Sunday, August 2, 2009

reader question of the week #2


Looks like a lot of water-themed birthday questions this week. Trusty readers, I hope you can give Diana and Rebekah some great ideas!

reader question of the week #2:

"My daughter is turning 1 on the 22nd of August.  She loves the water and I was wondering if you had any ideas on what I should have for a beach or pool theme party (from invitations to food).  I have two little pools for the kids and also bought some beach balls (ages 6 months old to 3 years old). Please help me I want this birthday party to be special... oh by the way I'm planning to do this party at my house (backyard). Thanks so much! Diana"

13 comments:

PuppyLovePrincess said...

instead of goodie bags, give each guest her own little beachy sand pail personalized with her name (a sharpie works just fine.) fill with fun summertime stuff like bubbles, sidewalk chalk, squirt toys, sunglasses, moonsand, etc :)

Kim - The TomKat Studio said...

My son's 4th birthday was in June, and we did a "beach boy" themed pool party! Check it out here:
http://tomkatstudio.blogspot.com/2009/06/birthday-parties-my-little-beach-boy.html

Also, I had recently had a request for a purple-themed pool party, and designed these bikini invitations to incorporate the purple! http://tomkatstudio.blogspot.com/2009/07/invitations-purple-birthday-party.html

Cheers!

samantha said...

Water themes for little girls almost begs for a mermaid party. You can decorate with blue toned mosquito nets and hang from the circle top, Star fish and sea creatures. Also put sequence or crystals glued down the sides to create shimmer. Have the little ones dress up as mermaids too. vases filled with flowers submerged in water adds color. party favor of beautiful decorated cookies in sea shapes. Good luck!

Kim - The TomKat Studio said...

Speaking of mermaid parties, Amy at Living Locurto just posted her daughter's adorable mermaid party last week and is offering printable party items! http://tomkatstudio.blogspot.com/2009/07/my-fave-cupcake-stand-mermaid-birthday.html

erin said...

my sister just did this for her daughter's 2nd birthday. she made cupcakes and made the icing blue. then, she placed gummy octopuses on top of the cupcakes. she bought decorative sand to put on the tray to serve the cupcakes. it was adorable!

Susan Crabtree said...

I recently posted a cute idea for a under the sea photo booth: http://puertabella.blogspot.com/2009_08_01_archive.html And our luau: http://puertabella.blogspot.com/2009/05/birthday-girl-little-hula-girl-aka.html Good luck!

sweet80pea said...

I saw this http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28413794 when I was looking around the web today. Maybe that could get your started.

Janel Kaden-Doran said...

I have been wanting to throw a "tide-pool" inspired party - I am going to be posting an DIY octopus streamer on my blog soon... Bring the tide-pool to your backyard with pools and sand and hide shells and starfish for collections with the pail idea...sand-inspired cupcakes (roll them in raw sugar) and plop an umbrella on top...!!!
http://janelkaden.blogspot.com/

Krystina said...

These cupcakes would be perfect. http://krystinaevans.blogspot.com/2009/06/swimming-party-cutest-cupcakes.html. My sister-n-law made them. She also saw the idea of using beach balls as invitations for a swimming party. Inflate the ball, write the info, deflate and mail. Fun for the Kiddos!

Monica said...

My sister and I threw a surfer party for our boys when they turned 1. For decorations we borrowed lots of little boy's swim trunks and hung them on lines with a few surf boards around the yard. If this is for a girl you could do little swim suits.

See a photo here: http://picasaweb.google.com/schlangemo/AbramNoahSFirstBirthdayTakenByEric#5105741090631269698

And I made a sheet cake into a surf theme by making a surfboard in the middle of it, with water on the top and sand (crushed up graham crackers on white frosting) on the bottom. It even had a shark's fin in the water (graham cracker with frosting) and a frosting crab in the sand.

See a photo here:
http://picasaweb.google.com/schlangemo/AbramNoahSFirstBirthdayTakenByEric#5105741507243097762

Hope that helps!

Alexis said...

I have done a lot of pool party invitations lately...the goggles are my favorite! There is also a totebag invitation and a princess pool party. Check them out at http://jacolynmurphy.blogspot.com/2009/06/pool-party-palooza.html or

http://jacolynmurphy.blogspot.com/2009/07/compromising-with-princess-fairy-and.html

Diana said...

Thank you ladies so much for all the great ideas :O) Wish me luck and I will make sure to post pictures of the party...

Diana

Belly Feathers said...

One of my customers recently created a crab and bubbles themed party around an invitation she found on Etsy from SweetWishesStore, which is super cute.
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vt_related_1&listing_id=27684054

To match, I created some personalized mini bubbles for the favors and "Happy Birthday" banner.
http://ny-image2.etsy.com/ifb_fullxfull.5672366.jpg

Here are some cute mermaid party ideas, too. http://designdazzle.blogspot.com/2009/06/mermaid-party-ideas.html