How to throw a fish themed party: Tony is Ofishally One!
I can’t believe it… my baby Tony is o-fish-ally ONE.
I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that my son is now a toddler. People always say that kids grow up too fast and I guess I’m learning firsthand that it’s true.
I’m so excited to share a few pictures with y’all from what was basically the most special day of my life lol. I’m so happy that our little family made it through this first year. It went by so fast…
I debated for awhile over what to do for our baby’s first birthday party – should we keep it low key and celebrate with family? Or should we have a party with family and friends? We decided to go all out for Tony’s first birthday celebration. Tony is a very social baby and loves being around people. It was important to me that Tony had a good time at his own party so we also made sure to schedule the event around his nap time.
I chose a theme that I thought he’d like (fish!). I’m pretty sure he didn’t care for all the details, but those made me happy (lol).
In this post, I’ll share a little bit about all the fun fishy stuff I used for his themed party. Hopefully this post will give you some ideas on how to throw your own fish themed event if that’s what you’re looking to do 🙂 You may even be able to use some of these things for a similar type of themed party like a mermaid party or an under the sea party!
Why a Fish Party?
I wanted to throw Tony a fish bash for his first birthday party because he loves fish! His favorite book is The Pout Pout Fish. Roby and I started reading this book to Tony soon after he came home from the hospital. It was honestly a life saver when he was a newborn. Whenever Tony would cry, we’d recite the book and he’d suddenly calm down. It’s so catchy and we read it so often that both my husband and I memorized the book. It worked like a charm during long walks, car rides and pretty much during any other situation where Tony needed soothing. Even now, he loves hearing us read it to him.
When I decided to google “fish parties” I found out that they were a thing – especially for first and second birthdays. I guess it’s because fish are cute and because you can say your baby is “o-fish-ally” 1 or 2. I guess you could technically say that for any age but for some reason parents like to do this for baby birthdays. I suppose it’d be weird to have an Ashley is ofishally 30 (cough somethin’) party.
I had SO much fun with this treat table! The food we served/had catered for Tony’s party was not what you might consider “healthy” by any means. I did keep dietary restrictions in mind so that all of our guests would be able to enjoy at least some of the food, but other than that I didn’t worry about serving a few unhealthy treats.
Here’s what was on the treat table:
- Pout Pout Fish Cake – gluten-free cake from a local bakery
- “Goldfish Bar” – assortment of goldfish crackers with candy scoops
- “Live Bait” – dirt cups in little metal buckets that I decorated with fish stickers
- “Chocolate Crab Croissants” – croissants (from Costco) with nutella inside and chocolate drizzled on top
- “Fish n Chips” – goldfish and potato chips
I added a blue fishing net on top of the tablecloth for some color. I also got a cookie cake with “Pout Pout Fish” on it and Grapes that I meant to label “Fish Eggs” but there just wasn’t enough room for them on the table so I put them on another table instead.
Besides the cake, the “Goldfish Bar” was my favorite thing on the table. I’m not sure how well you can tell but I labeled the fish bowls according to the type of crackers in the bowl: Rainbow Trout, Pretzel Perch, Gummy Guppies, S’mores Sweetlips, Cupcake Carp, Goldfish.
I got the goldfish crackers from Target and the fish gummies from Trader Joe’s. The fish bowls are from Michaels.
Before I get to the party decor, let me tell you about how I dressed my baby in the CUTEST fish outfit ever. I bought this adorable baby fish outfit on Etsy – Tony got so many compliments! Did you see his leggings? I LOVE them so much. And that adorable fish tie…
Okay, onto to the party decor! I ordered a custom fish package from this Etsy seller that included:
- 5 fish signs
- 12 month photo banner
- Happy 1st Birthday banner (don’t forget to buy small command hooks!)
- a “Tony is ofishally one” door banner
I also bought this custom Pout Pout Chalkboard Milestone Sign from another Etsy seller. I printed out the digital file that she sent me onto thick poster board from Costco. I put the poster board on an easel (not pictured in this blog post but it was really cute!).
We also made fish using colored paper plates and put them up on the wall using this blue tacky stuff.
Activities + More
We had two activities at Tony’s birthday party: a photobooth and an “Adopt and Color a Fish” table where kids colored white paper plates that we put together to look like fish.
The “Adopt a Fish” activity table was great – it kept the kiddos occupied while the parents ate lunch. Even the babies enjoyed coloring the fish (with help, of course). I bought these large washable non-toxic crayons which were great because we ended up with crayon on the tablecloth and also in the mouths of teething babes. I highly recommend this activity because it isn’t too messy as long as parents are nearby and it’s fun for almost all ages. Plus, the kids get to “adopt” their fish so it’s an activity and a favor all in one!
The photobooth was awesome too! Everyone seemed to really enjoy it. Tony’s super creative glamma/grandma (in the bottom left picture below) created a beautiful blue backdrop made with ribbons and studded it with bubbles (colored styrofoam balls) and fish (made from foil cupcake liners!). She also made two picture frames for the photobooth – one that looked like a star fish and another that said “ofishally 1” and was decorated with seashells! I highly recommend having some type of photobooth – it’s a great way to get pictures of your guests!
That’s it! My Tony is ofishally 1! He’s now a walking, semi-talking toddler! I love you, Tony!