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When I asked my son a few months before his birthday what he wanted to do, he shouted “Spongebob!!!” at the top of his lungs and then proceeded to tell me everything that we could do for the party. I may have my own little mini party planner on my hands! I enjoyed sitting down with him and planning things out. He had only a few specific ideas that I incorporated into the party and then I let him help me pick out some of the decorations. I love that planning a party includes some much needed one on one time with him.
Now, are you ready for the details? Our party was in the middle of the summer so we included water games and asked the kids to wear swimsuits. A party in the summer just isn’t the same if it doesn’t involve running through the sprinklers somehow!
Spongebob has many faces and my son asked if we could make him a pirate. Because it was his party, that is just what I did! I’m including an editable PSD file and a blank file as free downloads at the end of the post. These were sized as 5×7 and I printed them myself on cardstock at home. Just a note about printing at any copy/print shop. Because this is copyrighted material, they will not print them, even if you have proof that you purchased the clip art as I did. You will either need to print them yourself or have them printed as photos.
The food was fun to make! We needed snack type foods, because we weren’t serving lunch, and that made it easy. Here’s what we served up at our own version of the The Krusty Krab.
Sea Jigglers: The kids loved these the best! And they were simple to put together. Make blue jello according to directions and pour into clear plastic cups, leaving about an inch of space at the top. About halfway through it’s setting time, while it’s only slightly set, put it some swedish fish candies or fruit snacks shaped like fish. Let them finish setting. On one side of the jello, spread a small amount of whipped topping and then top with crumbled graham cracker. Throw on a cute little paper umbrella and you have the little island at the top of Bikini Bottom!
Pineapple Fruit Kabobs: My kids adore pineapple and it fit in perfectly with the theme. I used pineapple, strawberries, bananas, and mangoes.
Krabby Patty Sliders: I called these Krabby Patties but they were little hamburger sliders that I grilled. I made the buns using frozen roll dough and then sprinkled the tops with sesame seeds. Because kids are usually a bit more on the picky side. I didn’t dress them at all. I had a side of ketchup, mustard, lettuce, pickles, and cheese and let them top their own.
Orange Seaweed Sticks (Cheeto’s): Nothing special here except opening up a bag of Cheeto’s! I thought they looked like seaweed because of their shape and they are one of my boy’s favorite.
Pineapple Punch (shown below in the pineapple sippers): I used this recipe and it was delicious!
Spongebob’s Kelp Pop: This was personally my favorite! Here’s how to make it.
I really loved all of the bright colors in the popcorn and the flavors packed a punch too! You can use whatever you’d like or have on hand. Because we were doing a sea theme, all of these colors worked together and added that pop that I wanted on the table. I would definitely make these a day or two before your party. I did half the recipe for each flavor because I was making four flavors. It does get sticky and a little messy!
- 12 cups popped popcorn
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup light corn syrup
- ⅓ cup butter
- 1 env. KOOL-AID Unsweetened Drink Mix, any flavor
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- Heat oven to 225ºF.
- Spread popcorn evenly onto bottom of 15x10x1-inch pan.
- Bring sugar, corn syrup and butter to boil in medium saucepan on medium-high heat; cook 3 min., stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Add drink mix and baking soda; mix well. Pour over popcorn; stir gently to evenly coat popcorn.
- Bake 10 min. Remove from oven; stir. Repeat 3 times for a total baking time of 40 min.
- Spread onto large sheet of waxed paper sprayed with cooking spray; cool completely. Break into pieces.
I honestly had a lot of grand plans for the cake. But life became busy and I didn’t have the time that I wanted to make one. So I decided to get a storebought cake with an ocean theme and then added the Spongebob Cake Toppers I had ordered. It was still delicious and a fun cake!
For the decorations, I combined store bought decorations with homemade goodies to add a personal touch.
The Chum Bucket: I knew the “Chum Bucket” needed to be represented somewhere so I opted to use it for the silverware. All I did was add red vinyl to a silver bucket. Easy!
Spongebob Silverware Pocket: Another easy DIY. Grab a yellow and brown napkin. Fold the brown napkin around the yellow and tape in the back to hold it. Add your plastic silverware.
Jellyfish Lanterns: For this, you need a pink lantern, pink crepe paper, and blue crepe paper. Cut off long strips of the pink crepe paper and tape them in the center of the bottom of the lantern. Then, cut short strips of the blue crepe paper and tape them around the edges.
