Tuesday, June 24, 2014

under the sea birthday party - part 1

A few weeks ago, some of my husband's family happened to be in town the same weekend as my family.  This does not happen very often so we decided to get everyone together and host a BBQ at our place.  The timing also happened to be relatively close to my niece's birthday so a few days before the BBQ, the get together also turned into a surprise birthday party for her.

For those of you who host or entertain a lot, you know that hosts manage to accumulate decorations throughout the process.  Therefore, it was pretty easy to recycle a few of the decorations and also make a quick trip to the Dollar Tree to pick up a few new ones.  My niece LOVES swimming so we made the BBQ a pool party with an "Under the Sea" theme to it.

On the front door, I hung two wreaths I had from the bird themed baby shower I hosted for a friend {see here}.  I flipped the wreaths upside down and added a couple of cute signs I found at the Dollar Tree.

For the dining table, I put a plastic tablecloth (left over from the same baby shower) under the table runner that is usually on the table.  

I filled two square glass vases left over from our wedding {see here} with the seashells from the centerpiece that is usually on our dining table {see here}.

To play along with the theme, I added blue glass gems and Finding Nemo toys to small round vases.  The gems and toys were all from the Dollar Tree.  The vases were left overs from the circus themed baby shower I hosted {see here} and are also from the Dollar Tree.

I also added a few pictures of the birthday girl on the table with landscape frames I found at Michael's.  The four frames on the dining room buffet are Ikea Tolsby frames that are also from the circus themed baby shower {see here}.  

I also hung up some decorations on the candle sconces in the dining room that I originally used on our fireplace at the bird baby shower {see here}.  


Unfortunately, below is the best picture I have of the main decorations in the dining room.  Across the top of the window, I hung the banner I made last summer for a friend's birthday party {see here}.  The paper lanterns and hanging fans are also recycled from the bird themed baby shower {see here}.  

To go along with the theme, I added ribbon to the bottom of the paper lanterns so they would look kind of like jellyfish.  I also added wiggly eyes (from Michael's) and fins and lips (cut out from card stock) to the circular fans to make them look like fish. 

The wooden letters were a gift for the birthday girl to put in her room.  You can get the letters at Michael's.  After spray painting the letters pink, I simply added stickers that went along with the theme.  

For outside, I bought a few inflatable animals from the Dollar Tree to stick in the pool.

Finally, to get an "Under the Sea" effect outside, I hung up some fish cut-outs with paper streamers off the balcony.  The cut-outs were from the Dollar Tree.

Check in later this week and I'll share some pictures of the food from the party!

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