Gone Fishing Party Theme Table Idea

Hey Readers!

I wanted to do something special for my other half for his birthday last year. He was turning the Big 4-0, yet has never been big on celebrating in a splashy manner. Since my guy does so much for our family, I could not let this important milestone go by without some kind of fun. So I thought for a few days on what my guy would like for me to do for his B-Day, and I came up with this small, yet fun theme party idea that he would find fun. Since he loves fishing, I thought I could put together a cute “Gone Fishing” party area for everyone to sit around and enjoy to celebrate his special day!

If I didn’t already love craft and dollar stores already, I certainly started after putting together this idea! Here are the supplies I used  to put this party theme idea together:

Bunting Supplies:

  • Card Stock
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Measuring Tape (not pictured)
  • Tacky Glue (not pictured)
  • Box Cutter (not pictured)

 

Reese Speaks Gone Fishing Bunting Supplies Photo 2

 

Water Table Supplies:

  • White Plastic Table Cloth
  • See-Through Teal Shower Curtain
  • Rocks,
  • Faux Greenery
  • Blue and Green Food Colouring
  • Glass Bowl
  • Plastic Wildlife
  • Balloons
  • Floating Floral Candles
  • Packing Tape (not pictured)
  • Sandy-Coloured Sizzle Paper (not pictured)

 

Reese Speaks Gone Fishing Table Supplies Photo 2

 

I tackled putting together the bunting together first because it is the most time-consuming part of this theme to create. My first move was to find a spot I wanted to set up my surprise and measured the space so I would know how big I would need my letters to be.

To make triangles for my bunting, so I measured the size I wanted for each piece of card stock. Based on my measurements where it was going to hang, I found I could get two triangles out of each piece. I only needed eleven letters, but I made a few extra just in case I goofed up when writing on them.

 

Reese Speaks Gone Fishing Measure Bunting Photo 2

 

I cut out each triangle shape, scoring each one about two inches from the top so it would be easy to fold. I scored each piece about 2 inches from the top and folded it down. I then wrote out the letters on the pieces.

 

Reese Speaks Bunting Cutting Collage

 

Since I knew how big the area was for this theme table, measuring out the length of yarn I needed was the fun part of this task. I spaced the triangles along their lengths so there would be about 3 centimetres between each letter. When I put together this idea again, I will try using twine instead of yarn.

For my own piece of mind, I lined up all of the letters in the order that I would be attaching them to the piece of yarn so, in my tired state of mind, I would not flub up and mistakenly put a letter in the wrong spot.

I placed the first triangle on the yarn and applied tacky glue along the scored line of the triangle. I moved the yarn on the line of glue and folded down the flap, smooshing it down so the glue would adhere to both sides of the cardstock and the yarn. Once all of the pieces were attached to the yarn, I placed it, face (or letter)-side down to dry (for about 10 minutes). I also placed heavy objects on top of each letter to make sure the flaps stayed in place to stick together.

 

Reese Speaks Gone Fishing Gluing Bunting Photo 2

 

Now on to the more creative part of this theme table: the water table. I was trying to achieve the grassy banks we would see along the river we would see whenever we went fishing with my other half’s father. I decided to use the sand/water table our kids have in our backyard, and I put the cover over it so I could have as flat of a surface as possible. I then spread the see-through teal shower curtain over the white plastic table cloth over the table, affixing them to the table with packing tape.

 

Reese Speaks Gone Fishing Table Covering Photo 2

 

Placing the grass around the back and the side of the table was next. I fanned each piece out and tried to make it look as “natural” as possible. I kept these pieces in place with packing tape and folded the extra bits at the bottom under the table.

 

Reese Speaks Gone Fishing Table Grass Collage Photo

 

To make my “pond,” I placed my glass bowl in the center of the table and added water to it. I then added ten drops of blue food colouring into the bowl, followed by about five of the green colour. After swirling them together, I then played around with each colour until I got the right shade of teal that matched the shower curtain/table cloth covering.

 

Reese Speaks Gone Fishing Table Water Colouring Photo 2

 

The sizzle paper was a spur-of-the-moment idea I had when I felt that the grass looked a bit sparse. Thank goodness for my pack-rat ways! I then ran into my storage area where I keep all the sizzle paper I received from a previous review products and added it to fill in spaces between the grass to make it look more grass-like.

Next stop: decorating time! I place my animal wildlife, rocks and floral touches all over the table and inside of the bowl to add more fun.

 

Reese Speaks Table Decor Collage

 

It was time to bring out the bunting! Since our porch kind of looks as though it could be a dock, I hung the bunting above the table to bring the theme together. I then added more sizzle paper and balloons along the rails to add to the theme and to make it look more festive.

 

Reese Speaks Gone Fishing Bunting Complete Photo 2

 

What kind of fishing trip is complete without chairs to sit in?! I rustled up two of our camping chairs and added some balloons to add even more fun to this theme table.

 

Reese Speaks Gone Fishing Table Chair Balloons Photo 2

 

The second-to-last bit of business I had to deal with was the fishing gear. I added the finishing touches by placing the two fishing poles on each chair.

Now I was able to show the birthday boy the reason why I got out of bed on his birthday. He was surprised since this was my first attempt at putting together a theme table like this in a short amount of time. We all had fun on my guy’s 40th B-Day! It was great to sit back and pretend to be at the lake without leaving the comforts of home.

