Under the Sea Party Theme

What better way to celebrate your child's growth and development than to have a party!  An 'Under the Sea' themed party no less! We all look forward to our child's 1st, 2nd and 3rd Birthday celebrations. 1st birthday's are really for the parents to celebrate - You made it through the first year! The 2nd and 3rd celebration is definitely a kids birthday! Toddlers do understand whats happening when it comes to their birthday and are able to communicate their excitement. "My Birthday?", "For Me?", "Tomorrow?" is all you will hear for days! Here are some survival tips for throwing a stress free birthday party for toddlers. This day is all about celebrating your little ones special day so keep it super simple and you will be able to do just that!
Decorations: Keep all your decorations such as balloons, streamers and tableware in all shades of blues and greens! Decorate your walls with Sea Life - everything from fish and seaweed to star fish and coral. If your crafty use construction paper and make your own cut outs or you can even download images online and print. Cover your tables and free surfaces with white sand and beach shells. If your worried about the mess you can always use the sand and shells in clear glass jars and vases to make beautiful displays and centerpieces. The invitations could also follow this idea by using plastic bottles filled with sand, small plastic palm trees, mini sea shells and a printed scroll with the party details. Set up a bubble blower on a high surface so bubbles are constantly floating down for the kids to catch and pop. Play some soothing ocean and sea life sounds as background music to add to the ambiance!
 Activities: The Golden rule for successful parties for young children is having plenty of fun activities to keep them occupied. Keeping in mind that toddlers do not fully understand rules, have short attention spans, want to constantly move around and definitely do not grasp the concept of waiting their turn, you should simply set up multiple play stations. Some great play station ideas would be a play dough table, bins of duplo lego, blocks, floor puzzles, ride on toys and a crayon colouring easel. Ball Pits are always very exciting for toddlers. If you do not have one or know anyone who might, contact your local toy library and borrow one. You can also easily make your own with a blowup plastic pool and a bag of plastic balls or several small balloons.
 Games: Simple games like "I Spy", "Simon Says" and "Follow the Leader" are always a big hit for the younger set. To go with the 'Under the Sea" theme or even a Bubble Guppies themed party, organise a fish pond. You can use a large bucket or a small pool filled with water and have the kids hook (or magnet) a prize with a fishing pole. Safety first - we certainly do not want anything sharp around toddlers! Or, set up the fishing pond behind a blanket curtain and have the kids drop their fishing lines into the ocean. A fishing rod can be made out of a stick, some rope and a clothespin. Have another adult hidden behind the blanket to clip on their prize or loot bag.
 Food: Think small, safe and simple. Its impossible for the excited young guest to keep sitting still for any length of time, so non-messy finger foods that can be eaten on the go are always the best for toddlers. Consider things like: Animal Crackers, Goldfish Crackers, Pretzels, Cheese Cubes, Deli Meats, Cut Veggies, Pickles, Grapes, Banana Slices and Apple Wedges. At this younger age, small cupcakes for the young guests is always a little less messy and easier for them to handle on their own. Don't forget the juice boxes!
 Time Capsule: Its startling how many details and memories get lost along the way. To mark this special occasion prepare a time capsule to be opened in later years - on the 9th or 10th birthday when they are all grown up! All you need is a shoebox or some kind of container and fill it with memories of the day. A piece of decoration, unused tableware, a copy of the guest list, a party hat - whatever is reminiscent of that day. Have some paper and pens ready for guests to write a special note to your child in the the future. Seal the box securely with packing tape and give the time capsule as a gift to your child on their birthday several years later.

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