Are you ready, kids? The sponge is back! Finally, everyone’s favorite absorbent, yellow, porous friend returns to the big screen February 6 in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. So pull on your square pants and straighten your tie -- it's time to bring Bikini Bottom to your home by hosting your very own SpongeBob party for fans of all ages. Bonus: This DIY party is not just for the super-skilled, even not-so-crafty landlubbers can pull this one off.
Nautical nonsense: Create festive under-the-sea decor with ocean-blue tablecloths and twist up green streamers to look like kelp. A cut pool noodle wrapped in wood-grain craft paper and tied with rope makes for realistic pier pilings that fit with the oceanic theme. And make things easy for your guests by bundling plastic silverware with blue napkins tied together with a little bit of twine. Add on peppermint candies colored in with a red edible ink marker and you have tasty little life savers for an extra-sweet decoration.
Tasty treats, ahoy: A yellow-themed candy buffet adds a burst of color to party tables. Paint clay pots a bright yellow spongelike color, and once dry, turn them over and place a glass bubble bowl on top filled with yellow candies. Starburst, Lemonheads and Laffy Taffy are always a hit, and because they’re wrapped they’re easy to scoop and take for later. Label the container with some of SpongeBob’s favorite foods: Kelp Jerky, Barnacle Balls and everyone’s favorite, Yummy Stuff!
Pirate booty: To haul home all that sweet loot have guests make their own favor bag during the party. A yellow party bag with a few pieces of felt and googly eyes makes an instant DIY SpongeBob tote for all your goodies.
Play, away: For an easy party game, have a Jellyfish Jam and hide small jellyfish toys all around the house. Set a timer and whoever collects the most jellyfish toys before the buzzer rings wins a prize!
Just like Mr. Krabs used to make: No SpongeBob party is complete without a big meal of Krabby Patties and Krusty Dogs. These Krabby Patties are made even more special by serving the burgers on croissants with toothpicks and olives transforming them into crab-shaped treats. Just a few cuts with a knife, and ordinary hot dogs become happy little octo-dogs. A special menu item at the Krusty Krab are its infamous Kelp Shakes. Made with lime sherbet and ginger ale, these shakes are much tastier, yet still have a lovely color of sea green. Pineapple pops double as decor and snacks when served on sticks, while little mason jars filled with grape Jell-O look just like SpongeBob’s favorite, delectable jellyfish jelly.
SpongeBob Favor Bag
(makes eight bags)
8 yellow paper bags 9”x 4-¾”
8 pieces brown felt (pants), 2” x 4-¾”
8 pieces white felt (shirt collar), ½” x 4-¾”
8 pieces red felt (tie), ½” x 1-½”
8 pieces red felt (tie), ?” x ?”
16 pieces white felt (teeth), ?” x ½”
16 googly eyes, 1-½” diameter
Felt tip pens
Give each child a yellow paper bag and one piece of each size of felt listed above except for two pieces for the teeth and two eyes.
Let the kids assemble their very own Spongebob, affixing the felt pieces and googly eyes onto the paper bag with adhesive. Then, use the pens to add eyelashes, a nose and a smile.
(makes eight servings)
8 hot dogs
black edible ink marker
Using a small paring knife, slice one hot dog lengthwise down the middle, leaving approximately 2 inches from the end. Turn and slice again to make 4 legs, then carefully slice those legs into a total of 8 legs.
Do this for all 8 hot dogs, then place them on a microwave safe dish and cook for 30 seconds or until heated through.
With an edible ink marker draw a face onto the end of the hot dog.
Serve in buns.
Marshmallow Pineapple Pops
8 lollipop sticks
8 pieces of green gum
yellow edible ink marker
orange edible ink marker
Using the yellow edible ink marker, color the front and top of the marshmallows.
Take the orange edible ink marker and add cross hatch marks across the front.
With clean kitchen shears cut the green gum into leafy shapes and place into the tops of the marshmallows.
Place the marshmallows onto the lollipop sticks and serve.
Jenn Fujikawa is a lifestyle and food blogger in Los Angeles. More of her geeky creations and award-winning recipes can be found on her blog, justJENN recipes.
Supplies: Materials for this party can be found online and at local craft stores and restaurant suppliers. here's where I got mine: