20 Dec

Bright & Bubbly Sea Creature Birthday Party

ocean reef dessert table

I always seem to find a few cute animals to squeeze into every party, so this Sea Creature Party by Nikki of Great Gatherings is right up my alley! I love the bright and bubbly colors, adorable fondant under water animals and ocean + Sea World inspired details… especially the fantastic under the sea cake that brought a tidal wave of fun for the little ones!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Chocolate covered oreos with fondant sea animal toppers
– DIY anchor welcome sign, stenciled crates, painted wooden buoys & bookshelf boat display
– Bait Bucket party favors with cute sea creature graphics & name tags
– Blinfolded ‘Pin the Fin on the Shark’ activity

ocean reef birthday party

sea creature cookies

pin the fin on the shark game

anchor wooden spoons

under the sea dolphin cake

under the sea party buckets

under the sea party sweets

ocean party boat

ocean party cake


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Nikki

The theme of Mason’s party was decided this summer after we visited Sea World and he fell in love with the dolphins, sharks and other sea creatures. He loves the ocean and can spend hours on the beach. So, I contacted my friend and graphic designer Lauren McKinsey to design something fun, but clean for his party. I wanted to keep the colors fresh and stick with mainly blue, teal and lime green and white with a few pops of other bright colors here and there. I was inspired by the bright fabric I found that reminded me of ocean bubbles.

Decorations: Mason Jars (yes, I use them every year for Mason’s party!), two bright fun buoys with his name and 5 on them, fun glittery signs, a bookshelf boat used to display cookie favors and fun, brightly colored daisies. Bright balloon columns topped with colorful fish and clear bubble balloon for accents. A lime green octopus balloon inspired giggles and laughs from all the guests.

Party Food & Dessert: We had fun, kid food including peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (no crust of course!), chicken poppers, fruit salad, goldfish and the most fabulous cake which delighted the guests. The cake was chocolate with peanut butter buttercream (the birthday boy’s favorite) and vanilla with cookies and cream buttercream and chocolate covered Oreo cookies.

Activities: Per Mason’s request, we had Pin the Fin on the Shark and an ocean themed bounce house to work off all their energy.

DIY Projects:  I made the cake stand the cake was placed on by using a candle stick purchased from the dollar bin at Target and a wooden plate from Hobby Lobby. I painted them both white and loved how it turned out!  The door sign was an anchor I painted bright teal and added a glittery ocean reef sign. I stenciled the fun ocean décor on the wooden crates and used it on the children’s food table. The bait buckets were plastic paint cans from Michael’s Craft Store with a bait bucket designed Lauren McKinsey insert. Each guest filled their bait bucket with a fish lollipop, cookie and a fun ocean character cup and bowl.



– Event Designer and Mommy: Nikki Glynn of Great Gatherings
– Printable Designer/Photographer: Lauren McKinsey
– Glittery sign/banner/tie dye banner: Purple Pug
– Cake and Oreo Cookies: Love and Sugar Kisses
– Balloon Décor and Design: The Balloon Construction Company
– Fishbowl Lollipops: Vintage Confections
– Wooden Spoons: Sucre Shop
– Decorated Cookies: Bambella Cookie Boutique
– Painted buoys: Lake Shore Home
– Birthday boy’s outfit: Ruby and Viola

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Jessica @ Pen N' Paperflowers SAYS:

This turned out darling Nikki! I especially love the chocolate covered oreos you created with the fondant toppers. GREAT job! And the lollipops are so cute too! The “waves” around the dolphin on top of the cake couldn’t be more perfect!

Reply December 20, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Nikki Glynn SAYS:

Thanks Jess! I appreciate it! The oreos AND cake were masterpieces designed and DELIVERED by Maria from Love and Sugar Kisses. Thank goodness she is local to me! And the cake was the best I’ve ever tasted too! Bonus! Look and taste good!

December 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Lydia- The Party Wagon SAYS:

Fabulous, Nikki! I love the Oreos and cake, too- and all of the great touches that bring it all together. Such a cute party for your cute little guy!!

Reply December 21, 2012 at 9:25 am

Nikki SAYS:

Thank you Lydia. It was THE most fun I have ever had planning a party. AND, that is saying something! Appreciate your sweet comments!

December 29, 2012 at 6:07 pm

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