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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Under the Sea Birthday Party!!!

A couple of weeks ago I was asked by the very talented Rhonda & Amy, over at Decorate to Celebrate! to be a guest designer for this week's challenge...A Child's Birthday.  I was so honored to have been asked and then I realized, I needed to step up my game!  :) 

For this challenge, I created an under the sea oasis!  It really was quite inexpensive to pull this off because most of the materials were recycled packaging!!   The company I work for has a return center close to our headquarters so, I went over and collected the brown kraft paper that was already wrinkled up, some bright colored bubble wrap, and a couple other things that you might see in some later posts from me the rest of this week (wink wink).

I taped all of the sheets of kraft paper to the deck  and brought it up onto the rail as well.   Then, I took two plastic table skirts that I purchased for $.50 each at a local discount store and attached them to the top of the rail to look like the water.   I took some lightweight nets that I purchased for $1 each at Michael's and draped them across the back of the rail. 

The centerpiece of this creation was a large vinyl seashell (sewn by my crafty mom) and a banner that said Happy 4th Birthday Avarie!  I made the banner using my Cricut.   I cut the seashell from the Create A Critter cartridge at 5 1/4" in blue and then a second layer of them at 4 3/4" in green.   I cut the letters at 4 1/2" using Life's a Beach and then attached each piece to the next with brads and added some American Crafts wave ribbon for hanging.

Around the shell and banner, I stapled piles of tulle and the bright colored bubble wrap.   I added some seashells that I was able to collect, some $1 inflatables that I also found at Michael's, and some balloons.  And, the crepe paper you see in the first picture is a 'tp' job, of sorts.  The rolls were thrown up into the tree and then cut in different lengths   When the wind was blowing, it looked like peaceful ocean waves.  Pretty darn good for recycled packaging I think!!

Thank you Rhonda & Amy for inviting me to be a Guest Designer this week!  I am so thrilled and I hope you all enjoy my creation.   Check back throughout the week to see my invite, favors, food containers, centerpieces and even my 'Mussels in a Melon' and, if you like what you see, become a follower!!  Don't forget to join the challenge at Decorate to Celebrate and become a follower there too!  Have a great day!!


  1. Such a great job!! Love the Happy 4th Birthday, Avarie! Seashell banner!!! SO SUPER CUTE!!! The Kraft paper really gives it the sandy under the sea vibe! ADORABLE!!!! And her little clam shell thrown is such a FAB idea!!! Great Job!!!!!!

  2. Awesome party decor, Angie! Your "Under the Sea" party is WAY better than the one I threw for my daughter a couple of years ago!

    ~ Jen @ Musings of a Crafty Mom

  3. really just too cute. love your creativity. thank you for being one of our guest designers its really a treasure. hugs

  4. This is so awesome Angie! I have been waiting to see what you came up with for this fun party! This looks like is was amazing! I'm sure your little Avarie and all the party guests were in aww! Great job recycling too! I can't wait to see more :)

  5. What an amazing project! How much fun was this party!?!? Too fun! I bet everyone had a blast!!

  6. Great decorations. Looks like an amazing party!

  7. Love your decorations.
    cstephenson at q dot com

  8. Great job! love the decorations!

  9. What a neat idea. I saw your theme from decorate to celebrate. Thanks CallyAnn

  10. Great decorations...looks like a FUN party Angie! Great job!
    Sherrie K

  11. wow! perfect birthday -hope you scrapbook - this is a party to remember when she gets older! love the details!!

  12. Angie -- What an amazing underwater party you created!! I'm so impressed with how you thought of EVERYTHING!! What a pleasure to have you as a DTC Guest Designer!! :)

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