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  • Writer's pictureCaroline Rowland

Shark Week Happy Hour

My very good friend Courtney loves sharks. Like she REALLY loves them... she's a 22 year old shark fanatic that loves to wear a t-shirt with a shark diagram on the front of it at least twice a week and she celebrates shark week like it's Christmas. So, it was only fitting that I throw her a shark themed happy hour to kick off Shark Week.

Because this was just a small happy hour, I wanted to make it happen on a small budget, using a lot of things that I had on hand. To be honest, I didn't really have much of a plan going into this, I just gathered items that went with the colors that I had in mind and any of Courtney's shark trinkets that I could find around the house.

I found a shark toy from the Dollar Tree and I just knew I'd find a cute use for it. I also grabbed a pack of blue balloons from there, and headed to Target. Target had a super fun selection of shark party supplies and home decor, but I really had to use some self control and the only shark item that I left with were the paper plates. BUT, between you and me.... buy the shark piñata! I may or may not regret leaving it on the shelf.

I made a SHARK-utarie board, complete with gold fish crackers (of course), and some other more basic meats, cheeses, crackers, and dips and topped it with the plastic shark toy that I had found at the Dollar Tree!

As a specialty drink for us, I made a version of a shark attack cocktail - grenadine, blue Powerade, Topo Chico, and vodka (the vodka could be left out for a virgin version of this drink). The grenadine is heavier than the other liquids so when placed at the bottom first, it doesn't mix with the other ingredients unless stirred.

I really can't help myself when it comes to balloons, so as "extra" as it might be, I had to put together a balloon garland as some decor for our happy hour. I used the typical technique where you tie/twist groups of 4 balloons together and then attach them all to 1 string. But, to make it look more like bubbles, and add some visual interest, I used double stick tape to add in clusters of smaller balloons on the side. That addition made the whole garland fuller and more 3D.

As a last little detail, we attached a shark fin to our robot vacuum! We used tape to attach paper fins to the vacuum, and covered the tape with tissue paper to resemble water surrounding the fin. I think that this little touch might have been my favorite part of the whole thing!

Yeah, it's silly to throw a Shark Week themed happy hour on a Monday afternoon, but it's exactly the kind of fun distraction that I'm living for these days.

If you need me, I'll be watching our new pet shark (vacuum) zoom around the living room, because there's no way I'm taking that fin off any time soon.



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