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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.

Idea

Party Highlights

  • Desserts

    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

  • Best Moment

    Hula Hoop contest

  • What People Ate

    Desserts! Candy buffet

  • What People Drank

    water, sea foam (lime soda and sherbert)

  • Funniest Moment

    Tossing Goldfish into mermaids mouths

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Party Helpers

  • sweetcraftcakes

  • Ribbon Revelry

  • Frog Prince Cookies and Cake

  • Posh Party Pretties

  • Just a Pinch

  • Luv Handles

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15 comments

  • Stephanie M

    Stephanie M wrote:

    This is sooooo cool!!!! great job =)

  • Stephanie M

    Stephanie M wrote:

    pretty!

  • Sweet Craft Cakes Noelle & Kerry W

    Sweet Craft Cakes Noelle & Kerry W wrote:

    Thanks Stephanie!

  • Sandy B

    Sandy B wrote:

    Awesome Job!!! Love the colors and the backdrop!

  • Sweet Craft Cakes Noelle & Kerry W

    Sweet Craft Cakes Noelle & Kerry W wrote:

    Thanks Sandy for the sweet comment! Smiles~

  • Sweet Craft Cakes Noelle & Kerry W

    Sweet Craft Cakes Noelle & Kerry W wrote:

    Thanks Sandy for the sweet comment! Smiles~

  • Kellie H

    Kellie H wrote:

    I love your ideas, will have to use a few of them for an upcoming party. :-) Thanks for sharing.

  • Sweet Craft Cakes Noelle & Kerry W

    Sweet Craft Cakes Noelle & Kerry W wrote:

    Thanks Kellie, Have a great party! Smiles~

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    Malia P wrote:

    hi!! i love how you decorated! i saw you made those starfish wands...i really want to make those for my daughters party. how did you make those?

  • Sweet Craft Cakes Noelle & Kerry W

    Sweet Craft Cakes Noelle & Kerry W wrote:

    Hi Malia, Supplies: Starfish, Wood Dowels, Twine, Shells, & Hot Glue Gun Use your hot glue gun to glue your starfish to the wood dowel stick. Then wrap and glue your twine around the stick as well. Glue shells to your twine. Hope this helps. Smiles~

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    Lynn M wrote:

    Love the details of your party! I'll be using some of your ideas at my daughter's Under the Sea Birthday party. Thank you for sharing!! :))

  • Karen M

    Karen M wrote:

    I absolutely love the streamers that look like seaweed...Can you give me instructions on how you got them to look ruffled? Also what kind of table cloth did you use for your dessert table with the fishnet on top of it?

  • Melissa L

    Melissa L wrote:

    Beautiful job!

  • Jennifer S

    Jennifer S wrote:

    what did you use to make the walls on the easy up? is that plastic, fabric...?

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    Christin T wrote:

    What did you use on the walls! So cute!