Easy Swimming Teddy Bears Jello Cup Treats for a Pool Party!

Easy, fast, inexpensive and a great crowd pleaser. These swimming teddy bears jello cup treats are the perfect after swim snack at a pool party.Teddy Bear Swimmers Easy Jello cup Treats. By Press Print Party!

You start with clear plastic cups, Teddy Grahams, blue Jello and Lifesavers candy. It seems easy, but read on, I have some great tips that will save you some trouble.

Teddy Bear Swimmers Easy Jello cup Treats. By Press Print Party!

I set all my cups in a casserole pan to keep the mess to a minimum. After all, the kids are involved here.

Teddy Bear Swimmers Easy Jello cup Treats. By Press Print Party!

We followed the instructions on the Jello packet and poured in the cups.

Success! Minimum mess! And a pretty consistent pour.

Teddy Bear Swimmers Easy Jello cup Treats. By Press Print Party!

Now, wait! The Jello has to be set in the fridge. But once that’s done, WAIT again!

I would recommend NOT to add swimmers UNTIL just before the party! The Teddy Graham will get soggy in the fridge and the Lifesaver will bleed all over the Jello. There’s nothing worse than to expect a crispy bite of a delicious cracker, and instead ending up with a soggy mess in your mouth; or to try to pick up a Teddy Graham and smooshing it with your fingers.

Let me repeat, JUST BEFORE THE PARTY, insert the Teddy Grahams in the Lifesaver candies and place them on your Jello. Best to use the Teddys with their arms up in the air like they just don’t care. They just seem like they’re having a blast. The ones with their arms down are such a bore, just eat them.

Teddy Bear Swimmers Easy Jello cup Treats. By Press Print Party!

Have some fun with this. We added beach ball candies too (again last minute. They will bleed if left too long on the Jello).

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We had some floating. See how bored he looks with his arms down.

Pool Party Beach Ball Birthday Bash - Ideas and decorations by Press Print Party! Jello swimmers

And some hanging out under their umbrellas from my Pool Party printable set.

Teddy Bear Swimmers Easy Jello cup Treats. By Press Print Party!

Check out way more pool party silliness at my pool party related blog post, here!

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Beach Ball Pool Party Birthday Bash!

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Summer came early in Southern California and what better way to cool off and have fun but with a pool party! Beach balls are a bright and popular theme for summer, and a perfect design for a pool party! From the amazing beach ball cake, to the delicious pool water, read on for great decoration ideas.

All the pool party printable decorations seen here are available in my Etsy shop.

Because of the heat, the main table was kept inside brimming with yummy treats just right after a couple hours of swimming. A great summer themed snack before the pizza arrived!

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The flip flops made from Nutter Butter cookies and decorating gel were an instant hit!

Pool Party Beach Ball Birthday Bash - Ideas and decorations by Press Print Party! Nutter Butter Flip Flops

So were the fish and chips.Pool Party Beach Ball Birthday Bash - Ideas and decorations by Press Print Party! Fish and chips.

And the swimming teddy grahams with lifesavers in blue Jello.

Pool Party Beach Ball Birthday Bash - Ideas and decorations by Press Print Party! Jello swimmers

Pool Party Beach Ball Birthday Bash - Ideas and decorations by Press Print Party! Jello swimmers

I bought the beach ball candies here. Only put them on the Jello at the last minute though or they will melt.

I continued the theme with colorful pool noodles (Twizzlers) and pool water (lemonade with a little food coloring).Pool Party Beach Ball Birthday Bash - Ideas and decorations by Press Print Party! Tags

Pool Party Beach Ball Birthday Bash - Ideas and decorations by Press Print Party! Tags

The star of the table was the beach ball cake decorated with m&ms. Making a sphere cake was a new experience; so I wrote a blog post on how to make this beach ball cake to make it effortless for you.

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Pool Party Beach Ball Birthday Bash - Ideas and decorations by Press Print Party!

