I’m very excited to share this Under the Sea birthday party with you that I put together for my daughter’s birthday!
Under the Sea Birthday Party Decorations
I used turquoise and white for the party colors to give everything a nice soft natural look. I wanted the tables to have an ocean feel to them, so I covered them in layers of tulle and net.
I scattered sea shells, starfish, and small flat round glass marbles that reminded me of bubbles all over the tables to add to the ocean and under the sea birthday party theme.
I used small metal crab name card holders from Pottery Barn to hold the names of the food. I created the printable signs and all of the food signs with waves on them so they coordinated and matched.
I made a handful of these hanging paper lantern jellyfish that really added to the party theme. The kids at the party were mesmerized with these!
I love the way the long jellyfish tendrils would slightly flutter in the breeze. You can find the paper lantern jellyfish tutorial HERE.
Under the Sea Birthday Party Treats
There are so many sweet treats you can serve at an ocean party! One of the most popular ocean treats at the party was the homemade edible ocean sea glass.
I made a hard candy that you can suck on (I made them mint flavored), but look EXACTLY like pieces of sea glass that have been battered around by the ocean waves. You definitely want to check out the edible sea glass recipe and directions if you’re throwing an ocean birthday party!
I even made them look frosty, like real sea glass! These are very easy to make, but are very impressive to serve for an ocean or under the sea birthday party. Everyone loved them!
They looked great with the chocolate sea shells that I made from a plastic seashell chocolate mold.
These too were very easy, but looked great on the table. I mixed graham cracker crumbs with brown sugar underneath some of the food to make it look like sand and add to the ocean feel.
I made these fun oyster cookies with a “pearl” in the middle, and they were a hit!
I made some homemade “salt water” suckers in two different shapes using this homemade suckers recipe I shared with you. There was no salt water inside, I just liked the name.
“Seaweed” popcorn was such a pretty color and was easy to make using this colored popcorn recipe.
You’ll never guess what the secret ingredient is that gives the popcorn its’ color!
I made this cute sign and placed it in front of the candy and treats, along with some small blue baking cups that matched perfectly. The kiddos all loved filling up their cups with candy themselves!
The kids devoured all the gummy sharks very quickly. And what under the sea birthday party would be complete without salt water taffy? I bought the turquoise, blue, and white colored taffy to go with the party colors.
Under the Sea Birthday Party Dinner
The tacos were absolutely delicious, and it was easy to put together since I did all of the prep work ahead of time. Plus, everyone could make their own the way that they like it.
Under the Sea Birthday Party Cake
After dinner came the ocean cake. I just love how it turned out! I made a lovely four layer hombre cake with each layer being a different color of turquoise and blue.
I added more graham cracker and brown sugar “sand” to the top of the cake, along with some chocolate shells.
Please excuse the darkness of this picture. By the time all the kids got out of the pool to sing happy birthday and cut the cake it was already dark outside!
Under the Sea Birthday Party Outfit
And now for my sweet birthday girl. I made her a starfish barrette with just a starfish, some tulle, a clip, and some hot glue. I also made her a freezer paper stenciled shirt with a dolphin and her name on it using the freezer paper stencil tutorial I shared with you.
She wore a blue tutu as well that her sister wore for her Minnie Mouse party. I try to make a shirt or outfit for the birthday boy or girl to wear to make them feel extra special!
I didn’t plan any games for the party since all the kids swam for hours after we ate, which made it easy for me and probably more fun for the kids.
The party was a huge success, and I had so much fun planning it!
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to ask below. I hope you enjoyed all the fun details of this under the sea birthday party!
For more creative party ideas, check out my son’s Jungle Safari party!
From free printable safari passes to a homemade base camp where the kids get outfitted, this party is tons of fun.
See how you can decorate inexpensively with Duck tape like I did for my daughter’s Minnie Mouse zebra print birthday party.