Friday, February 19, 2016

Friday Fun-Time: How to Throw a "Under-the-Sea" Theme Party

Have you been wanting to throw an awesome party but with a slightly different theme?
How about a theme with sea-shells, glitter, star-fishes and blue and green colors of the ocean?
Under-the-sea Theme is fun, different and not so difficult to do...
And I'll take you through all the ideas of the decor, the food, the games and even a slightly out of the box (literally) invitation!
The only hitch being you must have seashells of as many shapes and sizes as you can get your hands on...
and if you don't, then beg, borrow or steal... because without that, the party decor will fall flat! 
We borrowed some sea shells from our neighbours, collected the ones that we already had, bought some from the market as well as rummaged through all our stuff to come up with anything suggesting sea, beach, fish, blue, river-pebbles etc.
I even picked up a twisted tree root from the roadside when I went for my evening walk because it reminded me of driftwood on the beach.
And now for a little background on who "we" are...
In the Army circles "we" usually have a monthly Ladies club, which is rotated per group/unit in the cantonment, so that while one group works hard to arrange the party, the people in the other groups enjoy that party... and then the next month the baton passes onto another unit.
Most of these get-togethers are based on some theme or the other...
its either a seasonal theme like Diwali, Christmas, Holi, or a nice color theme..
Then it could be a fun theme like a Casino or Retro or Back-to-School or Don theme.... the more wild the better!
I had even done a flower theme a year back, decorated with giant paper flowers all over the place...
you can get a link to that (here)
Its a good, fun way for all the wives of Army Officers to get together, have fun and generally uplift the environment of boring small-town stations where we are posted most of the time...places where we might not even have a basic McDonald's burger-leave alone a Mall!
Okay so back to the topic... How to throw a FANTASTIC "Under the Sea" Party!
It was kinda formal, yet fun theme because this party was supposed to be a farewell to a senior Officer's wife who was leaving the station.

So lets get started!!
The things you need:
hmmm... so we have collected enough sea-shells galore, of all sizes and all shapes, and some river pebbles and driftwood.
Lots of blue and sea green crepe paper, blue and silver tissue and ribbons as well as net cloth-for decoration and gift wrapping, some hessian cloth or burlap cloth (jute/bora) for some rustic look and for the table decor...
(Table decor and hessian cloth you say?? wait and watch!)
some round paper lanterns for jelly-fish decor, and we even used sea green curtains as table cloths...
what can I say- we are experts in improvising.
anything blue, sea green... we've got a use for it.

And now for the beautiful... out-of-the-box invitation...
First print out the invitation...
This picture has been downloaded from the internet...
The poem written in, along with the time, place, venue etc.

Paste this printed invitation on a piece of hessian cloth... like shown below, and the tie it up with a jute string, stick a few sea shells,a star fish, and voila! the pretty, rustic invitation is done!
Next, to make a box to carry the invitation... take a long cardboard box of approximately the right size to hold the invite, cover it in either brown paper to continue with the rustic look or a pretty blue paper 'coz it was a formal invite.
Stick some pretty straw (I have a whole packet full of it-comes in very handy) and top it with a colorful star fish made with salt dough.
The whole DIY tutorial for salt dough star fishes will soon follow in a subsequent post.
Its real simple and you can make a lot of crafty things with it.

And here is the pretty invitation in a pretty box that has sand and sea shells in it... to go with the flow.

So now that the invite is well and ready, and we move onto the rest of the decor and ideas.
Here is one below- of a pretty Welcome note that you can use as a place card on the table when you are welcoming guests.

Its different and looks pretty along with the rest of the decoration like a fish bowl and a sea-shell decorated t-lite holder.

And in the Army parties or functions... one also has a decorated folder with some blank papers placed on a table in front of the chief guest where she can write down some competition markings or anything else.
So here is the "sea-theme" 3D folder that I made:
It has a couple of sea horses cut-outs and star fish cut-outs to give a 3D effect.
I also glued on some sea shells and some sand at the base, plus a crepe paper folded coral.

here is a peek at the various table decorations that dotted the party venue... some with boats and candles and chalkboard poem (downloaded from the internet)

to hurricane lanterns and metal fish figurine and real star fishes (dried ones)...

We also turned normal jam bottles and cases into rustic t-lite holders with a little seashells and jute strings into pretty t-lite holders!
very easy to do and looks great!

A few scattered hurricane lanterns and wine bottles with a bit or artistically arranged drift wood and hessian cloth to give a seaside beach look in one corner!

The entrance with ribbons and wave cut-outs as well as curtains that have star fishes tied to them...

Flickering candle on a base of sea-shell mirror and a blue ceramic conch shell...
I told you- we used anything we could get our hands on with blue and sea overtones!!
so a ceramic sea shell....

We had a lot of these paper lanterns in our mess, so we got half of them out... and used our grey cells to convert them into pretty jelly fishes bouncing and swaying along in the wind...
They looked beautiful!
again a tutorial will follow soon. 
I promise.

Here they are under the parachute....

All lighted up and glowing pretty as it becomes dark!

Here the jelly fishes along with paper pom poms are decorating the stage....

And now that the decorations are out of the way... we come to the snacks and drinks of the party.
We first decorated the drinks and snacks tray with pretty corals, shells and silver Christmas decorations as well as a glittery blue net cloth....

and we served a pretty drink on this tray, called the Miami Beach..
The recipe of which  is here

While on the tray below, we served Star Fish ginger-lemon cookies with colorful chocolate glaze and pretty sprinklers.... (all made in-house, nothing was bought from outside!) 
dont these cookies look pretty?

and now for the main menu....
here's a peek at the Menu-Card!

The table decoration where the eatables were arranged.... and here is where the hessian cloth (jute/bora) that I talked about in the beginning, comes in handy to take the place of sand, and the silver and blue net cloth to show the waves. The t-lites and the shells as well as the pearls add to the glamour.

You can also add a couple of songs on the sea and the oceans..."samundar mein nahakar" anyone?
and a few games on gems and pearls and sea water....
and you have got a stunning party that will linger on in everyone's mind for a long long time!!
Believe me, it will be the talk of the town and you will definitely be called the hostess with the mostest!

If you have any more ideas that you would like to share that might take up the theme a notch or two...
Do share in the comments below!


  1. This is awesome! What a well planned party - sea sea good!

  2. Such a wonderful theme party! The sea lover in me is beckoning me!
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    1. thank you docdivatraveller for the comments and for dropping by

  3. it's awesome maryam.. looks so good and easy but i know a lot of effort must have gone into it.. what i find so amazing is how creative you get with the resources around you.. u are an inspiration maryam...

    1. yeah saffu- a lot of work had gone into the evening- but it was totally worth it!


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