Easton decided he wanted a party like Marielle had for her birthday. (See post here.) We used a lot of the same elements but went with more of a beach theme. Easton also wanted to swim at night with glow sticks.
Several years ago when Easton turned 4 I did a beach party for him then too. We lived in Utah at the time and for being almost the fourth of July, it was cold. Instead of swimming we turned on the fire pit. Luckily we don't have that problem here in Vegas.
I made a similar cake to this one for him then as well. After baking a cake, you cut it into squares and put it in the bucket. Then add pudding and cool whip over the top. Crush up graham crackers and vanilla wafers to create the sand. The finishing touch is the chocolate seashells and edible pearl candies.
One little detail I did not take into consideration was the heat. Those chocolate seashells started melting into oblivion within minutes of being outside. When we did Marielle's party it was still the beginning of May so it wasn't quite as hot. I had to take his cake back into the house and put it in the fridge until it was time to eat it.
The jello also experienced the same fate as the chocolate seashells and quickly became blue juice instead of jello.
Easton was spoiled with lots of fun presents.
It finally got dark and it was time to break out the glow sticks for a little night time swim party. The kids thought it was so fun to swim in the dark with their glow sticks.