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Adorable Koi Cupcakes + Inspiration for a “Kissing Fish” Bridal Shower

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Kissing Fish and Fish In the Sea Bridal Shower

These Koi Goldfish Cupcakes are seriously WAY too cute!! Another genius idea from the gurus behind Hello, Cupcake!, this design is actually from their follow up (and equally fabulous) book: What’s New, Cupcake?.

The fish – which are made from those squishy orange circus peanuts, orange peanut butter M&M’s, brown M&M’s Minis, vanilla frosting as the “glue”, and orange cereal O’s (Fruit Loops or Apple Jacks) – sit on top of light blue-frosted cupcakes.

The cupcakes are displayed on top of blue & white paper circles (with blue & white M&Ms sprinkled around) for a fun “Koi Pond” look.

Kissing Fish and Fish In the Sea Bridal Shower

As cute as these cupcakes would be for a kids party, I think adults would appreciate them just as much, and I can’t imagine a more perfect dessert idea for a “Kissing Fish” (or “Of All the Fish in the Sea…”) bridal shower or engagement party theme!

So… using the cupcakes as inspiration, here are some more ideas for this theme:


Kissing Fish and Fish In the Sea Bridal Shower

Above, clockwise from top left
1. Fish bowls filled with blue aquarium rocks and
plastic goldfish make for an adorable centerpiece idea. For a fun twist try super-gluing 2 plastic fish together in a “kissing position” before dropping them in the bowl!

2. Translucent blue glass vases look great grouped together with some tropical greenery or orange & white flowers. HomeGoods is a great place to find translucent colored glass at affordable prices! {image via pics digger}

3. Fill clear vases with blue-tinted water. {Glass Sea Urchin Vases by Roost / image via brides.com}

4. White & Blue Capiz Garlands are great for hanging, wrapping around vases, or using as table runners!

Kissing Fish and Fish In the Sea Bridal Shower

Above: Table Inspiration from a “SeaSide Heights Wedding“. Recreate this look using glass bottles, colored votive holders, white bud vases, white coral, and white bud vases.

Resources: Turquoise Blue Glass Bottles and Turquoise Candle Holders from Luna Bazaar; Decorative Glass Bottles from Sunburst Bottle Co.; and small  IKEA FARM Vases.

Below: Use fishing wire to hang blue, white, and orange paper and honeycomb decorations for a “floating look”. (All available at Luna Bazaar)

Kissing Fish and Fish In the Sea Bridal Shower

Below: Adorable “Kissing Fish” personalized water bottle labels from The Knot Wedding Shop and orange Fish Straws from Birthday Express.

Kissing Fish and Fish In the Sea Bridal Shower

Below: Inspiration for a pretty blue & white candy buffet from a SeaSide Heights Wedding.

To tailor this candy buffet to the “Kissing Fish” theme, I’d mix in some jars of orange candies to tie in the koi goldfish color and sprinkle some orange plastic goldfish around the table. Make sure to include some fish bowls as candy containers too!

Kissing Fish and Fish In the Sea Bridal Shower

Below: These “Fishy Fishy” invitations are gorgeous! They’re wedding invitations though, so they’re a little pricey for a bridal shower (unless budget isn’t an issue, of course!). I love this chic style, but couldn’t find anything similar to this for an everyday party, so I’m thinking I might have to design something soon… =)

Kissing Fish and Fish In the Sea Bridal Shower

And last but not least, these Handpainted Goldfish Stemless Wine Glasses would make a great themed gift for the bride-to-be, and they could also double as decor during the party! (They’d be great as small decorative vases for fluffy white flowers like hydrangea or ranunculus.)

Kissing Fish and Fish In the Sea Bridal Shower


  1. Elisha Akram June 7, 2010 at 8:55 am

    I love the idea!

  2. Pamela Smerker June 7, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Oh my those cupcakes are too stinkin’ cute! Love all of the fish ideas. Thanks!!

  3. Courtney @ Pizzazzerie June 7, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Well if this is not the cutest thing I have ever seen! The glasses and the invites – handpainted, I love it! Thanks for sharing, jenn!

  4. ochottie June 7, 2010 at 10:03 am

    thats intresting and diffrent thats nice for a beach wedding

  5. Brittany @GreyGrey Designs June 7, 2010 at 10:56 am

    ADORABLE! Now I want to do a goldfish party!

  6. The Fairy June 7, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Love those Hello, Cupcake books! Love how it inspired you for this kissing fish party. I could see the goldfish for a 1st birthday too, or even rubber ducks with the blue color you used.

  7. ghost chair June 7, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    wow, I thought it looked kind of like an idea for a kids’ party, but it’s pulled off in such a classy way!

    I love the blue/white color theme, it’s very Grecian!

  8. tomate-cerise June 8, 2010 at 12:00 am

    ♥ Yummy ♥

  9. elle sees June 8, 2010 at 6:07 am

    Cute and perfect for summer!!

  10. My Baby Shower June 8, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I love the Koi cupcakes!!!

    I think they will go great for a baby shower theme also.

    Thanks so much!

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  12. Niceparty June 10, 2010 at 6:02 am

    We made something similar some time ago!!!…
    Our goldfish was real and became the present for the birthday girl…

  13. Murtaza June 11, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Firstly, I’d like to thank HWTM for featuring our capiz garlands. The White and Blue Capiz garlands have been very popular this season and add a nice touch to any nautical theme.

  14. alicia June 23, 2010 at 6:30 am

    These fish cupcakes make me want to kiss a fish!!

  15. anya July 21, 2010 at 12:09 am

    First off, I love your blog! I was wondering what font you used where it says use fake GOLDFISH. What font is goldfish in? Thank you.

  16. Jenn @ HWTM July 21, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Thanks, Anya! That font is called Albemarle Swash. You can download it for free here: http://www.fonts101.com/fonts/view/Serif/19090/Albemarle_Swash.aspx

  17. Angela December 31, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Thank you for the ideas and links! My daughter is turning one next month and these will be a great addition to her party..her name is Koi!

  18. Rosa Trujillo January 3, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Absolutely beautiful, your creativity is very impressive.

  19. Holly May 31, 2011 at 10:29 am

    This is great! I am currently planning a ‘kissing fish’ bridal shower (inspired from those same cupcakes!) and this is so inspiring! Thanks for sharing :)

  20. รับสอนพิเศษ December 29, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Thanks for finally writing about >Adorable Koi Cupcakes +
    Inspiration for a “Kissing Fish” Bridal Shower // Hostess with the Mostess® <Loved it!

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