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!  I am so excited to submit this REAL 5th birthday party I styled for my son’s 5th birthday in early September. 

Nikki Glynn
Great Gatherings and

Party Details:
The theme of Mason’s party was decided this summer after we visited Sea World and he fell in love with the dolphins, sharks and other sea creatures. He loves the ocean and can spend hours on the beach. So, I contacted my friend and graphic designer Lauren McKinsey to design something fun, but clean for his party. I wanted to keep the colors fresh and stick with mainly blue, teal and lime green and white with a few pops of other bright colors here and there. I was inspired by the bright fabric I found that reminded me of ocean bubbles.

Decorations included Mason Jars (yes, I use them every year for Mason’s party!), two bright fun buoys with his name and 5 on them, fun glittery signs, a bookshelf boat used to display cookie favors and fun, brightly colored daisies. Bright balloon columns topped with colorful fish and clear bubble balloon for accents. A lime green octopus balloon inspired giggles and laughs from all the guests.

We had fun, kid food including peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (no crust of course!), chicken poppers, fruit salad, goldfish and the most fabulous cake which delighted the guests. The cake was chocolate with peanut butter buttercream (the birthday boy’s favorite) and vanilla with cookies and cream buttercream and chocolate covered Oreo cookies.

Per Mason’s request, we had Pin the Fin on the Shark and an ocean themed bounce house to work off all their energy.

DIY Projects:  I made the cake stand the cake was placed on by using a candle stick purchased from the dollar bin at Target and a wooden plate from Hobby Lobby. I painted them both white and loved how it turned out!  The door sign was an anchor I painted bright teal and added a glittery ocean reef sign. I stenciled the fun ocean décor on the wooden crates and used it on the children’s food table. The bait buckets were plastic paint cans from Michael’s Craft Store with a bait bucket designed Lauren McKinsey insert. Each guest filled their bait bucket with a fish lollipop, cookie and a fun ocean character cup and bowl.

Shopping/Vendor Details
Event Designer and Mommy- Nikki Glynn of Great Gatherings ( and
Printable Designer/Photographer- Lauren McKinsey (
Glittery sign/banner/tie dye banner- Purple Pug (
Cake and Oreo Cookies- Love and Sugar Kisses (
Balloon Décor and Design- The Balloon Construction Company (
Fishbowl Lollipops- Vintage Confections (
Wooden Spoons- Sucre Shop (
Decorated Cookies- Bambella Cookie Boutique (
Painted buoys- Lake Shore Home (
Birthday boy’s outfit- Ruby and Viola (

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