Splash Blast Beach 2yr - Beach Party Cups
Shonja in Charlotte,NC - USA
SPLASH BLAST Beach Party! A birthday is a celebration for the young and old in my family. I celebrated my daughters second birthday with a beach/pool party.
INVITATIONS: I first invited friends and family with a special invitation. I sent a "Message in a Bottle". I used empty plastic water bottles. After rinsing drying and peeling the paper from the bottle, I filled each bottle with a small amount of sand and added mini sea shells, fish, etc. I printed the birthday information on fun and festive paper. Then I rolled up the paper; tied it with curling ribbon and placed it in the bottle . Secure the bottle with the cap wrap some more ribbon around the bottle and hand deliver each invitation. ( they can be mailed by placing it in a mailing tube or adding a mailing label to the outside of the bottle.)
DECORATIONS: No party is complete with an abundance of balloons. I attached balloons everywhere. It makes the party look so festive! As a centerpiece for the dinner table, I used a large fish bowl filled with water and rocks and filled it with "live" gold fish. Then I sprinkled some sand around the bowl on the table and placed miniature shells and sea creatures in the sand. This was a hit with the children!. On the food buffet table, I used a pineapple decorated with fruit kabobs.(pierce the kabob sticks in all over the pineapple)
FOOD & DRINKS: Of course we had Hawaiian Punch. As an added treat we had "Cool Smoothies". I had a small table set up with a blender, ice, sodas, juice, milk, fruit, yogurts, and etc. Each guest was able to choose their own ingredients for their special smoothie. Of course our littlest needed to be assisted by their parents. As a main course, we had a BBq feast complete with burgers, hot dogs, BBQ chicken, fruit bowl, pasta salad, potato salad, and corn on the Cobb.
DESSERT/SNACK: I made "beach party cups". Use instant vanilla pudding and crushed vanilla wafers or graham cracker and a gumball. Put the vanilla pudding in a small clear plastic drinking cup then sprinkle the crushed wafers or graham cracker which represents "sand" and place a gumball on top of the sand as a "beach ball". Then stick in small paper drink umbrellas to add the finishing touches. I filled some cups with lemon meringue pie filling instead of the vanilla pudding- how yummy! I made up some delicious "Sea Crunch". This is a combination of honey teddy grahams, small pretzel sticks, M&Ms, raisins, cheese goldfish crackers. The children loved it! I didn't forget the cake. It was store bought with a lovely beach/pool theme.
ACTIVITY CENTERS: Not only were the kids allowed to splash around in the pool but I set up centers that the children could go to with the assistance of their parent(s) "Sand Jars": I cleaned small baby food jars for this activity. You can substitute with store bought glass jars. I purchased different flavors of presweetened cool-aid to replace the sand. We filled the jars with different flavors . After layering the cool aide we used toothpicks to make designs. We sealed the jars with the lids and wrote the child's name on the jar with a colorful paint pen "Super Cool Sun visors": I purchased some inexpensive sun visors at a dollar store. Each child was able to make a personalized visor r using paint pens, stickers and rhinestones "Bubble Mania": I found a great recipe for homemade bubbles. Mix 1 gallon of water, 1/2 cup Joy dish washing liquid and 1/4 glycerin( found in local pharmacy). Mix in a bowl or small bucket. I provided bubble wands and bubble blowers. "Treasure Hunt": before the children left, we had a "treasure hunt". I filled my daughters sand box with hidden treasures such as small balls, trucks, and water toys. Every child was lucky at finding a treasure! Water Fun: Of course there were activities for the "older crowd" such as water balloon toss, water limbo, and volleyball
PARTY FAVORS: I sent each kid off with a personalized sand bucket with shovel. It was filled with their treasures and crafts . I supplied them with some of the homemade bubbles in a sealed jar and a wand, sidewalk chalk, inexpensive sunglasses and a snack sized ziplock bag filled with some of the "Sea Crunch" Thank You Notes: I printed personalized thank you notes on card stock. on the front side of each card I attached a picture to the card to remind the guest of the fun time they had.