This incredible SURF SHACK + UNDERWATER ADVENTURE BIRTHDAY PARTY was submitted by Shannon Qualls of Parties and Potty Training
This is such a fun party theme! I especially love all of the cute cupcakes and cakes! I also love the awesome coral reef table! This party is so great and full of really cute ideas that would work perfectly for any underwater adventure!
My favorite Surf Shack + Underwater Adventure party ideas and elements from this awesome birthday celebration are:
- The cute cupcake toppers
- The fun sea creature exploratory cakes full of candy
- The awesome shark and turtle cakes
- The cute surf signs
- and MORE!
Event Styling and Coordination: Shannon Qualls of Parties and Potty Training
Photography: Greg Qualls, Gloriane Ortega and Abigal Garcia
Printables: Matthew Carlson
Cake and Cupcakes: Kim Garcia of Kims Cake Studio
Popcorn: Walkers Popcorn
Straws: Shop Sweet Lulu
Plastic bottles: Karas Party Ideas
Paper Lanterns: Karas Party Ideas and Oriental Trading Company
Ice Cream Cups and Alphabet Letters: The Tomkat Studio
Blue/White Cabana Fabric: Carousel Designs
Acrylic Cupcake Holder: Pastry Pedestal
Party Favors: Target and Oriental Trading
Party Shirts: Carters (alterations by mother in law)
Drink Dispensers and Lifeguard Drink Stand: Pottery Barn
Surf Shack + Underwater Adventure Party Details:This is what Shannon said about planning/styling the party-
“My two oldest boys birthdays are two days apart. This year we decided to do a joint birthday party because I was having our youngest son a month before. I wanted to have two distinct parties in one, so I chose a Surf Shack theme for my younger son and an Underwater Adventure for my older son- meshing the beach and the ocean.
Taking advantage of their summer birthdays, we rented a spray park for the event and had about 40 minutes for set up. With a team of great friends and family, we were able to pull it off just as guests were arriving. The best part of the event? Built in activity! Kids came ready to cool down and play in the water.
I wanted the seating area to feel like guests were under the sea, so we created paper lantern fish, jellys and sharks and hung them from the umbrellas as well as from the canopy of the custom coral reef dessert table.
I love serving meals at birthday parties, but because of the time that the spray park was available for private parties, it didnt make sense. Instead we opted for yummy snacks. Masons Surf Shack served snacks of veggie cups with ranch or hummus, Gold Fish, Sun Chips (fish and chips), and fresh fruit. I wanted to keep it light and fresh since we had so many yummy desserts to devour!
For Reef-freshments we served Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade and water. Since lemonade is my boys favorite refreshment, my mom squeezed all of the lemons the day before and made the rest from scratch. Water was a no brainer since it is always refreshing in NM heat. It was a good thing we packed extra water too because it was one of the hottest days on record!
For the dessert table I KNEW I wanted something different. I have had an idea in my mind for a few years of creating a coral reef table, but couldnt get my husband to commit to making it (it had to be him. I dream it, he builds it). This year he finally agreed to do it and figured out how to make it.
Asas Underwater Adventure boasted a shark cake with a treasure beach ball, turtle cake, octopus cupcakes (with a surprise inside!), starfish rice crispy treats, under the sea creature sugar cookies, coral reef popcorn and homemade ice cream.
When working with Kim, our cake lady, I knew that I wanted to use The Pastry Pedestal for something different and unique. We decided to create an octopus whose tentacles rested on the different cupcakes. It looked amazing, but alas- the heat won and we placed the cupcakes on the coral reef so they wouldnt melt all over.
Since it was my oldest sons golden birthday, we had a custom octopus piñata made. It was HUGE! The kids had so much fun trying to break it open. My husband ended up having to take a turn with the bat to release the candy.
For favors we did bubbles (found at Target), under the sea squirt guns, and sand toys I found in the dollar section at Target”.
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