We decorated with lots and lots of fish cut outs. There were fish everywhere! Thankfully, I found them all at the party store so I didn't have to trace them all with my projector. Did I mention the use of fish cut outs in decorating?
Given the attention span of most four-year-olds, we provided plenty of short activities:
magnetic fishing with activites printed on the back (that would explain the crab-walking, fish-face-making kids)
- decorating cardboard fish to glue on gift bags
- creating octopi from paper cups and streamers
- reading the Rainbow Fish
- playing "minnow, minnow, SHARK"
- pinning fins on the fish
- breaking shark pinatas
- and (of course) eating cake and opening presents.
It was plenty of fun, even if the wind made it so Matthew only pretended to blow out candles. There was always the fun adrenaline rush from hearing helium filled balloons and/or those 4/$1 punching balloons randomly popping. Thanks to everyone for coming, especially Matthew's special request for his awesome primary teacher to attend. Also, thanks to my friend, VT, (whose blog is private) for taking all the pictures: they're great!