{Mermaid Party}

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mermaid birthday party food table

Princess Pea is turning 5 this month, and we had her mermaid-themed birthday party last weekend. It was so much fun! From the preparations, to the games, to the food, to the amazing cake my friend made for her, it was non-stop giggles and laughs for me, her, and all of her friends!

I debated breaking this up into several posts, as it was such a great party and I have so much I want to share! But, since it would take me forever to prepare multiple posts, I'm just going to share the highlights here with you, and I'll divide this post into several sections instead.

1. Decorations:

I already shared our homemade 3D mermaid party invitations. Here's what else we did to set the stage for the mermaid theme.

mermaid birthday party place settings

We ordered mermaid-themed plates, cups, napkins, and placemats online, and for the boys, I picked up pirate-themed dinnerware. I got blue and turquoise tablecloths and cutlery from a party supply store and cut them to the size of their kiddie tables.

mermaid party backdrop decorations

This is my new favourite way to decorate for kids' parties! I picked up some mermaid-themed wrapping paper and put it up on the wall next to their tables with sticky tack. Simple, easy, and makes them feel like they're 'in' the theme. It also made a perfect backdrop for party pictures later on.

mermaid party decorations

A friend had given us some adorable sea-life wall stickers a while back, so we put them on the window temporarily, between the 'seaweed' streamers that were hanging down. And, of course, we hung blue, turquoise, and 'sea foam green' streamers from the lights and hung balloons in the same colours.

I had also really wanted to attach some fisherman's netting to our deck space, but we didn't have anything to attach it to. I've since had hooks added to the underneath of our upstairs balcony for future party decorating! ;-)

2. The Food

Another way we 'set the stage' was with the food itself. What do mermaids eat?

mermaid party food octopus dip
Octopus dip
(I found this idea on Pinterest here)

mermaid party food starfish sandwiches
Starfish sandwiches

mermaid party food sushi
and sushi!

 mermaid birthday cake

Oh, and sparkly mermaid cake, of course!
(obviously, I've deleted her name from the picture)
This cake was made by my super-talented friend, Masha. Don't you just love the edible glitter on the mermaid's tail?

mermaid party rainbow birthday cake

Make that sparkly, rainbow mermaid cake!

3. Creating Little Mermaids

mermaid birthday party games

As the guests arrived, we turned them each into Little Mermaid Princesses. They each got some turquoise 'mermaid hair' to clip on; some sparkly, turquoise 'mermaid bangles'; a 'seaweed necklace' (a green, leafy lei from the dollar store); and some 'mermaid shimmer cream' to rub onto their arms and faces if they wished. 

Then they set to work decorating their own mermaid princess crowns.

mermaid birthday party wave crowns

I had prepared the crowns by cutting out a rectangle of stiff, gold card, and cutting a wave design along one edge. I punched holes in each side, and tied on some elastic (about 25-30 cm long).
I set up a 'crown station' in the corner of the living room. The girls had a selection of sequins, fake jewels, tiny bits of sparkly sticky-backed craft foam, stickers, and wooden fish and starfish shapes to stick on.

mermaid birthday party decorating crowns

They were a hit, and so cute on all the little mermaid princesses!
(Oh, and check out the mural we made with the girls' handprint mermaid painting and some scraps of bulletin board borders!)

mermaid birthday party jewelled crowns

4. Games and Activities

We had SO much fun with our games and activities! I always figure the sign of a good kids' party is no tears - well, the kids spent the whole 3 hours laughing non-stop. So I guess that's the sign of a GREAT party!

We played Mermaids and Pirates - Daddy made an excellent pirate (all kitted out with his foam pirate hat and cutlass!), chasing the girls all over the garden. We set up 'safe zones' on each side of the garden using hula hoops, and the mermaids had to run across without getting caught by the pirate. If they got caught, they became pirates, too. They LOVED this game!

mermaids and pirates party game

mermaids and pirates island party game

It was so popular that later we played another variation of it: Fishing for Mermaids - this time Daddy had a 'fishing net' (a piece of pink netting with beads threaded into it that we just happened to have) that he chased them with.

Next up was Under the Sea Limbo. I used the mop handle and decorated it with blue and green ribbons, as seen on Pinterest. The girls had a blast going under and over it to the music. (This has since become their party game of choice for every party!)

mermaid party ribbon limbo game

Next we had an Under the Sea Dance - to the tune of the same name from The Little Mermaid soundtrack, of course, I called out the names of sea creatures and they had to use their dramatic play skills to 'dance' like the creature. Much hilarity involved in this one! 

mermaid birthday party under the sea dance game
Dancing Crabs

mermaid party dance game crabs
Dancing fish

mermaid party dance games fish
Dancing octopus

The Funny Face Contest was a lot of fun - and they especially enjoyed getting to see all their funny faces on the TV right afterwards, as we hooked the camera up to the HDMI.

party games funny face contest

birthday party games funny face competition

birthday party games silly faces

party games funny faces

And finally, we had some Underwater Bubble Blowing - I set out a tub and filled it with bubble solution (I used the 1L refill bottle of Tesco brand bubbles as I find they make really good bubbles, and the ingredients to make homemade bubbles are hard to find and expensive here, but I also like the Super Miracles Bubbles brand, which we can't buy here). I set out a selection of bubble wands that I had picked up for a couple of dollars at Michael's last summer. They enjoyed making bubbles of all sorts of shapes and sizes, and in no time the entire garden was filled with bubbles. I must admit, I love a garden full of bubbles!

mermaid party games underwater bubbles blowing

party games blowing bubbles mermaid birthday

All in all, I'd say it was one of our best parties ever, and probably the one that I enjoyed the most myself!

mermaid party birthday girl

Happy Birthday to my big girl! 

Love you!


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