I was driving Claire to school one day when I had the idea for a Fishy Themed party to celebrate her fourth birthday. By the afternoon I had completely planned the party on paper, nevermind that her birthday was six week away! The pre-planning was really unlike me, but I do have to say it helped me keep my budget in check, know what I was looking for, and it gave me less stress the day of the party. It also kept me from letting my imagination get the best of me and spreading myself too thin for a party... which I have a tendancy to do.
Moral: Plan ahead. It works!
Claire's Birthday falls the last week of June which is nearly always over 100 degrees where we live. I thought the colors of blue and orange were great for a summer birthday and adding in the 'Fishy' aspect was a fun personal touch because Claire LOVES fish crackers!
All of the decor had orange or blue included, it was actually pretty easy to find things to match the color scheme...
I made this paper penant banner using a few pieces of scrapbook paper I had on hand and my silhouette machine... it took one hour exactly start to finish and I thought it looked absolutely adorable. I strung it with some twine, which gave a nice touch.