Allison Bozeman, of Lyons, Colorado -- owner of BirdDog Press -- threw this creekside shindig for her son Cullin's 4th birthday.
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One fish, two fish, three fish, FOUR. Bozeman designed these letterpress invitations especially for Cullin's big day.
Set the Scene
A creekside location was the perfect backdrop for this stripes and scales-inspired party. A banner made from striped fabric and feed sacks hung from the trees.
A simple tablescape, complete with red-striped table runner and kid-friendly finger foods, provided a home base next to the stream.
Kids took turns casting magnetic poles into a hula-hoop pond to catch foam fish by their paper-clip mouths.
Inspired by gyotaku, the Japanese art of fish printing, kids created their own fish art by pressing white paper onto paint-covered rubber fish.
Bozeman pushed golf tees into a block of floral foam and rested ping-pong balls on top, then let kids squirt water guns to knock the balls off.
Serve Something Sweet
A school of Swedish fish and a fishing pole made from a skewer and baker's twine decorated the dessert.
Guests took home a sweet treat packaged in a small cellophane bag that read "yummy4gummy worms."
Before the party ended, kids watched tiny wooden sailboats race down the creek.
Originally published in the April 2011 issue of Parents magazine.