Finally, over 1 month after Livia’s first birthday party, I am sharing the ways we created a simple and easy Finding Dory themed birthday party. Even though I considered this party a huge event in her life and ours, I did not want go crazy with how much time, effort, and money we spent on this. So we combined a few DIY projects with some store bought items, and I think it all turned out really cute!
Starfish: Pineapple and watermelon cut into little stars. All of the cookie cutters we looked at were a little too big to make this work, so we actually ended up trying a clay cutting tool in the shape of a star that I found at a craft store, and it worked really well!
Sea Cucumber (cucumber), Crab Legs (carrot sticks), Caviar (blueberries)
To label the foods I used little flags I found in the party decorating aisle at Hobby Lobby.
Sea Creature Sandwiches: I love how these turned out! We went an easy route with the main course by getting pre-made chicken salad from the store, and a box of croissants from Sam’s Club. To make the eyes, I just hot glued little googly eyes from the craft store on to toothpicks. This was probably the most time consuming craft of all the decorations. I found that lining the toothpicks up so they were close to each other, but not touching, allowed me to quickly put a glue done on each one, then put the eye on.
Other foods not pictured (because ya know, mom brain):
Sharks teeth: cheese cut into triangles and laid out on platter to look like an open sharks’s mouth. This turned out so cute and wished I would have gotten a picture!
Driftwood and Sandbar: pretzel sticks, pita chips, and hummus.
Dory Drink: This was my absolute FAVORITE decoration of the whole party. To make the eyes, I cut a styrofoam ball in half, and hot-glued on colored felt for the color part of the eyes. For the fins I cut a fin-shape (just free-handed it, remember this is simple, people!) from a piece of yellow foam paper. I used hot glue to attach the eyes and fins to the drink dispenser. I know from using hot glue on my classroom walls that it can come off hard surfaces pretty easily. This worked great until there was actually a cold drink in the drink dispenser. The condensation caused the hot glue to come off the glass, but we were able to glue the eyes up a little higher on the lid where there wasn’t condensation to make it work.
Smash Cake: For the smash cake we just ordered it from a local cake shop. It was actually the cake shop our wedding cake was from, so that was kind of neat. I am sure there are much cooler ideas for a Finding Dory smash cake, but it was nice to just give them our theme over the phone and be done with it. And I think it turned out really cute!
Cupcakes: We wanted to go simple with this too, so we just got cupcakes from Sam’s Club with yellow and blue frosting, and topped them with Finding Dory cupcake decorations from a party supplies store. We also found this really cute Finding Dory cupcake stand, so it made the ‘plain’ cupcakes stand out a little bit more.
ONE Banner: I also found this banner at Hobby Lobby in the same section with with the little flags to label to food from above. To make the letters I made a ‘pattern’ by printing out large letters on regular paper, cutting them out, and tracing each letter on yellow scrapbook paper. Then I just cut the letters out and glued them to the banner. I used Finding Dory stickers to embellish the banner a little bit more.
I was so happy with how everything turned out, and even happier that I was able to take the simple route on some things to keep the stress level of party preparation at a minimum. It was a great day celebrating with friends and family!
Next week I will share how I displayed Livia’s monthly pictures!