Last Saturday was my daughter’s 2nd birthday. She loves all things fishy…inspired of course by her love for Finding Nemo. So for her birthday party we had a fishy theme. I just wanted to share the details in case someone else has a toddler in love with fishes and is looking for some ideas.
I did my best to throw some healthy in there. We ordered sandwiches from Jimmy Johns. Then we had a greens salad, a pasta salad (I will share the quick recipe I put together for this tomorrow), chips, and a veggie tray. I also made some PB & Js for the kids who don’t like sub style sandwiches. I actually went to several stores looking for the Pepperidge Farm fish-shaped bread and couldn’t find it anywhere.
Dessert required some backup and a bake-a-thon the night before. We made cupcakes with blue frosting, fish sprinkles, and some swedish fish on top. I actually got the idea off of the blue colored Pillsbury frosting I bought. Originally I was going to do something far more complicated that I saw on Pinterest. This worked out a million times better.
We also made these jello cups with Swedish fish inside/on top of the jello. This adventure was far more difficult than anticipated. We couldn’t seem to get the fish in at the right moment. Either they sunk to the bottom or the jello was already set and they stayed on top. They looked cute, but they weren’t the most delicious treats. The gummies made it way too sweet. If you are looking to do something like this I would recommend making the jello in the cups and then put fish stickers around the cup. It will save you a lot of hassle and still look good.
The last thing we made were frozen yogurt covered banana pops covered in fish sprinkles. I got the idea from this site. They were a big hit with the kids and the adults.
Along with those desserts we also had a fruit tray.
I picked up a happy birthday banner from Target. Above that are the goodie bags. I cut out fish shapes and wrote each kids name on it. I then added stickers.
Inside the bags were packs of goldfish crackers, bracelets for the girls and little dinosaurs for the boys, a box of crayons, and bubbles.
I made little balloon fish by cutting out fins, tales, and mouths from construction paper. I also added googly eyes. In each of the windows I put crepe paper waves as well as seaweed plants in between the windows.
I also had bowls of goldfish crackers and Swedish fish on the tables.
I had 3 separate little stations set up with activities for the kids. The first one was a simple coloring area. It included crayons, fish stickers, construction paper, and copied fish coloring pages.
The second activity I found on Pinterest. It came from this site and involves using a paper plate to create your own fish. I put the fish together before the party and set them out with some craft supplies. There were pom poms, glue-sticks, googly eyes, and then those paint dot things (what is used for bingo). The kids created some adorable fish.
For the last activity I put a bunch (300 to be exact) of Swedish fish in a jar and put out small papers for kids to guess how many were in there. The winner won the jar filled with fish.
Most of the supplies for the party either came from Target or the Dollar Store.