Watch Out! Landon is turning 5 with a Shark birthday party celebration! We went back and forth this year if we wanted to do another “quarantine style” party with just our small circle of friends/fam or go back to inviting the whole farm and at the end of the day, decided to keep it small again.
But that doesn’t mean I didn’t decorate for a crowd of 50. I am who I am, okay? 🤣 It’s been two years since we’ve had a proper party and I miss the creative outlet, so I decided to go all out with an epic dessert table set up, and of course designed a shark invitation too.
Shark Birthday Party
This summer, we got an above ground pool and have spent most of our days outside swimming, so the shark theme was an easy choice for Landon. When I showed him this personalized banner, he ran to grab his matching shark tank top and gave it a big thumbs up of approval.
One of the things I have learned over the years when it comes to throwing parties, is to take on the things that are fun for you. Since this was just our family at this party, I decided I was going to set up everything at the outdoor kitchen, and not worry about doing any other birthday decor or activities for the party.
I had this fun idea for the balloon garlands, to incorporate the blow up sharks and fish nets, and was inspired by the easy DIY tablecloth garland I made for my Dad's 60th birthday to make the quick bunting banners to hang below the bar.
I learned from this party, balloon garlands of this caliber are no joke 🤣 There is a reason people hire professionals. I spent entirely too long attempting to hang these, and get them even, and the final result looks absolutely nothing like I was going for in my head. I eventually just had to say, you get what you get! What do you think of them?
Come for a swim, stay for a bite!
Setting up this dessert table was so much fun, as usual, it was a combination of DIY and hiring the pros! My girlfriend Natalie Marie Bakes came to the rescue at the last minute and created beautiful shark sugar cookies to go with our DIY cake, cupcakes and shark jello cups.
The Tasty plates were a party city find and the shark plates were a Target find, and funny story, I had seen the plates there all summer, and when we decided on the theme and went to buy them, they were sold out!! I was luckily able to snag a set but had to drive across town to another Target!
I am absolutely obsessed with how this cake turned out after some youtube tutorials and crossed fingers. This was also the perfect design for the kids to help, Landon mixed the frosting colors and actually did most of the frosting himself! I love how it popped on the custom cake stand from my friend Jackie at Sprinkles and Confetti. We chose to keep it simple and topped it with some coordinating blue stripe candles from my Target haul.
To keep the kids hydrated, we served blue gatorade, aka ocean water in my favorite dollar store mason jar cups with handles.
Happy 5th birthday, sweet boy! Here’s to hoping 2022 has a resemblance of “normal” to celebrate you. If not, we will still find a way to make your day unforgettable!