Does your little SpongeBob fan have a birthday coming up? Throw him or her the party of their dreams with a SpongeBob-themed bash they’ll remember forever. Here are some great ideas for a birthday “underwater adventure” party for kids.
Go Bold With Color
Kids love bright colors, and SpongeBob’s signature colors, turquoise and yellow, are ideal for turning your party space into an underwater set. Purchase some yellow marine rope from a hardware store and use it as “rigging” along one wall; you can attach it with tape, adhesive hooks, or thumbtacks. Hang turquoise and white balloons and cardboard or plastic starfish, crabs, and colorful fish from the rope to create an underwater feeling. You could also purchase a pre-made backdrop for a wall in your party room. Keep the color theme going with your table coverings and party ware.
Plan at Least Three or Four Activities
Of course kids love birthday cake and party favors, but the main attraction at any birthday party is the games. Children love to play games and win prizes, so plan to spend at least 30-45 minutes on activities.
Balloon ping pong is a favorite with kids. Make paddles by gluing paper plates to popsicle sticks. Use an inflated balloon for the ball. Rules can be simple (keep the ball off the floor) or challenging (string a rope as a “net” the balloon has to go over) depending on the age of the children.
Make a variation of pin the tail on the donkey by having children pin a tie on a cardboard SpongeBob, or use a pre-made game set. Children love scavenger hunts, especially if the party is outdoors.
You can’t go wrong with a SpongeBob piñata, a perennial favorite for kids of all ages. Fill the piñata with colorful candies and SpongeBob trinkets like friendship bracelets and mini-bubbles. Save the piñata for the end of the party just before the children go home so you can contain the piñata mess for easier cleanup.
Continue the Theme with Party Food
No SpongeBob party would be complete without a pineapple. Make fruit skewers with pineapple chunks, berries, and mini marshmallows. Stand the skewers in a box of brown sugar “sand.” Serve “ocean water” to drink; the blue raspberry-flavored soft drink mix makes a pretty ocean-colored drink. You can also replace the labels on bottled water with a personalized label that reads “Bikini Bottom Ocean Water.”
Make a batch of “popcorn kelp” by adding some green food coloring to your favorite popcorn ball or caramel corn recipe. Serve it in individual plastic bags tied with colorful ribbons. Grill up some slider-sized hamburgers for Crabby Patties.
If a large cake isn’t your style, try trendy turquoise and yellow cake pops propped in a bucket of brown sugar sand. Individual cupcakes with fluffy icing in personalized wrappers make a tasty and attractive table centerpiece.
Don’t Forget the Party Favors
Send your guests home with goodies and favors to remind them of the fun event. Give each child a little plastic bucket of sand filled with wrapped candies and seashells. Individual packages of yellow and blue jellybeans, as well as packets of gummy fish, are a cute candy choice.
Throwing a SpongeBob party for your child is a piece of cake with a little planning and creativity. The kids will love an afternoon of underwater adventure.