A few, ok, MANY months ago, I started looking around on the internet for ideas for S’s 4th birthday party. This was right about the time that I discovered the glorious PINTEREST site and the creative juices just started flowing. I thought it would be so cool to do a mermaid theme for S. When I asked her about it, she said, “you mean, Ariel?” Uh, no hon…no Disney princess mermaids…just real (?) old-fashioned mermaids, the kind that swim in the ocean with glittery tails. So we had a quick mermaid lesson and I continued perusing the internet for ideas. What came about was something like this…
Free banner from inkgarden.com
Purple and Aqua Color Scheme
Free sign from VistaPrint
My version of no-sew mermaid tails (fabric from distinctivefabrics.com)
Cake from Craigs Cake Shop
Foam mermaid crowns and stickers (Michael’s) for decorating when the girls arrived. You can also see S’s special seashell chair (wishworks.com)
Starfish hairpin from a seller on etsy. I had one too, but it broke off the pin before I could even use it, so I just stuck the end of the starfish in my hair and it worked well.
Duct tape on the water bottles to match the color scheme.
Favor boxes (amazon.com) with Rock Candy, Salt Water Taffy (Kara’s Party Shoppe) and bubbles.
Mermaid in a bubble activity.
Buried treasure dig. Love my dad for getting into it with the girls and helping out!
Ring toss game. Floaty animals from Party City.
Girls making their crowns. Bubble machine was a hit!
I didn’t get a shot of all the food (and I also didn’t have time to make labels for all the food like I had planned), but we served octopus hotdogs, peanut butter and jellyfish sandwiches, mermaid juice (kool-aid), seashell pasta salad and fruit salad (which was supposed to be starfish fruit salad, but apparently it is not starfruit season). I also had submarine sandwiches for the adults.
S posing with her mermaid cake and her birthday shirt (etsy).
It was so much fun to plan this event for S. I know she and her little mermaid friends had lots of fun. I definitely couldn’t have pulled this off without the help of J and his bro and SIL and my parents. They were my set-up and demolition crew and so much help in between! It was a lot of work, but lots of fun, too. I joked off and on during the day that next year it’s going to be a Chuck E Cheese party…but I kind of doubt that once I get back on pinterest and start thinking about the next party!