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A Mermaid Party

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

In just a few months summer will be be in full swing, which means it’s time to start thinking about your daughter’s upcoming birthday party!  I always love a great party theme that gets the kids excited, as well as takes me back to my childhood while planning it!

Back in the day, my friends and I were always pretending that we were Ariel from The Little Mermaid each time we jumped into the pool.  If you were the lucky one who got to be Ariel that day, you’d jump out of the water and perch yourself on the edge of the pool singing “Part of Your World“.  I’m not sure if it was how pretty Ariel’s hair was, the fact that she had a talking crab as a best friend or that she got to married a handsome prince that we liked best…but we always wanted to be her!  Dinglehopper anyone?!

You can bring the magic from under the sea to life at your daughter’s birthday party, whether she’s turning two or seven.  A mermaid party is the trending theme for little girls, and it’s a fairly simple party to plan!  You can set the scene with a mermaid invitation or a pool party invitation if you’ll be hanging out in your back yard pool.  My favorite is this formal Seaside Invitation by Checkerboard, which is actually a stylish layered ensemble with a white top card and a lagoon bottom card, which is wrapped with a silver cord.  A tiny seashell motif subtly gives way to the beachy/tropical theme, which I just love.  The best part about this invitation is the seashell envelope liner, which acts as the perfect finishing touch for presenting your party theme.

Your mermaid party will give you so many possibilities for location, decoration and party treats.  If hosting your party at home, a twisted blue, teal or green streamer against a wall will help you create seaweed and ocean waves.  Colorful paper poms strung together from the ceiling easily look like floating sea creatures for an under the sea masterpiece.  Dress the party guests and the guest of honor in a fun mermaid beach towel or a pastel tutu – whatever makes them feel most like a mermaid princess.  For a party craft, have each guest create their own mermaid wand for creating under the sea magic.

punch ~ cupcakes ~ cake ~ tutus ~ flip flops ~ cake pops ~ party spread

In the collage above, you’ll see a variety of fun suggestions for planning the perfect mermaid party.  I absolutely love the ombre mermaid cake which features mermaid tail scales which fade from a pale blue to a deep teal color.  A touch of gold shimmering frosting creates a seaweed garnish good enough to eat!  You can even carry this theme into your cake pops, or small cupcakes with white frosting, dusted with silver edible pearls.  A white chocolate mermaid tail (colored teal with food dye) makes the perfect cupcake topper.  Offer your guests a fruity teal punch that looks like it came from a tropical paradise.  Be sure to send each guest home with a fun under the sea themed party favor, like the vibrantly colored flip flops below, displayed in a treasure chest.