A fishing-themed party that includes the invitations shown here, gummy-worm decorations, favors, a wooden-fish painting project, and a fish-shaped chocolate cake studded with candy wafers is sure to make a big splash.
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Take a No. 4 fishhook, available at fishing-tackle shops, and remove the eye with wire cutters. Lay the hook flat on the eraser so it faces left, and trace the hook's outline with a fine ballpoint pen. Using a utility knife, carefully cut around the inked outline, paring away enough material so all the negative space surrounding the hook is removed. Test the stamp on some scrap paper, modifying and shaving until the hook makes the correct imprint.
Choose an image of a fish from a clip-art book, and have it photocopied and enlarged onto colored stock paper, making sure to copy enough images for all the invitations. Cut out the fish head, making sure the right edge is straight and will line up nicely against the right edge of the invitation paper. Using a glue stick, spread adhesive on the back of the cutout, and place it on stock paper cards, which can be purchased with matching envelopes at stationery stores. Ink the fishhook stamp, and print the hook image on the left side of the card, opposite the fish's mouth.
Print out the party information on a computer, cut out, and glue onto the invitation between the fish and the hook. Then use a rug needle, nail, or small hole punch to make a hole at the top of the hook where the eye would be, and two more on each side of the hook's lowest curve. Push a 6-inch piece of waxed thread through the top hole to make the fishing line. Turn the card over, tie a double knot with the other end of the twine near the hole on the back, and clip off the ends. To attach the bait, line up the middle of one gummy worm with the bottom of the hook, and press each end of another 6-inch piece of twine through each of the holes near the hook's curve. Turn the card over, and tie the ends in double knots to hold the gummy worm in place.
Stamp the fishhook image on the flap of the envelope, and insert the card. Be sure to check at the post office if extra postage is required, because the gummy worm adds extra weight.