on summer fun now that the unofficial beginning of the season has come and gone! Check out this backyard gathering with understated nautical touches!