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O-fish-ally Adopted Party

I am not a Pinterest mom. I pin all sorts of stuff but in reality, time and money always seem to get in the way.
Enter plans for our adoption party!
What to do? What to do?
I have seen the theme “O-fish-ally”. Such as O-fish-ally 1 for a first birthday and so on. I was drawn to that as Little Girl is a fish. She loves to swim. So the theme O-fish-ally Adopted was decided. Where to find a pool? My local parks and rec department rents out one of the local pools for parties and such.  For only $103 you get the pool to yourself plus 2 lifeguards! Score. That one was easy…and cheap!

Now to flesh out the theme. For a non-Pinterest mom below is what I came up with.

Tide Pool Juice
Every party needs drinks.  I had a bucket with various soda’s sitting in ice then I had these two punches.  The first is Tide Pool Juice.  It is lemonade with ice tea and a bottle of Sprite and gingerale.   Cut up a few lemons and there you have it!  Toss in some ice and you are good to go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mermaid Punch

 For mermaid punch, I used V8 Splash berry flavored and added 2 bottles of ginger ale.   I added a lot of ice and it was good to go.  In hindsight, I would have frozen sea creatures in ice and added that instead.  One more step to making it “magical.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOOD!

This was a group effort with my sister and I putting our heads together.  Here is what we had and the creative names.

And last but not least…Sweedish Fish

I wanted to keep the main dish simple and easy to handle.  What is easier than PIZZA!  I pre-ordered pizza to be delivered and called it Catch of the Day!

I found paper plates with anchors and a bucket to serve the utensils in that was embellished with a shell.   Ocean themed serving platters and bowls I picked up at my local Christmas Tree Shop for a few bucks each.  I bought new sand pails to serve everything else in.

My mom printed out the signs and backed them with scrapbooking paper she had on hand to make them sturdy.

 

I found a few ocean/nautical decorations and poof I had a party!

 

 

Guest went from the food to the pool to the food to the pool…some even scooted over to the playground to play a bit.  Overall it was a big success.  I had friends from out of town.  Friends from Little Girl’s school.  Friends from church.  All huddled together to join us in celebration of Little Girl joining our family forever!

 

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15 Comments

  1. Jodie

    What a fabulous theme for the adoption party!!
    The “catch of the day” cracked me up!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    1. beachchairtracy

      It was soooo hot that day and I didn’t want anything really that would turn ugly in the summer sun. Pizza was the easiest! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Lovely theme and for a very good reason to party #AnythingGoes

  3. Pizza is always a win for a party with kids. Visiting from #FamilyFunLinky.

  4. This would be perfect for me! I just got a new mermaid tail and would love to hold a party like this over the summer! Popping over from #FamilyFunLinky x

  5. What a great theme, you’ve gone to so much effort, well done

  6. What fantastic ideas! Love these #BloggerClubUK

  7. Oh wow this is such a great party idea. Giving me a heads up for a pool party in summer #fortheloveofblog

    1. beachchairtracy

      I kept is simple and tried to use things I had on hand to keep the cost down. NO fuss but I think it came out great.

  8. First of all, congratulations! And second, what a great theme idea, I love it. Sounds like you all had a really great day to celebrate such a momentous occasion.
    Thank you for joining the #FamilyFunLinky x

    1. beachchairtracy

      Thank you!!! I was a long journey but worth every step! It was a great day.

  9. Brilliant theme: very creative! Congrats on the adoption! #anythinggoes

    1. beachchairtracy

      Thanks! It was a long journey but I would do it all over again!

      1. Thanks for linking up with #globalblogging

  10. I love the theme for the party. The food and drinks ideas were great. What a way to celebrate your family coming together x
    #KCACOLS

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