This week I posted about my son’s 1st Birthday Party..Gruffalo Birthday Dinner…. As promised here is a blog post about what I did for daughter’s 1st birthday in 2018…. (Obviously in 2018 Covid-19 didn’t exist so we were able to have lots of party guests) We had an ‘under the sea’ birthday party for her. This party was lots of fun and I am going to share with you how we decorated the house and what food we served.
I wanted to make this party visually appealing so that there was lots to look at and to make the theme come to life.
We had lots of decorations hanging from the ceiling including shiny coils with fish characters on and we also hung string across the rooms and draped with pieces of crepe paper to create seaweed, coral and sea.
We also decorated the lamp shade to make it look like a large jellyfish hanging from the ceiling!
I made some salt dough fish characters and painted them, these were used to decorate windows. For the table, I bought a set of mermaid tableware which included tablecloths, napkins, cups, plates, bowls, party hats and party blowers. It also came with bunting which we hung up in the rooms.
I made up simple party bags for the children. Each child had two small tubes of bubbles and a party blower. The under ones got a fish soft toy and the older children got two packets of under the sea themed stickers. Each guest also took home some birthday cake.
For the food, everything we made fitted to the theme. We had fish shaped pizza, sea creature shaped potato, sweet potato and butternut squash chips and a coral reef vegetable tray.The pizza dough was all homemade and covered with a variety of colourful toppings. The recipe for this pizza was from one of my old recipe books that is based on Bible stories.
For the chips, we bought some metal cutters in the shape of a seahorse, shell and starfish. Once the vegetables were cut they were then coated in a little oil and baked. These were cut the night before and left in water.
I found the coral reef salad idea online but made it up using different vegetables to those I had seen to create my own version of a vegetable coral reef.
For dessert we had blue jelly with fruit shaped fish in, a turtle watermelon with fruit salad and banana dolphins. We also had fish shaped biscuits.
The birthday cake was a turtle on the sand. This was a madeira cake decorated with buttercream and fondant icing. My Mum made this cake – it looked really impressive.
I hope you have enjoyed looking through the photos of the party food and decorations and hope that I have provided you with some inspiration to throw your own ‘under the sea’ party!