Little Jo has always loved Disney’s The Little MermaidThe Little Mermaid and Finding Nemo. She’s also fascinated by aquariums and loves going to the beach, so it should have come as no surprise to me that she wanted an ocean-themed birthday party this year. However, she was very specific that it would not involve Ariel or Nemo. She wanted ocean animals and plenty of them!
We’ve already shown you a few of the things we did for the party: the jellyfish banner, the party favor nets and the oh-so-amazing oyster cake. Let me now show you how all of those elements came together in an underwater adventure party that even Ariel would have coveted.
Here’s the cake table with all the decorations around it. We covered the wall with giant ocean backdrops and decorated it with lots of fish cutouts. McGeeky wanted me to make sure that I let you all know that it was HIS idea to putting twinkle lights on the wall behind the backdrop. It really looked like the sun filtering through the water, and I will have to admit, it was the best touch ever!
Let’s take a closer look at what’s on the table. First, I found some inexpensive, glass fish bowls and filled them with blue Jell-o and sea critter gummi candy. One tip here — make the Jell-o out of half blue and half clear so that it isn’t too dark. The first time I did it with all blue, you couldn’t even see the animals floating inside!
Chica made dolphin cupcake picks with her Silhouette SD when she made the jellyfish banner (download her .studio file to make your own). We simply taped two dolphin shapes together with a toothpick in the middle. Easy as pie!
Kids love a pinata and this crab-shaped pull-string pinata was perfect for the occasion. I also made chocolate suckers shaped like sea animals, and they have a surprise inside! I took a Wilton Sea Creatures candy mold and coated the inside with white chocolate. Then, I added some “cake ball” filling (see our Easter egg cake pops tutorial for details) to the middle and finished it off by filling the mold with additional chocolate. This technique would also work great if you wanted to fill chocolate candies with caramel, nuts, or fruit.
Little Jo had a great time and was so surprised by the hidden necklace inside the chocolate pearl on her cake.