If you follow me over on Facebook you saw a few sneak peeks of Cupcake’s 3rd birthday whale party that we had on Saturday. When I started thinking about a theme for her birthday party I of course went straight to Pinterest and started looking around. I thought about a garden party, or a fairy party, but the theme Under the Sea seemed like the winner. But as I started planning (and kept in mind her interests) it became clear that the theme couldn’t be under the sea. It had to be narrowed down even further to whales. This girl is obsessed with whales. She has two whale bathtub toys that she takes with her almost everywhere she goes. And you can often hear her making whale calls from the backseat of the car. Ah-ooooo-ah!!!!
It all started with the invites, which I created in Stampin’ Up!‘s My Digital Studio. (And it might end with similar looking thank you’s.)
I went with blue and orange for our colors. I absolutely adore Riley Blake’s fabric so I was so excited to use some to make her party dress. I also made Pumpkin a coordinating romper using this tutorial from Make It & Love It.
One of her requests for her party was that she have a party hat. I couldn’t find any coordinating party hats, so I had to make one. I unassembled a paper party hat, covered it with fabric, glued it back together, attached a thicker piece of elastic, added some trim and a pom pom and she had herself a party hat.
We had a midday party so we had some light refreshments. Chicken salad and croissants, whale PB&Js for the kids, chips, crackers, salsa, fruit and not pictured veggies and cheese.
I was pretty excited when I found these whale crackers in the dollar section at Target!
The whale shaped PB&J sandwiches were a hit with the kids. I used a cookie cutter from Sweet Estelle’s Baking Supply on Etsy. It was the perfect size for cutting two whales from each sandwich.
Dessert! My favorite part. I ruffled the streamers and hung them the whole length of the wall and added the balloons down the side (because I ran out of streamers). We had cookies and cake this year. And I also put the goody bags on this table.
And there are a few plush whales scattered about. Those were from Oriental Trading Company and there was one for each kid in their goody bag.
I used some leftover fabric to stitch up a drawstring goody bag for each of the kids who came to the party. I also took some white fabric and stenciled their first initial on it and stitched it to the front of the bag. That P right there in front? That one is for Sweetey Petey.
I made cut out cookies with the whale cookie cutter and a scalloped square cutter and decorated them with royal icing. The cookies are always a hit. There were very few leftover (and now they’re all gone!).
This is my first tiered cake! I could have gotten away with a smaller cake (we have a lot of leftovers!) but I was really eager to try my hand at a tiered one. I went with the messy frosting technique since I wanted it to look like water. I used leftover royal icing from the cookies and a leaf tip to make the seaweed. I piped it onto wax paper a few days ahead of time and let it dry. I had to carefully pry them off the wax paper to attach them to the cake. I’m glad I made way more than I thought I would need because I broke quite a few along the way. I then used some Sixlet Pearls I found at HomeGoods as my bubbles. I added a whale bathtub squirt toy to the top and some brown sugar around the bottom. I was so happy with how it turned out. And it’s a good thing, too, since I waited until the morning of the party to decorate it and I was the only one home with a fussy baby at the time (luckily I put her on my back in the woven wrap and she slept the whole time!).
The kids had fun playing with balloons, playing on the swingset, chasing the bubbles that came out of the bubble machine and with a pullstring pinata. Another of Cupcake’s requests was a pinata, so I figured I’d have to make one because the chance of finding a whale pinata would be nil, but I lucked out and found this pullstring pinata at Celebrate Express. It was perfect! I was worried that 3 year olds would have a hard time opening a regular pinata, so this was just what we needed. It was filled with jelly bracelets, bouncy balls, whale squirt toys (also from Celebrate Express and the same as what was used on top of the cake), and of course candy! The kids used their goody bags to collect their pinata finds.
Of course we sang Happy Birthday. Pumpkin must have thought we were singing to her because she absolutely lit up when everyone started singing. Cupcake got all bashful. The big girl made a wish and blew out her candle and we all dived in to the cake and ice cream. She opened all her wonderful gifts and spent more time with family and friends who were so great for taking time out of their day (or weekend!) to celebrate.
The party turned out great. Cupcake said it was the best birthday party she’d ever seen. And that just melts my heart.
Happy 3rd birthday, Cupcake!
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