Saturday, May 10, 2008

“Under the Sea” Birthday Party shopping list

  • Blank invitations with envelopes
  • Party favors – bags of crackers, little bubbles, sand toys, etc.
  • wooden clothespins
Party Supply Store
  • party favor bags – cellophane or paper
  • colored paper – blues, green, orange, yellow etc.
  • plates - multiple shades of blue
  • napkins - multiple shades of blue
  • plastic cutlery - clear, leftovers can be used at your next party
  • plastic cups - clear, leftovers can be used at your next party
  • something to put the cake on - cake board of cardboard or plastic
Hardware Store
  • wooden dowels - one for every child, the length only needs to be a couple of feet
  • twine or string - you'll need about 3 ft. per dowel
  • blue painters tape
Grocery Store
  • cake mix - find some on sale and buy 4 boxes, you'll need enough for cupcakes too - remember, these have a long shelf life and buying extra will save you if/when you make a mistake (trust me) OPTION FOR A BIG PARTY: make the fish a double layer cake
  • 3 cans of white frosting - (extra is always a good idea) for the fish and cupcakes
  • food coloring – orange, for fish (you certainly don’t have to have an orange fish, it can be pink or lavender or anything at all!)
  • colored sugar or sprinkles (optional for fish scale details)
  • frosting in a tube (contrasting color to the fish body) - to trace the features of the fish face, you can also use a pastry bag with a tip or I've seen icing syringes or plastic kits right there in the baking aisle at the market
  • make sure you have eggs and oil for the cake
  • EASY OPTION FOR THE CAKE - buy a plain, no frosting, 9x12 sheet cake from the grocery bakery and while you are at it get a dozen cupcakes as well.
  • Go the extra mile and make your own frosting… here is a recipe for buttercream frosting, yum!

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