Give your little “Great White” an exciting underwater birthday adventure with our Shark Party Ideas! Read on for general party planning tips as well as great shark-themed decorating, food, game, and activity suggestions.
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What Do I Need For the Party?
In addition to basic shark party supplies, like plates, cups, napkins, and decorations, you may want to consider purchasing, borrowing or renting the following items for your Shark party:
- A sprinkler, wading pool or swimming pool
- Cardboard shark fins
- A shark pinata
- Beach balls, Frisbees and other beach toys
Creative invitations build excitement and can increase attendance at your child’s Shark Party. If you have time to make your own, be sure to involve your child in choosing the design and filling in the details. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Pressed for time but still want a personalized touch? Try our Personalized Shark Invitations, which will include your child’s name and all of the party details.
- Cut an oval out of construction paper and then draw sharp teeth on the top and the bottom of the shape. It should resemble a shark’s jaw when you’re finished. Then, write the party details in the middle of the jaw.
- Download or draw a picture of a shark with its jaw wide open. Then use photo software to superimpose a picture of your child looking scared inside the shark’s mouth. Write “Shark Attack Bash” on the top of the image and your party details on the back.
- Include a shark tooth necklace or gummy sharks with your invitations.
- You can include a cute poem on your shark invitation such as:
Come take a bite out of the party of the year,
We’ll swim in the water until sharks appear.
But don’t be frightened these fish are quite cool,
Landon’s birthday will totally rule!
Add to the realism of your party with these decorating tips:
- Make scuba masks by cutting 1″-wide, oval-shaped borders out of heavy paper and taping clear cellophane behind them. Fasten a length of elastic string to the left and right sides of each mask so that your partygoers can wear them.
- Make a treasure chest by covering a large shoebox with brown construction paper and strips of gold foil or glitter paint. Fill it with shells, plastic necklaces, craft “jewels,” and plastic gold coins.
- Purchase Styrofoam rings at a craft store, and wrap them with red ribbon to make life preservers to hang from the back of each guest’s chair.
- Cover the table(s) with disposable, blue-colored table covers, and decorate the top(s) with sand, faux pearls and seashells.
- Use sea-life stuffed animals as decorations.
- Twist together blue and green streamers, and hang them along the walls and doorway(s) in the party area. For a fun touch, hang long strips of streamers in a row across the main entryway to the party area, creating a curtain for your guests to pass through as they come and go.
- Cut out shark and fish shapes from our Shark Cutout Sheet, construction paper, or a coloring book. Hang them from streamers or tape them to the walls throughout the party area.
- Cut triangle wedges of Styrofoam and spray paint them gray. Place throughout the party area to give the appearance of groups of sharks.
When it comes to food, partygoers are usually perfectly content to eat pizza or hotdogs, which is certainly much easier on the hosts! However, if you have the time and would like to serve some ocean-themed treats, consider these ideas.
- Make “Sea Water” by coloring pitchers of apple juice with blue food coloring. You can even add plastic plants purchased from a local aquarium- or pet-supply store to the pitchers for effect.
- Make “shark bite” sandwiches by preparing several cream cheese or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and cutting jagged “shark bites” into a corner of each.
- Use homemade or store-bought biscuit dough to make Shell Biscuits. Press your thumb into the bottom half of each circle of dough to make an indentation, then make four or five shallow cuts along the top to create a scalloped edge. After you bake the biscuits, add a dollop of your child’s favorite jelly to the indented area.
- Make Octopus Ice Cream Balls by placing eight licorice strings on each child’s plate, followed by a large and then a small ball of ice cream. Finish off your octopi by using icing or candy to give them faces.
- Serve shark-shaped cookies made from our Swimmingly-Swell Sugar Cookies recipe.
Shark Party Cake Idea
You can make your own shark cake using our template below and the following directions.
- Bake a rectangular sheet cake and a small square cake using either our chocolate cake recipe or our yellow cake recipe.
- Use our butter cream frosting recipe to make the frosting.
- Cut a wedge shape from the square cake, and place it on top of the rectangular cake to form a shark fin. You may need to secure the fin with a wooden skewer if it will not stand up on its own.
- Be careful to remove the skewer before serving!
- Ice the sheet cake with blue frosting.
- Ice the fin with gray frosting. You can add gummy fish, an icing octopus and/or a small boat as decorations.
Party Favor Ideas
Thank your guests for swimming by with awesome party favors! To find a variety of shark party favors, visit our Shark Party supplies page and click the “Party Favors” tab or the “More Fun Stuff” tab. Some of the favors we have include:
- Bean bag sea animals
- Silly fish squirters
- Fish putty
- Mini plush fish
- Squishy and sticky sea creatures
- Bubble necklaces
- Ocean Stamps
- Sticker books
- Fun-shaped candy and lollipops
Also check out our complete favor sets and personalized products such as zipper pulls, placemats, and stickers.
Party Planning Toolbox
Use the links below to quickly find related theme party supplies, planning tips, printable checklists, and advice from our party planning experts.
- Shark Party Supplies: Includes paperware, invitations, personalized items, favors, and decorations for your party theme.
- Shark Personalized Items: Check out our exclusive personalized items including invitations, bookmarks, stickers, and more!
- Birthday Party Decorating Ideas: This guide will tell you how to decorate for your party theme, what to do with balloons and streamers, how to decorate with food, how to set the table, and how to make your own party decorations.
- Parties Under $100: Use this guide to celebrate in style without breaking the bank!
- Party Budget Estimator: Download this guide to help budget your expenses.
- More Birthday Theme Ideas: Browse our list of over 130 themed party guides to find tips for your child’s next birthday! Each guide includes ideas for invitations, decorations, food, favors, games and more.
Games and Activities
Send your partygoers deep-sea fishing with this fun and goofy game.
Partygoers will get a kick out of this ocean-based relay race.
Any “fish” caught by the “octopus” must help catch other “fish.”
This game will have partygoers crawling all over the floor.
Guests will love the classic game of sharks and minnows.
Partygoers will have a blast keeping their sharks out of the water in this wild race.
Children will go nuts for this shark-themed variation on musical chairs.
In this game, players will follow Mr. Shark until dinner time.
Let children “color” a 3-D picture using glue and colored sand.
Guests will have fun pretending to be fish and avoiding being caught when the music stops.
This is one time when it’s okay for your partygoers to act crabby.
In this game, partygoers try to be the first to get seven cards of the same suit.
Test everyone’s knowledge of the deep blue sea with this fun quiz.
Your guests will love decorating our printable Shark coloring page.