(Both of these elements are actually recreated on our table!)
Other printables that Heather designed were the “Beach Closed” warning that the Amity Police Department had erected, and the decals on the air tank that ultimately was used to take down the shark. Our air tank was constructed from a 2-liter bottle, sprayed painted gray with a few small bits to fashion the valve knob up at the top and finished off with the printable decals. And last but not least, you can’t miss the ginormous Amity Island billboard sign that almost spans the entire length of the table.
Decor wise, I knew that I had wanted to depict a beach scene. But how best to do that, and with what props and materials was the question. Ultimately we decided to go with a sandy colored flat sheet to represent the beach and some IRIS dish towels (in blue) from IKEA to mimic the ocean. We placed them on the front of the table, much like a runner, but not centered down the length of the table. We did this to give us enough room to make the faux beach boardwalk with the 3D food tag bungalows all lined up, sitting atop their craft stick platfroms. We rounded out the rest of the design with more props from IKEA, the extremely versatile SOLBRÄND 4 piece plate set in light blue, and the dark blue 2 pack of bowls. And scattered about the beach-scape are seashells plucked right from the very real beaches of Myrtle Beach, SC. Having vacationed there the week before gave us opportune time to pick up lots of beach related trinkets for the table. We even found a shark tooth.
Let’s see, now that we’ve covered the printables and the decor, let us move on to the eatables. Wow, I’m very surprised that Microsoft Word’s auto spell check feature did NOT flag “eatables” as a made up word. Ah yes, a quick stop at Google has enlightened me:
For this quaint little beach get together, that happens to also involve a man-eating shark, we went with some:
- Sea Dogs - Just your average Hot Dog really.
- Shark Fin - Sugar cookies with royal icing.
- Life Preserver - Cake doughnuts, dipped in melted frosting and topped with fruit roll-ups.
- Root Beer Barrels - Any self respecting Jaws fan knows that this is how they tracked the shark in the open ocean.
- Shark Attack - Cupcakes, straight out of the Hello Cupcake book!
- Ocean Water - Blue Hawaiian Punch
- Shark Bait - Which was a mix of Swedish Fish, Goldfish brand and shrimp flavored crackers.
- Shark Teeth - In the form of triangle cut tortilla chips and “Chum” salsa, complete in a chum bucket.