I mentioned it was probably going to be hot again...soo....yeah it was. :( Not as bad as Charlotte's party, but still in the high 90s. With a lot of help from my sister Julia, Rory's parents, my parents, and Rory of course, it was a success! I managed to forget my camera, but my dad had his on him and luckily he has way more lenses and fancy gadgets than I could ever dream of. I am a total control freak though and so bossed him around (and stole it a few times) to get the shots I needed. (still missed some oh well!) Thanks for putting up with me, Dad. Anyways...here are the party deets!
Paper Patch Ink...so adorable, right? The waves are ric rac!
Let's start with the food table. I made another rag garland and I think it turned out really cute! I love the starfish fabric! I covered the tables with white tablecloths and nets from the dollar store over the top.
We served "sub"marine sandwiches-complete with color coded washi tape flags. Roasted turkey and provolone, and ham and cheddar. (we also had some lettuce and tomatoes but didn't get a pic. I snagged that fabulous seahorse at Ross a few months back for a few bucks.
I made some fancy mayos-the pesto one was really good!
I bought some pink bags and filled them with Sea Salt chips and "Sand Dollars" aka pop chips. Can you tell I had way too much fun with the food names?
Wait, it gets better. Or worse, depending on your opinion on cutesy food names.
Spinach dip=Seaweed dip! hehehe
Cut up cheese became shark teeth! (thanks to my friend Delia for that cute idea!) Crooked sign alert.
You gotta have goldfish crackers at an under the sea party, right? Served in little polka dot cups.
Fruit...of the sea salad. My mother in law made this, thanks Nora!
I packaged up some wooden utensils in glassine bags with these awesome ombre napkins I found on Target clearance a few weeks ago. I added the label on front and thought I was so funny. (it's funny right? if not just pretend it is, mmkay?) I spray painted this giant clamshell bowl I found thrifting and set them in it.
I got some big mason jars and tied some fabric around top, then filled them with sand and shells for pretty and simple centerpieces.
The kids had a blast in the water-we had two pools, toys, and a water table set up to play with.
One of TWO (not joking) pictures my dad got of Sadie smiling...she is such a stinker sometimes!
I think she had fun playing with her friends and gorging on sweets. Don't worry...the sweets are a-comin'!
Right after this sweet face. awww
Here's the dessert table! In all it's sugary glory. I'm sure all the parents loved me that night. ;)
I made the backdrop with plastic tablecloths, streamers, and a banner I designed and printed out, then strung up on ribbon. I designed all the labels as well.
The cake! This was by far my favorite thing to make for the table! It was pretty darn easy too. You can see my inspiration cake here, btw. It's my normal chocolate cake, and I layered and stacked it (obviously), then made chocolate coral from melting chocolate (topped with various sprinkles) and piped "bubbles" with extra frosting. Sadie wanted to add some extra shells from the cupcakes so we put some of those on too. Around the bottom I poured on some raw sugar to look like sand!
A close up of some coral. I really need to work on my frosting smoothing skillz. It makes it look like waves? Yep, we'll go with that.
The cupcakes are simple vanilla with swiss meringue buttercream (same frosting as the cake) and little chocolate seashells on top!
Of course I had to get saltwater taffy! I also got orange creamsicle ones but didn't get a shot. I thrifted those plastic seashell bowls, can you believe it? $1 each!
I bought some jordan almonds and called them sea turtle eggs. ;)
Pink sixlets became rare pink pearls!
Also Sadie and I made some strawberry white chocolate seahorse lollipops! Which didn't stand upright in the sea glass so well.
I of course had to make some under the sea cookies-sand dollars, seashells, starfish, and seahorse silhouettes.
(pardon the iphone pics) My sister made a balloon garland which we hung between two trees, and then I added some of the jellyfish we made using paper bowls and ribbon!
The favors were muslin bags which I dyed blue (a little darker than I wanted, oh well!), and then stamped bubbles on the front.
Inside the bags were salt water taffy, bubbles wrapped with washi tape, ocean silly bands, blue swirl lollipop, sea creature squirt toy, stickers, and seahorse shaped crayons.
Fun times were had by all, and I'm glad it's over...I need to stop picking the hottest weekends to have my parties. Grrr. ohwell! At least this next kiddo is a November birthday!
I also downloaded a bunch of ocean/beach themed songs to have playing during the party, so here's the play list below if you need some ideas for your own under the sea party!
Fathoms Below-The Little Mermaid
Surfin' USA - The Beach Boys
Under The Sea-The Little Mermaid
Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride -Lilo & Stitch
Kokomo - The Beach Boys
Les Poissons -The Little Mermaid
Yellow Submarine- The Beatles
Kiss The Girl-The Little Mermaid
California Girls -The Beach Boys
Splish Splash-Bobby Darin
Surfin Safari -The Beach Boys
Beyond the Sea -Bobby Darin
Catch A Wave -The Beach Boys
Part Of Your World - The Little Mermaid
Part Of Your World (Reprise)-The Little Mermaid
Surfer Girl-The Beach Boys
fabric-Fat Quarter Shop and Lily Bella Fabrics (none of it is available anymore but the pink is Dottie White on Baby Pink, orange is Going Coastal Orange Sea Star, and blue is Dot in Aqua - Bonnie & Camille - Ruby)
paper cups-pink from this shop, orange from this shop
pink paper bags-Etsy
favor stuff-Oriental Trading