DIY toss game

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And last but not least for our deep blue sea bash, we made a toss game to match our party theme. The great thing about this is you could change the shapes and fabric to match any kind of party theme. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 yards of coordinating fabric
  • 3 pre-cut squares of coordinating felt
  • plywood (or foam board if you don’t have a saw handy)
  • fabric glue
  • staple gun

And here are the super simple steps:

  1. Have the hardware store cut your board to size (3′ x 4′) and have someone handy with a saw to cut your circular holes.
  2. Cover the board with fabric using a staple gun.
  3. Next find the center of each hole, cut a small slit and then cut strips folding the fabric back to cover the hole sides and stapling them in place.
  4. Cut out a fish template from the felt and then a circle in the center, the same size as the hole in the board. Apply the fish with fabric glue.
  5. Finally cut out numbers for each hole and apply those with fabric glue.

We placed ours on an easel that my hubby whipped up, but you could lean it against a tree or make small wooden feet for yours. As for what to throw, use either balls or beanbags and hand out prizes for all those who play! Happy crafting.

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beach bash favors

For my big guy’s fifth birthday party, a deep blue sea bash at the local Splash Pad, we gave monogrammed beach towels sporting crabs, whales, seahorses, octopus and fish to all his little guests as fun favors.

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They’re from Sew Jewell on Etsy and they were a big hit!

The other idea I wanted to share before the recap was how we used a toy sand wagon to display our chips. Be creative, not everything has to be served on a platter! {grin}

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As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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flip flop crispy pops

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For our deep blue sea bash I also made flip flop rice crispy pops.

I’ve mentioned before that my youngest has severe food allergies and these are a great non-dairy (and non-egg) treat, but you can make them the normal way too. They’re really super simple to make and a great end of summer treat even if you’re not having a party!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Rice crispy cereal
  • Marshmallows
  • Butter (Smart Balance Vegan for non-dairy)
  • White cake icing
  • Gel food coloring
  • Resealable bags (2 per color you plan to use)
  • Icing connectors, #4 and #103 Wilton tips (both easily found at craft stores)
  • Candy decorations
  • Wax paper
  • Lollippop sticks
  • Flip flop cookie cutter (available with our sleepover decor)
  • Toothpicks
  • Optional: Clear cello bags and ribbon

And here are the super simple steps:

  1. Lay out a piece of wax paper and grease your cookie cutter with a little bit of butter.
  2. Make your rice crispy treats like you normally would and as soon as you can stand to touch them, while they’re still hot/warm, mold them into the flip flop cookie cutter (making your top as flat as possible for easy icing), set them aside and let them cool. TIP: A little butter on your hands will keep the crispy treats from sticking to you! (One batch should yield 8.)
  3. Now tint your icing and separate each color into two bowls. One will be for flooding and the other for piping. We used green and blue to make them as boy-like as possible. {wink}
  4. Insert your lollipop sticks. You want to do this before icing them. If you wait your icing could crack.
  5. Insert your piping icing into a resealable bag with a #4 tip and connector. Pipe an outline, like you’re coloring a picture, around each flip flop you want that color and allow them to set for a minute. (Tip: You are creating a barrier for the thinned icing, known as flooding, so if you see any gaps between your barrier and your rice crispy, pipe in a little extra so that your thinned icing doesn’t run out.)
  6. Insert the second set of icing, the same color as the barrier, into a resealable bag and heat it 10-15 seconds or until runny. Snip a small corner off the bag and pipe it into the center of your flip flop. You may need to pull the thinned icing to the corners with a toothpick. Allow the icing to set if you want it to be one color, OR using another color of thinned icing you can drip (for polka dots) or drag (for stipes) while the first color is still wet.
  7. For the flip flop straps, use a #103 Wilton tip and start just next to where the big toe should be! {wink}
  8. Embellish with a candy; we used stars. And since my guy was turning five, we also piped a five on each flip flop.

Here’s another shot showing how we displayed them in sand buckets!

