{The TomKat Studio} Tommy's Crab Shack Party!

I recently styled my son's Crab Shack Party to celebrate his 5th birthday! The inspiration came from a Pottery Barn Kids crab towel, that he received as a gift a couple of years ago! I love the red, white & blue color scheme and it was so easy to find great things since his birthday falls between Memorial Day and 4th of July! The talented, Vicki of Vicki Lynn Photography captured all of the details of the party! I started by designing the little crab illustration and invitation!

Since I designed a fabulous dessert table for Kate's recent party, it was only fair to design one for Tommy! I planned a full spread of yummy treats and paper goods for the party! As always, I was inspired by the queen of dessert tables, Amy Atlas! Whenever I start brainstorming a party, I go on a hunt around my house (and my mom's) to find anything that could work for decorating. The red metal "T" and navy backdrop (new duvet cover) are from Tommy's bedroom! My mom and I decorated a room in her house for the kids in a nautical theme, so I grabbed the white boxes, sailboat frames, life preserver & lighthouse to use for decorating!

I ordered the sweetest fondant little crabs from Decadent Delights for my cupcakes! The night before the party, while my mom and I were baking, we decided that Tommy needed his own little cake. We used two large ramekins to get the right size and shape for the cake I was envisioning! The little crabs, cherry sours, and cake topper I whipped up made it cute!

I enlisted the help of Kim at Sweeties for the fabulous chocolate covered oreo and oreo pops! She also sent the amazing white chocolate letters, spelling out TOMMY and they worked perfectly under the cake stand!

I used Allyson of Girly Gatherings make custom printed cookies using my party circle designs!

My mom & I made our first attempt at Bakerella's cake pops and balls! After a little practice, they turned out fabulous! The sprinkles are really forgiving for hiding imperfections!
{more tips coming soon in a follow-up post!}

Melissa from Decadent Delights also made the crab shaped cookies, which I used on the table as well as in cello bags tied with a tag for favors!

I made a welcome sign using a life preserver mirror from my mom's house! The beach hut sign has been hanging around in my garage for awhile, and always comes out for the surf /beach/pool parties! Tommy wore an adorable custom crab shirt from Smitten & Company!

I enlisted the help of family and friends to bring some of the food, including my favorite layered salad, queso, tortellini salad and fruit pizza! We also served hamburgers and hot dogs, strawberries & cream, and lots of yummy treats!
{recipes coming soon in a follow up post} 

Nautical details were placed throughout the house!

I continued the red, white & blue theme outside!
(see the towel that inspired the party?)

Lots of fun was had by all, with swimming, water balloon fights, delicious food & desserts!

Happy Birthday to my sweet little boy, Tommy!
Love, Mommy

Party Designs/Styling: The TomKat Studio
Photography: Vicki Lynn Photography
Oreo Goodies: Sweeties By Kim
Custom Printed Cookies:
Girly Gatherings

Fondant Crabs & Crab Cookies: Decadent Delights
Custom Crab T-shirt: Smitten & Co
Hair Accessories: Whippy Cake

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  1. Mrs A in the Cove


    Just wonderful Kim - another fabulous party for everyone to remember! Hope you have recovered! Leanne xx

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  2. Amy @ Living Locurto


    This is so cute! I love those cookies, she did a wonderful job. I want to know how you can talk your son into these cute party themes?? All my son wants is Star Wars or Legos! ha.

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  3. Nichcole


    AAAAmazing, you are an inspiration to all!! Love the attention to detail.Where can I find the ADORABLE silver cupcake stands?

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  4. Double the Giggles


    Awesome! Who says little boys can't have amazing parties, too? You are so talented! I can only hope my little guys' 1st birthday party will be 1/100th of Tommy's bash!

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  5. tonyastaab.com


    As if I should sound the teeniest bit surprised, but this is absolutely fantastic. You are truly amazing. Pottery Barn is truly inspiring isn't it.

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  6. kristina


    Beautiful party!

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  7. [email protected]


    As always it looks wonderful!!! What a special party!

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  8. Anonymous


    beautiful--- crabby chic!!!!!!

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    So divine as expected Kim - congrats !! (Love that - Crabby Chic) :-)

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  10. Susan Crabtree


    holy crabby cuteness! love love love everything!

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  11. Christi Bennett @ pisforparty


    Kim, as always, you did an AMAZING job!! I always look forward to seeing your party posts and what you come up with. Your attention to detail is great! Also, thank you for writing such great posts with lots of party information! It's always nice to see the how-to's, etc.~ ChristiPS - where did you get your white cake stand?? Love it!

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    Amazing work, Kim! Love the colour combination and details... the Layered Salad sounds gooooood!

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  13. very married


    wow - i'm so impressed! Tommy is so lucky!

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    Just curious about where you got the red white and blue beach balls?

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  18. Sally


    Hi, Kim.

    I have a quick question for you: where did you get the white liners for the Oreo cookies? I have used mini cupcake liners before, but the diameter of those is smaller than the diameter of the Oreos.

    Thanks in advance

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  19. Marian (Sweetopia)


    Love, love, love this party! And what a lovely family you guys are. =)

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  25. ClaudiaVrl


    What a great party! Love everything about it:)
    Now I am going to get my party supplies for my kid's party next month!
    Anyone know any good party store in Victoria? I only know Lombard and have shopped there ever since.

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