Dolphin Theme Birthday Party

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Do you have dolphin loving girls in your house? I sure do!

When it came time to plan Rebekah’s 11th and Peyton’s 7th birthday party, dolphins were the obvious theme choice.
My goal was a simple, inexpensive afternoon party the girls could take ownership of. My 11-year-old came up with the majority of decoration and food ideas herself!Dolphin Birthday Party

For an undersea atmosphere, the girls created jellyfish by taping streamers to paper lanterns.Dolphin Birthday Party

A fishing wire tied between the chandeliers was the perfect location to hang streamers in several shades of blue. We simply tore the streamers in long lengths, folded the ends over the fishing wire, and taped the streamers into place.Dolphin Birthday Party

A blue tablecloth set with blue and glass dishes completed the undersea theme.
For the party I ordered a fishing net to lay over the tablecloth. However on party day, I opened the package to find 3 tiny pieces of net, rather than one large piece. 2 important lessons learned- (1)open everything before the actual party day  and (2)read reviews and buy from reputable
2016-03-08_0001For the party, we wanted to serve simple but delicious food. Dolphin Birthday Party

First, we bought plain white iced cupcakes from our local supermarket. My daughter dressed the cupcakes up with edible blue glitter sugar and dolphin cupcake picks she created. To make similar cupcake decorations, simply google ‘dolphin silhouette’, and cut your favorite shapes from blue cardstock. You’ll need two identical shapes for each cupcake. Glue a 4 inch lollipop stick between the two matching silhouettes for a cute dolphin cupcake decoration. Dolphin Birthday Party

Sand pudding is a family favorite dessert, so we had to include it in our Dolphin Party menu.

Sand Pudding

Sand Pudding


  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 2 small boxes of instant vanilla pudding
  • 3 cups milk
  • 16 oz whipped topping
  • golden sandwich cookies (family size package)


  1. Whip 8oz of softened cream cheese with a mixer. Add 3 cups of milk and 2 small boxes of vanilla pudding. Mix until the pudding thickens and the mixture is smooth. Fold in 16 oz whipped topping.
  2. Crush the golden sandwich cookies.
  3. Alternate layers of pudding mixture and crushed sandwich cookies in a trifle dish.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 2601Total Fat: 193gSaturated Fat: 128gCholesterol: 756mgSodium: 1027mgCarbohydrates: 138gSugar: 89gProtein: 37g

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Undersea Jello was also a big hit at the party. We simply added colorful swedish fish to blue jello, then topped the ‘water’ with whipped topping waves and more dolphin picks. Dolphin Birthday Party

And undersea popcorn bar rounded out the party snack menu.Dolphin Birthday Party

The Dolphin Party was a huge success. The girls had a great time, and they loved putting the party together. Happy 11th Birthday Rebekah and Happy 7th Birthday Peyton!Dolphin Birthday PartyDolphin Birthday PartyEasy and Inexpensive Dolphin Birthday Party DIY


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  1. I really want to try the sand pudding! I never thought of making something like that.
    You should be proud of your daughters creativity!

  2. dolphins are so very popular now days. My dil loves them. This theme was awesome and you did it with such style. I love all the great shades of blue and food that you shared with you guest

  3. The theme is difficult as it is but your execution is exceptional! I love everything, from the little cupcakes to the jello with the dolphins! It’s all so amazing! Good job, momma. I’m sure the dolphin lovers are satisfied!

  4. Way to go. You outdid yourself with this dolphin themed party. Beautifully done. What I really want is some of that food!

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