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Jawsome Shark Birthday Party (part one)

My baby boy turned four years old this past weekend!

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I bet no one is the least bit surprised that he asked for a shark-themed birthday party. He really loves sharks. So I needed to step it up a notch in order to turn our home into shark-infested waters and surprise him with a Jawsome Sharktacular Birthday! After all, you only turn four once.

First up, invitations:

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Aren’t they adorable? I mean, menacing?! I saw something similar in the blogosphere and decided I could DIY it. {They are available HERE!}

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I’ll admit it took me awhile to perfect the shark graphics on my computer, cut out each piece by hand, and then assemble them into the Great White-ness that you see here. It was all well worth the time and effort to see the excitement on Sharkman’s face when he hand-delivered them to his friends!

Next up, decorations:

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I ordered this Ocean Blue Room Roll to set the tone; it felt like we were inside an aquarium with the sun filtering through beautiful blue waves. I also ordered a smaller coral reef roll and a few choice aquatic animals to complete the look. The centerpiece was a looming shark accompanied by a menacing Moray eel, a spotted eagle ray and a variety of multicolored fish.

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Guests also navigated a kelp forest hallway, made of two-tone green crepe streamers. Sea horses and fish playfully peeked out from behind the seaweed (or were they trying to hide from the multitude of little sharks in the area?!).

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I designed these warning signs and posted them throughout the yard and leading up to the house to warn/welcome guests. I am happy to report no one was attacked by sharks in the hosting of this event.

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For our guests, favors & fins:

Guests got to swim like a shark by donning a dorsal fin. They were sewn out of grey felt with ultra-firm interfacing {I wanted those fins to stand at attention!} and pinned to the back of shirts. Even the cool teenagers wore them!

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I decorated cute blue pails with shark stickers and filled each one with a shark tooth candy necklace, toy sharks, and aquatic tattoos. I was afraid the buckets were too small, but the kids seemed quite satisfied to tote around their loot. {And I was happy to avoid adding more candy as filler.} I made a fun thank you note to include in each one as well.

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Up next in part two of this Jawsome Shark Birthday Party: food and activities. Stay tuned! — v.

For more creative ideas and inspiration for kids birthday parties,
be sure to check out my Pinterest board.


7 Responses to Jawsome Shark Birthday Party (part one)

  1. Natalie October 18, 2017 at 4:24 PM #

    Who printed the yellow signs for you ?

    • v. October 22, 2017 at 1:58 PM #

      I printed them on yellow card stock from my home printer. You could take them to a local office supply store as well. The signs are available for purchase and download in the Shop (Click HERE). Thanks so much, Natalie!

  2. Lena March 29, 2017 at 9:50 AM #

    Hi … we try to make this year a Sharks Party too. You have amazing Ideals.

    • v. March 29, 2017 at 10:59 AM #

      Thanks, Lena! I hope you have a shark-tastic time! Please let me know if I can help with any party printables. < •)))^><

  3. Nat October 25, 2015 at 8:20 AM #

    Wow V!! I’m in awe of your patience and attention to detail with your theme parties (girls still have their awesome train conductor hats). I don’t know how you find the time!! I love the dorsal fins and I’m sure the birthday boy was thrilled at what you put together for him. Looking forward to seeing the shark food :-)

    • v. October 26, 2015 at 12:45 AM #

      Aw, thanks, Natalie! Sure wish you and your littles could have joined us — we miss you all! I love doing things like this — totally feeds my creative soul — and so I stay up after the kids go to sleep and work into the night. I’m a night owl by nature so it works for me. Thanks so much for your support and following along with my blog!

  4. Deb October 23, 2015 at 10:57 AM #

    V, I am always amazed at your creativity!!! You are awesome, can’t wait to see part 2!!!

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