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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.

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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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Ocean Party with Dolphin Birthday Cake is a Success!

Posted by Kyle Design on July 25, 2007

This weekend we created an underwater world for Kayden’s 8th birthday party.Jumping Dolphins Birthday Cake Rather than have it strictly be a Dolphin Party, my daughter wanted to mix things up a bit and opted for an Ocean Party. Highlights included a Jumping Dolphins Birthday Cake, mermaid pinata, ocean treasure hunt and kelp bed. We really enjoy putting on a party that has personality and is fun and different. Here’s what we did:

I’m not a professional cake decorator, but I enjoy coming up with cute birthday cake ideas and my girls appreciate the creativity. For this homemade dolphin cake, I baked one large sheet cake and two separate dolphins that I placed on top. For complete instructions and the pattern pieces that you can download, go to Dolphin Cake Instructions. The colorful accents on the cake are edible hard sugar decorations in the shape of sea creatures – dolphins, sea horses, fish and starfish – that we got from The Party Works. The kids loved crunching on them!

The only special tools you need are the sheet cake pans – I show you photos of how to do everything else. I used the cake and frosting recipes off the back of the Pillsbury Softasilk cake flour box. They were delicious and really no more work than a package mix, but with no trans fats. We really are trying to cut trans fats completely out of our diet, and store bought cakes, cake mixes and frostings are a great place to start.

Mermaid PinataWe bought the 3-1/2′ high mermaid pinata from a local Mexican grocery store. They always have great shapes to work with and the pinatas are really cheap, too! But being an artist, I couldn’t just use the mermaid straight from the store and so reworked it with new clip art eyes, mouth, dolphin earrings and seashells in her palms. I gave her a fresh new bra top and tissue paper sea flowers in her hair and at her waist. I then added sparkly wrapping paper accents to the basic green crepe paper fish scales. I stuck the wrapping paper on our double side adhesive sheets, cut out large fingernail shaped pieces and and had my daughter stick them on. You can use glue sticks, too, but with the adhesive paper there is no sticky mess so you are less likely to tear the crepe paper.

For party decorations, we transformed the kitchen area by taping up plastic sheeting imprinted with an ocean theme along with solid turquoise sheeting above that. It gave a cool blue cast to everything (and everyone!) in the room. We got the coral reef room setter from online party supply store Party America along with an “authentic looking” fish net. We hung up the fishing net with the mermaid (pinata) “caught” in it.

This was a slumber party, so we decided that the kids had to sleep in a “kelp bed“. 😉Kelp Bed Party Decorations for Ocean Theme Party Ideas We created this by taping up various ocean colored crepe paper streamers to the ceiling of the room in which they were going to be sleeping. We had the length end about 18″ – 24″ from the ground so that it wouldn’t tickle the kids later on while they were in their sleeping bags. We opened the windows and turned on the ceiling fan so the breeze would make the “kelp” the sway in the ocean currents. The kids loved it!

The treasure hunt was a huge hit. I taped up clip art clues all around the house as well as the yard. Behind each one I taped the clue to the next image. It is amazing how quickly they memorize the location of all the pictures, so I moved them around at the last minute to mess with the kids’ memories. We also had water balloon races and a sandcastle pit.

For more party tips, photos, games and suggestions, visit the Ocean Party Ideas page where I offer all my tricks for throwing a great party. All the kids said they had a really good time. Success!

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