The cake being white vanilla cake, I had to have some chocolate somewhere, so the chocolate cupcakes fit the bill. Teddy Grahams, cute umbrellas, tags and beach balls liven up the display.

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Pool Party Beach Ball Birthday Bash - Ideas and decorations by Press Print Party! Pool Party cupcakes

Lots of tassels and lanterns brighten up the indoor space as well as near the pool.

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Finally, the kids had a blast destroying the beach ball pinata. I wish I had taken better pictures of it. It was huge! I mostly get my pinatas at Mexican party store. They’re not shy about size!

Pool Party Beach Ball Birthday Bash - Ideas and decorations by Press Print Party! Beach ball pinata

Pool Party Beach Ball Birthday Bash - Ideas and decorations by Press Print Party! Beach ball pinata

At the end of the day, each exhausted kid got a sand bucket filled with treats, and of course a beach ball.

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All the pool party printable decorations seen here are available in my Etsy shop.

 

How to Make a Big Beach Ball Cake with m&ms®

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When planning our pool party, I created all the printables with a beach ball theme. So it seemed like the perfect time to learn how to make a beach ball cake. In my search I came across a beach ball cake decorated with m&ms® HERE. It looked like so much fun! And with my passionate dislike of fondant, I was sold! But, the cake in the linked post was so small. The Wilton ball cake pan is only 6 inches in diameter. That’s fine if you want a small ball on top of a cake but not if you want the whole cake to be a ball.

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Fortunately I found this hemisphere pan on Amazon. I opted for the 9 inch pan and it was the perfect size for my project.

Because I’m using a bigger pan I didn’t think that making the whole ball out of cake batter would work. I was afraid the bottom layer would crumble while trying to hold the weight of the top. Mostly, I was doubtful in my ability to pull it off.

The solution was to make the bottom half out of Rice Krispies® treats. They’re stronger and created a solid foundation for your cake on the top half.

You will need:

  • 9 inch sphere pan
  • 1 9″ cardboard cake round
  • 3 nails
  • 2 boxes of cake mix (or your own cake batter)
  • 1 box of Rice Krispies® + ingredients for 2 recipes of Rice Krispies® treats.
  • 1 large party size m&m® bag
  • White m&ms® (found some at a candy shop). You could use white mints. I also bought some light blue m&ms® for contrast on the bottom.
  • Vanilla Buttercream frosting

Make the ball cake:

Butter your half sphere pan and mix 2 cake mix boxes into it. I used the Trader Joe’s Vanilla because it’s always a hit.

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I secured the pan in the oven by propping it on a circle egg shaper. A cookie cutter would work great too.

How to make a beach ball cake with m&ms - Press Print Party!

Bake per the box instructions. Because of the size, ours took a bit longer than usual. Use a cake tester to make sure your cake is baked all the way through before you take it out.

After the cake has cooled, level your cake and invert it. We had some trouble here as you can tell. Probably didn’t butter the pan enough. Nothing frosting can’t hide.

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Make the Rice Krispies® treats:

Use 2 or 3 recipes of the Rice Krispies® treats to fill the buttered half sphere pan. Make sure you pack it in good. We really needed a bit more here. Wait until it cools to invert it.

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Make the base:

Pierce the cardboard cake round with the 3 nails as shown.

How to make a beach ball cake with m&ms - Press Print Party!

Put it all together:

Secure the Rice Krispies® treats bottom to the nails.

How to make a beach ball cake with m&ms - Press Print Party!

Frost the middle and invert the top cake layer on it.

How to make a beach ball cake with m&ms - Press Print Party!

How to make a beach ball cake with m&ms - Press Print Party!

A little trimming and a crumb coat later:

How to make a beach ball cake with m&ms - Press Print Party!

Add more frosting and start placing the m&ms. I scored the frosting with a toothpick first to make guide lines. I really wanted the traditional beach ball look so I had to buy the white m&m® separately at the candy store in the mall. You could use more of the colors in the m&ms® party pack bag and make stripes of different colors.

