Wednesday, May 11, 2016
"Under the Sea" Birthday Party!
This party's been splashing about in my archives for more than half a year. It celebrates the day my twin granddaughters became young ladies at the age of three. The majority of the ideas, the planning, and the work are the successes of their talented mommy, my oldest daughter, Mary Jo. But, like all of our celebratory events, tasks were shared with daddy, grandparents, and aunts and uncles. I love this aspect of our family. We work together, allowing the children to experience extended family support while witnessing how creative cooperation results in outcomes that reach far beyond the ordinary!
the prettiest pair of merry little mermaids!
"Hello, friendly octopus!"
But exotic sea creatures weren't confined to outdoor decor.....
Hungry Happenings, I took inspiration from Beth's clever starfish design. I substituted sugar cookies for her recipe, pressing them, thinly iced, into finely ground graham cracker crumbs to duplicate her whimsical results. Sand pail sets were filled with crumbled spice cake and presented to the kids for dessert. They "shoveled it in" using scoops as utensils with varying, but adorable! - degrees of messy success!
So, where did we get all this cool stuff? We're happy to share! None of these sources are sponsored.
Balloon arch custom made and installed by a local party supply and rental company that also provided the bounce house.
Mermaid costumes from Chasing Fireflies online children's clothing retailer.
Plastic pail sets and treasure chests from Oriental Trading Company. Mary Jo spray painted the chests, which are sold in black.
She also crafted jellyfish from party lanterns and streamers, assembled tiaras with lace ribbon accents, and made starfish wands from materials purchased at Michael's.
Visit Hungry Happenings for a bounty of clever food crafting ideas for every special occasion. It's a real treasure trove for grandmas who like to "swim upstream" against the usual world of ordinary!
And, finally, visit Mary Jo's blog, Mrs. Party Planner, for many more profiles of creative, high energy family party fun!
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Even at just 3 yo, I think they will remember this party!ReplyDelete
Hello, what a cute theme for the twin's birthday party. I like the cute mermaids, just adorable. The foods and treats all look wonderful. I am sure a fun time was had by all. Have a happy Wednesday!ReplyDelete
What an amazing event. Your family sure does throw wonderful parties. Lucky kids!ReplyDelete
Your starfish cookies are so adorable. I'm so happy to have inspired you. :)
OMG I just cracked up through the whole post! You guys are amazing. The twins are just ADORABLE ( now that you are not hiding them any more, ha ha HA! you'll remember what I am talking about :)ReplyDelete
This was just adorable in every way!
This whole party is adorable. I love the theme and all the little details you added.ReplyDelete
Just when I think you could not possibly come up with any thing more spectacular..you do!!! LOVE this party theme and all of your special touches.ReplyDelete
I love this idea! Pinned & shared!ReplyDelete
what a fantastic party - and really age appropriate! I loved their mermaid outfits and the starfish buckets and the sparkle shakers - all beautifully done - congrats!ReplyDelete
This party is darling! I love all the details. Will be pinning for sure. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyDelete
So much fun! I love those cookies and the display. thanks for sharing on #FridayFrivolityReplyDelete
What a great party (and what adorable grand daughters!)ReplyDelete
I love this party idea. My granddaughter loves Ariel, this Under the Sea theme would be perfect. I love the crabby croissants and the arched balloons with those 2 adorable mermaids. So festive.ReplyDelete
What a grand idea. Your grandkids are the luckiest on this earth - a family that loves each other and pitches in to make such fun memories. I love all the ideas - the lantern jellyfish really caught my eye. And love the crabby croissants.ReplyDelete
OMG - this is so incredibly cute!! I love the ideas - And I'd love it if you shared it at the DIY party at the Pleasures of the NW! (Also had to pin this!)ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing!Delete
I love this! I especially enjoyed your crabby croissants! Clever, clever, clever! That party looks like it was loads of fun for everyone!ReplyDelete
wow...they are so cute.ReplyDelete
Love the under the sea theme food too
Ok that was amazing! From the twin mermaid outfits to the desert in a plastic pail and crab croissants. Wonderful ideas and great inspiration. The girls looks so adorable.ReplyDelete
what a refreshing idea for a birthday party. thanks for sharing. love the photos.ReplyDelete
Wow!! So cute!!Thank you for linking up with us at #HomeMattersParty. We would love to have you again next week.ReplyDelete
AMAZING!! I'm in love this those sandy starfish cookies! Fantastic job!ReplyDelete
What a party. Wish I had someone young enough to have one for. all the grands are adults now but we have had a great many parties with 11 grans.ReplyDelete
SO sorry to be so late to the party but wow! Looks like everyone had a wonderful time. You are such a great family -- all very crafty and all working together to make every event better than the one before! You are an awesome Grandma!ReplyDelete
What an adorable theme for a party.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing with SYC.
What a fun party! I absolutely love those crab sandwiches...too cute!ReplyDelete
Looks like quite an amazing time :)ReplyDelete
It's in the genes - creativity and the very best parties around. Oh my gosh, what a celebration. I thought these kids couldn't get any cuter or you and your family get any more creative, but you outdid yourselves again. Those two little girls must have had a marvelous celebration, and I sure would have liked to have enjoyed that food. You go grandma. :-)ReplyDelete