fish ice cube trays at our nearest IKEA. Otherwise, you can pick up similar ones on ebay for less than $5. Our guests were thrilled to see little fish in their glass of blue Hawaiian punch, not to mention, they served their purpose and kept the drinks cool. Keeping my eyes on the local grocery ads helped save us a lot of money - we were able to pick up our goldfish/shark cheese crackers when they were only $1.25 a bag, our shrimp was on sale for $3.99 for a 5lbs bag, and our biggest save was the cheese for only $1 a chunk! It pays to buy food in advance and keep it in a safe place (well hidden from a soon to be two-year-old, otherwise, there would have been no goldfish crackers for the day of the party! He eats them like they are going out of style!) We created some memorable touches to the party with some elbow grease. We had rummaged through our cookie cutters to find some star ones that were used for the 4th of July to cut stars out of our cheese and sausage to resemble starfish. The biggest hit of our party (other than the birthday boy himself!) was the oyster shaped deserts! They were extremely simple to make and a delicious alternative to having a piece of cake. Thanks Brooke! Readers, you can find Brooke blogging at First Avenue. (Images: Brooke Leigh)
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