I’m that mom who went “overboard” for my daughter’s “Under the Sea” birthday party. It was a lot of work, but it was so worth it to me. I had such a blast being creative planning this party.
Even though Miss 3 loved the decorations and fun activities, she still proclaimed that her friends were her favorite part. And that’s what matters the most. It’s worth the effort to put together a party where friends can gather to celebrate a special day.
In this post, I shared the pictures of the party, including some of my Pinterest fails from the party. Yes, the party was definitely not perfect. Haha! Also, I shared some printable signs that I made for the party and they’re FREE. whoop whoop.
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Here’s a secret… I did NOT make this cake. My husband did. Isn’t he the best?? He is on his two-months paternity leave so I would NOT be able to do this party without him.
This COULD be a Pinterest fail, but I think we did a pretty good job with this one since it was our first time making macaroons.
We love the show, Masterchef Junior, and one of the things they had to cook was macaroons so my husband and I were like,”What the heck! If the 12-year-olds can make macaroons, we can do too!” We might as well make some for the party.
It requires only a few ingredients, but it’s really touchy. We definitely will make macaroons again. Once a year, maybe. Haha.
This is definitely one of our Pinterest fails.
They were not beautifully rounded like how cake balls should be. We just happened to have leftover cake pieces from the cake so we decided to make them into cake balls.
BUT, they were the most delicious cake balls I’ve ever had.
We tried Christinia Tosi’s cake ball method, which is…
instead of mixing it in with frosting before molding it, we put in milk. That way, they are lighter than frosting rich taste.
The problem was… that we served them outside in the 100 degrees Texas humidity so they basically melted. Failed… ahha.
Pinterest Fail #2
Such a cute idea, BUT definitely not for outside party because they melted. Of course. And the Swedish fish looked like dead fish floating in the jello ocean.
Funny story about this. A cute little boy who came to the party took his first bite of the jello and had this hilarious confused look on his face.
He looked at my husband and said, “Sir?” (How cute was this that he said, “Sir”!!)
My husband replied back, “Yes?”
“What is this supposed to be?”
My husband said, “Ummm, jello…”
The little boy continued to have this confused look. Not sure if he finished it or not, but it was hilarious.
For snacks, we did grapes, goldfish crackers, Swedish Fish candy, fruit salad, and celery.
The grapes on skewers were my favorite. It was easy to grab and eat. Plus, they’re healthy. It was the only thing I ate at the party because I was so busy hosting.
We gave our guests bubbles, ring pop, play-doh, and water squirt gun.
Water Balloon Game-
This is our Pinterest Fail #3.
We drew sea creatures with chalk and had the kids throw water balloons at them to “clear them out.” It didn’t really work because the three-year-old kids weren’t strong enough to break the water balloons, but they had fun throwing them anyway.
We did the party at the splash pad/playground park so the kids did their own entertainment most of the time. We also had bubbles and chalk drawing going on as well.
We also brought clear balloons, which was a cute idea because they looked like bubbles in the ocean. BUT, it was too windy outside. 🙁 Oh, well, I learned a lot from this party.
But more importantly, I had such fun planning and hosting this “Under the Sea” themed party. I know Miss 3 was in heaven hanging out with her friends celebrating her birthday. She’s a special girl. Love her.