This year for my boys’ joint birthday party we went with a shark theme. The boys didn’t really have their hearts set on anything special (okay, my oldest would have done another superhero party like last year, and my youngest would have done something construction related…but I wanted to do something new :)), so we sat down at the computer and browsed through the birthday party invitations on Pear Tree’s site for inspiration. They immediately loved the mask designs and especially the shark theme! And so, the planning began…
Although the Shark Mask Kids Birthday Invitation didn’t require any photos, I still wanted to do a mini photo shoot with the boys so we could have photos displayed on the day of the party. I found the perfect shirts and we were set!
Once we had our theme, the décor and party items came together pretty quickly. I ordered matching ‘Shark’ table décor and posters, then pulled the red and aqua colors from the invite into the serving pieces wherever I could.
I also ordered extra invites to use as photo booth props during the party. We taped red paper straws to the invitations to turn them into easy to use photo booth props. The kids thought they were so much fun! I made an ‘ocean’ backdrop for the photo booth using twisted aqua streamers to look like waves.
Plain gray party favor bags were transformed into hammerhead sharks by adding extensions to the top of the bag for the googly eyes, and adding the shark’s mouth, cut out from a few pieces of the party décor. I also ordered delicious shark- and ocean-themed cake pops, and made shark shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, which were a hit with the kids AND adults!
Thank you cards are always an important part of our birthday parties, and the boys loved the coordinating design. We added a little extra personality with the ‘bite me’ stickers!