Make It Yourself: Try This Under the Sea-Themed Party for Your Kid’s Next Birthday Bash

You’ll definitely get some bites when you put out these tasty ocean-inspired treats.

 

2015 Make It Under The Sea Party Photo Karen Db Photography

We turned green streamers and orange balloons into underwater decorations. Photo: Karen DB Photography

 

Little mermaids, fishing fans, swimmers and any beach babies will love these crafts and favors that take them to the seashore. Decorate the table with fishing nets, rubber lures or anything else that gets you in the nautical mood.

 

Here are the step-by-step guides to our sea-worthy snacks for our Under the Sea party.

 

Goldfish Marshmallows

 

Photo: Karen DB Photography

 

Ingredients

  • Marshmallows
  • Vanilla candy coating (We used Log House CandiQuick found at Target)
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Blue food coloring
  • Mini goldfish crackers
  • Graham crackers, crushed
  • White pearl nonpareils

 

Directions

  1. Place a marshmallow on the end of each lollipop stick. You can also use colored straws or long pretzel sticks.
  2. Lay out the bowl of graham cracker crumbs, mini goldfish and nonpareils.
  3. Melt the candy coating according to package directions. Add a few drops of blue food coloring and mix until desired color is reached.
  4. Dip a marshmallow into the coating and let the excess drip off.
  5. The coating dries quickly. So, immediately dip the end of the coated marshmallow into the crushed graham crackers. Set on waxed paper to dry.
  6. While the coating is still wet, place a mini goldfish and add a few white pearl nonpareils as bubbles.
  7. Repeat with remaining marshmallows.

 

Thanks to seevanessacraft.com for the idea.

 


 

Boating Gelatin

 

Make It Under the Sea Party

Photo: Karen DB Photography

 

Ingredients

  • Blue gelatin
  • Clear plastic cups
  • Gummy orange slices
  • Gummy fish
  • Toothpicks
  • Paper for sails

 

These are best assembled right before displaying instead of letting the decorations refrigerate overnight.

 

Directions

  1. Make gelatin according to the package directions and pour into the plastic cups.
  2. While the gelatin is setting, make sails for the boats by cutting out triangles from the paper and gluing it to the toothpicks.  Tip: we printed our own paper by looking up free patterns online.
  3. Once the gelatin is set, attach the sails to the gummy orange slices and place them on top of the dessert in each cup. If you like, add gummy fish or sharks as well.

 

Thanks to aprilrosenthal.com for the inspiration.

 


 

Bell Pepper Octopus

 

Make It Under the Sea Party

Photo: Karen DB Photography

 

Ingredients

  • Orange bell pepper
  • Sliced olives
  • Favorite white dip (ranch, dill, etc.)

 

Directions

  1. Slice the bell pepper in half, from stem to bottom. Then cut each piece horizontally, about 1/3 of the way down from the stem.
  2.  Take the biggest piece for the head and create the eyes. Pierce the pepper with the tip of a knife and rotate the knife to create a circular indentation.  Insert an olive slice and add a dab of dip in the center for the eye. Repeat on the other side.
  3. Cut the remaining bell pepper into ¼” thick slices for the legs. Place around the dip. Add a tray of other cut veggies for the kids to enjoy!

 

Photos: Karen DB Photography

 


 

Other snack ideas

  • Mix up potato chips and the remaining goldfish crackers for “Fish and Chips”
  • Toss some gummy rings into a bowl as life preservers.
  • Cut your favorite sandwiches into sea shapes.