Rub a dub dub, so much fun in the tub! Most little kids love bath time and I think that they all love bubbles. So why not host a rubber ducky party for all to enjoy? The concept is suited to a boy or girl and would work anywhere from a first birthday through the toddler years. With just a few tweaks this theme makes a perfect baby shower too!
Blues and yellows create an ideal rubber ducky color scheme. I hit my local dollar store and found paper and plastic tableware in the perfect pastel shades. They also offered crepe paper streamers and curling ribbons to match.
With a color scheme established, the invitations should be your next focus. They will tell your guests what to expect at the party and guide you in the rest of your decisions for the event. I knew instantly when I saw the papers from K&Company’s new Citronella line that I had to use them. The whimsical waves and clouds were exactly what I was looking for. I created layered waves of paper and tucked a rubber duck embellishment in between. Vellum bubbles and a bubbly "party" stamp finished the piece. For the party details inside the card, use a title like “Splish Splash, it’s a Birthday Bash!” to set the tone. Add an extra touch by stamping a rubber ducky onto the envelope. For detailed instructions, check out this project in the gallery .
For such young guests party decor can be very simple. I created this super easy “Duck Crossing” sign out of cardstock and chipboard letters .
Streamers and balloons add color and an oversized rubber ducky makes a perfect centerpiece. If you can’t find an extra-large duck, fill a basket with small ones for your centerpiece then give the ducks away as favors or use for a game later in the party. If your party is outside, a bubble machine is another fun way to add excitement.
Food should be simple too. A little bit of paper and some epoxy stickers make dollar store tableware fabulous. Punch a few extra paper “bubbles” for table confetti. See detailed tableware ideas for this party here .
Fill blue and yellow bowls with simple snacks like chips or pretzels. A larger plastic tub will make a perfect punch bowl. Carry the color scheme through by serving yellow lemonade and blue Kool-Aid. Top store-bought cupcakes with handmade picks to match your tableware or make an amazing 3D ducky cake like this one.
Play a fun party game that is geared toward the age of children attending your party. For older kids offer a classic “duck pond” carnival game. Fill a plastic tub with water and write a number on the bottom of each ducky. Each child will win a prize based on the number they pull. For younger kids, a splash in the pool full of ducks would be just as fun!
Favors can be as simple as a single rubber duck or bottle of bubble bath. If you want a more elaborate gift, create a basket of goodies like the one above. All of the components came from the dollar store. I lined a small basket with a yellow washcloth and added a blue bath pouf that is just the right size for little hands. I found the duck-shaped bubble necklaces around Easter, and added a ducky embellishment to a small travel bottle filled with bubble bath to finish the basket off.
I can’t wait to see the creative rubber ducky party projects that you create; be sure to post them in the gallery!