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Looking for a party theme that has “little boys” written all over it?! Well this Gone Fishing Party submitted by Louise Sanders of Sunshine Parties out of Durban/ KwaZulu Natal/ South Africa is sure to take the icing on the cake for a party centered around just that- boys!

Gone Fishing Birthday Party

Complete with a darling printable package and sweet necessities any fisherman would love; this party is truly a fisherman’s party haven; check it out!

Here are the party ideas + elements you will want to reel in from this darling celebration:

  • Fish cookies
  • Fishing bobber pops
  • Sea green petal cake adorned with a mini fish garland attached to stick posts
  • Tackle box favors
  • Fish banner + garland
  • Sweets placed in mini coolers
  • Bobber drink labels
  • and MORE!

Party Styling: Louise Sanders of Sunshine Parties

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Gone Fishing Party Details

This is what Louise shared about styling the party- “Boys and fishing rods…it seems they are born wired to have a life-long love affair with them! William (my middle baba), has a particular affinity for all things fishing so when it came to his 4th birthday, I knew he would love a “Gone Fishing” themed party….So here it is!

William’s Fishing Hole This Way >>>

I chose a small table again for the party – small tables seem to work best as the decor fits well and you don’t have to load the table up with too much cake and candy. I used an old wooden crate to create height for the cake as well as a galvanized cake stand that my friend, Taryn, made for me. Other table accents included lanterns, fishing nets, a printable sign, tin boxes, red and white floats and red coolers.

I used hessian for the backdrop and a large fish bunting – we just used double sided table to the attached the fish to the string and the fish to the hessian. Oh glorious double-sided tape – I don’t go anywhere without it

Let’s look at some of the detail…

We made little canoes to hold some candy “oars” – the canoes are printable and we just used a glue gun to stick and assemble. A friend lent me this old picnic basket and I used it to accent the front of the table together with the rope peeping out and the “Gone Fishing” sign.

I bought some blue sports juice and diluted it with water to get this pretty blue “lake water” color. Those are plastic goldfish at the bottom just in case you were wondering!

And then we have pond punch with its characteristic green color. Again, I just bought some green juice, diluted it with water and decorated with red and white floats.

Front view…because Pond Punch deserves top and front view, right??

All the labels, signs and bunting were from our Gone Fishing party set.

Aaaah the fishing party favors! These tackle boxes were so much fun to put together and the kids went “reely” mad for them. Each of the 18 little compartments were filled with one sweet and then the box was wrapped with string, fish and thank-you tag as well as these miniature red and white bobbers or floats or whatever you want to call them. Either way, they are too cute!

Note the fishing bag and wooden log in the background – when setting up a party always remember to raid your cupboards and search for anything that could possibly go with the theme. It is amazing what you can find. And if your stash is a little dismal, raid your best friend’s cupboard – she’ll understand!

We got a school of fish sugar cookies made which looked very handsome when placed in the red cooler. The kids devoured them, naturally!

When I first decided on doing a fishing party and had been given the thumbs up from young William, I had a little terrified moment where I thought, what on earth am I going to do for the cake??!?!? I can’t do fondant fish or boats or anything fancy so I went with something over-the-top simple. You can never go wrong when you keep things simple. I made a delicious chocolate layer cake and then tried this frosting technique on the outside (with the help of my party pal Cath) – which may look like waves or scales, the interpretation is in the eye of the beholder so I’ll leave it up to you!

I tried to make the top look like waves and the mini bunting and cake topper sign worked well to add a little color and fun. I used chocolate shavings for the “sand” around the sticks.

You gotta have a bait box at your fishing table! Mandatory!!

I could eat marshmallow fish all day long? You?

Mud pies lovingly made by Cath…

Cake pop floats/bobbers for a dash of color.

I set the adult table up with tarts, cheese platters and lots of flowers.

I love this pic of my birthday boy blowing out his candles…this is the deep breath in; cameras waiting in suspense.”

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5 Comments
  1. Maggie says:

    Love this! So cute! Where did you get the tackle boxes for the favors?

  2. Tiffany says:

    Where did you find the tackle boxes??

    • Mandy Bradshaw says:

      Hi Tiffany! This isn’t a Kara’s Party Ideas party, so your best bet is to reach out directly to the party stylist. Her name and link are in the first paragraph of the party post. XOXO!

  3. Sydney says:

    Is there a svg file or something for the fish you made out of cardstock?

    • Mandy Bradshaw says:

      Thanks for reaching out!! This isn’t a Kara’s Party Ideas party, so your best bet is to reach out directly to the party stylist. Her name and link are in the first paragraph of the party post. You can also check the vendor list in the post. XOXO!