This year it was Miss C’s turn to have a “big” birthday party, and she’s been planning it for months. Many months. First it was going to be a Pirate Party, then a PJ Masks Party, but a little while ago she settled on an “Under the Sea” theme – and we ran with that.
Actually, it ended up being a lot of fun to put together. But then again, kids parties normally are!
Since Christmas we’ve been collecting lots of blue and ocean-themed decorations, mainly from the cheap party shops and e-bay. And with the help of Pinterest, a sea-filled party table came together in no time at all!
The table was laden will lots of sea-themed party food – which despite appearances – were quite easy to throw together.
We had starfish sandwiches (some filled with jam, some with nutella and some with sprinkles) and mermaid munch (honey joys). There were also blue jelly cups (jazzed up with mandarin boats and umbrellas), clam cookies (chocolate chip cookies filled with buttercream) and seaweed sticks (grapes threaded onto skewers). Most of these I made on the morning of the party so that they would be nice and fresh. I also made a big batch of sausage rolls in advance, which I was able to freeze then reheat during the party.
Oh and my favourite party treat? These adorable ‘crab-wiches’ – mini croissants filled with ham and cheese – made into ‘crabs’ with the help of googly eyes glued to toothpicks.
I found inspiration on Pinterest for this grand blue cake, and was a tad nervous about trying the ‘petal’ icing for the first time. I loved how vibrant the buttercream turned out, and though the weather was warm, I managed to pipe something akin to what I had in mind without the buttercream getting too soft.
I “cheated” and bought Dory and Nemo toys as toppers, and then finished the cake with some starfish I made using candy melts and star moulds.
A little rustic, but I think it tied in with the overall theme.
I found some cheap buckets on e-bay and they turned out to be the perfect party favours.
Filled with lollies and some other little treats, and I’m hoping our guests can put the buckets to good use next time they are at the beach!
When I realised that we would have 25+ kids attending, I knew I would need some help in keeping them all entertained. I planned a big pass-the-parcel game, but also hired a party host (a Pirate!) to help with the other entertainment. There were games, a magic show, balloon making and even some face painting – certainly much more than I would have been capable of. And all the kids seemed engaged – so I’m calling it a win!
And so another year, and another big birthday celebration, came to pass. And, as always, along with the sugar high, I’m left wondering just where the last few years have gone???
Happy 5th Birthday to our beautiful Miss C! Always full of imagination, a lover of adventures and quite the sensitive soul.