I started with a themed invite - below is the wording I used, and I added a picture of Spongebob and printed them out myself!
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea…..Spongebob Squarepants
wants you to celebrate turning 4 with me!
￼(I inserted the picture of Spongebob here)
Evan’s 4th Birthday Party!
555 Anywhere Lane
Saturday, January 5th
12:00pm - 3:00pm
RSVP by January 22nd
555-555-5555 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SEA you soon!!
This table invited the guests to grab a Spongebob hat to start off the party right! The centerpiece "big" Spongebob is actually a pinata that you will see below in pics too, and the hat on Spongebob's head will also be used for one of the festivities. I figured it was a good idea to use the pinata as part of the decoration before it got smashed to bits! LOL
What better game to play then pin the tie on Spongebob! SO easy, just get yourself some yellow poster board and then cut out some white for eyes and shirt, brown for his pants. Then cut out some red ties that the kids can each try pinning on Spongebob (you can write the kids names on the ties so you know which tie belongs to which kid)!! So much fun! Also, note that the hat in the first pic is being used here instead of a bandanna to hide the kid's eyes - we just pulled it down low enough that it would cover their eyes so they couldn't see while playing this game.
I got these cute hanging lanterns right from my local dollar store and then just printed out some Spongebob pics from online and attached one to each lantern - cheap easy decoration!
These were the kid's goodie bags - another dollar store find, I just dressed them up with Spongebob stickers and the children's names in permanent marker.
Of course these were filled with gummy crabby patties!
Every birthday party has to have balloons. So why not make the balloons part of a game? We had the kids go jelly fishing, but with balloons that I tossed up in the air - the object of the game was to catch the balloons with the net before they fell to the ground! The kids LOVED this game! And again I found both the balloons and the jelly fishing nets at the dollar store! Love a good bargain!
The above picture shows the Spongebob pinata that I made out of two brown paper bags that you would get from your local grocery store. Then I made the paper mache and did a few layers of that, letting each layer dry in between. You could also make a smaller one out of an empty cereal box. Of course I filled the pinata with candy as well!
Well I must admit that the thought of even attempting to make a Spongebob cake totally stressed me out! Besides, I saved so much money on party decor and the other things for the party so I decide to splurge on the cake. I am so glad it did! Thankfully I just to happen to have a great friend who makes these awesome cakes for a living, so she totally hooked me up with one of the best cakes I've ever seen - it was just as delicious as it was gorgeous!