We threw a little birthday party for the girls while we were in Seattle last month. We couldn’t have done it with their wonderful Uncle and Auntie, who offered to have it at their house. Since their birthdays are only 3 weeks apart, we celebrated both 4 and 6 years old. This is the second time we have done a 2-in-1 party. I’m not sure how much longer we can get away with it, but for now, at a time when they share friends and don’t feel the need to hog the spotlight (too much)…it works.
We had a little beach-theme going on for this shin-dig. Their Grandma creates art with shells so she has an entire shed chock-full of these ocean beauties – and coming home to our little seaside town, it just seemed fitting.
Brown sugar made perfect “sand” to surround our sea-inspired cake.
Amazingly (yet somehow predictable) Mom had a fish net table cloth. Somehow, I’m sure you are not surprised. I said “ocean theme” and mom reaches into a closet and pulls out a fishing net. How does she do that?!
She also had a conch shell and a sea star that Dad collected while scuba diving off the coast of Honduras many years ago. They worked nicely with our table.
We set up an little activity table, where the kids enjoyed smashing shells into homemade play dough…and of course using the prettiest shells as “cake” decorations.
I got a little crafty too and made shell collecting bags as party favors (filled with a few shells to take home and Life Savers candy). I made the bags before we left and while my luggage was lost somewhere between Iceland and the United States, I thought the kids might go home empty handed. Thankfully, my luggage arrived and all the kiddos went home prepared for a summer of treasure collecting.
Here is a fun and easy tutorial on how I made these little shell collecting bags.
- Each bag was made with a 12×7 piece of soft window screen material.
- Sew fabric top and bottom to covered the raw edges
- Fold right-sides together and sew up both sides
- Turn right-side out
- Attach ribbon from one inside seam to the other for a handle
- Use fabric ink and alphabet stamps to create a word on the front of each bag