I don’t know how it is for you, but it’s been snowing all day here where I live. I thought I would bring in some sunshine with this darling PREPPY BEACH BIRTHDAY PARTY by Stephanie Frazier Grimm of Couture Parties!
So many cute pool party ideas here! Some of my favorite party elements:
The easy diy crab paper plates
The swim trunk clothesline banner/bunting
The newspaper hat decorating station
The blue jellow cups with floating fish candies
The gummy fish candy skewers
The orange, blue and red color scheme
The ocean / pool themed sugar cookies
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Small Wooden Sailboats- TweetToys
Stephanie said this about planning the party- “My son, Carter’s, birthday was around the corner, and we have had this tradition since he was two of asking what kind of party he wants. Sometimes I cringe at the answer, but this time I could have picked him up and swung him around and kissed him!
He said he wanted a beach party. We are fortunate enough to live by the beach and we’re members of a beach club, which also has a pool, so this party was a no brainer for me!
The “Preppy Beach Party” inspiration came from what Carter loves to do in the summer…..living in his bathing suit, swimming, golfing, tennis, bbq’s, and playing baseball on the beach.
I set up a themed dessert table with a preppy beach vibe to it. The table featured wooden sailboats (big one from Home Goods, small ones from TweetToys), seersucker fabric as the tablecloth, and an overhead bunting made by gluing fabric triangles onto rope. I also made a “swim trunks” banner from fabric pieces and mini clothespins.
The desserts on the table were clear cups of blue jello with rainbow gummy fish, pretzel rods dipped in orange chocolate, and sugar cookies & cake (from Newport Sweet Shoppe). There was also a giant lollipop display on both sides of the table.
I wanted the guests to create a craft, so I had station with sailor-style hats made out of newspaper along with stickers and markers. The kids had fun decorating the hats to take home! Guests also took home appliqued t-shirts and rainbow gummy fish skewers.”
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Small Wooden Sailboats- TweetToys
This darling WHIMSICAL MERMAID UNDER THE SEA BIRTHDAY PARTY was submitted by Debbie of Wants and Wishes!
Debbie said this about planning the party- “I know there are a lot of ideas for mermaid parties so I wanted to create something unique, fresh and modern yet still fun & bright for the little mermaids attending the party! I got my inspiration from Disney’s The Little Mermaid ‘Under the Sea’ song. I was also inspired by my niece, as she is obsessed with mermaids from any and every tv show. I wanted to create a dessert table that made the guests feel as though they were on the ocean floor living the life of a mermaid!
For the décor, there were colorful ‘seaweed’ strands and blue beads cascading down the walls, with a large starfish as the center point. I accented everything with more glittery ‘seaweed’ and other ocean plants, along with schools of fish. We also hung a printable ‘Happy Birthday’ banner that we designed. It’s so fun how it looks like the mini starfish are holding the banner up!
The desserts turned out really well and were extremely easy. I made marshmallow octopus pops which were sitting on a bed of white sugar with a little cinnamon mixed in to create a fresher ‘sand’ look. (I know a lot of people use brown sugar, but I wanted a lighter, more whimsical feeling). Mixed with the ‘sand’ were colorful chocolate non-perils. The mini cupcakes were also sprinkled with the white sugar and cinnamon mixture and topped with a colored chocolate seashell. We marbleized the chocolate so it wouldn’t be a solid pink or purple, to make the shells look more realistic. We used the same concept for the cake. We mixed in different shades of blue and applied the frosting in a swirl pattern like tussled ocean water. The cake was also topped with chocolate seashells and starfish. After marbleizing them, we dusted them with edible glitter to add a little extra sparkle.
No mermaid party would be complete without bubbles…. So we created bubble wrappers that are part of our printable collection.”
Betty said this about planning the party- “This was an “Under the Sea” party for my son Peter’s 4th birthday. We all were looking forward to this for such a long time, and really couldn’t wait for the day to arrive. I started by asking my son what type of party he wanted? The simple answer from Peter was “mummy i want a fish party”. We have two fish of our own in our home and both Peter and his brother love feeding them whenever they can. I wanted to create a party that was bold and bright in colour and had a modern feel to it.
I think the invites really dictated the look of the entire event. I particularly loved the scale print on the invite which we then used as part of the backdrop. Lee-Ann (from Little Poppet Parties) did an amazing job designing the invites. They were super cute , and what i really loved was the matching lolly bags that were given to each child at the party. The detail and care taken to achieve such gorgeous treat bags was to die for.
Both myself and Lisa (from cakes and biscuits by Lisa) worked very closely in designing some sweets treats that were going to highlight the sea theme. Sweet whale pops & cupcakes were just gorgeous. The oyster macaroons that were placed on antique sea shells vessels were beautiful. The birthday cake, well i still cant stop drooling over this. It was so exciting to finally see the plans, thoughts and discussions between Lisa and i come to fruition. I wanted Peter’s cake to be bright and bold and modern at the same time. I also asked Lisa if she could incorporate the scale fish print on the cake as well. Well what can i say I love the bright orange centre and also the scale print air brushing on the cake. We didn’t want to over do the coral so just adding a few pieces and of course a little octopus on top was just enough. This cake really popped in colour and design.
Noo (from Desert Menu Please) did an exquisite job with those biscuits. The sea horses, the sea shells, start fish and those amazing jelly fish were simply stunning. Too good to eat! I also visited an antique shop where I found a girl scout food box with rope handles which I used as the cake riser. It fit the theme perfectly.
The event was held at home so I transformed what is usually my outdoor room (showroom) into the kids area for the party. I styled the area with kids tables and chairs. On their chair each child received a deep sea scuba set. I had these made in royal blue and orange and sent to me from the US from Mahalo. These added a cute touch, and each child could pretend to dive looking for treasure or sea creatures under the sea. I draped royal blue fabric from the ceiling, hoping to achieve the feel of being under water. The same royal fabric was also used as draping on the candy/desert table, with an overlay of fish netting.
Along with indulging in the candies and deserts from the buffet, the children were also able to create their own wall art. I bought some frames and placed a picture of a sea creature or animal so each child was able to spend time colouring in the picture to take home. I had also bought sea animals such as dolphins, star fish, whales, sea shells etc. made from ceramic and placed these in a bag with a paint brush and a pot of paint so the children could enjoy painting their own sea creature and again be able to take it home.
I really tried to think of activities the children would enjoy doing. I wanted them to walk away really feeling like they had an adventure under the sea. The highlight of the party for the kids, and i must say for the adults, was the live “Marine” show i had organised. Xavier (from Wildlife Xposure) really had us all excited. We were fortunate enough to witness sea creatures such as star fish, gorgeous little seahorses, baby shark, sea urchins, and a blue ring octopus. All the kids got to pet all the animals (except the octopus of course) and learn about the animals that live beneath the sea. I cannot tell you how much the kids enjoyed this. In fact Peter wanted to keep the shark!
While the kids were enjoying painting, colouring in their wall ar , face painting, and then being part of the Marine show, the adults had their own separate area to retreat to. I styled the adults tables and chairs with some beautiful fresh flowers, royal blue vases, sea shells and aluminium crabs. The weather was just divine so everyone was outside enjoying Melbourne weather. At each adult’s place setting, I placed a blue favour box which included a star fish biscuit they could take home, as a thank you for attending Peter’s birthday. I didn’t want the adults to miss out on having a sweet treat of their own.
After an eventful day the kids were exhausted with all the fun and laughs. It is such a thrill organising a party for someone really close to you.”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Balloons Apothecary Jars Ribbon Cupcake Liners Lollipop Sticks