This is the second year Tyler has picked out what theme he’s wanted. Last year it was a Puppy Party, and this year he requested a “baby turtle party.” So we got to work designing an Under the Sea Birthday Party for his celebration of a big 5 years old. He’s going to be starting Kindergarten this year! Where does the time go?
Our tables were set up with party favors for our young guests as they arrived. Each of them got to pick out a bright pair of sunglasses of their choice to strike a pose in front of the photo wall and a personalized sand bucket to gather their party favors in at game time. Tyler insisted I was in one of the group ones. lol He’s a sweet little guy.
Even though a baby turtle was the requested theme, we added in some whales in the designs as well and used a bright blue, navy and green theme. We wrapped milk bottles filled with blue Gatorade with twine to give a nautical look.
We ordered custom cookies from The Sweet Tooth Cakery in Tampa again this year. Pamela does such an amazing job on the cookies, they always look and match perfectly! We got the cake from Target and topped it with a wooden anchor glued on a lollipop stick.
The vanilla cake pops, oyster cookies and “crab” turkey or ham and cheese sandwiches we made ourselves. The oyster cookies are made with Manila wafer cookies on the outsides and colored frosting with white pearl Sixlets in the middle.
The kids took their turn playing a fishing game with a wooden dolly I hot glued twine to make the fishing poles. A magnet was on the end of the poles and on each fish. They got to catch 2 fish each, receiving one prize per fish (first one a lollipop, the second a sea creature).
For our second activity, we made sand art. Each guest got their own plastic bottle and put in the colors of sand they chose. Tyler put his colors in and then shook it all up and thought it was so cool when the colors were all mixed together. lol Now it’s a beautiful sort of brown color…. as long as he had fun.
Our photographer was wonderful to work with and she took some pictures of Tyler out back right before the party. If you’re in the Tampa Bay area, I’d highly recommend Kendall Nickerson Photography for your next photos!
Photography: Kendall Nickerson Photography
Cookies: The Sweet Tooth Cakery
Printable Party Items: Jolee Studio
Cake + Cupcakes + Milk Bottles: Target