We had another birthday and another party at our house! This time the theme was a Shark party!
I must say, it was a fun theme to work with but I did not get lots of shark-themed items in the stores, not even plastic toy sharks! And also, we just came from our Summer holidays and did not have lots of time to prep. That is the reason I call this a low-key party, in terms of planning.
Right, first off the decorations. I had a few blue sheets to work with so I made a cozy corner with it under a gazebo(a camping canopy of sorts, plus balloons(dark blue, light blue and white).
The shark board is a surfing board with just the correct shape, so that sparked the shark board prop, which I later used to add photos of the friends to, sent as a thank you momento.
I made this banner with shark signs and the name and age. It was a tad too small so I suggest if you want to use the free Shark party printables (you will just need to edit the name) double it in size.
The party packs doubled as decor too since the kids only got it when they went home. Inside were all kinds of blue sweets and a packet of chips. The shark fin printable was attached with double-sided tape to give it a 3D look. Lastly, the name was simply written with a wave line. (find the printable here)
The shark fin cupcakes were super easy to make! Bake blue/green cupcakes, add a bit of white frosting and use the back of a spoon to lift the frosting like “waves”. Use half a moon shape as the shark fin, using black fondant or gum paste. Then top it off with some blue sprinkles!
These shark jelly cups were another easy thing to make the day before. I could not get blue jelly, so I colored green jelly with a little blue food coloring. A shark jelly sweet was added and the kids loved the “surprise” in their jelly.
This year my son opted again for an ice cream cake. We went with a plain white cake with some blue trimmings and then I simply added the shark fins and shark candy to it.
Other eats included watermelon, cut into triangles to resemble the shark fins, triangle chips and dip, pizza slices(also triangles for the fins) and other baked goods grandma sent.
Playtime! Since it was a pool party(and I could not find any shark toys) I bought water guns and water balloons the kids could play with while swimming. We also hired a huge inflatable slide and the children had a jol(jolly good time)!
Oh, the digital invite I made! It is in Afrikaans, but you get the idea.
Here is the birthday boy, a big six year old!
It was a super fun shark party, low key and low prep, but altogether a success!