Our son Jack has 3 favourite things in life - Cars (Lightning McQueen and Mater), Thomas the tank engine and Nemo. The Finding Nemo theme came about from a family vote with Jack's sisters voting for the cute clownfish.
I must admit I wasn't super excited about the Finding Nemo theme as Jack is very much a boyish-boy and I was worried about the theme being too gender neutral. So off to the studio I went to design some Nemo party styling that would break the gender neutral barrier. I chose to run with blues and greens and I believe I achieved a boyed-up Nemo theme. What do you think?
When it came to party styling, the invitation was the first cab off the rank... it was a labour of love! It took me 5 hours to cut the card stock then hours after that to carefully piece together 20 invitations. The dots on the letter 'I' were one millimetre in diameter! What a mission, but a mission worth accomplishing for everyone was super impressed when they received them.
The rest of the party styling fell into place after the invitation was designed including wall decorations, 'keep calm' signs, table scatters, party favour boxes and food labels to accompany the seafood style finger food menu and candy buffet.
We played only one game as we knew the kids would just have fun playing. A 'pin the tail' style game and prizes was kindly organised by Jack's nana.
All this was organised in under 2 weeks as we had just relocated from interstate. A big mission to take on because my expectations of myself are so high, but a mission I would not have missed for the world! On the train to and from work every day I did the planning and designing of the party styling, and stayed up late every night creating it all. Just keep swimming... just keep swimming... I kept telling myself!
The night before the big party I finished at 4am and was excited to see it all come together including the gorgeous custom cake we ordered from Michelle's Cakes.
Needless to see, after such a last minute effort, everyone loved the party styling ... but most of all, everyone enjoyed celebrating Jack's 2nd birthday.
What People Ate
Finding nemo themed finger food was served - fish fingers, hot chips (fries), fish bites, octopus franks and seafood treasures (money bags, spring rolls, mini pies)
What People Drank
Blue ocean lemonade was the hit with the kids (lemonade with a few drops of blue food colouring)
I ordered a gorgeous Finding Nemo chocolate cake from Michelle's Cakes https://www.facebook.com/michellescakesmelb - it was just delicious! We also served themed sweets such as mini cupcakes with starfish and fish fondant made with love by Jack's big sister Rebecca, marshmallow octopus (marshmallows coated in chocolate in the shape of an octopus) and a blue and green ocean themed candy buffet.
The guests received gorgeous handcrafted Finding Nemo party boxes contained party bubbles, Finding Nemo tattoo and Finding Nemo sticker. They also fill a bag full of sweets from the candy buffet to take home with them.
Activities / Games
The kids played pin the turtle on the submarine
My gorgeous friend Sian and her daughter Samantha
helped with setup and slaved away in the kitchen!
thanks Sian and Samantha! I couldn't have pulled it all off without you both!
The beautiful Sue
slaved away in the kitchen!
thanks Sue for being an extra pair of hands in the kitchen!
all round helper
thanks nana for helping with baking sweets, setting up and organising the party game and prizes!
ch!nadoll gift boutique