Fishy Fun Birthday Party

Sailboat
Julia Vandenoever
Allison Bozeman, of Lyons, Colorado -- owner of BirdDog Press -- threw this creekside shindig for her son Cullin's 4th birthday.
Julia Vandenoever
Julia Vandenoever

Invite Friends

One fish, two fish, three fish, FOUR. Bozeman designed these letterpress invitations especially for Cullin's big day.

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Julia Vandenoever

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 cute, after-school or classroom snack for kids.

Julia Vandenoever
Julia Vandenoever

Party Central

A simple tablescape, complete with red-striped table runner and kid-friendly finger foods, provided a home base next to the stream.

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Julia Vandenoever

Go Fish

Kids took turns casting magnetic poles into a hula-hoop pond to catch foam fish by their paper-clip mouths.

Watch this video to learn how to make a fun fish toy from cardboard.

Julia Vandenoever
Julia Vandenoever

Fish Prints

Inspired by gyotaku, the Japanese art of fish printing, kids created their own fish art by pressing white paper onto paint-covered rubber fish.

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Julia Vandenoever

Knock Off

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.

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Julia Vandenoever

Sip on This

Kids sipped on lemonade with old-fashioned striped paper straws. $5 for 25; fortandfield.com

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Julia Vandenoever

Serve Something Sweet

A school of Swedish fish and a fishing pole made from a skewer and baker's twine decorated the dessert.

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Julia Vandenoever

Yummy Gummies

Guests took home a sweet treat packaged in a small cellophane bag that read "yummy4gummy worms."

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Julia Vandenoever

Sail Away

Before the party ended, kids watched tiny wooden sailboats race down the creek.

Originally published in the April 2011 issue of Parents magazine.

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