Emily’s 4th – Under The Sea

Emily’s 4th birthday party was pretty challenging. Like any 4 year old, she wanted anything and everything. Eventually, we settled on bubble guppies/under the sea for the theme and got to work.

I started with choosing the venue. Emily’s guest list included her entire nursery class of over 40 children plus family & friends so somewhere spacious was required. The Pentland Roadhouse, a venue local to Emily and her family was chosen.

Once I’d locked down the venue, I got to work on the entertainment. I started with hiring a bouncy castle, a children’s party classic.  I also decided to set up a craft table, a bubbles station, glitter tattoos and shark hoopla. There was also a little ball pool for the younger children.

Once the entertainment had been decided, it was time to think about food. I had a lot of fun creating the menu for Emily’s party. Everything from the ‘octopus’ hot dogs down to the ‘pufferfish’ popcorn was themed in some way. Seashell pasta salad, driftwood pretzel sticks, shark bait (fruit) and cookie oysters were amongst all the food on offer. Even the candy buffet was under the sea themed with haribo freaky fish, starfish & terrific turtles amongst the pickings. The highlight of the catering tables was without a doubt the watermelon sharks created by Emily’s grandfather! They looked spectacular.

The two tier cake was created by a friend of Emily’s family. It was so beautiful that nobody wanted to cut into it.

When it came to the décor, I wasn’t quite sure where to begin at first. My head was buzzing with so many different ideas. I started with green crepe paper to make coral. I also printed out some sealife images and pinned them up round the venue. Using some clear umbrellas, ribbon and bubble wrap, I made two octopuses and hung them above the dance floor. I also made octopuses from yellow paper lanterns and hung them throughout the venue.

My favourite part of the décor was the balloon arch. I used a garden arch as a base and added three different shades of blue balloons to it. Along the top I hung a paper lantern octopus and bunting spelling out Emily’s name. The arch got many compliments throughout the party.

The playlist was not a typical 4 year old’s party playlist. Emily is a pop punk fan so her playlist consisted of All Time Low, Andy Black, Panic at the Disco, You Me at Six, The Maine and The Summer Set with some chart and Disney hits scattered in between.

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