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Pool Party Beach Ball Birthday Bash - Ideas and decorations by Press Print Party! Beach Ball Cake

A great addition to the beach ball printables in my shop.

Pool Party Beach Ball Birthday Bash - Ideas and decorations by Press Print Party! Beach ball cake.

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Beach ball was the theme for this party but learning how to make a big ball cake could be useful to make a soccer ball cake, a basketball cake or even a Star Wars® Death Star cake!

Please let me know if you’ve made one. I’d love to see your creations. Especially a Death Star!!!!

Amazing Under the Sea Decorations

Some outstanding talented people put together this amazing display of the bottom of the ocean for our Vacation Bible School. Our theme was Ocean Commotion. I attempted to take pictures of all the wonderful decorations and bring them to you here so you can get inspired for your under the sea party, mermaid party, or even luau.

Amazing Under the Sea Party Decorations. Originaly for Ocean Commotion VBS. Great for a mermaid or nemo party. Sanctuary decorations.Press Print Party!

When you entered the sanctuary, the stage gave the immediate feeling of being under the sea. The water effect on the top picture is just plastic tablecloths cut in strips (leaving a couple inches at the top), and each strip stretched outward every couple inches.

Amazing Under the Sea Party Decorations. Originaly for Ocean Commotion VBS. Great for a mermaid or nemo party. by Press Print Party!

Quick and easy, this dynamic school of colorful paper fish worked beautifully to cover a large walled area. We made a template to distribute to several ladies so each fish would be exactly the same.

You may download the template we used below:

Amazing Under the Sea Party Decorations. Originaly for Ocean Commotion VBS. Great for a mermaid or nemo party. Wave wall with fish. Press Print Party!

Another large wall and a simple technique of hanging plastic tablecloths to make waves. The Dollar store fishes were a striking and inexpensive addition.

Amazing Under the Sea Party Decorations. Originaly for Ocean Commotion VBS. Great for a mermaid or nemo party. Pool noodles coral reefs. Press Print Party!

Pool noodles cut in all kinds of ways made interesting reefs. The sea urchins were little foam balls pocked with toothpicks and spray painted red.

Amazing Under the Sea Party Decorations. Originaly for Ocean Commotion VBS. Great for a mermaid or nemo party. Create a Coral reef. Press Print Party!Create a stunning coral reef out of tissue paper, floral mesh and other household items. See the tutorial on how to make a coral reef decoration.

 

Amazing Under the Sea Party Decorations. Originaly for Ocean Commotion VBS. Great for a mermaid or nemo party. Fish made with plates.by Press Print Party! Fish crafted from colorful paper plates are amazingly simple and a bright way to cover a big wall. Love the black ray!

Amazing Under the Sea Party Decorations. Originaly for Ocean Commotion VBS. Great for a mermaid or nemo party. Jelly fish decorations. Press Print Party!

These jellyfish made from paper lanterns create a lot of impact. The tails are strips of plastic tablecloths ripped and stretched.

 

Amazing Under the Sea Party Decorations. Originaly for Ocean Commotion VBS. Great for a mermaid or nemo party. Noah's Ark. Press Print Party!

Noah’s Ark on top of the waves.

I hope you feel inspired!

How to Make a Stunning Coral Reef Decoration for an Under the Sea Party

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Decorating for Vacation Bible School is always a daunting task and this years theme, Ocean Commotion had us all scrambling for ideas and exercising our Pinterest muscles. I ended up combining several techniques on 2 coral reefs and they became the spotlight of our craft room. This coral reef would be a colorful and beautiful addition to any under the sea or mermaid party decorations.

See more amazing under the sea decorations here.

Keep on reading for all the tutorials to make you a coral reef pro. You can use all or just some of the techniques outlined below.

