My four year old loves hammerhead sharks. I love that he loves them, and indulging this affection seemed like the perfect way to celebrate his birthday this year. We invited a small group to join us at the Shedd Aquarium, where we hoped to spy a real-live hammerhead, with everyone meeting first at our home with cake for breakfast.
The cake decoration came to me at the grocery store when I saw a bottle blue sanding sugar next to sugar pearls. The subtle sheen of the sugar, heavier in some areas, lighter in others with the pearls as bubbles gave me the glistening watery feel I hoped for. The unexpected reward of this method is that the crackle and crunch of the thin sugar layer is really good on my standard cream cheese frosting.
This shark garland was very last minute, made from the scraps of past parties. When I was searching for a silhouette for the cake I thought to print a few extra that I would cut out and hang from our chandelier. Sadly, they looked horrible after I painstakingly cut them out, punching a hole in the full sheets of paper did the trick and simple saved the day, once again. It was so easy that I did it all over the house. At last a way to use up those last bits of crepe paper and a half a bag of water balloons.
I loved this party and I will take cues from it for future parties. Making a big to-do over birthdays is kind of my thing, but I am often too tired after all the fuss to really enjoy the festivities. It was a treat to sit back and watch the kids marvel at the aquarium displays and share their joy when we had birthday cake for breakfast.