Shark Week Celebration

As you might have known, Shark Week 2014 premiered last night, Sunday, at 8pm. After a few years of mentioning it, I decided we would celebrate this Shark Week by throwing a shark themed end of summer party. It was such a blast to have our closest friends and family over  for one more bash before school started. If you’re looking for inspiration for your own Shark Week party or maybe a shark themed birthday party, I’ve included pictures and instructions below.

Decorations


Beware of Sharks Wreath

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I was inspired to create this wreath from a picture I saw while browsing Pinterest. I recreated the wreath I had seen by purchasing flip flops from Walmart for just $1. I used a pencil to design some shark bites on each shoe and then cut along the lines. To attach one shoe to another, I poked two holes through the top end of one shoe and the bottom end of another. I then threaded some clear blue rexlace through the holes and secured it with a firm knot. After doing this through each flip flop, the wreath hung in a limp oval shape. Adding some super glue in between the flip flops easily turned the sad looking wreath into the perfect circle pictured above. I found the sign through Google and printed it out on card stock, securing it to the wreath with ribbon.

The Ocean in the Living Room

To set the mood for Shark Week, I wanted my guests to feel like they had stepped into an undersea world when they walked through the door. A few rolls of streamers and some dangling sea animals did just the trick.


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I found these wonderful blue “Dizzy Danglers” in the party section in Walmart that had stars on the end. All I did from there was find some sea creatures that sharks like to munch on, printed mirrored versions on some card stock and glued them to both sides of the stars. The result was fantastic.

Shark on the Table

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This was another idea I saw on Pinterest that I just had to try. All I had to go on however was one picture taken from the side, so I had to figure out how to do most of it on my own.

First, I purchased a blue plastic tablecloth and a black plastic table cloth. I took the black tablecloth and folded it in half. I then tried several times to trace out half of a shark silhouette with a pencil and a silver sharpie. The end result was this:

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To create the fin, I went to the garage and grabbed an unused shoe box: my next victim. I traced a shark fin onto the lid and included the lip that goes on the side which would become half of the base. I cut out the lip from the other side and glued it to the plain side so that the fin now had a base to stand on. I took some of the leftover black tablecloth from the shark and covered my cardboard creation to get this:

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A simple slit cut into the middle of the silhouette shark’s back and I had a spine shivering snack table.

Food


 Shark Cookies

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A family member’s trip to Hawaii blessed me with these adorable shark and surfboard shaped cookie cutters. Similar cookie cutters can be found here. I used the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook sugar cookie recipe but any sugar cookie recipe will do. The icing is made with 1 lb. of powdered sugar, 1/2 c water, and 1/2 tsp vanilla mixed together. I used a very small amount of black food coloring until I got the shade of gray I was looking for. To get the eyes and gills I took some Betty Crocker icing that I dyed black and used a No. 21 writing tip on a decorator frosting bag. Don’t be afraid to get creative! Who says there aren’t such things as rainbow sharks?

 Chum Cakes

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I found the idea for my cupcakes here. Instead of using regular Oreos as the original recipe did, I tried the Oreo Fudge Creme cookies. When cutting the Oreos in half, I recommend refrigerating them and using a serrated knife. I will warn you: it is NOT easy, but they look great in the end! I was too busy eating them to get a picture, but I also added some red Wilton Colorburst Batter Bits to the cupcake batter so that when the cupcake was bitten into, it would look like someone had “chummed” the water.

Snacks

We added some other cute snacks to help pull the theme together.

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 Not pictured, but also used were these Shark Jelly cups.

Drinks


 Blood in the Water

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 This non-alcoholic drink was a smash hit at the party. It’s pretty simple to make and looks just like the bloody water that is always shown on Shark Week. To make this, you will need…

  • Red Gatorade G2 (0g sugar)
  • White Powerade (17g sugar)
  • Blue Hawaiian Punch (21g sugar)
  • Plenty of ice cubes

The amount of sugar in each drink is important because the drink with the most sugar will sink to the bottom while the drinks with less sugar will float on the top. First, fill most of the cup up with ice. Pour the blue hawaiian punch in, filling up most of the cup. Then slowly pour in some of the white powerade to help keep the blue and red separated. Lastly, slowly pour the red gatorade in, trying to keep it over the ice so that it doesn’t mix as much with the blue. And voilà! You now have a Shark Week worthy drink!

Shark Attack Sangria

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For the adults in the party, there is an alcoholic drink to make our sharkaholics proud. To make this simple recipe, all you need is…

  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 2 cups of club soda
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • raspberries
  • strawberries
  • swedish fish gummies

Just mix all of these ingredients in a large punch bowl and let the drinking frenzy begin!


Whether you’re celebrating Shark Week or a summer birthday, I hope this post helped get your ideas flowing and that your party goes swimmingly!

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