One of the reasons I started Blog 5 to 9 was to make some new friends with similar interests and ideas. A few months ago, the blog actually helped reunite me with an old friend, my long lost groovy “Scribble Sister”! We were besties in Junior High but unfortunately grew apart in high school. We hadn’t seen each other or talked in over 10 years but she stumbled upon my blog through a mutual friend. We recently met up only find out she is just as obsessed with into party planning as I am! We thought it would be so fun to plan her son’s 3rd party together and we were right! The Under The Sea theme is one I’ve been wanted to do for a while so it worked out perfectly
With the help of balloons, hanging sea creatures, and dim lighting, we transformed her whole basement into an under the sea adventure scene!
Here’s a breakdown of what we did for the party:
Upon entering, the guests were welcomed by this adorable sign my friend made using bubble background paper and foam sticky letters. She embellished using printable sea creatures from the Under The Sea collection I created for the party.
The entire room was decorated with blue balloons and sea creatures hanging from the ceiling to create that under water feel. The sea creatures were purchased online and included paper cutout and blowup animals. On the bottom left, if you look closely you’ll see a shark about to chomp down a clown fish for dinner… just love her sense of humor!
The kids’ table was set with plastic fish cups that were individualized with each child’s name so they wouldn’t mix up their drinks. The sea themed table runner was also a very cute touch.
These turtle Oreo pops were a great no-bake treat for the party! I made them by arranging four green candy wafers in a square pattern. I then placed a chocolate dipped Oreo on top to dry. Once it was part way set, I pressed another candy wafer into the Oreo for the head. Wait for the whole thing to cool before adding google eyes and some light green spots using light green melted candy. See my Spring Chick Oreo Pop post for more details and tips on how to make chocolate dipped Oreos.
I made really easy Cake Mix Sugar Cookies, rolled them, and shaped them with a star cookie cutter. I frosted them with a simple sugar cookie glaze and sprinkled with yellow sanding sugar. When it was part way set, I added some edible google eyes to make them extra cute. Once dried, I packaged them in a medium cellophane bag and stapled a bag topper.
These are Goldfish Cracker cups I made using mini Styrofoam cups purchased from GFS. I wrapped the cups with printable cupcake wrappers and added little sea animal flags. The cups were filled with different flavors of Goldfish: Chocolate Chip, Vanilla Cupcake, Cheese, Pretzel, and Colors Goldfish. We displayed them on my favorite tiered cupcake tower!
Ocean Jello Cups were made by adding Swedish Fish after the Jello has set for an hour.
The Gummy Fish Kabobs were purchased online at www.goodiegumdrops.com and displayed on a Styrofoam ring covered with ribbon that my friend made.
Abby made these super cute starfish brownie bites by dipping store bought brownie bites in melted chocolate and topped them with star sprinkles.
Rock Candy lollipops were displayed in a round glass bowl filled with fish shaped hard candies.
We created custom labels for all the drinks to go with the theme.
Abby had custom M&Ms made with her son’s name and picture. I could tell her boy loves M&Ms almost as much as he loves sea creatures :) As one of the activities, we had the kids guess how many pieces of candy were in the bowl.
Many fun activities were planned for the kids, including a starfish ring toss, ocean scene sticker art, glass sun catcher painting…just to name a few. My favorite craft activity was decorating foam picture frames. Each child took a picture with the big inflatable whale and the pictures were printing while the kids decorated their frames. It was a really nice “make and take” activity!
I had a wonderful time planning this party with my old friend and I really hope we get to do it again soon!