How to create your own Finding Dory-inspired party

Posted on January 10th, 2017

We show you how to create this super cute under the sea theme in your own backyard. By Noeleen Foster

Explore the deep blue without leaving your home with this birthday party inspired by the Finding Dory movie. It’s the perfect celebration idea for the warm summer weather.




Décor ideas for a Finding Dory-inspired party

  • Decorate the scene in ocean-inspired colours of blue and white.
  • Hang bunting and use blue fabric for tablecloths.
  • Fishing nets make the perfect backdrop and table decoration.

Finding Dory party

  • Bring out all those seashells you have collected from your holidays and scatter them on the tables.
  • A large fish cut out from cardboard and painted is fun to make and provides bold impact.

Large fish

  • Crates not only add height to the table, where food can be placed, but also create a nautical look.
  • Add a little Dory wisdom on a chalkboard with quotes from the movie.


  • Spread out on the grass with comfy cushions and blankets on which to sit.
  • Make your own jellyfish to hang in the garden. Use Chinese lanterns or paper pom-poms as the head and crepe paper or streamers as the long tendrils.


What to eat

  • Label food on the table with chalkboards and serve snacks on fish-shaped plates or glass “fish bowls” (jars and glass bowls will do).

Food labels

  • Sprinkle a little coloured desiccated coconut on your treats table to create the effect of sand.
  • You will easily find sea-themed sweets and treats at your local supermarket – from marshmallow fish to sea-creature gummies – but you can also get creative. Pretzels and Chinese crackers make great “fish bait” and white-chocolate covered peanuts serve as “fish eggs”.

Fish snacks

  • If you have the time, ice cupcakes and top with fondant or toy sea creatures, and bake starfish biscuits, using a star-shaped cookie cutter.


To drink

  • Transform your juice dispenser into Dory by cutting out eyes and fins from cardboard and sticking them onto the container with Prestik. Fill the dispenser with “sea water” – a clear drink of your choice, such as lemonade, and blue food colouring.

Finding Dory party drink idea

  • Look out for Finding Dory-themed juice cartons at your local supermarket.

Finding Dory juice boxes

Thank you gifts

  • Blow bubbles during the party and let the kids take home any unused bottles. Finding Dory and Nemo-themed bubbles are available from Woolworths, CNA and West Pack Lifestyle.

Finding Dory Bubbles

  • Grow-your-own sea creatures are available at most toy shops and make for fun bath times after the party.

Grow your own sea creatures

Giant cardboard fish, tablecloths, scatter cushions, fish nets and seashells, all from Pro Décor (011 787 5900,
Bunting, juice dispenser, lanterns, pom-poms, sweet jars, chalkboards, food labels, cake stand and paper cups and straws, all from Functions with Flaire (082 570 3284,
Cake, cupcakes, cake pops, biscuits and macaroons, all from Annica’s Designer Cakes (011 326 1526,


Xanet Scheepers

About Xanet Scheepers

Xanet is an award-winning journalist and Living and Loving’s digital editor. She has won numerous awards for her health and wellness articles and was a finalist for the Discovery Journalist of the Year in 2009 and again in 2011 for the Discovery Best Health Consumer Reporting and Feature Writing category. She is responsible for our online presence across social media channels and makes sure our moms have fresh and interesting articles to read every day. Learn more about Xanet Scheepers.