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CJ's Shark Themed 5th Birthday Party

CJ is all about sharks, so when he turned five years old, his mom Andrea VandeBerg of Cherry Blossom Events wasn't surprised when he wanted a shark-themed birthday party to celebrate turning five. Andrea created a beautifully designed party for him with a crisp, ocean-inspired palette, creative shark related activities, and lots of simple, super fun details. Our favorite design element is the shark fin, which you can find circling the cake, topping the cupcakes, and even floating as ice cubes. There are so many fun and clever aspects to this day, so be sure to read all about it below in Andrea's party description at the bottom of the post. You can also see more fantastic photos, captured by Laurels and Stars, over in the full gallery.

Party details from Andrea VandeBerg of Cherry Blossom Events:

"CJ’s favorite animal has been sharks for the past year so when I asked him what kind of birthday party he wanted to have I wasn’t surprised at all when he said sharks. He loves learning about all the different species of sharks and what makes each one unique and he had a great time working with Emma to choose the sharks he wanted on the custom shark banner she created for the party. A shark party in WI in the winter is a bit limiting but we brought the ocean vibes inside by selecting different shades of blues in the linens and balloons. I loved how the color combination came together and the adorable child chiavari chairs from Event Essentials. Each party guest got a favor box filled with shark inspired goodies and CJ selected where each of his friends would sit by placing the favors boxes at each seat. We had a great time carrying the shark theme into the food and beverages for the party. My favorite was the shark fin ice cubes that floated in the ocean blue punch. Shark shaped sandwiches and cereal treats along with a shark shaped watermelon to hold the fruit salad were fun touches that the kids loved. Alicia created a beautiful cake complete with circling shark fins and carried that same elements to the shark fin cupcakes. I created a simple chalk board paper runner and took a shark bite out of the corner to create the perfect display for the cake and cupcakes. CJ loved being a part of the planning and came up with the idea for the smelling game that we created. Inspired by sharks excellent sense of smell he wanted to play a game testing everyone “shark senses”. I numbered craft boxes and punched a few holes out for smells to carry through and CJ’s game was a hit. All the kids laughed when they saw the smelly sardines in one of the boxes. Laura from Laurels and Stars did a fabulous job with the photography and we love having these beautiful pictures to cherish from CJ’s 5th birthday party!"


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vendors & sources

Event Design:
Invitations and Custom Napkins:
Cake and Cupcake:
Linens, tables and chairs:
Custom Shark Banner:
Custom T-shirt:
Chalk board and favor writing: Madda Udvari Solner