This particular party took place just after summer so the pool was not an option, however, I found other ways to help keep these mermaids and their friends occupied...
The mermaids greeted their guests while standing under a colorful sea creature balloon arch that opened up to a "sea" full of fun. We found the perfect dolphin bounce house from the same local party supply company that made this adorable balloon arch. A sandbox, water table, and child friendly sea creature scavenger hunt was also part of the outdoor fun.
|The mermaid costumes are from Chasing Fireflies|
|This was the highlight of the girls weekend and a splurge since it was our last party before moving out of state.|
While bright and bold colors popped up outside on the lawn, the party indoors was more subtle with shades of blue, purple, and green. I made the backdrop out of vinyl tablecloths from Dollar Tree mixed in with sparkly mesh ribbon. I used this picture so you can see how the tablecloths are cut and then braided a few times together at the top.
Jellyfish floated in the air...
|Paper lanterns, streamers, ribbon, and hot glue is all it took to make these jellyfish|
|Pictures of the girls from birth to the present were displayed on a fishing net|
I purchased the Aeriel crowns from Party City and simply hot glued lavender barrettes (found on clearance at JoAnn Fabrics) and the small starfish (also from JoAnn Fabrics).
The treasure boxes were purchased from Oriental Trading and I spray painted them gold. The large starfish on the wands were bought from Amazon. I hot glued them on a wooden dowel, then added ribbon and a sparkly gem.
|adult table decor|
|Chicken Salad Crabwiches|
|Octopus ranch dip and veggies|
|Ocean Water aka Blue Hawaiian Punch|
Little Birdie Secrets. However, if you plan on making these I would suggest adding a large glass of wine and lots of patience to the recipe. It took me plenty of trials before I was able to make anything that slightly resembled theirs.
And what kind of under the sea birthday party would it be without a real fish?! Meet "Fishy" the girls' new pet!
And as usual, most of my parties would not happen without assistance from my wonderful family. As mentioned earlier my mom made the desserts and facilitated the aquarium making while my sister took some great pictures of the party details and party itself! My brother in law and husband helped with the set up and clean up. Thank you everyone!!! This is one of my sisters and her adorable family at the party.
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