We threw a MERMAID bash, filled with a lot of splashing, eating, giggling...and the dreams of swimming with a mermaid turned to reality.
For the cake table:
We used a console table I have on display at the house, and draped a white floor length tablecloth to create a clean palate. It was the perfect height, smaller & thinner than those fold up picnic tables. I liked it because I didn't want to have a lot of desserts or candy displayed. Okay, I'll be real, I don't have the time to make cake pops, cupcakes, and etc., to fill an entire picnic table! For the same cost to order those desserts, I reserved a shaved ice truck instead to stop by the party to take care of the sugar rush.
On the Table (from above picture: from left to right, back to front):
Starfish wands handmade by me (see pic below)
All about Ella image with birth date, time, weight, and location - printed & framed. Printable from The Little Printz.
Cake with pink butter cream frosting, two-tiered with rosette top layer. Customized cake topper from Kiss Me Kate.
Rock Candy in aqua from amazon.
Gumball display in pearlized aqua with customized cake toppers used as display picks from Paper Party Parade on Etsy.
Tassle Garland in peach, blush, and gold from Blush Bazaar on Etsy.
The burlap banner on top was custom made by EK Sheppard on Etsy.
I made these starfish wands, using a wooden craft dowel 1/4", starfish, and tiffany blue satin ribbon 1/8" . All three items were ordered on Amazon (but I'm sure you could find it at your nearest craft store as well). Using a hot glue gun, glue the starfish onto the end of the wooden dowels. Then tie the amount of ribbon you'd like. Trim and voila! You've got some gorgeous, simple, and easy-to-make starfish wands.
I love these starfish lanterns that I used as centerpieces for each table. I snagged these at Ikea last year, and I'm not sure if they're still around...but, the color and price were perfect. I didn't know what I was going to use them for when I saw them, but I just knew they would come in handy. I ordered a bulk pack of starfish from Oriental Trading with the gumballs along with some party favors, and that's the starfish you see inside this lantern.
We catered a luau themed buffet, and created these plastic-ware packets for the perfect grab & go. The party favor bags were purchased at Target. Stuffed inside was a napkin, plastic fork, knife, and spoon, no more balancing act of carrying your plate and all of your plasticware. I also found this caddy in the outdoor section at Target last summer. It's come in very handy for a myraid of functions.
For Party Favors: sand buckets, with giant bubble wands, a blow up beach ball, a lei, and some treasure hunt candy. I personalized each pail with each child's name with a paint marker.
For dessert, other than cake, we had the Kona Ice truck come by at the end of the party for a refreshing treat after all that swimming. It is a top your own station, so the kids loved being able to choose, pour, and create their own flavors! The choices...oh my!!!
And of course, you can't have a mermaid party...without a MERMAID!!! Here's Ella with one of Mermaid Kariel's beautiful mermaids. She was absolutely wonderful at engaging the kids, and making the birthday girl feel very special. Each of the party guests had a chance to swim with the mermaid, and spend close to an hour with the mermaid. Yes, we got Ella her own birthday tail & fin for her birthday. :) She is in mer-heaven!
The very next day, Ella asked me, "mom, did you take the wagon to the beach and pick up the mermaid from the ocean, or did her mom bring her here?" At that moment, I knew the party was a success!
We're believers in fairy tales!
alexander & sophia
Photos courtesy of: Mersadi Wilkins Hello Sunshine Photography