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My oldest son turned 4 this weekend and we celebrated with a shark-themed birthday party!

G on shark

Since I have a 2-week-old newborn (and a 2 year old) to contend with, this party was a bit more low-key than usual, and I hardly took a single photo. That said, it was a fun evening for all and the birthday boy was thrilled to spend the afternoon with his closest friends.


Gibbs had a hand in planning every detail of this party – from selecting the invitations to planning his outfit and organizing the games, this was his creation!

Casey (7)

Here’s a picture of little brother Casey, modeling the shark t-shirts that Gibbs picked out from Land’s End.

Kristin with s

And since I had plenty of girlfriends who could hold my new little peanut throughout the evening, I was able to enjoy a couple of hours with my hands free! For the record, Spence slept through the entire thing…

kristie and s

Here are the invitations that Gibbs selected, which were a great price for personalized invitations (from Birthday in a Box):


We entertained the little guests with a shark piñata (of course!), which looked like this:


And an indoor “shark hunt,” which was essentially just a scavenger hunt. The kids put on their shark hats and went hunting for little bags of “fish” (which included Swedish Fish candy and small plastic fish like these).


The food was simple and kid-friendly: pizza for dinner, as well as cheese, crackers, grapes, veggies and dip, and Goldfish.


The table included shark décor,

shark centerpiece

and so did the dessert buffet (banner, lanterns, and all paper products from Oriental Trading).

banner and lantern

Sweets included shark cupcakes, which I made from a mix and then just decorated with blue frosting and shark picks:


and a candy bar, full of blue and white goodies – including gummy sharks in a fish bowl!

candy bar

Let’s just say that there was no shortage of sugar during this event.

Happy birthday to my very big boy!



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