Polka Dot Goldfish 2nd Birthday Party!

Hi Party Gals! This 2nd birthday party is absolutely one of the cutest we have featured – a GOLDFISH BIRTHDAY PARTY! The running commentary in my head while I looked at the photos was “oh my gosh that’s so cute… OH MY GOSH she MADE That… OH that’s SO CUTE… AAAH MUST SHARE“. So now, you lucky fishies get to see what all the fuss is about! See Vanessa Craft is the party-styling mom behind this party and happens to be a fellow blogger that I got to meet at one of my book signings. HEART her.

polka dot goldfish 2nd birthday party

Vanessa planned this party from out-of-town (it was held at the grandparent’s house out of state) so she had to figure out decor + food from miles away! She did lots of DIY projects + reused old party supplies for the party decor!


  • Vanessa reused the “O” from her son’s first birthday and added the “T” + “W” to her collection. She purchased them from Jo-Ann and spray painted them (isn’t spray paint the best?). She added mini cardstock-bunting to the “O” for extra party pizzazz!
  • Orange and blue balloons were used to make the adorable party wreath! Get the full “how-to” for this wreath here on How Does She!
  • Under the tent and around the patio, Vanessa hung fish lanterns and crepe paper chandeliers! “My very awesome mom and grandma sewed blue and orange crepe paper together to give it a ruffled look and I glued them to large metal rings that I found at the craft store. For the fish lanterns, we glued giant googly eyes and tails to orange paper lanterns I found at Hobby Lobby.” – Vanessa
  • LIVE fish were the centerpieces! Don’t worry, no fishies were harmed (Whoever wanted a fish bowl at the end of the party took home a new pet with baggies of fish food and care instructions).


  • She served up chocolate covered pretzel rods with orange + blue sprinkles, polka dot chocolate dipped blue filled Oreos, fishy marshmallow pops (SO CUTE), orange + blue cupcakes, fishbowl cookies, and cake!
  • The cake even had ORANGE + BLUE layers in it! This is SUCH a cute party tip for adding a little pizzazz to birthday cakes. Food coloring can be a great thing, can’t it?!
  • The kids were served PB&J cut with a fish cookie cutter and gummy fish jello. She found the orange gummy fish at the dollar store, score! Blue Hawaiian Punch (aka OCEAN WATER) was served up for drinks! Vanessa cut a fish shape out of sticky chalkboard paper to label the “ocean water” and had matching polka dot straws and blue cups complete with a fish on each one.


  • Goldfish Cracker Bar (SO clever) – guests got to bag up a variety of goldfish flavored snacks to take with them!
  • Goldfish cookies were also given out for a little sweet treat on-the-go!
  • Vanessa’s like me – she likes favors! She also gave out little kid’s craft gifts. “My rockstar grandma and mom sewed fish pouches for everyone and we placed goldfish crackers inside. I made fish crayons for the kiddos using ice molds from IKEA and fish soap in a bag using Little Birdie Secrets tutorial.”

gold fish party favors


“Because we had a wide range of ages at the party, I decided to have activities available that the kids could do at their own pace if they want to. The kiddos colored fish puppets, fish cutouts glued on popsicle sticks, and enjoyed a bubble station. We also had a bubble machine going, which the birthday boy loved! Mostly, the kids just ran around! We also made sure to take a photo of the guests with homemade party hats on, a tradition we started last year. I made the birthday boy’s hat and shirt out of felt.” – Vanessa


Party Styling: See Vanessa Craft
Fish graphics, party printables: Kindly Reply
Polka dot cups & straws: Bake It Pretty
Orange cupcake liners & nonpareils: DK DeleKtables
Orange paper lanterns, polka dot plates, goldfish bowls: Hobby Lobby
Cardboard TWO letters, polka dot oreo molds, bubble machine: Jo-Ann
Cricut cartridges used: Cricut Lite Cupcake Wrappers (purchased on ebay) & Create A Critter (purchased at Michaels)
Cake, cupcakes, cookies: Vanessa’s Mom

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    1. Hi Vanessa. This birthday party must have been so much fun. I have one question. What did you dip the marshmallows in? The blue?

      1. You can get candy melts at Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, etc that come in a multitude of colors. Check in the cake decorating aisle. :)

  1. Nancy McPherson says:

    Super cute party! Love the marshmellows and layered cake and cupcakes!

  2. What a fantastic party! I absolutely adore the fishy marshmallow pops…amazing!

  3. What an adorable party! Congratulations on the creativity!!
    Your an awesome mom!! :) Thanks for sharing!

  4. Those may be the cutest decorated marshmallows I’ve ever seen. Yep, I’m pretty sure they are. Brilliant!

  5. Joyce Boswell says:

    Our Bible School Theme this year is Underwater Adventure, Go Deep with God. We ,are decorating with fish and those fish pops were so cute I’ve decided to make some for Bible school treats! As well as the fish paper lanterns!

  6. Such a cute party! I love it all! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Gina O'Mara says:

    HI! It looks adorable! I’d really like to know how the fish marshmallow things were made. Can you share?

  8. Where did you get the cute tags like “Thank you for swimming by?” They are too cute!!

  9. Planning a party for my little one, and you just gave me so many ideas. Ocean Water Juice, brilliant! Thank you so much!

  10. What a cute party!!! is the fish snack “ottotto”??
    I hope to have such a party.

  11. Can you share how you did the hanging streamers? How did you get them krinkley?

    1. HiWindi! You might want to reach out to Vanessa (link in the post) as she threw this party and would know better :)

  12. Do you think your mom would share her pattern for the fish bags?

  13. This looks great! Thanks for sharing it and the other recipes at the Pinterest Power Party – we’ll be featuring this in tomorrow’s party!

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