My Party: Daycen

Wausau, WI

Brooke shares some great ideas for your little mermen and mermaid's parties: When my son turned two, he had this crazy obsession with under the sea creatures. (I think it was born from seeing the goldfish in their bowls at the local fair.) To be honest, when we first started putting together ideas for the party, I was afraid there wouldn't be enough to tie everything together. Oh! How I was wrong!

There were SO many things that we were able to use and it didn't cost a month's paycheck either. We were able to pick up 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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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.