Monday, August 26, 2013

Shark-a-Palooza 2013!

Shark-a-Palooza 2013 was nothing short of EPIC. Some events are just destined for greatness, and thus rewarded by "annual recurrance" status - this was one for the history books! Guests showed up with shark bites, tourist hats, lifeguard towels, shark fins...it was super! The menu was extra shark-tastic and included the following:

Shark Cake (3D Chocolate Shark... eating a boat! A Lauren Alford Gluten Free Original!!)
Shark Fin Cupcakes (Chocolate Cupcakes, filled with Raspberry Jam....covered with teal frosting and topped with a fondant shark fin- Gluten Free, of course)
Shark teeth (peanut butter filled Bugle Corn Chips, dipped in White Chocolate)
Crawfish (from Louisiana Seafood Company, in Portland, Oregon)
"Goldfish" crackers in a "Sea" of blue M&Ms
Shark Jello Shots
Fish Sticks with Tartar Sauce


The dogs were decked out in their Shark outfits, and Benicio the Betta Fish was up and at 'em! I reluctantly donned the ridiculous Shark Dress that I had ordered online...that had showed up a few days earlier in an ENVELOPE. That says something about a) the sheerness of the fabric, and b) the general tiny-ness of the dress itself. I was literally in shock that a DRESS would arrive in an ENVELOPE, as opposed to a package. But damn it, I wasn't going to NOT wear it. 

"Who's your friend?", you might ask. That's Maximillian the Remote Controlled Air Shark.
Jerin had ordered him on Amazon, and on the day of the party I took him down to the grocery store to bring him to LIFE! With helium. 
Ashley and Jerin and I were like three awesome engineers trying to attach all his fancy sensors and fins, etc. Until finally....

Everyone had a blast "swimming" Max around the party! He had such realistic movements. He even snuck up on Travis and Dan...Jerin had the good sense to be terrified!! We watched a stellar cinematic masterpiece called "Bait - cleanup on aisle 7", about a tsunami that floods a grocery store, bringing with it a great white shark....and MAYHEM! 
It was a fun filled, crazy evening of Landshark Beer, Shark Pinatas, and general merriment!

Lauren also demonstrated how to properly disarm an angry shark....punch it in the face!!

We also had a shark poster, where you could get your photo taken! Amelia thought it was the most fun ever!


And the grand finale- a group shot of the party crew! 
Seriously, I can't wait for Shark-a-Palooza 2014...






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