My little guy turned 8 this year. When asking him what he wanted to do this year for his birthday, all he wanted was a pool party. We just had a pool built at our house and my kids have been dying to swim. We’ve had some crazy California weather this year with lots of rain. Normally in our neck of the woods, we’d be in some steady hot weather, but this year we’ve been plagued by so many storms and record breaking amounts of water. Anyhow, I was nervous to plan a pool party with the chance it might’ve ended up being a rainy day. Luckily, we ended up having the hottest day of the season at 84 degrees. Woohoo! Swim on!
For this years party, and since he is a big kid now, I thought a shark party would be appropriate for an 8 year old boy. I took inspiration from the legendary Jaws movie poster, so that it wouldn’t be to baby-ish.
The theme’s design started with the invitation. I used shades of blue and included at watercolor texture in some of the water to give the design a little more depth. and sort of a darker deeper red, with grundgy font.
Here is my tablescape.
Goodie bags for the little guests were actually beach buckets. Included a beach ball, sunglasses, shark repellent (bubbles), a bag of goldfish, and a bag of gummy fish. Each bucket had a favor tag, thanking the guests for coming.
I designed some signage to post throughout the house and yard. Guests were greeted with a welcome sign at the front door. Then I put one more from the back slider door to the yard that read “Come on in the water is fine”. Alongside the pool, I put up these yellow shark siting warning signs. I am happy to report no one was attacked by sharks. Phew!
Shark Photo Prop
Somehow it wouldn’t be a special party without some crazy last minute DIY project. I made this photo prop out of a huge cardboard box the hubs had in the garage. I named him Bruce. Bruce is what they named all the mechanical sharks used in the movie in Jaws. I was a little skeptical of how it would turn out all handmade and hand painted, but ultimately I kinda loved it. So I basically took one side off and the top panels. Leave the bottom panels so that it stands up good and you have something to put weights on to make it more steady. I just used 2 bricks.
I wanted to mimic my invitation design, I drew it out first using chalk and cut the mouth out.
Then I just used acrylic paint to fill in. I have to say that because of the size, I started out painting this in the backyard, but a crazy windstorm decided to erupt and blew all kinds of dirt, branches and tree stuff all over the wet paint, so inside I went.
I used foam core for the teeth and just hot glued them in. If I had to do it over again, I would’ve used that soft flexible foam so that when the kids stick their heads through, it’s soft against their skin.
The finishing touch, I stapled a red plastic tablecloth to the inside top so it looks like the inside of a mouth