Boys and fishing rods…it seems they are born wired to have a life-long love affair with them! William (my middle baba), has a particular affinity for all things fishing so when it came to his 4th birthday, I knew he would love a “Gone Fishing” themed party….So here it is!
William’s Fishing Hole This Way >>>
I chose a small table again for the party – small tables seem to work best as the decor fits well and you don’t have to load the table up with too much cake and candy. I used an old wooden crate to create height for the cake as well as a galvanized cake stand that my friend, Taryn, made for me. Other table accents included lanterns, fishing nets, a printable sign, tin boxes, red and white floats and red coolers.
I used hessian for the backdrop and a large fish bunting – we just used double sided table to the attached the fish to the string and the fish to the hessian. Oh glorious double-sided tape – I don’t go anywhere without it
Let’s look at some of the detail…
We made little canoes to hold some candy “oars” – the canoes are printable and we just used a glue gun to stick and assemble https://www.etsy.com/listing/270331113/gone-fishing-party-printables-o-fish?ref=shop_home_active_1&ga_search_query=fishing. A friend lent me this old picnic basket and I used it to accent the front of the table together with the rope peeping out and the “Gone Fishing” sign.
I bought some blue sports juice and diluted it with water to get this pretty blue “lake water” color. Those are plastic goldfish at the bottom just in case you were wondering!
And then we have pond punch with its characteristic green color. Again, I just bought some green juice, diluted it with water and decorated with red and white floats.
Front view…because Pond Punch deserves top and front view, right??
All the labels, signs and bunting were from our Gone Fishing party set.
Aaaah the fishing party favors! These tackle boxes were so much fun to put together and the kids went “reely” mad for them. Each of the 18 little compartments were filled with one sweet and then the box was wrapped with string, fish and thank-you tag as well as these miniature red and white bobbers or floats or whatever you want to call them. Either way, they are too cute!
Note the fishing bag and wooden log in the background – when setting up a party always remember to raid your cupboards and search for anything that could possibly go with the theme. It is amazing what you can find. And if your stash is a little dismal, raid your best friend’s cupboard – she’ll understand!
We got a school of fish sugar cookies made which looked very handsome when placed in the red cooler. The kids devoured them, naturally!
When I first decided on doing a fishing party and had been given the thumbs up from young William, I had a little terrified moment where I thought, what on earth am I going to do for the cake??!?!? I can’t do fondant fish or boats or anything fancy so I went with something over-the-top simple. You can never go wrong when you keep things simple. I made a delicious chocolate layer cake http://www.justeasyrecipes.co.za/2009/11/17/double-layer-rich-chocolate-cake/ and then tried this frosting technique on the outside (with the help of my party pal Cath) – which may look like waves or scales, the interpretation is in the eye of the beholder so I’ll leave it up to you!
I tried to make the top look like waves and the mini bunting and cake topper sign worked well to add a little color and fun. I used chocolate shavings for the “sand” around the sticks.
You gotta have a bait box at your fishing table! Mandatory!!
I could eat marshmallow fish all day long? You?
Mud pies lovingly made by Cath…
Cake pop floats/bobbers for a dash of color.
I set the adult table up with tarts, cheese platters and lots of flowers.
I love this pic of my birthday boy blowing out his candles…this is the deep breath in; cameras waiting in suspense.
Happy birthday my warm, cuddly and kind Willsy. I just love you sweet thing. Wishing you many adventures and fishing trips! X Mum
What People Ate
Sweet/ savory tarts and cheese platters.
What People Drank
Blue and green sports juice diluted with water. Iced Tea/ Tea/ Coffee for the adults
A Delicious Chocolate Layer Birthday Cake, Iced sugar cookies (in the shape of a fish), Marshmallow Fish, Mud Pies, Sour Worms and Cake Pops
The fishing party favors! These tackle boxes were so much fun to put together and the kids went “reely” mad for them. Each of the 18 little compartments were filled with one sweet and then the box was wrapped with string, fish and thank-you tag as well as these miniature red and white bobbers or floats or whatever you want to call them. Either way, they are too cute!
Activities / Games
Playgym equipment with slides and balls. Kiddies had so much fun building, sliding and creating fun!!!!