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39 Fun Dolphin Theme Party Ideas

Your dolphin theme party is not complete without looking for the perfect locations to host it and, of course, the fantastic food! The focus should be on bringing the ocean to your guests, and that is exactly what you will find in this article. Here are some dolphin venues and menu ideas to convey your theme throughout your party. 

Dolphin Theme Party Venues

Dolphin Theme Party Venues

1. Aquarium

Host your dolphin extravaganza at an aquarium or marine life center! Having your party at an ocean theme location can make planning much easier since the venue will already be decorated. You can usually rent out a special room for parties and get hands-on private encounters with the animals.

2. Beach

Nothing screams a dolphin theme party better than the beach, of course! Make sure you have a roofed area with tables set aside. You can host part of the event on the shore and the other half in the seated area. If possible, take your guests dolphin-watching at the water! 

3. Poolside

If your hosting a dolphin theme party at home, having a pool area is recommended for your party. This way, guests can participate in fun dolphin related games that take place in water. Having a pool can also embody the ocean more. 

Dolphin Theme Party: Food

Dolphin Theme Party: Food

4. Cookies

Arrange dolphin, fish, shell, or even mermaid shaped sugar cookies on a large blue glass plate. Add edible glitter to the cookies to make them pop (for example, the scales on the fish, the mermaid’s tail, the dolphin’s fins, etc.). 

5. Seafood Buffet

Set up a mini buffet with nothing but seafood! Provide personal shrimp cocktails, crab cakes, lobster rolls, salmon skewers, and calamari. As with any allergens, check beforehand that your guests do not have a severe shellfish or seafood allergy. 

6. Finger Foods

Have some classic finger foods that guests can munch on and give some of the food items sea-related names, such as “Dolphin Dip” (this could be any kind of appetizer dip) and “Fin Fries” (French fries), or even fish food are some ideas you can use for your menu. The possibilities are endless!

If you’re planning on preparing goodies on your own, check out our DIY edible decoration ideas!

7. Cake

Decorate a beautiful dolphin cake with blue frosting to the entire cake and add some edible blue glitter to the waves. You could also add some fish, seaweed, and other sea life. Then, attach a dolphin with a stick to make it look like it’s leaping out of the water! Add chocolate rock candies at the bottom to resemble the ocean floor.  

8. Snacks

Stick goldfish shaped cheese crackers and teddy bear shaped graham cookies in a blue glass bowl decorated to look like the ocean (it will appear as if they’re swimming)! You might want to be conscious about healthy snacks; we have you covered!

9. Blue Gelatin Desserts

In small plastic parfait cups, prepare blue gelatin desserts, topped with whipped cream, and sprinkle some blue or fish-shaped sprinkles on top! Or you could complete the gelatin with edible starfish and shells (candy or chocolates). 

10. Ice Cubes

Serve all of your beverages or fill your punch bowl with dolphin-shaped ice cubes. Your guests will marvel at the detail of the ice! You can find ice cube trays of all shapes and sizes online. 

11. Tuna Sandwiches

Set some yummy tuna salad sandwiches on a small platter. Make sure that the tuna you use is dolphin friendly, of course! (Certain tuna cans/packets are certified for the humane treatment of dolphins’ during fishing). Need even more ideas for goodies to have at your party? Check out our Summer recommendations!

12. Banana Dolphins

Banana Dolphins is putting a fun twist on edible arrangements. These are super easy to make, all you need are some bananas and grapes. You can cut the banana in half and put a small cut on the top of the banana stem. This is the dolphin’s body and don’t forget to add the eyes on the banana. Then you want to place a grape in the slit. After that, you have made a banana dolphin. You then put the dolphin banana in a cup full of grapes. It will look like the dolphin is in a body of water with a ball in its mouth. 

Dolphin Theme Party: Game Ideas

Dolphin Theme Party: Game Ideas

13. Movie Time

Have everyone gather around for a family-friendly ocean or dolphin theme film. A Dolphin Tale and Finding Nemo are some terrific ideas. Don’t forget to break out refreshments and, of course, provide the popcorn! Serve the popcorn in a “treasure chest” bowl.

14. Ring Toss

This game works perfectly indoors or even in a swimming pool. Participate in activities that dolphins do every day! Have players throw plastic rings onto thin cones or sticks. Let the winner pick a unique prize such as a pool toy.

15. Fish Throw

Create a dolphin by cutting out or drawing one and pasting it onto a small box. Then, have the children “feed” a toy fish (or ball) to the dolphin (into the box) by tossing it in. Use different colored fish that vary in sizes. The fish can be rubber/plastic toys or small stuffed animals.

16. Artsy Crafts

Parties can also be relaxing with some fun arts and crafts, including coloring pages, painting, picture frames, tie-dye t-shirts, or sand art.

17. Sharks and Dolphins

This is a fun and easy water game! Players will divide into two groups: “sharks” and the other is “dolphins.” When the game starts, both teams will try to catch a designated swimmer. Whoever touches the swimmer first will take him or her to their team’s home base. As the game progress, have more and more swimmers. The team with the most swimmers rounded up at their home base is the winner!

