Best Kids Parties: Gone Fishing

Woodstock, Ontario

We're glad to know that Stephanie, part of the Etsy collective Spaceships and Laserbeams ("parties with boyish charm") isn't sloughing off at home! She tells us about her son Sam's second birthday party: One of the things with a two-year-old is that their favorites are always changing. So I wanted to pick a theme that was special to our family. Fishing was an easy choice. Although I don't live there now, I am originally (and quite proudly) from Newfoundland, which is a province in Canada that has an economy and culture that was built around fishing. In addition, my husband is a fly fishing instructor.

Since we couldn't be in Newfoundland for my son's second birthday (we were there for his first), I wanted to bring a little of my home to him. My inspiration for his dessert table was the scenery I remember as a child. Specifically seeing the men out on the community warf repairing their fishing nets. I wanted this table to look as though it could almost be waiting for them to return from a day out on the Atlantic.

The whole look needed to be smart but unfussy - just like Newfoundlanders. And I wanted lots of texture and pattern to reflect the natural and built landscape of the island. The dessert menu included orange basil cake, blueberry shortcake, chocolate peanut butter cupcakes, mint chocolate chip cupcakes, orange mousse boats with a chocolate chip sail, chocolate chip cookies, watermelon "fish pops" and cantaloupe sticks. I like to have a fresh fruit options, especially when with a kid's party. All of the baked goods from Goodness Bakeshop are egg, dairy and preservative free. Ingredients are unrefined, and organic when possible.

In addition to the dessert table photos, I included a couple of photos of the keepsake activities we had during the party. 1) Because my son is two and isn't making his own wishes yet, we had everyone write a wish for him and we hung them around the sparkler candle on his cake. 2) We created a cute fish "guest book" where everyone attending left their finger print. I love it and already have it framed and on the wall in his room.

Thanks Stephanie! Readers, if you're not familiar with them, check out Spaceships and Laserbeams' website and Etsy shop.

(Images: Spaceships and Laserbeams)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.