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Ocean Party with Dolphin Cake & Mermaid Pinata

Posted by Kyle Design on November 14, 2013

How to Create an Ocean Party with Dolphin Birthday Cake & Fun Games for Kids

Ocean Party with Jumping Dolphins Cake for Kayden’s 8th. July 2007. This was a fun-filled slumber party with many ocean themed activities.

mermaidpinata.jpgMermaid Pinata

  • Started with a Mermaid pinata from a local Mexican grocery store that has a great selection of unusual shapes.
  • Dressed her up a bit using sparkling metallic wrapping paper and clip art facial features.

Shop for Unique Nautical Gifts and Decor.

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kelpbed.jpgKelp Bed Decorations for Ocean Party

  • Tape multi-colored blue, green and yellow crepe paper streamers to the ceiling of the room the kids will be sleeping in (for slumber parties) or in a play room.
  • Open the window or turn on a ceiling fan so the kelp can sway and move in the “currents”. Let the kids know they will be sleeping in the kelp bed!

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dolphinscake.jpgDolphin Cake

I created a 3D dolphin cake with raised mother and calf dolphins jumping over the waves. Click on Dolphin Cake Instructions for cake making directions and pattern pieces.

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Make Your Own Fish-Shaped Pizzas

  • Using bread dough such as Bridgeford, let dough rise according to directions. Punch down. Shape bread dough into fish shaped blanks and pre-cook for 10 minutes.
  • Have each child decorate their fish with pizza sauce, pesto, cheese, pepperoni, and any other favorite ingredients.
  • Bake an additional 10 minutes and serve.

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tapeclues.jpgTreasure Hunt Game

  • Created treasure hunt clip art “clues” from Microsoft Clip Art Galleryand various photos of sea animals.
  • Place clip art pictures around the house and yard that hold clues on the back. Clues indicate location of next clue. We had about 30 clues for this age group.
  • Be sure to put out decoy pictures as well to mix things up or add text clues such as Octopus when you have more than one octopus picture up on the walls.
  • Wear out the kids by alternating clues inside and outside, upstairs and downstairs.

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clueback.jpgMoving Targets

Created “clues” from clip art and photos of ocean animals.

  • Hide prizes for all the kids in the final location – we used a bread drawer this time, but a washing machine is also a good hiding place for prizes. We stashed the party favor bags plus some dolphin squirt guns they could play with as the party wound down.
  • I even taped one roaming clue taped to my back! My husband caught a photo of Kayden just at the moment she found of it.

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oceanmermaid.jpgMermaid Decorations

The Ocean Party came to life with a Mermaid pinata “caught” in a real fish net, turquoise tablecloth pinned to the wall, and a sea life scene tablecloth taped to the lower portion of the wall.

  • Strung blue and green colored streamers from the ceiling.
  • After covering the table with turquoise tablecloth, we added ocean themed party supplies such as cups, napkins and plates, plus flatware in blues and greens.
  • We covered the chairs with blue and green felt. Inexpensive felt yardage is available at fabric stores. We even had dolphin switch plates on the walls.
  • Decorated the kitchen walls with an ocean scene imprinted plastic table cover and a turquoise plastic table cover above it. Drew paper fish and used clip art for the finishing touches.
  • Hung up a real fish net and “caught” the mermaid in it.

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waterballoonraces.jpgOcean Party Games

  • Water Balloon Races: Mark a course with chalk or orange cones before the fun begins. Have kids race by running a course with water balloonsalternately tucked under their chins, under their arms and between their legs. Kids can’t touch the balloons with their hands. If the balloon falls and breaks, you’re out. If it survives, pick it up and keep going. Big Hit!
  • Sand Castle Pit: Fill a 4′ round hard plastic kids swimming pool with sand. Add water and supply buckets, spoons and cups as sand castlebuilding tools. Keeps children who are not participating in other events entertained.

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pintaledolphin.jpgPin The Tail on the Dolphin

All the kids enjoyed playing pin the tail on the dolphin – traditional with a twist.

  • Used Dolphin clip art but mixed things up by using tails from all sorts of animals – mermaid, tiger, horse, whale, peacock, dragon, etc., for the kids to try to place in the correct spot. Very funny results!

