When my addiction to Pinterest first started last October, I had already started "pinning" party ideas for this particular Milestone. Hey, you only turn 5 once, and he hadn't had a big party yet (other than his 1st), so I wanted this one to be one he hopefully remembers. The one idea that I had "pinned" was a "Pirate" themed party. Now my son really isn't into pirates (other than Disney's, "Jake and the Neverland Pirates"), but I loved the ideas I had seen, so this was what I was thinking I would be doing.
Then sometime back in June, my husband mentioned that he wanted to maybe do a little Fishing Tournament for the party. I'm like... "really - fishing?" In other words, in my mind, NO! How boring! We're not doing a fishing party.
Theeennn... just for kicks, one day in July, I got on Pinterest, and starting looking for "fishing" inspiration. That's when I saw this party!! From that party, I LOVED the "Bobber" lanterns...
So, I took the "Bobber" idea and TOTALLY. RAN. WITH. IT...
First was the invitations, which I made, that looked like bobbers.
I even made the hook, and tried to make the #5 look like a worm.
Once the "worm" was un-"hooked", the invitee could then see the party details and information inside.
Now there were a lot of different parties that I "pinned", but the one that gave me the Most Inspiration, was the party that Jacqulin from "The Little Nook"threw for her son. This sign, for instance, came from that inspirational post. Welcome to the party!!!
From my original Inspiration, I did the paper lantern bobbers. I couldn't find any at the Dollar Tree, as she did, so I ended up getting mine at Party City. They were (3) for $6.99. I got two packs.
I created the little bottom thingy (don't know what it's called) using some chipboard and a paper towel roll. It's all taped together with masking tape, then taped to the lantern. Masking tape probably wasn't the best idea, but it worked okay. Major Tip of the Day... Take. Your. Time. when spray painting!! I did NOT!! The paint ran, and got under the tape. Basically, it was a big ol' hot mess. I was able to conceal most of the boo-boos, but it didn't matter. The overall effect was well received by the party guests.
Using my Cricut, I made this Fishy bunting, which hung over the snack table.
I also made this bunting for the "Bait & Tackle" Snack table.
This is the Centerpiece for the snack table...this party.
And now for the snack table...
this party, I was inspired to do the pretzel "Fishing Rods", and the Goldfish "Minnows".
This was the table adjacent to the snack table. It had drinks, eating accoutrements, and party favors.
This was the cake/gift table. I took that photo of my son a few weeks earlier, and thought it would be perfect to be displayed at the party.
The table centerpieces. I "pinned" this idea, but the "pin" unfortunately doesn't take you anywhere, so I can't give credit to anyone. But, very simple... a jar, a stick, some twine, and a paper fish. I added the hook (which I made, like for the invitations), and I added my #5 "worm".
We held the party at a pavilion that is located in our neighborhood. At all of our neighborhood pavilions, there is a port-a-john conveniently located nearby. Because of this, I couldn't Not include this little building in my decorating scheme. I had purchased this fish while visiting my parents in New Mexico, and thought it would be perfect to adorn the "outhouse" door. But then, I added the tiny "Gone Fishing" bunting. Why you ask? Because, basically, I'm Crazy!!
To honor my husband's original idea, we did in fact have a little Fishing Tournament. Since we would be awarding for "First Fish", "Biggest Fish", and "Most Fish", there needed to be something for the winners to receive. So, I made these little trophies. I found the little gold trophies at the Dollar Tree (4 for $1). I then glued them to rocks (using E6000 glue) that I found in a neighbor's driveway, made the little fish label, and filled the cups with a couple of Swedish Fish. This particular one happened to be won by my youngest son.
And now for the party games... Well this wasn't really a game, but it was a Huge hit!! Again, from Jacqulin's party, I had a "Worm Dig". The kids LOVED being able to dig for their own bait!!
party. I used it for my party, because of the method of fishing, where you catch catfish with your hands, called "Noodling". It was messy, but the kids had fun!!
Then from this party, I got the idea of having a "photo booth". Which of course, I had to have since I am a budding photographer. I had a back drop and a few props - fishing hat, fishing vest, and fishing pole. The sad thing, is that I completely forgot about it. Then after we handed out the awards for the tournament, my husband told me I should get pictures of the winners in the "Photo Booth". Great Idea Hubby!! I got pictures of the winners and a few others, but my original idea of getting a picture of each child and then including a printed photo in each of their Thank You cards, just didn't happen... :(
But I did get this great picture of the Birthday Boy!!!
The last game I had for the kids, after cake and ice cream, was a Pinata. But not just any Pinata. A Rainbow Trout Pinata, That. I. Made. All. By. Myself!!! I followed this tutorial, and dove right in. It was a little time consuming, but really easy.
The only fault to this way cute Pinata, was that I may have made it a little too good. We actually made it through twenty kids, and it never broke open. The last kid did manage to puncture it, so I stepped in and let it rip!!
And lastly, the Party Favors - Bait!! I got the little brown bags at Michaels. And no, I didn't make the guests pay me 25 cents in order to get one.
this party. Hers looked much better, but I think mine got the idea across.
I had SOOO much FUN planning and working on this party. All in all, by using things I already owned, borrowing a bunch of items, and purchasing the the stuff that couldn't be made at Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Walmart and Target, the total cost for this party was around $225. Not too bad for an afternoon of my son's face being filled with complete joy.
I'm just know he will always have many Wonderful Memories of his Gone Fishing 5th Birthday Party.
If you are looking to do a "Fishing" themed party, I hope this post is full of inspiration for you. And definitely be sure to visit all the links of my inspirations, to see all the other ideas they have to offer.