Yet another child has reached another age milestone and I continue to feel older every day. Ella turned 3 last week and begged for an “octonupus & fishy” party. I grabbed my streamer stash from my party bin and shopped my house for other decor. The only decor I went out and purchased was the round octopus head for $2.49, 2 blue streamers (98 cents each) and 2 bags of white balloons (97 cents each). I blew up and printed a ton of sea creatures for the kids and I to have a coloring party. Daddy joined in too, and we had a blast hanging them up.
I am enjoying the themed parties while they last, because all too soon they will be grown up and won’t want it anymore. So, for now, I love when they have specific requests. And, it can all be done on a tight budget!!
We always love to give a little gift to the children invited for something they can have while the birthday child opens gifts. Ella picked out bubbles we found on clearance. We displayed a fun “reef”freshement table on the kitchen island for all the drinks. I had made a pallet sign for Maddie’s party in May and just painted over it for this party.
We used lots of streamers, white balloons, and colored creatures all over.
Fun with food:
We opted for super cheap and easy and served Octopus legs (hot dogs), baked beans (guppy eggs), goldfish & chips (fish and chips), pretzel sticks (drift wood), veggies (bottom eaters), fruit salad, olives (shark eggs), blue jello (shark attack jello), and Potato salad (sea foam salad). We made a blue jello slush punch with rubber sea creatures floating through it.
I love when my kids ask for cupcakes----it is so much easier. She wanted fish and other sea creatures. She recieved a big tub of rubber sea creatures from someone the week before so we just threw one on each top with a few bubble like sprinkles and voila! The fish were just m&ms and 1 candy eyeball.
We have another birthday this weekend! Thankfully Daddy doesn’t like all the hoopla though, so we are gonna just stick with making his favorites--Lasagna and cheesecake!