The Krusty Krab Sign: I’ll admit I’m not the best freehand artist, but I did my best! I bought silver (you could use grey) posterboard from the craft store. I drew the shape of the clam shell from the sign on the TV show and cut it out. Using blue and purple markers, I added in the outlines to give it depth and then finished it off with red vinyl that I cut from my machine. I ended up setting this out by the food.
Pineapple Sippers: I was so happy to find these sippers! They were in the Luau section of my dollar store and are the perfect size for kids. I filled them up with yummy pineapple punch and let the kids take them home as one of their favors.
Child Size Spongebob Mylar Balloon: When I saw the Spongebob Airwalker Mylar Balloon online at Birthday Express, I couldn’t help myself! And it was a hit. All of the kids wanted pictures with Spongebob. We did leave him inside because I didn’t want him floating away. He lasted over a week in our house too!
“Bikini Bottom” Sign: I found this lifesaver at the party store. It was plastic and had nothing on it. I added the “Bikini Bottom” with vinyl I cut with my machine.
Food & Other Signs: I wanted to label the food and found some small wooden planks at the craft sore. I painted them with watered down brown paint and used black vinyl for the food titles. I also made a large “Jellyfish Fields” sign on a larger wooden sign we had in our stash.
Storebought Decorations: Spongebob Paper plates, napkins, Spongebob Tablecloth, Bikini Bottom Backdrop, Pink Paper Lanterns, Pink Crepe Paper, Blue Crepe Paper, Spongebob Happy Birthday Banner, Spongebob Face Balloons, Spongebob Soak It Up Balloon, Number Jumbo Foil Balloon, Swirl Decorations.
Giant Bubbles: Because we were outside and it was over 100 degrees, it was the perfect weather to blow up some big bubbles! Spongebob loves bubbles and I thought it would be fun to not only have the small cans of bubbles, but also to do large ones too. I followed this tutorial for creating large “bubble wands” and solution out of soap and water. These were a huge hit! The kids were able to get large bubbles just like the adults and had just as much fun popping them as making them.
Jellyfishin’: Spongebob and Patrick enjoy catching jellyfish in Jellyfish Fields. We channeled that fun and caught some of our own “jellyfish”! I found some bug catching nets at the dollar store and filled up a big basket full of water balloons (these balloons filled up fast and easy, I highly recommend them!). The adults and I took turns throwing the “jellyfish”, aka water balloons, out to the kids who used the nets to try and catch them. This game was definitely their favorite! I had a small little prize (some candy) for the child who caught the most “jellyfish”.
Jellyfish Fields Sprinkler Run: We needed to have a Jellyfish Fields as a part of our day and I created ours using regular balloons tied to golf tees. It was fun to see the balloons spread out across the lawn! In these pictures, they are laying flat because we turned the sprinklers on and let the kids run around. The water flattened to balloons to the ground! We challenged to kids to run through the”fields” without being “stung” by one of the jellyfish balloons. They loved getting wet!
I had planned to do something different than what we ended up doing at the party and changed it because my son asked me too. He really loves playing with sand and missed the beach. So we decided to bring a little bit of sand and beach to our party! I let the kids make their own little sand boxes to take home with them. Here’s what you need.
1 plastic plant saucer for each child (used underneath a pot to catch excess water)
2-3 boxes of brown kinetic sand
plastic candy molds
glitter, pom poms, and foam stickers
white spray paint for plastic
Before the party, I spray painted the saucers white and then set them with a finishing spray so they wouldn’t peel. I thought this would be better than leaving them clear because you would see what they decorate easier. During the party, I let the kids paint and decorate their sand boxes. We had glitter, pom poms, and foam stickers that they glued to their boxes. We filled them with kinetic sand. It was hard to find small molds for their little sand boxes and the candy molds worked perfectly. I cut the candy molds apart so that each child had one and spray painted them before the party as well. There are a lot of different plastic candy molds out there so be creative and have fun with it! These are the ones that I used-Fish Chocolate Mold, Seashells Candy Mold, and this Heart Candy Mold.
I knew the kids had fun because of the smiles on their faces and because none of them wanted to leave! My son was on cloud nine and his seal of approval was all I needed in the end. It was a successful party full of giggles, water, and crazy kid antics!
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