 

Reese Speaks Gone Fishing Feature Scene Photo 2

 

What I like about this Gone Fishing theme table is that it does not have to be just for a birthday party. This table can act as a water play table for quite a while, and the items used can also be used again for other ideas or playtime. You can also change what the table looks like, or expand the theme by adding fish themed snacks or cupcakes. The lid for the water table can be removed and you can have a different design all together. The sky’s the limit with this Gone Fishing theme table!

Cost to put this theme together – roughly $60.

Length of time to complete – about 3 hours (I adjusted the time a bit because I had to take photos as I put this idea together).

What sort of thing would you add to make this Gone Fishing theme table fun?

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese

 

Reese’s Fishing Adventure, 2013

Hey Readers!

Here in Ottawa, it is going to be a balmy -20°C, and I am LONGING for those warm, lazy days of summer.  Then the dusty ol’ light bulb flicked on in my head, and I remembered that I had forgotten all about my latest battle of wits versus the fish while I was visiting my boyfriend/partner’s parent’s home last summer, and I was transported back to that day on the boat.  Sure, I was sweating like crazy in my sweater to keep the mosquitoes at bay while wearing enough bug repellant to cover three people, but I enjoyed every minute on that boat!

On this trip, it was the same gang as last time, except my boyfriend/partner stayed behind to be with our little ones.  We all but duck taped my eldest daughter to her seat, as she loves going fishing, as is getting better at it each time she goes out.  Granndpa was at the helm of the boat, guiding us along the Napanee River that flows just minutes away from his home, and taking us to the prime fishing spots along the way.

Below are some shots of the scenery we had a chance to experience on our way to our first fishing spot.  There were some other fishing crews out on the river, too, trying to see if the fish were biting but  Grandpa was able to shake them off of our trail!

These are just some of the beautiful pics of scenery we had the advantage of being out on the Napanee River last summer.  This is not helping me deal with this freezing cold weather!

These are just some of the beautiful pics of scenery we had the advantage of being out on the Napanee River last summer. This is not helping me deal with this freezing cold weather!

Some of our casts were successful…

This was so much better than last year!  We lost a few while reeling them in, but we were proud of what we caught!

This was so much better than last year! We lost a few while reeling them in, but we were proud of what we caught!

while others were not.

Grandpa is showcasing our

Grandpa is showcasing our “Other Catch of the Day.” We caught a lot of weeds in our line.

We even had a few friends drop in for a visit.

Dragonflies are some of my favourite flying beings.  They are inspiring, and are a sign of positive change.  I guess my Lady Luck will smile down on me to get some fish!

Dragonflies are some of my favourite flying beings. They are inspiring, and are a sign of positive change. I guess my Lady Luck will smile down on me to get some fish!

Overall, it was a fabulous few hours fishing.  I am by no means the seasoned angler I want to be, but I am getting closer to this goal every time I cast my line!  I have to make a point to catch more than my fish-crazed daughter next time, or else I’ll hear the end of it!

Can’t wait for my trip this year!  I hope you enjoyed this little bit of summer, if only on your computer screen!  🙂

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

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Reese’s Big Fishing Adventure!

Hey Readers!

Fishing.  For some people, it is the ultimate past time.  For a born and bred city girl like myself, it seemed as though it was a day spent in a boat surrounded by swarms of killer bugs trying to catch this unattainable prize that is laughing at you for attempting to entice it with your rod and bait.   When the opportunity came for me to actually try fishing, I was a little apprehensive, yet it was an experience I had never tried.  So with my fishing rod in hand, and a sweater to aid my paranoia of insects, I boarded a boat with my oldest daughter, my boyfriend, and his father to take on this new challenge.

We are off in the boat to find a good fishing spot...can't wait to catch my first whopper!

We are off in the boat to find a good fishing spot…can’t wait to catch my first whopper!

Love nature shots!  I just liked the set-up of the log and the light filtering through the trees while we passed by

Love nature shots! I just liked the set-up of the log and the light filtering through the trees while we passed by

VERY hard to see, but can you see the crane on the shoreline?

VERY hard to see, but can you see the crane on the shoreline?

This was just a beautiful area!  I had to get a shot of it.

This was just a beautiful area! I had to get a shot of it.

This a gorgeous shot of the Napanee River while speeding along in our boat.  The water was so calm and beautiful.  We're off to find a good fishing spot!

This a gorgeous shot of the Napanee River while speeding along in our boat. The water was so calm and beautiful. We’re off to find a good fishing spot!

Can't help it!  This group of trees and logs compelled me to whip out my camera.

Can’t help it! This group of trees and logs compelled me to whip out my camera.

This was one of the fish I was trying to catch, but I wasn't quick enough reeling it in.  Most of my day was like that, but it was fun!

This was one of the fish I was trying to catch, but I wasn’t quick enough reeling it in. Most of my day was like that, but it was fun!

This was not on my line, but we got one!  Not bad for a first-timer, huh?!

This was not on my line, but we got one! Not bad for a first-timer, huh?!  Don’t worry, we caught and released it.

After we fished and fished some more, we realized it was getting late, turned the boat around, and headed for home.  I was able to see why people enjoyed fishing so much.  Whether you are alone or with a group of people you like hanging out with, it is a chance to take in nature right at the source.  We laughed at each other for loosing fish, or just being goofy.

It was a good time, and where the bugs were concerned, we were lucky because it was too early in the year for a lot of bugs to attack us.  Would I go fishing again?  Yes, I would.  I don’t think I’d go everyday, but it would be good to do once in a while.  Hopefully on my next fishing excursion, I’ll actually catch something!  If I do, I’ll let you know!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.