Eco Ocean Party

Last Saturday we celebrated our second son's fourth birthday with an "Ocean Party". The theme transpired when our son wanted a 'shark' birthday cake.

We made it as eco friendly as possible decorating the home with felt and material bunting, ecoGarlands and tissue balls. We re-used as much as we could using material we already owned. So it was very much a hand-made party.

We decked out the back shed with blue tarpaulins and bed sheets to create an "aquarium" where the little ones could enjoy some chilled out play. We hung green material from the beams for seaweed (which grandma wants back so she can make a fairy dress for our daughter) and cut out a shark's head from cardboard for fun photos. 

Weeks before the party Mum and the birthday boy kept busy making fish and jelly fish out of eco party plates and up-cycled material. 

Keeping with the ocean theme tableware included our new wooden gourmet pine boats as well as our compostable sugarcane cups.

The food was vegetarian and organic. It included home-made vegetarian sausage rolls, an 'octopus' garden' with a capsicum as the octopus in dip surrounded by veggies and crackers. 

We shared Biona vegan organic lollipops, organic lollies which we labeled as beach pebbles, eels and sea snakes. A watermelon sculpted into a shark's head and a shark cake. We also had fish cupcakes and shell chips (corn chips).

We forgot all about the blue vegetarian jelly (tropical vegetarian jelly with natural blue colouring) with rockmelon fish. It came out at the end of the party.

We created a music play list of sea songs which included The Little Mermaid's Under The Sea, Max Bygraves' Three Little Fishes and The Beatles' Yellow Submarine.

The games were ocean-inspired too: Crab Walk Races, Fish, Fish, Shark (Duck, Duck, Goose), an Ocean Quiz and Mouth of a Whale which was similar to Musical Chairs but instead used a cardboard box was the whales tummy and if they were in it when the music stopped they had to sit out.

Every child went home with a wooden sailing boat, an organic lollipop from Biona and an Adventurine tumbled gemstone. You can purchase these items from our website

The birthday boy loved the effort we went to and so did our guests. And despite the party having a water theme we were grateful for the lack of rain too.

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