If it’s warm outside, you can go fishing, and then throw a party later, or else on another day as a follow-up. Some of your participants may have limitations that do not make it possible to go fishing. But you can still plan a gone-fishing event into your elderly activities.
Here are some party ideas and recipes that can go along with the fishing theme and keep your elderly happy. Just bring your elderly fish party activities all indoors during cold weather, to remind you of fun in the sun.
Elderly Fish Party Activities
Some of the elderly fish party activities involve making the table set up. Spread a clean fish net over your table cloth. You can hang a few small bobbers from the edges.
If you’re using paper tablecloths, napkins, plates, etc., use water tones such as blue or green. Depending on your budget, you can find fishing themed paper tableware in party stores or dollar stores.
Try adhering fish sticker decals in the corners of the napkins.Tie each napkin with a ribbon or raffia and a small bobber or fishing lure (hooks cut and removed).Cut bright fish from colored paper or fanciful wrapping paper and glue them onto the tablecloth. Making crafts to prepare for a party are great senior activity ideas.
The other elderly fish party activities include making easy centerpieces. Use a clear glass vase and cover the bottom with stones. If you are near water and have access to water weeds, float a piece in the vase. Also, place a bobber on the top of the water.
Another option has a colorful fishing lure (or two) dangling from the vase’s edge down into the water. It will be seen through the clear glass. Insert long, tall reeds and a variety of fresh flowers. Place the vase on a round mirror or old CD as a base.
You can make one or several centerpieces, all different sizes and types of glass vases – whatever you have on hand.
Attached to a tall wooden skewer and inserted into the vase also add a colorful touch. Origami is fun for elderly fish party activities. You can find books in the library on how to make them. But if origami is too difficult for your group, simply cutting fish shapes out of bright paper works well. Try leftovers of vivid colored wrapping paper.
Check out this Origami Fish and Other Sea Creatures Kit by Nick Robinson. It includes 20 amazing, original models of fish by world-renowned origami artists.
Fish are also fun to hang from the ends of wooden skewers as mobiles, then suspend from the ceiling. Curly green ribbon or crepe paper hanging down gives the feel of seaweed. Use round blue balloons for a bubble effect.
You can also suspend a fish net from the ceiling or attach to the walls like a wall hanging. Stud it with bobbers and lures, of course. Many items for these elderly fish party activities can be borrowed or found cheap in thrift stores.
Make green punch or Koolaid – adding “fizzy” water is always fun to sparkle it up. Make some special ice cubes and add gummy worms. Then you’ll have floating worms in your beverage. Another perfect beverage option is sangria.
How about herring in wine sauce, or else slices of cheese, with whole-grain crackers. If you want to get creative, you can cut the cheese slices with a fish cookie cutter, so they’re shaped.
Choose from several main dish ideas:
Pan-Fried Fish — Use fresh fish if possible. One of our favorites is walleye.
You will need:
Your choice of fish fillets three shallow pans for the coatings in which to dip the fish:
- Two beaten eggs
- Seasoned bread crumbs
- Two Tablespoons of olive oil
- Grated parmesan cheese (mixed in with bread crumbs)
- Salt & pepper to taste
Any other seasonings you like to add (you can add them to the bread crumbs and mix well).
Heat the olive oil on a medium burner.Dip the fish fillets first in the flour, coating them well, then in the egg, and finally into the seasoned bread crumbs with parmesan cheese mixed in. Place in hot oil and fry until brown on each side—season with salt and pepper to taste.
While cooking, aprons are amust; check out our article on the best activity aprons for the elderly.
Easy Salmon Recipes
Almost everyone knows that “good” Omega 3 fats are healthy for you, especially from salmon. You can easily find some fabulous and easy salmon recipes. Use as snacks or in a full meal.
If you want something whimsical, we have some adorable fruit salad characters with an under-water theme. There’s the Jumping Banana Fish and the String Cheese Octopus. They’re served over a salad made of mixed spring greens (which remind me of the look of seaweed). Add in chopped veggies and the dressing of your choice.
Fish crackers can also be sprinkled over it. Our favorite dressing is just a Seasoned Rice Vinegar lightly spritzed over greens and veggies from a small spray bottle! An optional salad addition (served in a separate bowl) is anchovies.
You can also do a green jello salad served atop greens. And naturally, you can add gummy fish or worms into the jello.
Fish Crescent Rolls
Another of the fun elderly fish party activities is with frozen crescent roll dough. Roll it into crescent shapes as usual, per the directions. Then pinch and turn one end upward like a fishtail. Pinch up a bit of the “top side” of the fish to form an upper fin. You can add a raisin eye (or other round food item) before baking.
If you have any kids at the party, make either peanut butter and jelly or cheese sandwiches — then cut them with a fish-shaped cookie cutter.
You can easily make cute, fish-shaped cookies if you have the right cookie cutter. These cookies are also good for elderly fish party activities to help with food preparation. Use your imagination to decorate with fins, eyes, and mouths!
And be sure to have a few gummy fish on a plate to grab!
“Chocolate covered worm” cookies
Favorite elderly fish party activities are making and eating this great dessert. Microwave and melt a container of “heat and dip” type dipping chocolate, according to instructions.
While still warm, transfer it to a bowl with a spatula. Stir in about two cups of chow mien noodles. Cover a cookie sheet or tray with wax paper. Spoon clumps of the mixture onto the wax paper. Refrigerate until firm, at least an hour.
But take them out of the refrigerator about 15 minutes before serving, or they’re tough to bite into. And make sure you serve them with napkins – they can be messy!
You may also try our Fun Fish Taco Recipe Great for Senior Activities.