With its simple lyrics and stick-in-your-head melody, Baby Shark has become a cultural sensation. So why not let the song and accompanying video, created by Korean educational entertainment company Pinkfong, inspire your kid’s birthday party? From decorations and games to food and favors, we hunted down the best Baby Shark birthday party ideas. Toddlers might be the target audience, but there are many fun things you can do (doo doo doo) to plan a shark-themed birthday party that’s fun for everyone—Mommy and Daddy shark included.
Send splashy Baby Shark invitations
The invitation is the first opportunity to introduce revelers to your Baby Shark birthday party vibe. Get their feet wet, if you will, with a baby shark invitation that sets the tone for tail-flipping fun. For instance, ask families to “shark” their calendars for swimming and sunbathing, incorporate a play on words like “It’s Hammertime,” or simply select a cool blue colorway.
Make waves with Baby Shark birthday party decor
Pick a playful palette of pink, blue, and yellow from the YouTube video to create your own oceanic atmosphere. Delight pint-sized partygoers with a shimmering “Under the Sea” banner from Meri Meri, featuring holographic foil fish. Skip balloons and suspend paper honeycombs from the ceiling for extra whimsy. These diamond-shaped designs are perfect; opt for shades of teal, turquoise, or light blue to call all things aquatic to mind. In addition, tying the Baby Shark birthday theme together can be as simple as spelling out a phrase on a message board, whether you incorporate your kid’s age (“Baby shark two two two two two two”) or keep it simple and straightforward (“doo doo doo”).
Hunt down Baby Shark birthday party supplies
No need to track down Baby Shark merch. Keep it simple instead by mixing blue hues for a vibe reminiscent of an underwater world. Fill paper tumblers with juice inspired by the jingle, and look to shark platters to hold snacks. To add undersea flair to your shark themed birthday party, top the birthday cake with glitter candles inspired by sea creatures.
Take a bite of these Baby Shark food ideas
What do baby sharks like to eat? Goldfish crackers, of course! So slip them into cellophane bags with gummy sharks, and shells for an ocean scene that’s cute enough to eat. It’s all about presentation. Whatever snacks you serve, put them in sand pails like the ones you’d take to the beach—clean, of course!
Since baby sharks are always hungry for more (and because a birthday just wouldn’t be the same without dessert), order sugar cookies in the shape of fins or the shark family members themselves. Then if time allows, make cookies, cake, or cupcakes, and top off with a sea of sprinkles.
Play jaw-some Baby Shark games
Dive into the theme with games that will keep kids entertained with minimal work on your part. A Baby Shark birthday party isn’t the best time for finger painting, for example. Instead, consider seeking out simple shark-themed activities such as a magnetic fishing game or a netted shark toss-and-catch set. Alternatively, play “pin the fin on the shark,” by turning your cornhole board into “shark toss” for the occasion instead.
Make mommy sharks and daddy sharks happy
Chances are, the parents you invited had just gotten this tune out of their heads when you brought it back to mind so make it up to your adult attendees by having refreshments fit for grown-up sharks. Shark bite cocktails, complete with Curacao and grenadine, and Landshark Lager both nod to Baby Shark in ways mommy and daddy sharks can appreciate.
Queue (queue queue queue queue queue) up a Baby Shark playlist
You’ll have a chorus of children singing the Baby Shark song all day, so keep everyone sane with a chill playlist consisting of chillwave and garage rock. Think Neon Indian or Best Coast, for example. Anything with a retro vibe that feels hip, beachy, and calm will work––three things a shark-themed party packed with high-energy kids can surely use.
Runaway with these Baby Shark party favors
Give guests something they can sink their teeth into, like shark attack hard candy necklaces. Bubbles are always a good bet, too, as are temporary tattoos in seaworthy styles. However, whatever you send them swimming away with, package favors simply with dip-dyed gift tags denoting each baby shark’s name.
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