While you likely can't afford to send all of your birthday party guests on a cruise, you can do the next best thing by throwing a cruise-themed birthday extravaganza. Creating an event of this type is a simple way to add excitement to a standard birthday gathering. Carry your theme through your entire event to create a gathering with continuity and style.
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Ship Ticket Invitations
Establish your theme with your invitation by creating ship ticket invitations. Using a word-processing or desktop-publishing program, design invitations that look like cruise ship tickets. Select cruise-relevant vocabulary, such as "bon voyage" or "set sail" when wording your invitation to make your invite proclaim cruise-themed good times.
Ocean View Accents
On a cruise ship, the ocean is almost always in view. Unless you are lucky enough to live along a waterway, this is likely not the case at your home. To create the appearance of being near the water, craft ocean-themed accent pieces. Using an ocean image, create portholes and place them around the party. Cover any large windows with ocean posters so it appears that, as on a cruise ship, the ocean is everywhere you look.
Tropical Drink Accessories
Many cruisers pass their time sipping away at fruity drinks. Echo this pastime at your gathering by preparing an assortment of tropical beverages and topping them with the ubiquitous paper umbrellas. To really set your drinks apart from the rest, purchase large novelty glasses in which to serve them, as containers of this type are common on cruises.
Sounds of the Ocean
Set the scene with sound by playing an ocean sounds CD in the background. Select a sound CD that features ocean waves lapping, birds calling or even tropical steel drums. Play this CD at a low volume during your party so that it seems to be natural background noise.
Deck Chair Seating
Trade your standard seating for a more cruise-appropriate choice. Many individuals enjoy lying out on lounge chairs in the sun while they cruise through the blue ocean. Purchase or borrow a collection of outdoor lounge chairs and set them up in your party space. Decorate them by festooning them with beach blankets or tropical-print throws.
Birthday Boy Captain's Costume
Make the birthday boy stand out from the rest of the party guests by providing him with a captain's costume. Rent or buy a cruise captain's costume, or simply purchase a hat for him to wear as a token of the fact that he is leading the helm of the party. This festive touch will likely make the birthday celebrant feel special on his big day.
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