I don't think I could have asked for a better client that this one. The process started with me providing a list of 7 or 8 themes and after a lot of discussion, according to the client, the birthay girl chose an Under the Sea theme. The only thing she demanded was that she have Nemo on her cake. Other than that, I was free to run wild. Now you might think run wild means an unlimited budget and live goldfish party favors...it doesn't. It meant that since she was one of my very first bigger clients that I was stretching every dollar to get as many cool things done that I could. And I know the client, she isn't in to completely over the top stuff that really has no purpose. So I tried not to go overboard and just focused on a few areas. So without further ado...
I was pretty proud of my backdrop here. I begged the party store clerk to sell me these 5" balloons since they don't normally sell them. Therefore I had a limited number so balloon safety was a major concern. MAH JOR. Luckily everything stayed where it was supposed to. And although some faulty measurements and backlit background doesn't make for the picture-perfect version I had in my head, I'm pretty sure the general public couldn't care less. Look! Bubbles!
Note to self: Find out about 18 foot ceilings (approx) before planning hanging decor. Because you will have to scramble to make it work. It's all worth it though to see that little birthday girl's face! She's gorge.
So back to Nemo. I have to admit, I didn't really want full on Disney Nemo happening on the cake, ya know? So when I found the paper printables, which you'll see below, and I thought they were adorable, I emailed Katie Gumerson Design & Decor to see if she could whip up a matching set of fondant cake toppers. Man, I wish I had this talent. They matched exactly and were so freakin cute. I also asked her to make a "Nemo" to match the rest of the oceanic crew. And she succeeded. Birthday girl was convinced and this theme-loving girl was happy.
See? Aren't these little creatures cute? I'm normally not one to pick some party printables and pepper the whole party with them. Or use so much alliteration. But I liked these and since I printed them myself, it was cheap. So I crafted up a slew of adorable party hats and noisemakers. Which actually got used. So that's nice. What didn't get used? The jello aquarium. I made individual ones for the dessert table and a big one for the table. But for some reason the big one didn't set and I realized it didn't even matter, ya know?
And just to make things crystal clear, most ideas were found on Pinterest. And thanks to my girls on Facebook for reminding me what a sea urchin is. See, you can Like my page on FB and help me with my burning questions. While you're liking things, feel free to boost my ego by liking Bottle Pop's FB page too. Could I have any more FB pages going? Geeeeez.
You know what ruled about my client? I proposed a menu with cutesy names that included peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on the new fish-shaped bread, pasta salad, crab dip, seafood chowder, etc. And she made her husband a grocery list and off he went. She was into all of my ideas! It was awesome!
I had originally planned to hang the fishing nets from the sun room ceiling and fill it with balloons but once I realized the angled ceilings were sky-high, that plan went out the window. So I did it in the family room, along with a little mantle decoration. So basically I took a deep breath and realized that this looked just fine too.
And finally, the favors. I filled a little bag with gummy lifesavers and swedish fish and called it a day on the candy since there were enough sweet things on the dessert table. Add a bunch of other fish related things and we were good to go.
So it turned out pretty cute, right? I'm realizing that no matter how much you browse the internet and want to make magazine-worthy parties every time, you are basically working with what you've got...real life budgets, real life houses, real life opinions. And that, my friends, is the lesson of the day.