I’d like to start this post with an apology. Life has been busy the last few months. Not just busy, but downright ridiculous and the blog has suffered from a lack of attention. My New Years’ resolution to slow down and savor each moment is not going so well. So let’s pause, take it for what it is and move on to something worth your precious time. Like a fun little birthday bash I threw (with a lot of help from my mother-in-law) for my four year old son.
One of Brody’s favorite movies is Finding Nemo and one of his favorite songs is Beyond the Sea by Bobby Darin…so it was only fitting to make the theme of his party connect without going the obvious Disney route which I try to avoid at all costs. I started by creating a Pinterest board which has drastically improved my party planning skills. I was able to pull almost all aspects of the event together in one convenient spot. With the help of the greatest M-I-L on earth, I think we gave Brody an experience he’ll remember.
The invite set the tone for the whole party. Although it was loosely inspired by Finding Nemo and although my son is four, I wanted it to be a little more sophisticated. Call me crazy. I know. I am. I designed them and printed them out on my printer, 2-up. I didn’t need many, so cutting and scoring went pretty quickly.
For this particular event, almost everything was made by us — The decorations, food, drinks and desserts. Most satisfying (other than the look on Brody’s face) was the vanilla cake with buttercream frosting decorated with cookies and sea flora made from fondant. See the inspiration for the cake here. The fondant came in pink and yellow but we dyed the frosting for the cookies and the cake.
I found a yummy recipe for punch and although it wasn’t the color I really wanted, I was happy with the “sea foam” on the top. I saw quite a few blue options but they didn’t sound very appetizing. I printed out some clip art of fish, crabs and jellyfish (the same I used on the invitation) and attached them to the straws.
We didn’t go absolutely nuts on the decorations, although I did make a Happy Birthday Banner, a paper dot and tissue paper tassel garland and a really fun octopus that we hung from the ceiling. I found tutorials on the crepe paper tassels here and simply punched out 1″ circles with a hole puncher and taped them back to back to striped baker’s twine.
And finally, the menu. Since it was a really small family party, I kept it pretty simple.
- Fruit Salad
- Cake and Vanilla Ice Cream
- Swedish Fish, Parmesan Goldfish and Sea Creature Cookies
Have you hosted a party lately? Made an interesting cake? Found a fun way to decorate for an event? Design a pretty invitation? I’d love to hear about it!