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I can’t believe my sweet little girl turned nine! She wanted to celebrate with a magical mermaid party. She requested it be at home, not the pool, so I had my work cut out creating an under the sea experience for her in our very green back yard. I started by drawing some mermaids for her to select from. She chose the sweet little mermaid pictured below. She had a lot of fun using the “paint bucket” in Photoshop to pick her colors. The color scheme she chose was shades of blue, green and purple.
To set the scene I transformed our shade canopy to look like the ocean floor. I wanted the girls to feel like real mermaids eating treats under the sea.
I started by stringing lots of blue tulle and Chinese lanterns from the roof of the canopy. I velcroed blue fabric to the sides of the canopy to enclose it. I sewed blue and lime crepe paper together to create a ruffled seaweed back drop. I love how it turned out; it was just like an underwater oasis. Everything had a blue tint to it….
The tables were covered with painter’s drop cloths to mimic the look of sand. I scattered seashells and sea glass around the table. The centerpieces were handmade starfish wands, which later doubled as favors. I found the starfish inexpensively (with a coupon) at Michaels. I secured them to wooden dowel sticks with a bit of hot glue. They were placed in tall glass vases filled with sand and shells.
kandy cones with goldfish, mermaid cookies, cupcakes, and fun candy bar for favors
Activities / Games
Scavenger Hunt, Sea Glass Frame Glass, Feed the mermaid, Hula Hoop Contest
Hula Hoop contest
What People Ate
Desserts! Candy buffet
What People Drank
water, sea foam (lime soda and sherbert)
Tossing Goldfish into mermaids mouths