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Just be creative and let the kids join in. It’s a little messy, but super fun! Oh, and we made some shark, fish, turtle and seahorse chocolate pops too using a Wilton candy mold and colored chocolates.

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I’ll share our splash bash favors with you tomorrow and you can find all the party supplies in the shoppe. Happy baking everyone.

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shark cupcakes!

shark-cupcakes

My oldest wanted our deep blue sea birthday invitation and decor for his fifth birthday, but with one special addition… sharks! {wink} With that in mind, I made these super fun shark, life preserver, harbor marker and cork cupcakes from the Hello! Cupcake book (with a few modifications). He loved them!

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mermaid princess crafts

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I showcased a few ocean party ideas from Family Fun magazine in yesterday’s post. Today I’m sharing a few more for the royal princess living in your midst.

This first one, a beautiful shell crown, is a must for any mermaid princess. You’ll need:

  • Heavy cardstock large enough to encircle your child’s head
  • Tiara or crown template available at FamilyFun.com/magazine
  • Small shells (large shells will be too heavy and weight down the craft paper)
  • Tacky glue or hot glue
  • Sand
  • Glitter

And here are the simple steps to make this beautiful crown:

  1. Using the template provided by Family Fun, draw and trimout the design. (A cutting mat and staight edge would be helpful.)
  2. Place your shells and then affix them with glue.
  3. Before the glue drys completely sprinkle on sand and glitter to fill in the open spaces.
  4. Allow the crown to dry and then secure it into a circle that will fit your child’s head.

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This next craft is too adorable and perfect for photo ops. You’ll need:

  • Flat bedsheet
  •  Washable marker
  • Nondimensional fabric paint (e.g., DecoArt SoSoft)
  • Felt
  • Fabric glue

And here are the super simple steps:

  1. Lay the bedsheet down on a hard flat surface and have your child lie down in the center so that his or her neck lines up with the top edge.
  2. Using the washable marker, trace the child’s body and then sketch the design on top of the outline. (See the mermaid in the upper right corner.)
  3. Now use the fabric paint to create your mermaid. 
  4. I’ve added my own twist here. Paint the mermaid tail, but then embellish it with glitter felt (the craft store usually has pink and purle!) scales.
  5. Hang your sheet on a laundry line to dry and let the magic begin.
  6. NOTE: Follow the package instructions for setting the paint and laundering the sheet.

Happy crafting!

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pearls of wisdom

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We just shot our deep blue sea birthday party decor on Saturday and yesterday this month’s issue of Family Fun comes in the mail. (I’ve said this before, but if you’re not a subscriber and you love this kind of stuff you really should be.) To my happy surprise it was chalked full of brilliant under water party ideas.

The clam shell cookie idea is a pearl of wisdom. {wink} All you’ll need are some round wafer cookies, pink tinted icing, yogurt covered peanuts or raisens and then a dab of white icing and black food coloring for the eyes.

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Next check out this very fun craft idea. All the kids will love making these during your bash. You’ll need (for one):

  • 18 ounce beverage container
  • 10 shells per container
  • 1/4 cup sand
  • Green and blue food coloring
  • Silver glitter
  • Water
  • Mineral or baby oil
  • Hot glue gun

 And here are the super simple steps:

  1. Pour sand and shells into clean bottle.
  2. Mix a drop of blue and green food coloring into 6 cups of water, then fill the bottle halfway.
  3. Add a pinch of glitter.
  4. Fill the rest of the bottle with oil, leaving a little air space at the top.
  5. Run a bead of hot glue around the bottle opening and screw the lid on quickly.

Love this idea!! Leave it to Disney to come up with a cool magazine full of ideas all dedicated to making our kids smile.

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under the sea tablescape

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Whether your thinking about having a splash bash in the backyard or taking a trip to the aquarium, this birthday party theme idea is creative, colorful and lots of fun.

