At first we agreed that there would be no friend party this year and that we would take a family trip to the aquarium instead.
But after getting invited to all his friends' birthday parties, he changed his mind. Kind of last minute I might add.
I only let him invite his five closest friends, so it was a smaller party, but it was still lots of fun.
He is OBSESSED with ocean animals lately, especially squids and nautiluses (don't worry, I didn't know what that was until he told me either - ha ha). We have clotheslines strung across one wall in the boys' room where they can hang their artwork and they are replete with ocean animal drawings.
So of course his birthday party was planned around that theme.
First up were the invites...
We used this old origami book that I've had since I was a kid, to get the origami fish pattern. Really simple. You can see the instructions in the picture if you really want them. :)
Because I used 8x8 card stock, the paper didn't lie flat very well. So, I broke a bunch of origami rules and glued everything in place with a hot glue gun.
I also added a googly eye while I was at it.
There needed to be a place for the party information. I printed it up on white card stock and made it as one of the bubbles coming out of the fish's mouth.
A little string of white yarn and some tape kept it all together.
Cute, unique, memorable, and fairly easy to assemble.
We also used these same origami fish to decorate the goody bags with. I just glued them right onto a white lunch bag.
I wanted to get beach buckets but there weren't any in the stores yet. Just a couple weeks after the party they started popping up! Darn. This was a cute solution though and the kids really seemed to like it.
I didn't want this party post to get too long so tomorrow I'll share the rest with you. See you then!
For Part II go here.