Colorful red and blue Shark Party!
When I began planning our wedding, I discovered something about myself – I really love planning events. I love the little details that bring a theme to life or tie in a color scheme. Party planning brings together the Type A, detailed oriented aspects of my personality as well as my creative side as I craft and bake myself to a fun party.
While we don’t have kids yet to plan parties for, I’ve decided to actively pursue more party planning opportunities for the love of it. With both Shark Week and Sharknado 3 occurring in July, I thought it was the perfect time to plan a Shark Party.
As a kid, I was obsessed with sharks and still am a little bit. I found them and all ocean life fascinating and would love to read up on them. Some people might see Shark Party and automatically think boy party, but with these fun aqua colors, I would have LOVED this party as a kid.
To add a look of water, I created a blue water backdrop from 3 different blue plastic table clothes. I will be sharing a detailed explanation of how I prepped the table cloths soon because the process was so easy and makes an inexpensive but dramatic effect.
I also decided I wanted to add a “life preserver” to the table as part of the water theme and because I wanted a pop of red to the decor. I took a white styrofoam wreath and pinned 4 red strips of paper to the wreath.
In choosing food for the party, I had two focuses: 1 was color and 1 was a water theme. Gold fish makes it really easy with lots of flavors and colors, including dessert gold fish. For a “Fish Bar”, I included Original and Garlic Parmesan Gold Fish as well as Swedish Fish. For “Fish Bait”, I put out gummy worms.
I don’t really believe in crazy favors. I think it’s another way to add too many dollar signs to a party budget, but I do love giving away a few things. I put together shark mason jars filled with some candy plus bough $.99 “Sea Urchins” from the party store. They serve as both favor and decor.
I made a Shark Toss Game for the party out of a large styrofoam board. I penciled a shark head shape onto the board and then cut it out, painting it gray afterwards. Use small bags to toss into the shark’s mouth. Even better if you could find fish shaped bags to toss.
Want some free printables for your own party? Make sure to download now! There are a couple different sign options plus an empty label template you can use for your own food titles.