The island kingdom of Atlantis has been surrounded by mystery and speculation since Plato first wrote about it in 360 B.C. Said to have been located in the Atlantic Ocean or Mediterranean Sea, this legendary utopia brings to mind powerful gods, exotic sea life and a plethora of jewels that eventually sank into a fantastic underwater setting. Use this legend as inspiration to create a magical sea-themed event to celebrate a birthday, a shower or even a wedding.
Invitations and Planning
Although Atlantis was originally an above-water island, it is partly due to the “lost city” aspect of that island sinking into the sea that has kept this legend alive. Therefore, water will play a major role in your party, from the invitations to the food to the decor. Sending actual invitations is a way to set the mood and get guests excited about your event; it's also more personalized than just sending an email or making a phone call. You can create a sea-themed invite by using aqua-colored card stock and a coordinating envelope. Print all the party details onto the card and then decorate it with turquoise glitter, small shells, gold starfish or anything that evokes the sea. To add additional panache to your affair, request on the invite that guests come dressed in theme.
When creating an under-the-sea experience, use decorations in shimmery shades of blue, turquoise, green and white to give your guests the illusion of being submerged under water. Use turquoise tulle fabric to drape from the ceiling out to the walls of your party space to mimic liquid. Attach streamers and strands of sequins to paper lanterns to create jellyfish, which can be hung from the ceiling. Metallic balloons can also be used to bring in sparkle and light. If you have a fish tank filled with colorful fish, incorporate it into the decor, or use small decorative fish ornaments placed in fishbowls filled with water as centerpieces. To further bring in the sea element, use light blue sequined fabric for tablecloths and place clusters of shells, starfish and sand dollars on top of the table.
Create signature cocktails that evoke the water theme by using mixers such as blue Curacao and green Midori melon liqueur. Curacao is a liqueur made from bitter oranges that mixes well with vodka and gin. Create a blue lagoon by mixing equal parts vodka and blue Curacao in a tall glass over ice. Top with lemonade and garnish with a lemon wedge. Mix up Midori sours by combining the liqueur with sour mix. Serve over ice and garnish with a lemon wedge. To create blue non-alcoholic drinks, use a dash of blue raspberry syrup in sparkling water or lemon lime soda. Garnish these mocktails with a twist of lemon.
Feature an array of seafood dishes to top off your Atlantis theme. Appetizers could include crab cakes, sushi, shrimp cocktail or cucumber slices topped with cream cheese and smoked salmon. Incorporate the sea theme into non-fish dishes for vegetarian guests or those with shellfish allergies. Large pasta shells can be stuffed with ricotta cheese and vegetables and then baked with sauce and mozzarella cheese. For dessert, serve cupcakes frosted with blue icing and then sprinkled with sparkling blue sugar. Make sugar cookies look like sand dollars by decorating the tops with five slivered almonds and dusting with brown sugar.
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