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Unbelievable Easy Fish Party for Kids

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Published February 28th 2014
Easy ideas for an underwater themed party
My youngest daughter just turned two and she has a 'thing' for fish at the moment, so it was a natural decision to use fish as the theme for her birthday.

Now I'm not exactly lazy, but I don't mind taking the easy option when it comes to kids' parties, so here are some easy and cheap ways to have a kids' fish party.

DIY fish party
These bubble streamers are easy to make, and you can easily adapt the colours to suit different party themes

Most of these ideas require little more than skills with the scissors, and they are something you can make while sitting in front of the TV.

Bubble streamers: find craft paper in various shades of blue, green and purple. If you can buy a few sheets of shiny or glittery paper then it will add an extra layer of glamour. Cut as many circles as you can tolerate in two or three different sizes (such as 3cm, 5cm and 7cm). Remember they do not have to be exact and the chains look better when things are a bit random.

make your own streamers
All you need is paper, scissors, ribbon and some stickytape

Find some craft ribbon, curling ribbon or wool and begin taping the circles randomly on the ribbon in long chains. I used between 15 and 20 circles per chain and made about 30 chains. It looks better when you grab the circles randomly so you get a mix of colour and size.

Hang the bubble streamers across doors, windows or individually from the ceiling to create an underwater feel.

Use individual bubbles (preferably from shiny or glittery paper) to add highlight to walls and windows.

fish party decorations
By sticking seaweed, bubbles, fish and starfish in the window, it made the room feel like an aquarium

For the seaweed I used stiffened felt from Spotlight but you could just use coloured paper or card. Use a couple of different shades of green and make two different sizes. Blu-tack to walls or windows.

The star fish were gold stars I found in the party section at Spotlight, but you could easily make your own.

I also cut fish out from a piece of $1 wrapping paper and found a fish piņata on sale.

To finish I blew up 40 balloons in shades of green and blue and literally dumped them on the floor.

I also really like this idea for goldfish lanterns if you can find some cheap paper lanterns.

Kids were served fish and chips in disposable noodle boxes while adults were given a platter of sushi.

fish cakes
Arrange finger food in the shape of a fish

Use fish-shaped cookie cutters to make shapes from watermelon (I used dolphins as I couldn't find a fish cutter anywhere).

Watermelon is a brilliant fruit because you can cut it into any shape you like

For adults, homemade fish cakes were served on a large tray arranged into the shape of a fish.

It's amazing how much Nabisco Dixie Drumsticks look like little fish.

Tell me these don't look like little goldfish

The birthday cake was a large slab cake that had the corners cut off, and then rearranged into fins and a tail. For scales I used Freckles.

Cut slightly rounded corners off a large rectangle cake and invest the corners to make the tail and fin

It took a day to make, but Frogs in the Pond took on a slightly more ethereal look by layering three different coloured jellies in a clear plastic cup together with the ubiquitous Freddo Frog.

These striped jelly cups were a huge hit with the kids

Make your own fish equivalent of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey by making a fishbowl out of shiny paper, drawing on some seaweed and then giving the kids a fish sticker each to put in the bowl.

'Musical fish' is simply musical statues but they must dance like a fish (or other underwater creature).

If you don't mind a bit of water play, then the fishing game is always popular.

Click here for an unbelievable list of other fish-related games for parties.

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Why? Underwater parties are great fun and incredibly easy
Cost: Cheap
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