My starting point for party decor was this Nautical Whale Party from RVParties, my favorite party planning shop. I let Rachel and Victoria (the R and V of RVParties) do most of the work - I just had to cut and assemble. Because throwing parties stresses me out, I didn't go crazy with the decorations. As difficult as it was, I gave my perfectionist, type-A self a break and didn't stress (too much) about having everything match.
I did try to put some effort into the food, since that's always the best part of a party anyway, right? In keeping with the whale theme, I served the following dishes:
-Whale Eggs (AKA meatballs - I used this recipe)
-Sea Snails (pigs in a blanket)
-Ham & Cheese "Seaweed" Wraps (seaweed = spinach tortilla)
-Turkey Hummus "Seaweed" Wraps
-Plankton (Chex Mix)
-Ocean (Funny story, mixing Swedish Fish into partially set-up blue Jello is a good idea in theory, but the resulting bloated, purplish blobs swimming around the gelatin sea were less than appetizing. Live and learn.)
-Cupcakes - the chocolate and white (box mix) cupcakes with (homemade) buttercream frosting got a pass on the cheesy naming
In addition to a special t-shirt (see my post on that here), Jona got his very own smash cake. I baked white cake in a round pan and cut it out and frosted into a whale shape. No, it won't be gracing the shelves of any bakeries, but for a cake whose purpose is to be pulverized by tiny little hands, I think it turned out pretty cute. Jona's reaction was a mixture of awe and horror. Once he figured out that it tasted good, there was more going into his mouth than into the air at least.