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Party Ideas :: An Overboard Nautical Soiree

The sad truth about this summer is a) it went entirely too fast and b) I spent far too little of it on a boat. Which may explain why I felt the need to bid the sunshine goodbye with an over-the-top nautical party. It also may have had something to do with my obsession with bejeweled life-size lobsters…

an overboard nautical party for summer!! | coco kelley

an overboard nautical party for summer!! | coco kelley

Because clearly life is better with these gorgeous little creatures in them! I mean, what better way to top a lavish table of golden anchors, oversized clam shells filled with champagne, and red coral all topped with strands of ‘pearls’?

an overboard nautical party for summer!! | coco kelley

an overboard nautical party for summer!! | coco kelley

Not to mention some of my favorite pieces from L’Objet – I’ve always had a thing for that scalloped china… and the coral cocktail forks? Too good. Really.

an overboard nautical party for summer!! | coco kelley

an overboard nautical party for summer!! | coco kelley

But of course, we couldn’t stop there… Customized straws that say ‘ahoy’ were absolutely necessary. (What else do you drink your champagne out of?)

an overboard nautical party for summer!! | coco kelley

an overboard nautical party for summer!! | coco kelley

The invitations were created out of a pattern of nautical flags. So fabulously graphic, don’t you think?

an overboard nautical party for summer!! | coco kelley

an overboard nautical party for summer!! | coco kelley

an overboard nautical party for summer!! | coco kelley

If you’re old enough to remember the movie “Overboard(unlike my interns who all stared blankly at me when I mentioned it) well then know you know my real inspiration behind this table. Can’t you see Goldie Hawn sitting here in her ridiculous oversized hat, yelling at Andrew for caviar? (For your reference…)

an overboard nautical party for summer!! | coco kelley

It’s purposefully ridiculous, but still fabulously tasteful, which pretty much sums up the way I like to think about most of my life, frankly. So who’s with me? Are you ready to send off our summer in overboard style?

sources :: lobsters courtesy of the fabulous kara ross // l’objet aegean dinner plate in platinum // l’objet coral cocktail forks // sapphire glassware // red coral // salad plates // linens courtesy of pedersen’s // custom straws at krazy straws

credits :: photography by julie harmsen // styling by cassandra lavalle for coco+kelley