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Under the sea birthday party ideas by The Party Teacher

Today’s question comes from Ashley, Zane’s mom.
I’m thinking about doing a jellyfish party for my lil man’s first birthday. Silly story: when he was born he had/still has squishy checks. In Finding Nemo, Dori says to the jellyfish, “I shall call you squishy, and you shall be mine, and you shall be my squishy.” This I how/why we refer to him this way, his squishy cheeks. So I’d like to do a ocean themed party with an emphasis on jellyfish and incorporate that phrase.  Any suggestions?
If you don’t recall that bit of the movie: here a link to that snipet. LOVE this idea for a party because of how connected it is to Ashley’s love for Zane’s sweet, squishy cheeks! So … onto some ideas for Ashley!
No matter what else you do, you have to have jellyfish. Here’s a tutorial from Party City to make jellyfish out of paper lanterns.
Jellyfish tutorial by Party City
Finding Nemo is a bright and colorful movie, so that’s how I’m picturing Zane’s party, as well. Which leads me to this ocean/under the sea party printables collection from Chickabug. Heather’s sweet style is perfect for a first birthday.
Chickabug Under the Sea Printables Collection
For overall inspiration, beautiful table settings and a starfish cookie favor, check out this party by P&J by Design featured on Kara’s Party Ideas.
P&J by Design Ocean Party
Of course you need a stunning cake. (And depending on the scale of your party, maybe you don’t need much more for a first birthday party.) I love this cake from Love & Sugsr Kisses featured in a party by Great Gatherings.
Great Gatherings Ocean Cake
Want to go a more budget-friendly route? Or just want to dress-up a simple smash cake? Try these 3D fondant toppers by Edible Details. I use Brittany for fondant all the time and she never disappoints.
Edible Details Sea Life Toppers
For a first birthday party, you only need activities if you will have older children attending. Even then: you’re a new mom. Take it easy on yourself. Don’t run yourself ragged for a first birthday party. But if the season is right, try this activity idea. Invite the older kids to bring their swim suits. Fill a wading pool with water and Squishy Baff. If you haven’t tried this, it’s like bathing in chunky Jello. It’s a pain to clean out of the tub, but my girls thoroughly enjoy and the Easter Bunny only brings it once a year.
Squishy Baff
Here’s another idea: let the kids “go fishing.” Cut our fish from construction paper. Tape a large metal paper clip to the back of each fish. Gather sticks from your yard, add baker’s twine (“fishing line”) and tie a magnet on the end of your twine. Go fishing! Or, spend $20 on this game and skip the DIY — just as fun, less fuss for you.
Fishing Game
Other party must-haves:
  • Felt party hat for the birthday boy (felt means this can be a keepsake)
  • High chair bunting
  • Decorated cookies as favors or for your dessert table
  • Balloons in blue, green and white
  • Fisherman’s netting for your dessert table backdrop
  • Or, cut out your “squishy” quote using a Silhouette machine and adhere them to a backdrop board
  • Add your party invitation in a picture frame to your dessert or welcome table
  • Goldfish crackers
  • If you’re serving lunch, Goldfish shaped bread by Pepperidge Farm for PBJ sandwiches
  • Swedish fish in a goldfish bowl
  • Blue jello with mini spoons

For more ideas check out my “under the sea” themed Pinterest boards here and here.

Ashley, I hope that kick-starts your planning! I had fun coming up with ideas for you — thanks for Asking Jennifer!

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