How to have a fin-tastic shark themed party for kids
Want a birthday party for kids that won't bite? Then plan a comical shark attack party!
This is a party idea that your boy will fall for hook, line and sinker, especially if it's a
pool party or a beach party. But a shark themed party is just as fun at home.
There's no "de-bait" as this party idea will be a scream for the girls, too. I scream, you
scream, we'll all scream for a shark theme! So open your jaws for tasty treats and get
into the shark tank for a shark birthday party that's sure to please.
Start your plan of attack here with our shark party planning ideas:
- Give the birthday kid a shark! Whether it's a plush, a remote control, or a sea of
shark inflatables, shark bedding, or a shark costume, your child will love your
shark themed birthday present:
- Air swimming shark: Here's something that's been on television that your kid
wants: the remote control shark, above center. This shark is an air swimmer! It
requires helium and stays inflated for up to two weeks. It's huge and will be
hugely popular with the kids.
- Huge Shark Plush: Your kid will dive to bet with the kid-sized shark by Melissa
and Doug, above right.
- Shark costume: Halloween will be the perfect time to show off his love of sharks.
Right, the shark attack costume will make a memorable en trance for the
birthday kid and you'll have your Halloween costume ready to go.
- Play shark alert party starter! Provide a lifeguard whistle to each child at the start
of the party and tell kids to blow it every time someone at the party uses the
word "shark." Award a shark sticker to the first kid to sound off. At the end of
the party (or before entering the pool) award a shark prize to the kid with the
- Shark tank game: Fill a small squeaky clean fishbowl with blue raspberry Koolaid
or Gatorade and lots of ice. Gather several thirsty kids and provide each with a
straw. Float a vinyl shark filled with grenadine and have kids sink the shark by
drinking simultaneously. Accentuate the fun by playing JAWs theme music.
- Hammerhead this way! You won't find much shark party supplies in the local
stores, but there are surprisingly enough themed shark party favors and more
when you shop online: including the shark party plates, left. For starters, a
shark piñata, shark gummy candies, and the popular inflatable shark party
favors, immediate left.
- More unusual ways to set the mood for an under water adventure:
- Greet guests wearing a scuba mask and flippers, a lifeguard costume, a
shark attack costume, right, or a card shark costume..
- Set a course for adventure with this seaworthy centerpiece: fill a tall
cylindrical vase with a blue water, wrap a scuba mask around the base
and float a shark toy atop. "Sea" for yourself how cute this can be!
- Make the kids jaws drop! Attack them with their own inflatable shark for
the pool party. It's not a flotation device, so provide with caution and
have plenty of lifeguards on hand.
- Play soothing ocean waves music, left, (download now on your MP3), and
intermix the Jaws theme song.
Shark Themed Gifts for the Birthday kid
If he loves sharks, then you 'll have fun shopping for his birthday because he'll be
happy with anything that has a shark on it. See our shark themed gifts.
- Shark T-shirt: Sink your teeth into this win-win situation. Give the Shark T-shirt,
left, to the birthday boy. It's sure to be a big hit with him and mom will like that it
matches the Shark party plates and napkins. It's a gift that will add to the party
theme. He'll wear the T-shirt long after the party is over and it will remind friends
and family of the best ever shark party.
- Shark birthday card. Whatever the birthday present that's shark related you find,
a must is the swinging shark birthday card left. It will serve as a decoration for
the present table.
Shark party decorations
Their jaws will drop and you'll throw a super party with shark decorations when you
display a real shark. Here's how to set the marine scene and party decorations with
- Take the plunge in the deep blue sea decorations by diving in to these ideas:
- Make waves instantly with crinkled blue cellophane on the walls.
- Hang blue, white and green paper lanterns to create a bubble like effect.
- Add a bubble machine at the entrance.
- Go on the fringe with a metallic streamer curtain entrance at the door.
- Cluster jars of sea foam green and ocean blue candies.
- Make waves for the table. For sea worthy look, select a sea-foam green table
cover and layer it with ocean blue tulle scrunched up to resemble waves. You
may also find some crinkly ocean blue cellophane that you can work into the
display. Sprinkle with vinyl sharks to bait the look. Then drape a fisherman's net
over a portion of the table.
- Show them you're Great Whites! Set up a photo opportunity by a beach sign and
a cutout of big sharks teeth or a bite of a surf board. You can make your own
"Beach closed Due to SHARK sighting" sign or buy the nostalgic sign, left.
- Tarp Diem! Lay out a blue tarp ocean and place inflatable sharks on it. You can
also create a bubble effect by inflating dozens of blue latex balloons and letting
them float on the floor. Pick two similar color tones. Just remember that latex
balloons are choking hazards for kids under three, so choose this decoration
idea only for party goers four and up.
Shark themed party food
Get ready for a shark feeding frenzy with these shark themed food ideas. Here are
party food ideas that will help them open their jaws:
- Discover how to make a cucumber shark for the veggie tray.
