27 Jun

REAL PARTIES: Crab Shack Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Crab Shack Birthday

Can you believe that 4th of July is already coming up this weekend?!

If you’re on the lookout for some creative ideas for an Independence Day party – or for a nautically themed summer bash – check out this fun Crab Shack Birthday Party by Kim of TomKat Studio!

REAL PARTIES: Crab Shack Birthday

Festive party details included a life preserver “welcome sign”, a fabulous red, white & blue dessert buffet accented with Kim’s signature party printables and “crawling” with adorable fondant crabs, chocolate-covered Oreos, beach balls, and more…

REAL PARTIES: Crab Shack Birthday

Read on for LOTS more pics and all the festive details, as told by Kim.

REAL PARTIES: Crab Shack Birthday

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I recently styled my son’s Crab Shack Party to celebrate his 5th birthday! The inspiration came from a Pottery Barn Kids crab towel that he received as a gift a couple of years ago.

REAL PARTIES: Crab Shack Birthday

I loved the red, white & blue color scheme and it was so easy to find great things since his birthday falls between Memorial Day and 4th of July. The talented Vicki of Vicki Lynn Photography captured all of the details of the party!

I started by designing the little crab illustration and invitation:

REAL PARTIES: Crab Shack Birthday

Tommy wore an adorable custom crab shirt from Smitten & Company.

Since I designed a fabulous dessert table for Kate’s recent Fairy Garden party, it was only fair to design one for Tommy! I planned a full spread of yummy treats and paper goods for the party. As always, I was inspired by the queen of dessert tables – Amy Atlas!

REAL PARTIES: Crab Shack Birthday

Whenever I start brainstorming a party, I go on a hunt around my house (and my mom’s) to find anything that could work for decorating. The red metal “T” and navy backdrop (which is actually a new duvet cover) are from Tommy’s bedroom!

REAL PARTIES: Crab Shack Birthday

I ordered the sweetest little fondant crabs from Decadent Delights for my cupcakes:

REAL PARTIES: Crab Shack Birthday

The night before the party, while my mom and I were baking, we decided that Tommy needed his own little cake. We used two large ramekins to get the right size and shape for the cake I was envisioning. The little crabs, cherry sours, and cake topper I whipped up made it cute!

REAL PARTIES: Crab Shack Birthday

I enlisted the help of Kim at Sweeties for the fabulous chocolate covered oreos and oreo pops. She also sent the amazing white chocolate letters, spelling out TOMMY and they worked perfectly under the cake stand!

REAL PARTIES: Crab Shack Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Crab Shack Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Crab Shack Birthday

I asked Allyson of Girly Gatherings to make custom printed cookies using my party circle designs:

REAL PARTIES: Crab Shack Birthday

My mom & I made our first attempt at Bakerella’s cake pops and cake balls… after a little practice, they turned out fabulous! (The sprinkles are really forgiving for hiding imperfections!)

REAL PARTIES: Crab Shack Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Crab Shack Birthday

Melissa from Decadent Delights also made the crab shaped cookies, which I used on the table as well as in cello bags tied with a tag for party favors.

REAL PARTIES: Crab Shack Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Crab Shack Birthday

I made a welcome sign using a life preserver mirror from my mom’s house:

REAL PARTIES: Crab Shack Birthday

The beach hut sign has been hanging around in my garage for awhile, and always comes out for the surf/beach/pool parties!

REAL PARTIES: Crab Shack Birthday

I enlisted the help of family and friends to bring some of the food, including my favorite layered salad, queso, tortellini salad and fruit pizza. We also served hamburgers and hot dogs, strawberries & cream, and lots of yummy treats!

REAL PARTIES: Crab Shack Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Crab Shack Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Crab Shack Birthday

Nautical details were placed throughout the house. My mom and I decorated a room in her house for the kids in a nautical theme, so I grabbed the white boxes, sailboat frames, life preserver & lighthouse to use for decorating.

REAL PARTIES: Crab Shack Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Crab Shack Birthday

I continued the red, white & blue theme outside:

REAL PARTIES: Crab Shack Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Crab Shack Birthday

Lots of fun was had by all, with swimming, water balloon fights, delicious food & desserts!”

REAL PARTIES: Crab Shack Birthday

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P.S. Want to recreate this look? You can purchase all of the 4th of July Party printables at Kim’s Etsy shop!

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15Comments

1
Cheri SAYS:

GREAT Party! Love all the themed items and it came together wonderful!!

Reply June 28, 2010 at 7:59 am

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PixieShtick SAYS:

Awesome! I love crabs. I should get a crab cookie cutter, so cute.

Reply June 28, 2010 at 7:59 am

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Keisha - Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams SAYS:

Very cute – I love all those cookies and pops! Fun stuff.

Reply June 28, 2010 at 8:48 am

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Jen SAYS:

Where are the silver tiered stands from? Too cute!

Reply June 28, 2010 at 11:54 am

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Melissa SAYS:

ADORABLE! I can see this easily converting to a 4th of July celebration. What a cute birthday!

Reply June 28, 2010 at 11:56 am

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Sarah SAYS:

I LOVE this theme and party!! My BIL is obsessed with crabs and it would be perfect for his birthday party. And my SIL is having a baby shower soon, I hope I can get her to use this theme!!!
Any idea on where the crab cups and candy dish were purchased?

Reply June 28, 2010 at 11:57 am

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Esperanza ( Colombia) SAYS:

Lo que más me gustó fupe la torta blanca con los cangrejos alrededor.

!Muchas felicitaciones!

Reply June 28, 2010 at 12:56 pm

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Kim - The TomKat Studio SAYS:

Thank you for the fabulous post and comments!
@Jen The silver tiered stands are from Holland Boone (Scottsdale, AZ). @Sarah The lobster pails (cups) were borrowed from a neighbor, she had bought them in Target dollar section. The candy dishes are actually sand toys that I found at Party City ($1) and happened to have the perfect sized ceramic ramekins to fit in them!

Reply June 28, 2010 at 6:32 pm

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Cheryl of Bliss! Weddings Market SAYS:

this. was. simply. amazing. i cannot pick up my jaw from the ground. i am so jealous! what a beautiful GORGEOUS party. i can only wish that i could execute something like thi. what a lucky b’day boy!

Reply June 28, 2010 at 7:04 pm

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susan@pocacosas SAYS:

I absolutely adore Kim & her sense of style! Her parties are amazing down to every last detail!

Reply June 29, 2010 at 6:39 am

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lily SAYS:

LOVE IT! I am turning 35 this year – July 5th – I was looking for a good theme that could celebrate the holiday as well as my special day – this is perfect! Crab – which is the zodiac cancer sign – reds, whites & blues! I love it! Can’t wait! Thank you for the inspiration!

Reply April 5, 2011 at 9:09 am

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lily SAYS:

Love your adorable dress btw!

Reply April 5, 2011 at 9:12 am

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Elizabeth SAYS:

Hello, wondering if you can sell any of the crab items here – including the print work. I am not very talented with this sort of thing and am trying to put together a crab themed party for my 5 year old. Would be interested in as much as possible! thanks.

Reply April 19, 2011 at 6:45 am

jenn s. SAYS:

Hi Elizabeth –
The best thing to do would be to contact Kim (who designed all the crab printables) through her Etsy shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/tomkatstudio?ref=top_trail I believe that she either sells the crab items in her shop or may be able to do so for you, if they’re not already listed. Good luck with the party! :)

April 19, 2011 at 9:42 am

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MonogrammedEverything.com! SAYS:

This is soooooo cute!!

Reply July 6, 2011 at 7:26 am

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