Admist all the interviewing and applying for teaching jobs, along with my normal everyday busy life, I have been gathering ideas and starting to put into motion plans for a bird-themed baby shower and a mermaid birthday party later this month. I am so excited for both of them! Since, I have shared about a bird-themed baby shower in the past, I want to share just a glimpse of what a mermaid party would look like if I was planning it.
So hang on tight and let's dive in to what it would look like to have a mermaid party :)
These are just a few options for decor. The possibilities are endless! I really love the look of balloons hanging behind a net with shells and a banner on it (pictured to the far left above). It's such an easy and inexpensive background! I actually did something very similar for an under the sea baby shower I hosted last year. The number with scales on it for the age of the child (pictured in the middle above) would look so cute hanging on the wall or on the door for people to see as they enter for the party. Also, I am so in love with the netting coming out of jars with "pearl" necklaces and painted shells on the tables, pictured to the far right above. Around here you can easily find shells to paint at the beach, netting tulle doesn't cost much, and you can re purpose the jars after the party. The necklaces could even go home with guests at the end.
I think my favorite part about kids' birthday parties are the games! Here are three great ideas for a mermaid party. The first game pictured also doubles as the treasures for the goody bags. Each guest gets to search through the sand box for buried treasure to take home (this also works out wonderfully well for a pirate/mermaid theme to include the boys). You can have each guest just pick 2-3 items to put in their goody bag.
The next picture is just part of a larger game, a mermaid/pirate obstacle course which would be so fun if you have an outside party. Pictured is what it referred to as the "seaweed" tunnel crawl and can be easily created by cutting a cheap hula-hoop in half, staking it in the ground and attaching green streamers for seaweed.
One other game idea would be to do a ring toss, because what kid doesn't love ring toss? This ring toss version with a dolphin and plastic rings is super cute and sure to be a hit at your party!
There are SO many different things you can do for food, but I am just going to share some cute cake ideas I have fallen in love with.
I am kind of obsessed with cupcake cakes now, after I made a flamingo one last year, that turned out so cute and was a huge hit! This is why I just love the cupcake cake mermaid tail! The colors are so fun, but you could do any colors you like and have 3-4 colors instead of 2. I would also add some of those pearl sprinkle decorations to the top to add some sparkle and shine.
It's hard to see all of the middle cake, but it's a cute pastel cake with a mermaid tail topper and shells, coral, and flowers out of icing on the side. I would actually make the tail out of colored white chocolate and maybe some of the side decorations out of that too. It's not mold-able like fondant, but is more firm and tastes way better!
The last cake pictured isn't the greatest on the outside and I would probably change that. But the real beauty lies on the inside and what a great lesson! True beauty comes from the heart, not the outward appearance of a person. I just love the ombre effect with the inside layers of the cake. You could even do different color schemes like blue or pink.
Here are some ideas for goodies that guests could take home. The fish bags are so cute and are just made with gold-fish and blue jelly beans in some plastic bags. I also adore the starfish bows. I used to make hair bows and these would be great for the girl guests at the party. If you buy ribbon and shells in bulk, you can actually make these without spending a lot of money. The last goody bag pictured is adorable and is easily made with an ice cream cone in a plastic cellophane bag (like an icing bag), some colored candy on top (it could really be any candy of your choice and Party City has tons of choices in all different colors), and tails glued on made out of sparkly paper.
Let's get ready to splish and splash at a Mermaid Birthday Bash! A mermaid party would be so much fun to create for you. If you think this type of party would be perfect for your kid or someone you know, please contact me today. I would love to help you put something like this together. I am already having a blast preparing for the mermaid party I have later this month. I also didn't share all of my ideas, because I want to wait until after the party to share some of them with you :)
Sit back, relax, and let me take the stress away. A.M. Parties can bring the party to you!