First Birthday Party – Under The Sea

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My little boy turns 1 year old tomorrow.  The time has went by so quickly!  We held his 1st birthday party today at a local pool and did an Under the Sea theme.  We invited all of the kids & parents to go swimming and then join us in the party room for food & cupcakes.  It was a lot of fun!  Here are some photos from the party!

Under the Sea – First Birthday Party:

I ordered this sign and the food place cards from Chickabug.  One thing that makes these decorations so great (other than their pure cuteness) is that she emails these to you to print at home!  She has so many great party ideas on her site for all types of themes.  I’d highly recommend popping by her site to check it out!

Our yummy food table above.  The table linens were just the easy plastic ones from the dollar store.  They are easy to set out and it’s great to be able just to scoop them & the crumbs up at the end of the party and toss them into the trash.

These plates and napkins are incredibly cute and so unique!  They are also very sturdy and very well made.  I purchased these from Big Dot of Happiness.  They have many other cute pieces in their Under The Sea Critters collection.  The treat boxes below come with the great stand – which can also be used as a cupcake stand!  They even personalize this themed for twins! Under the Sea - Purchased1. Under The Sea Critters – 12 Cupcake Picks & 24 Personalized Stickers – Birthday Party Cupcake Toppers
2. Under The Sea Critters – Candy Stand & 13 Fill Your Own Candy Boxes – Birthday Party Do It Yourself
3. Under The Sea Critters – 16 Squiggle Shaped Personalized Birthday Party Sticker Labels
4. Under The Sea Critters – Personalized Birthday Party Invitations With Squiggle Shape
5. Under The Sea Critters – Personalized Birthday Party Banner

Two other great products that I had for the party were: Under the Sea - Additional1. Birthday Sea Critters – 18″ Birthday Party Balloon
2. Under The Sea Critters – 30 Personalized Birthday Party Return Address Labels

The utensil holders above were candle holders from Michael’s craft store and I used a plastic toy boat to hold the sub buns.  Submarine sandwiches seemed like a good choice of food for the Under The Sea theme.

The cheese, vegetables and other submarine fixings were held in shark shaped sand molds flipped upside down.

We served punch (Kool-Aid mixed with 7-Up) to drink.  A friend found me this super cute fish straws which I placed in a sand bucket beside the punch.  The straws are made by Party Partners.

The fish & chip snacks were served in a blue metal serving tray.

We served blue cupcakes with cute sea-themed cupcake picks.  I can’t remember where we purchased these from but here are some cute ones on Beach Seashore Cupcake Picks – 12ct. I served the cupcakes in a small inflatable pool that we purchased at our local dollar store.  I then placed blue cotton candy around the cupcakes to make it look like waves.

We placed gummie worms on the dessert table labeled “Fishing Bait” along with gummie fish, sharks and whales labeled as “Catch of the Day”.

I ordered these super cute crab cupcake picks from The Birthday House.  She has so many cute & unique designs for parties!  I used the crab cupcake picks in marshmallows rolled in toasted coconut.  I also made cream puffs filled with pink icing and a single small marshmallow (as the pearl) for the clam puffs.

We purchased this shark cutout from Shindigz. We had guests pose in the shark’s mouth for pictures – an excellent addition to the thank you cards we’ll soon be sending!

I created a first year banner using one picture from each month of my son’s first year.  I used this free fish template and printed them on blue cardstock paper.  I then used ribbon to loop through each of the photo cards to create the banner.  It’s so cute to see how much the little ones change throughout the months – especially in the first year!

For treat bags I filled a sand bucket for each guest with a few goodies, a small water toy, Shark Gummy Candy, goldfish crackers, a personalized chocolate bar (from Whimsy Wraps), a small ocean-themed toy and a Tropical Fish Bubble Bottle. I covered the treats with blue tissue paper and tied a personalized shark sticker to the handle.

We had a great time & we look forward to more celebrating tomorrow with family!

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*Disclosure: I am part of the Big Dot of Happiness, and Birthday in a Box affiliate programs.  Any reviews in this post are of my own opinion and experience.

16 thoughts on “First Birthday Party – Under The Sea”

  1. I like your Under The Sea birthday idea. Beach Seashore Cupcake, Shark Gummy Candy, goldfish crackers are the best parts of this party. I think so that you might be interested in new,creative ideas please check out for more details.

  2. Those decorations are gorgeous! I loved the “fish & chips”, too. It looks like the party was a great time.

    Stopping by from the SITS Spring Fling!

  3. Such a cute party, Cheryl! I thought I’d seen every under the sea food pun possible, but you came up with some new ones that I LOVE. (“Catch of the day” – adorable!) Thank you so much for linking to me, I really appreciate it! : )

    • Thank you so much for the great decorations! Unfortunately I didn’t get a good picture of the banner but it turned out great too. Thanks!

  4. What a “Seasational” celebration! You thought of everything, Cheryl. Many of the ideas are perfect for birthday parties and baby showers! Fun! Fun! Fun! and Yum! Yum! Yum! What a memory making celebration for everyone!

    • Hi! Thanks for stopping by! Some of the food card ideas (Fish & Chips, Fan-Sea Cupcakes and Clam Puffs) came from the Chickabug blog site. She has a lot of great ideas and printable decorations you can order on her site (such as my food cards and welcome sign). The other ideas are mine (can you tell I’ve been thinking about this 1st birthday party for a long time!). 🙂


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