- Imagine the chilling beverages you can serve with the shark fin ice cube tray, left.
- Say no to Shark Fin soup or anything else that's fishy! Unless your little Great
White can't get enough fish fingers, serve him something with some taste he
can appreciate. It's a party after all. A fin-tastic lunch idea for your shark theme
party: serve pizza with shark pizza cutter. Even if you don't get the cutter, you
can be happy that pizza is fin shaped. Or serve quesadillas cut into triangles,
which will resemble shark's teeth.
- Catch of the day! An ordinary tuna sandwich is so cookie cutter. If you want kids
to take a bite, use shark cookie cutters to slice both wheat and white bread,
then switch the centers so that a wheat shark is replaced in the white bread
and vice versa.
- Sink your teeth into this idea: you can modify the toothsome treats idea by Family
Fun (apple jaws with almond slivers) to look like shark jaws. Other shark's teeth
options to try: candy corn, pumpkin seeds or white chocolate chips. Now that's a
mouthful of fun.
- Give them a chilling concoction! Their eyes will be agape when you serve them a
chilling drink made with the shark fin ice tray, right. Here are some yummy shark-
inspired drinks that will make their tongues turn blue:
- Sharkade: Rim a glass with a wedge of lime and dip it in blue sparkling
sugars used for baking. Fill the glass with a blue beverage, such as
Gatorade. Garnish with a big blue gummy shark by cutting the belly of the
shark to rest on the rim of the glass.
- Do whatever floats your boat. Instead of serving a root beer float, try a
blue carbonated beverage, like Jones Bubble Gum Soda. Start with a
parfait glass two thirds full of soda and float a few gummy sharks. Then
scoop an ice-cream island to float on top and garnish with a drink umbrella.
- Shark shave ice: Crush ice in a blender and pour in Hawaiian Shaved Ice
Blue Raspberry syrup, left. Pierce a gummy candy shark through a straw.
Check out more blue drink and food ideas.
- Surprise shark attack: Make a game of serving refreshments. Ahead of
time, line up enough paper cups for each child, and place a red drop of
food coloring in most of the cups, but reserve a drop of blue food coloring
for at least two of the cups. Now bury the hidden surprise in ice and
quickly pass out the cups as you announce the game. Pour a lemon lime
soda in front of the children and see what happens: drinks will turn either
blue or red. Red is the shark attack! Award stickers to the shark attack
victims and a toy shark to the survivors.
- Bathing beach beauties - cookies. Recycle your gingerbread cookie cutters and
decorate some bathing suit babes (decorate bikinis and boxers with candies and
piped frosting). Lay them on a sandy shore made from crushed vanilla wafter
cookies, and watch the little barracudas devour them.
Shark birthday cakes
Shark Cake Ideas: It's "Boy bites shark" when you see the yummy shark birthday cake
ideas, shark's tooth cookies and the super easy chocolate shark teeth recipe.
- Shark it up with scary shark-theme cakes and cupcakes: Have them bite in to
something unexpected in their shark cake with a layer of red icing lurking inside.
Or choose red velvet cake, which is a like a shark attack in every bite! Surf the
Internet if you dare for these shark cake picture ideas.
- Make it really easy on yourself, cupcake. While the comical shark fin cup
cake picks, left, look terrific with blue frosted cupcakes, these food picks
look terrific on the hamburger buns or sandwiches, too. A fun effect is to
cut a bite out of your sandwich corner to make it appear as if a shark has
attacked the food.
Shark party invitation wording ideas:
Fishing around for card ideas? Try these wording ideas for your shark party and you'll
be a card shark in no time:
- Dare to swim with the sharks?
- It's Jack's Shark Attack Birthday
- Swim in fun infested waters and join us for a bite of cake
on Saturday, August 22 at 2:00 -5.00 p.m.
- Bring your swimsuit to shark's cove: 123 main street
- It would be FIN-tastic if you can come
- Please RSVP: Lifeguard Pam at 867-5309
- Thanks for coming to my party, I had a JAW-some time.
- How to make paper waves for your invitations. Make waves from paper with a
paper wave punch, right. Use them for the thank you cards, too.
Shark themed favor ideas
There are so many favors and shark birthday party ideas.
- Gummy sharks, dummy! The little shark bait will love Betty Crocker Shark bites
candies, and it's a "no brainer" for a shark themed party favor. They're excellent
for the pinata favors. Buy them in bulk at Amazon and use them for the
cupcakes, snack mixes, table confetti, and goody bags. These colorful shark
candies look fantastic in short clear cups filled with blue raspberry gelatin, too.
You can also place one into each slot of an ice cube tray for the drinks. Juicy
Oozers Sour Gummy Sharks, right, may not be the biggest fish in the pond, but
with their liquid candy center, they make quite a splash. Swedish fish would
another bloody good addition to the gummy lineup.
