How to Throw a Chomp-Tastic Shark Birthday Party

Stay for a bite! With these props and party favors, you can throw a memorable shark-themed bash for your little one.

shark party decor cake and balloons
Photo: Caitlin Bensel

Set The Scene

Going full deep-sea is as easy as adding blue-confetti bubble balloons, a few anemone-like Spritz Extra Large Tissue Paper Fans ($8 for three; target.com), and a cool, colossal Shark Foil Balloon ($16; merimeri.com) to bob over the festivities.

Shark Party Food Ideas

Set out snacks that just might start a feeding frenzy. We're talking melon slices with zigzag "shark bites," gummy sharks, and baggies of Goldfish crackers and blue jelly beans. And don't forget some killer table décor, like these Shark Party Paper Cups With Sleeves ($4 for eight; orientaltrading.com), Under the Sea Dinner Plates ($11 for eight; merimeri.com),and Neon Wood Cutlery ($20 for 24; merimeri.com).

shark party food cake and snacks
Caitlin Bensel

Props for a Shark Birthday Party

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Pinup

happy birthday banner
Courtesy of Spritz

Drape the 6-foot Spritz "Happy Birthday" Shark Banner along a table, a doorway, or an empty wall for a jawsome welcome.

To buy: Spritz "Happy Birthday" Shark Banner, $5; target.com.

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Open wide

shark photo prop
Courtesy of Oriental Trading

Dare kids to take a jaw-dropping pic from inside the mouth of the Shark Photo Prop. Later, turn it into a game of "Feed the shark." Tape the nose to a table edge and challenge everyone to toss fish squirt toys into the opening from a distance.

To buy: Shark Photo Prop, $26; amazon.com.

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Flying fish

shark gliders
Courtesy of Oriental Trading

Another way to keep them busy: Get these Shark Gliders airborne in the yard to see whose beast can go the fastest and farthest. It's a sharknado!

To buy: Shark Gliders, $15 for 48; amazon.com.

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Look sharp

shark tooth necklaces
Courtesy of Oriental Trading

Here's a favor kids will really eat up: The Shark Attack Hard Candy Necklaces will appeal to their inner tough guy and their sweet side.

To buy: Shark Attack Hard Candy Necklaces, $16 for 12; amazon.com.

This article originally appeared in Parents magazine's March 2022 issue as "It's a Shark Party." Want more from the magazine? Sign up for a monthly print subscription here

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