Life under the ocean has always provided a source of mystery and sparked the curiosity of both kids and adults, showcased in popular culture via movies like "The Little Mermaid," "Splash," "Finding Nemo" and "Jaws." Creating a party that feels more like an undersea adventure will inspire the imaginations of children, not only giving them an experience they've most likely never had, but will provide a platform for make-believe games and the opportunity to reinvent themselves as mermaids, fish, dolphins, sharks or a number of other sea creatures.
Items you will need
- White slips of paper
- 10- to 12-inch-high glass bottles
- Aquatic auto-rotating night light
- Ocean-themed movie
- Ocean-sounds recording
- Aquatic-themed food or seafood
Create a basic invitation on a white slip of paper. Smudge the ink a little, as though the invitation has been wetted by ocean water. Roll up each of the invitations and stick them in glass bottles. Sprinkle a little sand in each glass bottle and replace the cap. Distribute each "message in a bottle" in person to the parents of each invited guest.
Dim the lights of the room where the party will be and set up an auto rotation ocean-themed night light. This device will project all sorts of underwater life onto your walls while rotating, giving the whole room a sense of being surrounded by the movement of fish and other aquatic life.
Present an ocean- or aquatic-themed movie on silent in the background. Movies like "The Little Mermaid" or "Finding Nemo" are appropriate.
Play the sounds of ocean waves in the background to foster the aquatic effect. Purchase or collect seashells of all shapes and sizes and scatter them around the room.
Offer ocean- and seafood-themed refreshments, such as crab cakes and shrimp. If you think kids aren't ready yet for seafood, offer them fish-shaped crackers and cookies.
- "Party Ideas for Children"; Jenny Dodd; 2005
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