Happy Birthday Gianna!

Over the weekend we celebrated our little girl’s 2nd birthday with an “Under the Sea” themed water party in our backyard!  We chose this theme because after our May trip to Disneyland Gianna has been enthralled with “Little Mermaid”.  I wasn’t sold on the full on Disney themed party so we went more generic with “Under the Sea”, and included mermaids and lots of sea creatures.  With her birthday being in August we thought what better activities to go with a summer birthday and a sea theme at that, than a water party.  We covered the lawn with 2 blow up kid pools ($20 each at Wal-Mart), her water table, and tons of Dollar Store beach balls!  The kids had a blast and the adults had almost as much fun watching them.  Here some fun pics and details on the rest of the party, enjoy!

“Under the Sea” – 2nd Birthday Party!

Table Décor

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For the tables I used white plastic table clothes from the Dollar Store and topped them with fishing net I found at Beverly’s craft store.  For the center pieces I used large mason jars with filled with sand and seashells and inserted fun tags glued to craft sticks that I made using Avery print online.  You use the label templates, save them to your computer and can print them on cardstock, punch them out and back on decorative paper. I also bought cheap wood frames from Michael’s craft store, painted them “sea” colors, added some decorative stickers and displayed fun photos of Gianna throughout the year in them.

Back Yard –

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Along the fences I hung more fishing net and scattered sea shells and large foam sea creature stickers.  The banner I made also using Avery print online, and again saved the file to my computer and printed it on cardstock.  A trick I’ve learned for the background of these paper crafts is to copy and paste pictures of fabric from fabric.com, sometimes you have to edit them a bit but when set as the background they usually turn out pretty cool.  We also used some sea themed party décor (paper balls, streamers, hanging fans etc) that I found in our party colors at Party City.  Finally as I mentioned above the lawn was covered with blow up pools, a water table and lots of beach balls and sand/water toys!

Food –

For this party we went pretty simple.  We did appetizers brought by some of my fabulous friends, and kid friendly munchies: Pirate’s Booty, Goldfish, and Veggie Sticks.  Later we served pulled chicken sandwiches made in the crockpot.  One was BBQ flavored and the other a Buffalo Wing flavor.  We served them on Hawaiian rolls with cole slaw and picnic salads provided by Gianna’s grandma and two of her great-grandmas.  For dessert I wanted to do something fun and different.  I came up the idea of a homemade sorbet popscicle and took to pinterest in search of a recipe. I found this one http://livingnaturallyraw.com/mango-kiwi-raspberry-pops/ and modified it to just raspberry and mango with a bit of homemade simple syrup.  My amazing mom made them all for us and they were a huge hit! *Side note, the adults later used them to make cocktails by putting them in a cup with some vodka, ice and soda water.

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It was a great party with a very happy little birthday girl!

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