William celebrated his 9th birthday with a Shark Party at Taiora: QEII Swimming Pool.
We hired the fabulous party room to host our party.
William and a group of friends had an amazing time hydrosliding and swimming before relaxing in the party room with pizza and party treats.
The highlights of our party were:
– our shark jelly cups.
– the inflatable sharks.
– real shark tooth necklaces.
– custom shark cookies.
– our water inspired DIY streamer wall.
Shark Party Food
We kept the party food simple as we were at a venue with a time limit.
The kids enjoyed pizza first, which we had delivered to the party room.
After the pizza they enjoyed the dessert table which had jelly cups, cupcakes, shark cookies and lollies, followed of course by birthday cake.
Shark Birthday Cake
William’s dad made his birthday cake. William asked for a vanilla cake. We never had a great ‘go-to’ vanilla cake recipe so opted for a cake mix. This made it super easy. We baked two cakes ahead of the party and froze them until the morning of the party when ‘daddy cake baker’ added the ocean inspired fondant. William added the lego and shark toy to the top of his cake.
Shark Party Table Setting and Decorations
The focus of our shark party decorations was the streamer wall backdrop for the cake table. I have been admiring these for a while and was keen to have a go at making one. My full instructions on how to make a streamer wall are on the blog. The streamer wall was a great option for a venue away from home. We had limited time to set up so the prepared streamer wall made it easy. The inflatable sharks also helped set the scene.
Our shark party table setting included a table runner of glittering water (silver foil curtain) and shark fins (cardboard) swimming down it. We had shark jaws on the back of the chairs. These were made simply from white paper plates cut to form shark teeth and jaws. The kids loved our tableware from The Party Box Company, which featured awesome sharks.
Shark Party Fun
The kids had an amazing time at Taiora: QEII Pool. They swam and went hydrosliding for nearly two hours! In the party room they laughed and told funny stories while we opened presents and enjoyed the party food. The boys all took home a real shark tooth necklace that we made using sharks teeth, fuse wire and leather.
Our Shark Party Timetable went like this:
12.30pm guests arrived.
12.30-2pm swimming and hydrosliding.
1.30-2pm time for me to set up the party room and take photos.
2pm-2.50pm kids party room time.
3.15pm guests picked up.
Shark Party Invitations
I found these shark party invitations at Party World. William loved them and enjoyed writing out the details for each of his guests.
We loved our shark party. It was so easy using the venue and the kids all had a blast. Happy Shark Days William.
Shark Party Invitations: Party World NZ.
Tableware, custom shark birthday sign, inflatable shark and shark net: The Party Box Company.
Custom Shark Cookies: Karen’s Sugar Cookies.
Shark Lollies and cake decorating supplies: Kiwicakes
Streamers for DIY streamer wall: Look Sharp Store.
Shark print and large inflatable shark: The Warehouse.
Table Runner: Cardboard for shark fins and silver foil curtain: Warehouse Stationary.
William’s shark swim shorts and t-shirt: Farmers.
Genuine shark teeth for necklaces: Hettie’s Rock and Crystal Shop.
Vanilla cake mix and blue glitter jelly: Countdown.
Acrylic jelly cups: The Pretty Baker.
DIY streamer wall stand supplies: Bunnings
Venue: Taiora QEII Pool.