Swedish Fish: Buy the gummy candy in the shape of fish. Can also be used a decoration on a cake.
Cake: An alternative to cutting a cake into the shape of a fish, use a square cake mold, draw a lake on it with a boy or girl fishing. You can use a wallet-sized photo of your child to personalize the child on the cake. Place gummy fish around the "lake" (use same number as birthday, and/or as markers for the candles), with one on the hook of the child fishing. You can give a 3-D look to the cake by having the gummy fish sticking out of the "lake"; use a graham cracker for a "dock", and sit a small figure at the end of the dock with a gummy fish on the hook. The side of the cake can be shaped like waves. Use your imagination.
Gummy Worms: Fish like worms!
How to Play: There are three different variations to the game. 1) Align two or more players around the "sea". Using the magnet, the player must try to attach the magnet to the fishes mouth (paper clip). The player to "catch" the most "fish" wins. The winner then plays the next player, and so on.... 2) A variation on #1, add a blind fold for older kids for more challenge. 3) Relay version (for large parties and lots of kids) - Players must "catch" the fish and run to the bucket (any container will do - located 20 feet away, of course), then pass it to their teammate who does the same, and so on....
Prizes: It is recommended that you use the same prize.
Placemats Print out a fish on 8.5" x 11" or 8.5" x 14" paper, and you have a throwaway place mat.
Streamers: Print out and/or cut out fish shaped pieces of paper (use different colors), and string them together as a "school of fish" which go from one end of the room to the next. You can also attach them to regular streamers with tape, and twist the streamers to simulate waves. Where it meets in the center, you can use a blue piece of construction paper, shape it as rippling water, and hang a piece of string with a hook on it (and maybe even a gummy worm for realism), and this can be where the fish go up for food and continue on.
Decorate Your Steps: Have the kids use blue construction paper to cut out waves and tape them to your steps, your floor, around a snack bowl, just go nuts and have fun with this.
Photos: If you have a digital camera, take pictures of each of the kids and email the picture to their parents.
Thanks You's: You can also stick the Polaroid's into the thank-you's, or if your film processing center gives you an option for "pictures-on-disk", print your own thank-you's with the kids who attended the party on the front. You can put the clip art of the fish on first then put the party image on top of that with a border!.