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!
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.”
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!