- Mini shark tank favor. Find small glass fish bowl containers at the dollar store, fill
them with blue colored candies to create an ocean, and top with a vinyl shark
toy. Or stash special shark toy surprise in blue tissue paper or metallic shreds or
- Go rasta, and not the imposta! You'll save money with synthetic shark's teeth
necklaces, but if your budget allows, go for the real thing. Get a dozen rasta real
shark's tooth favor necklaces and you're sure to please kids!
- Go fishing online for more shark favor ideas, such as:
- The Shark toy water gun, left.
- Jawbreakers are super cute if you can wedge them in between the teeth
of a plastic shark toy. Wrap in blue cellophane.
- The shark squirters (four-pack), available online below,
- Shark-themed Little Activity booklets from Dover Publications, like the
Shark Tattoos, left. Look also for "Realistic Sharks Stickers," "Shark
Stickers," "Learning About Sharks," and "Fun with Sharks Stencils, "which
are all around $1.50. And for coloring try "Sharks of the World Coloring
- Shark tank bubble favors from Oriental Trading includes a wand that's
shaped like a shark.
- Make your own shark suckers using the shark lollipop molds, below.
Shark party games and activities
A party at the pool, beach, or aquarium is excitement enough (no extra activities
needed), as is a party featuring a Slip N' Slide. But the kids will get along swimmingly if
you add these fun ideas:
- A great "Great White" game. A classic party game for kids is "guess how many."
Count and place gummy sharks into a jar (or jelly beans with a few gummy
sharks lurking in the jelly bean waters). Who will sink their "great whites" into
these? The kid who guesses the right amount!
- Have a Great White Water ride. A Shark Slip N' Slide is a fun and easy way to set
the scene outside. It's a decoration and activity in one and much cheaper than a
bounce house! Alternatively, try the Banzai Shark water slide, which inflates with
impressive jaws that you can use as an entrance to your party, then move it
later outside as an activity. Whether or not water is involved in your party, the
kids will love getting eaten by the shark and it makes a great photo opportunity
for the thank-you cards. The Bonzai shark Spray water pool is super affordable
at just twenty bucks.
- Play sharks & minnows. This pool game for 4 or more swimmers requires adult
supervision, an adult swimmer and lifeguard to supervise. (A whistle helps.) How
to play Sharks and Minnows: start by dividing into teams of sharks and
minnows. The sharks get into the pool, while the minnows stand at the deep
end of the pool. Minnows dive in and try to swim to the other side. Sharks try to
tag minnows, but they can't tag swimmers under water. Minnows earn a point to
get to the other side. The team with the most points wins.
- Bait them with shark facts. The "Everything Sharks Book," left, makes an
educational birthday gift and you may even inspire a career in marine biology.
- Launch a carefully planned shark attack. Entertain kids for a pool party with the
shark shooter water bombs, right. Soak them in water and attack an
- Give them shark tattoos. You get eight small shark tattoos in each dover book in
the booklet, left. Waterproof and safe, booklets are $1.50.
- Play musical towels. Lay out beach towels fanned into a circle or in a long line,
and make sure you have one less than the amount of party-goers. Then play
shark music. It's easy when you load Jaws theme music to your MP3 player. The
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Cinema Sound & Stage Orchestra has a festive
version that's perfect for a party, right, but you may also find the Jaws Movie
theme music. When the music stops, each child must find a towel. Make each
child a winner but with a grand prize for the child remaining on the last towel.
- Have a shark ring toss. Test your skills on the Big Kahuna, a 26-inch inflatable
floating shark and 2 - 8" throwing rings, lower left. This shark floats in the pool
to double as decoration.
Shark Party resources
Looking for more shark party ideas? Then you'll get along swimmingly with people
who've already planned their shark parties. See their shark themed ideas for cakes,
favors and more:
- Serve up some fun! It's his birthday party, but you're the mom and should have
fun too. The shark bite oven mitt, left, is an inexpensive way to preserve the
memory of his party and encourage the kids to take a bite of freshly baked
- Have a bite of fruit. Turn your favorite summertime fruit into an edible centerpiece
with a shark watermelon.
- Dive into Flickr: Get into the shark tank on Flickr now to see these shark themed
party ideas in action:
- Buckets of fun. This shark bait favor idea stashes Swedish fish and other
fishy party supplies in a tin bucket favor pale, then wrap in blue
cellophane, curling ribbon, and your own shark bait favor tag.
- A cupcake sighting. These shark infested cupcakes will make waves. Start
with wave motif on blue construction paper, then highlight the crust of the
wave with a black Sharpie pen.
- Shark sightings! Here's something the birthday kid will love: Shark Week. You
can see it for free on your computer through Amazon . Give a month of free
shark sightings with the trial
Real shark birthday parties....
So you think that planning a shark party is "no day at the beach"? Well, here are some
of our online friends who've already had a shark birthday parties and survived:
- Frosted Shark Birthday: This is such a fin-tastic shark birthday filled with
wonderful ideas from Frosted Events.
- Nate's Shark party: The plan of attack for your shark birthday party is to see how
Nate had his party.
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