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CAUTION: Sharks! & Scuba Birthday Party

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Du-na, Du-na, Du-na... que the dramatic Jaws music for this amazing Shark/Scuba Birthday Party by Abigail of Paper & Cake. Abigail took inspiration from her son’s new obsession – sharks – and created this ultra-creative & colorful birthday party!

A few of my favorite details include the homemade scuba tanks, the huge cardboard shark cutout in the front lawn, and the adorable felt shark fins that all the party-goers wore. I also LOVE the addition of the Scuba symbol… genius! The sand-and-sea-shell centerpiece and beach towel table runner were the perfect details to complete this party.

shark and scuba birthday party

Scuba Straws and Shark Tea

Read on for lots more colorful, creative photos & party details…

shark and scuba birthday party

PARTY DETAILS, as told by Abigail

“For my son Jack’s 6th birthday party, he and I decided on a shark theme – mostly because he is completely obsessed with sharks and all things underwater. We decorated with a printable set, in addition to a couple of easy craft projects to turn the house and yard into shark infested waters.

Lucky for me, Jack is still a big fan of dress up, so we provided home made scuba tanks and shark fins along with dive masks, for all the kids – some even wore all 3 at the same time! Sharks and SCUBA divers roamed in and out, up the backyard climber and down, even to the SCUBA smoothie station inside. My patient husband made custom smoothies, topped with whip cream, for all who wanted them.

When you get a house full of 6 year old boys, they tend to have a LOT of energy, an obstacle course is just the cure for that. Line them all up outside, put a couple of 6 ft great white sharks made of cardboard in their way, and BAM! They will run themselves silly – and then some.”

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  1. Laura June 9, 2011 at 4:50 am

    I love this party! So creative- love the scuba tanks!

  2. katrina June 9, 2011 at 5:02 am

    Finally something for the boys that is the equivalent to the “fairy wings”! Love that shark fun :) too cute!

  3. ZOILA @ SQUARED PARTY PRINTABLES June 9, 2011 at 5:56 am

    The scuba tanks are positively genius. Such a creative theme.


  4. ZOILA @ SQUARED PARTY PRINTABLES June 9, 2011 at 5:58 am

    The scuba tanks are positively genius. Such a creative theme.

  5. Jennifer June 9, 2011 at 6:35 am

    The shark fins and scrub gear are too stinkin’ cute!

  6. Libby James June 9, 2011 at 6:38 am

    This party is swimming with so much creativity! LOVE all of the details!!

  7. Vanessa June 9, 2011 at 7:04 am

    What a great party theme! I’ll have to keep it in mind for my sons birthday next summer.

  8. I think my favorites are the caution signs and the shark fins lol- Sarah http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/

  9. Jenna June 9, 2011 at 9:24 am

    I LOVE THIS! Such creativity is awesome!!!!!!

  10. Mindy June 9, 2011 at 9:48 am

    haha love the shark fins!

  11. Heather of Kitchen Concoctions June 9, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Love all the dress up gear!

  12. Susan Huber June 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Every touch is clever and doable! Made me wish that one of my kids was young enough for this theme!

  13. www.StarHughes.com June 9, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    That blue frosting on the cake looks AMAZING! Yum!
    Star Hughes Living

  14. Stephanie @ Spaceships and Laser Beams June 10, 2011 at 8:14 am

    I love this!!!! LOVE.

  15. Sandra@ribbonsandfavors.com June 11, 2011 at 7:52 am

    This looks like a party filled with FUN. The cake is just great.

  16. Renee @ the Creative Orchard June 12, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I am a huge fan of scuba diving and this is such a great party theme! The scuba tanks are so clever.

  17. Lissa June 14, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Oh my goodness – this is so incredible! I’m trying to plan my twin boys’ 8th birthday party for this summer right now. Off to the Etsy site…thanks!

  18. Melissa Finn June 20, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Nice idea with the fin lol I like sharks

  19. Do {Piggy Bank Parties} August 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    This is one of my favorite parties from Abigail! I LoVe the scuba tanks!

  20. Melinda Esham August 22, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Planning this party for my son’s birthday. Love the scuba tanks. Wondering what type of bottles you used?

    • Genette April 2, 2013 at 10:20 am

      hey did you find out what or where the bottles come from?

  21. Elizabeth September 30, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    SO AWESOME! We are also planning a shark party for my son’s 3rd bday. Can I ask how you made the shark fins and got them onto the shirt?

    • Renee Toth April 21, 2012 at 6:51 am

      What a wonderful party! I am planning a shark birthday for my 7yr old and I would love to know how you made the shark fins and how you got them to stay on a shirt?????

  22. Dori Mirkow June 19, 2012 at 4:29 am

    Shark Whisperer Organization announces Shark Themed Birthday parties with a conservation theme and educational program focus, contact Sara Brenes Shark Whisperer today to learn how you cand arrange for your Shark Themed birthday party today!

  23. Nikole Ordway June 19, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    That is so cool,,,great idea!

  24. Jena @ HappyLittleMesses.com November 12, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    My son is obsessed with scuba diving, so for his 4th birthday, we’re planning a swimming party at the local YMCA. I’d love to make little scuba tanks as party favors. Do you have a tutorial for your tanks?

  25. Catherine Holt July 11, 2013 at 5:40 am

    How amazing is this party. I love all the details, the shark fins, the scuba tanks, the cupcakes….absolutely everything about it!

  26. Kelly Carter April 22, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    How did you make the homemade scuba tanks?

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