Here’s what I used:

  • Boxes
  • Brown craft paper
  • Pool Noodles
  • Floral Mesh in several colors (Available at any craft store or fake floral department of big retailers)
  • Tissue Paper in several colors
  • Packaging Peanuts
  • Spray Foam (“Great Stuff” from the hardware store)
  • Spray paint
  • Fishing line
  • Wire
  • Wooden BBQ sticks
  • Toothpicks

Make the base

First arrange the boxes in a reef like fashion.

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Crumble the brown craft paper and drape it on the boxes.

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I know. Looks suspiciously like a couple boxes covered with brown paper. We will make magic with that.

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Make tube coral

Cut the floral mesh into 1 foot strips, roll them, fold them in half, and attach 3 to 4 pieces together with some fishing line. Then attach a wire hook.

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How to Make a Stunning Coral Reef for you Under the Sea Party, Mermaid Party, or VBS. By Press Print Party #OceanCommotion #Underthesea #mermaid Decorations

How to Make a Stunning Coral Reef for you Under the Sea Party, Mermaid Party, or VBS. By Press Print Party #OceanCommotion #Underthesea #mermaid Decorations

How to Make a Stunning Coral Reef for you Under the Sea Party, Mermaid Party, or VBS. By Press Print Party #OceanCommotion #Underthesea #mermaid Decorations


Make paper sea anemones

You’re basically making a tissue paper flower with very pointy petals. Here’s how I did it:

Stack 4 square paper tissue sheets of the same color.

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Fold accordion style in about 1″ folds.

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Wrap wire around the middle.

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Cut the ends very pointy.

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How to Make a Stunning Coral Reef for you Under the Sea Party, Mermaid Party, or VBS. By Press Print Party #OceanCommotion #Underthesea #mermaid Decorations Paper Sea Anemone

How to Make a Stunning Coral Reef for you Under the Sea Party, Mermaid Party, or VBS. By Press Print Party #OceanCommotion #Underthesea #mermaid Decorations Paper Sea Anemone

Carefully separate the sheets of tissue paper on both sides.

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How to Make a Stunning Coral Reef for you Under the Sea Party, Mermaid Party, or VBS. By Press Print Party #OceanCommotion #Underthesea #mermaid Decorations Paper Sea Anemone

Wrap the wire around the bottom to bunch the sea anemone to one side. You’ll use the wire to stick the anemone into the cardboard box.

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Make pool noodle coral

Cut a pool noodle in half and another in 2 uneven pieces. Cut in a big swirl pattern around the noodle, starting at the top and stopping about 6 inches to 1 foot from the bottom. Cut inside the swirl at least one or two more times.

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Make coral with spray foam

I found this good tutorial on Pinterest so I’m re-posting here:

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“Things you’ll need: Large cardboard/wood surface – lined with wax paper Wood dowels Can of spray foam Spray paint

What you do: Place wood dowel on wax paper and secure with tape. Spray the foam over the dowel in an organic free flowing motions to create something that resembles coral. Note: Foam will expand so don’t spray too much in one area. Let dry overnight. Carefully peel off wax paper. Then spray paint.”

This is one of mine:

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I made a bigger one on this reef. You can see in the back. I also used a honeycomb lantern as brain coral on this one.

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Make more coral out of packaging peanuts

Just string white packaging peanuts on a wooden BBQ stick. Use toothpicks to make the arms. You can stick or glue a couple together and spray paint it if you wish. I left most of them white (like dead coral).

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They look great in the back!

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Put it all together

Now you’re ready to use the wire ends to stick all these wonderful items in your cardboard boxes in an organic coral reef fashion. Stab BBQ sticks where you want the pool noodles to stand.

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How to Make a Stunning Coral Reef for you Under the Sea Party, Mermaid Party, or VBS. By Press Print Party #OceanCommotion #Underthesea #mermaid Decorations

How to Make a Stunning Coral Reef for you Under the Sea Party, Mermaid Party, or VBS. By Press Print Party #OceanCommotion #Underthesea #mermaid Decorations

If things keep on falling you can use some of this fantastic product.

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The burst of color on the coral reef will amaze your guests.

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