Ideas for throwing a party with a shark theme

Take a bite out of party planning with a fun shark birthday party!  These shark birthday party ideas are totally jaws-ome and perfect for a summertime party.  With bright blues and grays and delicious themed treats, you will love styling a party with a shark twist!

Sharks are seriously such a great theme for summer parties.  If you are planning to swim, there are some exciting games and ideas you can incorporate into your party themed around a shark!

☑️ This Shark Party Kit is the perfect set to get your party planning headed in the right direction!

On top of those games and activities…the shark themed decor is ADORABLE!!  Planning a shark party sounds like a killer idea this summer! Let’s look at some fantastic shark themed desserts and decor ideas!


Shark Party Ideas

From shark cupcakes to wearable shark fins, there are so many ideas that are fantastic for a shark party.  If you are throwing a traditional shark party, check out this bright blue Shark party for inspiration. 

If you are planning a shark party for a toddler, or just want a more playful theme, try out these Baby Shark themed birthday ideas.  Either way…these food, decor and game ideas are going to take a bite out of planning your summer party!


Shark Party Food

Yummy Shark themed food and dessert ideas are a great way to really add an extra amount of amazing to your party spread.  These food ideas can be simple, like placing Doritos in a bowl labeled “Shark Fins” or complicated like elaborate fondant covered layer cakes.  

Here are some of the most adorable and creative food ideas for planning a killer shark party:


Shark Cake from 100 Layer Cake

This sweet little shark cake has that fun underwater feel with colored buttercream and a simple shark fin topper.


Fondant Shark Fin Cupcakes via Catch My Party

Fondant shark fin toppers for the win!  These adorable cupcakes are yummy and super festive.  Any little swimmer would love to see these shark fins approaching!


Shark Fin Cake from 100 Layer Cake

Here is another buttercream frosted shark cake.  I love the wave like feel of the frosting.  Adorable!


Hammerhead Shark Cookies from Cookie Connection

Grab some adorably cute hammerhead shark cookies and take a bite out of the shark!  The teeth are my favorite part!


Shark Marshmallow Pops from The Decorated Cookie

Marshmallow pops are a fun way to jazz up any party.  Especially when those cute pops look like even cuter sharks!


Shark Cake Pops from Bakerella

Ready to dive into making adorable cake pops?  These fun little sharks are delicious and ready to diy!


Shark Fin Cupcakes from Joy in the Commonplace

Here are some cute homemade shark cupcakes with simple shark fin cupcake picks.  IF you have a textured frosting tip, you can make fun wave designs like this too! Jaw-some!


Shark Chocolate Bark from Sandy Toes and Popsicles

Yummy shark candies on delicious chocolate bark for the win!  Not only does this look fantastic, it’s such a great simple treat!


Shark Party Punch from Liz on Call

Have those shark candies do double duty in a yummy shark infested drink!


Shark Jello Jars from Fun365

These jello cups are perfection.  I love the colors and the shark tooth candy necklace wrapper.  So cute!


Shark Ombre Cake via Prints for Events

This gorgeous ombre cake is perfect for a shark party.  Just add simple printable cake toppers and you have an instantly fantastic shark cake.


Shark Printable Popcorn Holder from Creating Creatives

These printable treat holders are fun and make serving foods like popcorn simple!


Shark Cocktail from Suburban Soapbox

Looking for an “adult” beverage for your shark party?  Check out this Shark themed cocktail!


Shark Sushi from Momma Lew

Who wouldn’t want a delicious shark sushi roll? Candy sushi is so clever and perfect for a shark birthday!


Shark Party Decorations

Once you have your menu all planned out, it’s time to start talking decorations.  Adding cute little sharks into a fun blue, white and gray color scheme is a simple way to get going and create a fantastic party spread without breaking the budget.  

Here are some fun shark party ideas to decorate your event:

Shark Balloon Backdrop via Prints for Events

This balloon wave backdrop is awesome for a shark party.  It’s fun and playful!  The printable poster is awesome too!


Modern Shark Party Table via Kara’s Party Ideas

Here is a little shark themed fishing party.  This is color palette is also very trendy and modern. 


Beware of Sharks Party from Fun365

Here is a fun way to set up a party table with playful sharks and pretty blues.  The net table cloth is an awesome touch.


Shark Welcome Sign from Delight Paperie

Printables make party planning a snap.  This welcome sign has a playful pattern and a cute bite mark for added fun!


Shark Surfboard Party Table from Wholesale Party Supplies

Sharks and surfboards seem to go hand in hand.  This table set up is fun for an older kid party as well!


Beach Themed Shark Dessert Table from 100 Layer Cake

Here is a beach-y flair to a shark party.  The balloon garland is awesome, but the best detail is that sandy floor!


Shark Birthday Party Invitations

Start your party off right with a cute and clever themed invitation.  Here are some printable options I know you will love:

Shark Invitation from Red Foxx

Shark Birthday Invitation from My First Invitation

Watercolor Shark Invitation from Little Birdie Prints


Shark Party Games

Keeping those kids entertained during a party can be themed too.  Sometimes simple games you would already play can take on a shark theme so you can keep everything on point. 

A given for a shark party is definitely swimming.  If you have a pool or beach access, playing in the water is definitely a great idea.  You can also set up sprinklers and other water activities.

Here are some other shark themed games:

Pin the Fin on the Shark from Team Whitaker

This is a tried and true game that can be so fun for little ones.  It also gives great photo ops!


Adopt a Shark from Laura’s Little Party

Give away little stuffed sharks as an activity that also doubles as a fun party favor.


Shark Bean Bag Toss from Wholesale Party Supplies

Buckets and bean bags make a great little toss game.  Whether you are tossing to the shark or the lifeguard!


Shark Toss Game from Catch My Party

You can also make a cool shark out of foam to make a shark toss game

Shark Party Supplies

Starting off your party planning with some coordinating supplies is a great way to save time and money.  Here are some awesome tableware and decorations packages to get you started.

Shark Tableware from Target

Shark Party Supplies from Meri Meri

Shark Party Supplies from Oriental Trading

Shark Party Printables 



Here are some helpful links for planning a shark party:



Conclusion for Ideas for a Shark party:

Planning a fin-tastic Shark birthday party is a great party for summertime and warmer weather.  If you have a little one who loves sharks, these awesome ideas will help get your party planning off on the right track!  Checkout all the inspiration and make a splash!


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