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dolphins-bookmarkers.jpgWildlife Themed Gifts

If you’d like to see our pet and wildlife themed gifts and decor, go to Creative Animal Gifts where we have unique ideas for more than 40 creatures. Categories include Dolphins, Mermaids, Tropical Fish, Sea Turtlesand Whales.

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Panda Party with Yin Yang Birthday Cake

Posted by Kyle Design on November 14, 2013

Giant Panda Party with Yin Yang Birthday Cake

panda-pinata.jpgUnique Yin Yang birthday cake, giant panda pinata and bamboo decorations for Kayden’s 5th birthday. March 2004.

Panda Pinata

I created a giant panda pinata by transforming a lion pinata purchased from a local Mexican grocery store. (They usually have an extensive choice of pinatas from which to work.) Starting with packages of black and white tissue, I sliced folded lengths of tissue paper using my fringe template from my sewing supplies. I glued these on with glue stick and then added black construction paper eyes, mouth and nose.

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Homemade Yin Yang Cake Instructions

yingyangcake.jpgBake 2 cakes – one white, one chocolate.
Switch layers, with chocolate on the bottom and white on the top.
To create the curve of the yin yang design, fold up a 15″ long piece of aluminum foil (Reynold’s Release foil works great for this) until it is only about 1″ high to create a 15″ x 1″ piece of stiff aluminum that will hold its shape.
Use the Yin Yang pattern (at bottom of this page) to bend the aluminum into the correct “S” curve shape.
Grease aluminum strip, then bend to fit pattern.
Lay on top of cake.
Frost one side with white frosting, the other with dark chocolate, pushing it right up to foil pattern.
When done, remove foil, then gently push frosting together along seam line.
For dots, use black and white M&Ms or mints. I used the York mints and just frosted the top of one with white.
Scroll to bottom for free printable yin yang cake pattern.
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Panda Party Decorations

panda-party.jpgOn the invitations, we asked all the kids to wear black and white clothing to the party which really added to the atmosphere. We found a black and white zebra print plastic table cloth and plastic utensils to set the stage. Next we created yin yang party plates. Start with two packages of white plates and one package of black party plates (depending upon amount needed – you’ll only need half as many black plates). Cut the black plates in the “S” curve of the yin yang pattern, then overlap one half onto a white plate and glue in place. Finish them out with white and black adhesive label dots. We bought white label dots and colored them in the yin yang pattern and placed a couple on every paper cup. We asked a friend to bring some bamboo cuttings from their yard to place in the corners of the room, added black and white streamers and pulled out all the stuffed panda animals that we had to complete the decor. For goody bags we assembled cellophane bags of black and white jelly beans tied off with black and white curling ribbons, and tucked these inside zebra striped purses along with an animal print bandanna (both available from Oriental Trading.)

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Treasure Hunt Game

This is a very popular activity. We had a treasure hunt with black and white animal pictures (zebras, cats, dogs, skunks, tigers, etc., and of course lots of pandas). Download images or photos (there are many good free clip art sites) of the animals and print both a small clue-sized version of each one you plan to use in addition to a large one. Fold up a small clue and tape it behind the next large picture. Tape up the large pictures around the house and yard. (Be sure to add false clues so they can’t skip ahead.) I recommend writing down the clue list and numbering each one so you are sure to keep them in the right order. Set aside the starting small clue to give them at the start of the game. The prise at the end consisted of inexpensive stuffed panda beanie baby-like toys that we’d found. (The dryer is a always a good hiding place for the treasure.) The kid’s even enjoyed re-hiding the clues afterward for more fun on their own.

Panda Keepsake Gift


panda-nitelites.jpgSurprise the birthday girl or birthday boy with a keepsake gift from his or her panda party – this Panda Night Light from Kyle Design is sure to make a memorable keepsake from this themed party. Shop other unique panda gifts for other gift ideas.
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Panda Bookark Party Favors

panda-silverbookmarks.jpgSend each of your child’s friends home with a personalized panda party favor bookmark – available in different colors for each party guest.
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Free Printable Yin Yang Cake Pattern

Print out the Yin Yang pattern here:

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