If you’re planning a children’s party, then why not go for a fun and exciting theme? A shark themed children’s party can be a great way to get your kids and their friends excited to celebrate! From decorations to games, there’s something for everyone with a shark themed party. Read on to learn how to host the perfect shark themed children’s party.
When it comes to invitations, a shark-themed kids party is a great opportunity to get creative with your invitations! Start off by using brightly colored paper with a shark fin and tail printed on it. Then, choose creative copy like "It's a Shark Party - You Better Come!!!" or a pun like "Come fins some fun!"
You can also have a lot of fun with the envelope as well. Placing an adhesive shark fin directly onto the envelope or sealing the envelope with a shark sticker gives the invite an extra special touch. Finally, include some simple instructions like the time, date and place, so your guests know all the details of the party.
Hosting a shark-themed party should be all about allowing your guests to feel like they are submerged deep in the ocean. A few key decorations and you might feel like you're swimming with the sharks.
Best Decoration Ideas for the event
Set the tone for an exciting party by properly decorating for a shark-themed event. With a few simple decorations, you will give each guest the feeling that they’re swimming with the sharks deep in the ocean:
- Set up a backdrop of blue fabric with white "shark" shapes cut out around the edges, similar to a shark fin.
- Create a shark "jaws" entrance - Purchase a set of shark jaws, and hang them over the entrance of your venue.
- Hang beach balls and white netting, to get the feeling of being on the beach and under the sea.
- String up different sized shark cut outs, around the event.
- Set up a table with sharks related items on it. Have small shark toys, books, shark teeth, other ocean animals and more.
After setting up the decorations be sure that they are safe for young children. Make sure items are monitored so that children cannot do any harm to themselves or the decorations.
Games & Activities
At any party, games and activities are essential for keeping children entertained and having a great time. Here are a few shark themed games and activities that you can use to make your shark themed party a hit with the kids:
This classic game of tag is usually the perfect way to kick off any party. Designate one child to be the ‘shark’, and when they tag another child, that child becomes the ‘shark’ and you keep going. Make sure all the kids get their turn to be the ‘shark’. For an extra touch you can use a shark-shaped pool float to represent the chasing shark.
Divide the children into teams and get them to line up on one side of the room. Place a collection of plastic sharks lined up along the other side of the room. Each team has to take turns running across the room and back, picking up a shark and then placing it in the relays bucket before the next team’s person can start. This is a great game for burning off some energy, and you can make it harder by adding a time limit.
Pin the Fin on the Shark
This is a classic party game, but with a twist. Instead of ‘Pin the Tail on the Donkey’ it's ‘Pin the Fin on the Shark’. Get a copy of a shark image, and place it on a wall. Cut out separate fins from colourful paper and give an appropriate sticker to each child. Then each child takes turns to be blindfolded and trying to stick it onto the wall. Whoever sticks it the closest to the right spot is the winner.
Food and Refreshments
Refreshments are key to a successful party. When hosting a shark-themed party, make sure you have some tasty treats that your guests can snack on. As an appetizer, serve bite-sized tuna sushi, fin-shaped bread bites or even miniature crab cakes.
For a main course, consider offering up shark-shaped sandwiches, such as tuna salad sandwiches with a shark outline cut out of them. Other options could include shark-shaped pizzas or mini-barbeques with fish kebabs. You can also offer some seafood side dishes such as fried shrimp, calamari, or crab legs.
Finally, for dessert, you can dress up some cupcakes in the form of cute shark fins or make an underwater themed cake for the birthday boy or girl. Whether you’re a master baker or not, with a bit of creativity you can come up with the most wonderful shark-infused meals.
When planning a shark themed party for kids, don't forget about favors for each of your guests. Favors are a great way for your guests to remember the celebration. Here are some ideas for fun and creative shark themed favors:
- Shark Stickers: Make your own shark-themed stickers, or buy them at the store.
- Shark Bracelets: Whether fabric or leather, these bracelets can be both cute and functional.
- Shark Crayons: They make great party favors, but it is also fun to be able to draw with them.
- Shark Bubble Bottles: Make your own bottles at home, or buy them ready-made. Include a funny shark shaped bubble wand.
- Shark Sunglasses: Kids love to dress up for parties, and these are sure to be a hit.
No matter which favors you decide on for your shark themed children's party, your guests are sure to be impressed!
Once the festivities are over, it's time to start cleaning up. If you have hired a party planner or cleaning service, now is the time for them to come in and take care of the mess. If you're doing the cleanup yourself, enlist the help of a few family members or friends you've invited to the party. Begin by collecting all of the decorations and utensils, and disposing of any garbage.
Next, wipe down the tables and chairs and sweep the floors. Finally, relocate any furniture, decorations, and toys that were moved from one room to another and put them back in their proper places.
That's it! Your shark-themed children's party is officially over.
Now go for it!
Hosting a shark-themed children's party doesn't have to be a difficult task. From selecting the perfect decorations to coordinating activities, a little bit of planning goes a long way.
Consider using these tips and ideas to help you throw an unforgettable shark-themed party for your little guests.