It’s really easy to pull off this table. We offer the plates, napkins, cups, placemats, tablecloths and of course the custom invitations (below), but sorry, we don’t have goldfish. {wink}

As for the crafts and accessories:

  • Cake plate - use a die cut machine to cut out waves (or draw one and then make a template) from a heavy bright blue cardstock that can be found at any craft or scrapbooking store. Then with a drop or two of hot glue, affix it to your cake plates and you’re ready to go.
  • Placecard – we found these pre-painted wooden fish at the craft store as well and just wrote each child’s name on the top fin with a Sharpie.
  • Table aquarium – we visited the pet store and found a fish that could easily live in a vase with a few drops of DeChlor (removes chlorine). We then simply embellished the square vase with our wave die cuts.  
  • Fish placemat – our placemats are rectangle so we made a fish template and trimmed out our shape. It’s easy and fast, but makes a real impact to the table.

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We hope you have a splash!

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beach party cupcakes

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It’s no secret that I love our new deep sea birthday party theme. While scouting for some fun cupcake and cake ideas for an upcoming family birthday party I came across these two. Not only are both of these ideas adorable, but both can be executed fairly easily {stop that… they really can be; trust me}.

The beach theme cake and cupcakes are from pink apron {super cute!}. I don’t know if these were, but if you were to take on this idea, the cake and cupcakes could be purchased from a bakery an then it’s all about icing the cookies. Read my post on flooding cookies for some easy tips.

This octopus cupcake from two part sugar’s is too fun; I will definatley be making a version of this. It is fondant and I know that scares some people but don’t let it. You can buy pre-made fondant at your local craft store or bakery supply store. Make sure you tint it with gel food coloring, the other stuff will make it watery. As for the mechanics of it, the head is just a rolled ball and the legs can easily be rolled in your hands. It might take a few trys, but I have confidence any of you can pull it off. {wink}

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ocean birthday party ideas

ocean-party1I’m like a proud momma when it comes to our invitation designs and the décor we’ve chosen to coordinate with each. And just like a momma, I don’t have favorites… but I can have an “oh you’re just too cute today.” Right? {giggle}

So if you’re looking for some fishy fun, grab your snorkel and dive in to this bright and fun ocean birthday party theme. The invite is ours, of course. {wink} You can have a closer look at the invite, thank you, wave plates and more by visiting our “deep sea” birthday party theme in our shoppe.

The cupcakes are ours too. We simply tinted our icing an ocean blue and whipped it on with a spatula for a little wave effect. As for the embellishment, we cut out wave shapes from a blue cardstock to made a cupcake wrapper. As for the life preserver, we used a cirlce gum drop and piped on the stripes with the flat side of a #47 icing tip. Too cute huh!

And last but not least, the cake pan is from William-Sonoma. Love how they used Smarties as the suckers on the tentacles.

Happy planning.

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tropical fish birthday cake

fishcake_parentsThis fun idea from Parents.com goes perfectly with our deep sea birthday party theme. And I love the modernly decorated fish cookies all around it. We even have a fish cookie cutter that will work perfectly!

Here’s all you’ll need for the cake:

  • Box (18-1/4 ounces) yellow-cake mix
  • Can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • Orange food coloring
  • 1 blue sour gumdrop
  • Twizzler Pull-N-Peel in Watermelon Mania

And here are the simple steps to pulling it off:

  1. Bake your cake mix according to the package directions for a 9 x 13-inch cake using the pound-cake variation (add instant pudding and an extra egg). Cool completely.
  2. Using the fish template on Parents.com as a rough guide, cut out the fish shape.
  3. Tint your vanilla frosting orange and start with a light crumb coat allowing it to dry. Next, frost entire cake again to cover completely.
  4. Place the gumdrop on the cake for the eye. Cut the Twizzler to fit the cake, and place it on top to divide the face and the body. Trim another Twizzler string into strips for the tail. Finally, using the back of a spoon, pull the frosting away from the cake to give the body of the fish a scaly look. (Tip: Make sure you do this fairly quickly so that your frosting doesn’t harden.)

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