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Friday, January 15, 2016

Mermaid Party

Our daughter recently turned 5 and has wanted a mermaid birthday party "her whole life", as she puts it. I loved planning this party because our daughter was such a huge help in decorating and creating for it. I loved being able to work on this party together and hearing her fun ideas for it. 
I thought I'd share some photos of her special day with you. :)

I found these darling invitations from Loralee Lewis. How sweet are they?!


My daughter invited 12 friends to her party and I made each child a fun mermaid party hat. 

These little goodie bags were a huge hit with all the little mermaids that came to the party. I found them on Etsy in the shop josiekatstrunk .


I ordered this matching shirt for the birthday girl to wear. How perfect, right? Mermaids AND birthday cake! 

Our daughter's grandma is an incredible seamstress and has made our girl several costumes and dresses throughout  the years. She made her a mermaid costume for Halloween and I took a few photos of her wearing it. I thought it would be fun to frame one of the photos of her and add a little starfish to it to set on the party table. 

I wanted the kids to come inside our home and feel like they were about to swim under the sea. I had fishing nets, jellyfish, sea shells and sea glass all over the house.

This pretty ocean ombre tassel from Studio Mucci added a perfect touch to the dessert table.

Here are a few of the jellyfish I made to hang over the party table. I used fishing line to hang them up so it really looked as if they were floating.

My cousin Leigh is an insanely talented cookie artisan and she made these gorgeous cookies for the party. They were too pretty to eat! Check out her beautiful creations on Instagram @babygabeycookies. They taste just as incredible as they look.    

 Look at all that amazing detail!

I found a lot of things for the party at my local thrift store. This seashell platter was only 1.00 and was the perfect fit to hold all the fruit. 

I made this dessert tray using tea cups and plates from the thrift store. I spray painted them pink and glued the cups to the plates. Super easy and cute! 

These white chocolate dipped oreos were so fun to make with my daughter before the party. We brushed a little edible gold dust on top of the chocolate seashells and the kids ( and moms!) LOVED them. 


We couldn't have a mermaid party without candy sushi. This was another fun project my daughter, husband and I worked on together. We ate waaayyy too many Swedish fish during the making of these rolls. Ugh.


I made this cake by using raw sugar as the "sand" and chocolate starfish to embellish the top. 

We played a few fun games and one of the favorites was the mermaid race. Each child colored and decorated a mermaid tail. I then had each kid put both feet into a large sock and attach the fin to their feet. The kids then had to hop across the floor like mermaids out of water. It was hilarious and the kids had a blast. 

We completely surprised our daughter with a REAL mermaid! Ariel was amazing with the kids. She sang, told stories and had the kids do some silly sea creature dancing. She made the birthday girl feel extremely special by having a coronation ceremony and presenting her with a lovely crown.

The party was a blast and I know the kids had a wonderful time. It was crazy chaos but we loved every second of it! 
Thanks so much for stopping by! 

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