18. Charming Charades

Play this classic game with an oceanic twist! Your guests will have to act like a sea animal by using movement clues and nothing else (no sounds or words). Everyone else has to guess what they are portraying—place names of the “characters” in a fishbowl for guests to draw and then act out.

19. Marine Mural

Hang a large blue poster board with a picture of the birthday girl/boy on the wall and have your guests add oversized sequins, 3-D stickers, drawings, stamp designs, etc., to make a stunning underwater scene. You can also have them sign it with black or silver permanent markers.

20.Pin the Tail on the Dolphin

This is a classic game to play and easy to make. All you need to do is make a cut of a dolphin and multiple cut-outs of its tail. Then blindfold the kids when they are trying to pin the tail. 

Dolphin Theme Party Favors – Nautical Party Gift and Giveaway Ideas

Dolphin Theme Party Favors – Nautical Party Gift and Giveaway Ideas

21. Precious Plush

Nothing is more adorable than dolphin plush toys, especially ones that make dolphin sounds. Purchase them in assorted bright colors. Place them in each guest’s chair before he or she arrives. 

22.Beach Buckets

No party would be complete without gift bags. Instead of giving out plastic gift bags, give out gift beach buckets. Purchase small items like toys, candy, stickers, and beach-related items to put in the buckets. These buckets are available in any color and size. You can customize them with stickers to make them pop. 

23. Bubble Blast

Give guests bubbles with bubble wands before and after your party so that they can have a blast blowing bubbles during the event. 

24. Dolphin Jewelry

Girls will adore dolphin-shaped earrings, bracelets, and even color-changing mood rings! They are available in all kinds of designs and sizes.

25. Sea Stickers

Stickers are easy and versatile. Buy all kinds of dolphin-shaped stickers, including 3-dimensional, glittery, googly-eyed, and scratch n’ sniff ones! 

26. Yummy Gummies

Sealife shaped Gummy snacks would be delightful favors for any party guest. Wrap them in clear cellophane wrap and secure each one with bright blue ribbons.  

27. Key Chains

Give guests personalized dolphin-shaped key chains. Have them engraved with anagrams or guest’s first names on one side and “Your Name’s Party” on the other. Your key chains can be flashlights, clear and filled with swirling glitter, etc.

28. Tasty Treasure

Chocolate seashells and chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil look like underwater treasure! Stow them inside miniature treasure chests and cover them with glitter and/or rhinestones.

29. Trendy Tattoos

Temporary tattoos are a great favor idea! Give each guest at least one dolphin tattoo and other ocean-themed designs as well. Use shiny/glittery tattoos for a bigger “wow” effect. Wrap the tattoos in small blue pouches.

30. Dolphin Stationery

Give guests a charming stationery or note pad set. You can typically find these in specialized gift shops. The stationary should have ocean, dolphin, and other sea life designs. For a personal touch, customize each stationary to have each guest’s first name at each page’s top. 

Dolphin Theme Party Decorations

Dolphin Theme Party Decorations

31. Balloons

Balloons should be pearly or transparent. Suggested colors are ocean colors like blue, aqua green, turquoise, pearl white, yellow, and clear. You can also create a round balloon archway for guests to walk under or even create a dolphin shape out of several balloons. Balloons are fairly cheap, and you can buy a large supply of them for your party.

32. Crystal Marbles

Scatter glass marbles all around the tabletop or fill clear vases with them. The marbles could be clear or fluorescent blue shades. 

33. Sea Creatures

Incorporate seashells, starfish, sand dollars, and other dried sea life and animals in your decoration. Whether you use them in napkin holders, on top of cakes, or just by themselves, using real ocean life adds a sense of realness to the whole dolphin theme. 

34. Blue Crush

Most of your elements should be blue – the tablecloth, cups, plates, etc. The more the color blue is used, the more your guests will be immersed in an ocean-like environment. 

35. Inflatable Dolphins

Purchase inflatable dolphins at any party store or online. These supplies may be hard to find if you live in a small town, so online would be your next option. They come in various colors, and if your party is held outdoors, you can set them in your swimming pool to float around. You can even use them as decorative centerpieces and have guests sign them with markers. 

36. Sassy Seaweed

Whether it’s real or artificial, seaweed adds a great element to any ocean-themed party. Drape it on table surfaces, around platters, or even in doorways. Have fun with this one; it’s very freeform!  

37. Bubble Chandelier

This will definitely be the wow factor of your celebration. Bubble chandeliers give the appearance of bubbles floating in midair. There are countless tutorials online to create these. Hang them from your ceiling for an “under the sea” look. 

38. Incredible Ice

Order a sophisticated dolphin ice sculpture.  You can even have a sculpture that lights up and changes color! The beauty of the carved ice will be sure to amaze your guests. 

39. Jelly Fish Paper Lanterns

For those who love to create decorations, this is for you. This is very easy to make; all you need is a paper lantern and paper streamers. First, you will tape the streamers on the bottom of the lantern. After that, they are ready to hang up! It will make you feel that you are under the sea. 


There are various ways to host a dolphin theme party – from decorations, food, venues, and more. A dolphin theme can be versatile and simple to work with as well. Hopefully, you found these 35 dolphin theme party suggestions helpful and were inspired to kick off your own party!

Written by Natalie Smallwood 

Edited by Chris Legere

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