Party Recap

What better way to celebrate a birthday than while at the beach?While we were on vacation one of our little ones turned 8. When trying to come up with a plan for this party, we immediately thought of the ocean and sharks. Planning for a birthday party while on vacation is much easier than you would think! Make sure to purchase most of the items in advance. You never know what inventory will look like in the stores around your destination - better to be prepared! We threw everything in a box (that fit easily into our car) and then just pulled it out when we were ready to decorate!

We knew activities wouldn't be necessary for this party since the kids would be playing in the sand and ocean for most of the day. However, we still wanted the birthday girl to feel special with her own themed party, so over-the-top decorations were a MUST!

We set up the party in the dining area of the vacation house, which had a window that looked out to the ocean. What an amazing focal point for a shark party! The windows were flanked with shiny blue fringe curtains and shark balloons. We also blew up large 18" white balloons with helium and placed them on either sides of the fringe to finish off the backdrop. Light blue, navy and white paper lanterns were hung from the ceiling all around the area to enclose the space and add more interest to the top of the windows. The large balloons were fun, but we wanted to take them to the next level. To make them a statement piece, we added tissue paper tassels in different shades of blue going down the string. It is so simple and inexpensive but makes a huge impact! We hit the jackpot with shark party d├ęcor at Target! We covered the table with a plain blue table cloth, then used an iridescent table cloth, folded in half, as a runner. The extra pop of shine and color certainly made a statement. We raised the cupcake platter by setting it on top of a clear container and scattered extra paper lanterns on the table for some dimension. Blue Dum Dums and Shark Gummies were also added for quick sugary snacks. The combination of these items made a SHARK-TASTIC table-scape that the kids loved!

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Party Highlights

  • What People Ate

    candy and cupcakes

  • What People Drank

    blue Hawaiian Punch

  • Desserts

    shark cupcakes


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