For my daughter's first birthday I wanted a theme that was very girly and feminine. I also wanted to create an aspect that my son (3 yrs old) could enjoy since he'd be the one playing with his friends. My son is obsessed with pirates, so a mermaid and pirate party was PERFECT!
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For the dessert table I had a mermaid cake that I made myself. I colored the frosting blue like water and made chocolate seashells in differents colors to cover the cake. On the bottom of the cake I used turbinado sugar to look like sand. On the same display I had cupcakes in which I topped with chocolate seahorse lollipops. Along with the main dessert I also had marshmallow "octopops", salt water taffy, rock candy "crystal geodes", and marshmallows dipped in chocolate and covered with sanding sugar to look like jewels in a treasure chest. I also made chocolate hooks for the pirates!
Mermaids had a hair clip crown and a clear plastic seashell filled with "pearls" (aka white sixlets). Pirates had a treasure box filled with an eye patch, spyglass, and a compass.
Activities / Games
Pirate park, pirate water table, mermaid lagoon (baby pool), swords were out for sword fighting, costumes were in the pirates cove for dress up.
What People Ate
Kids food consisted of - "Peanut Butter and Jellyfish Sandwiches", jello with orange slices as boats, and pirates booty. Adults had a separate (standard) food buffet of salad, pasta, sandwiches, and chicken.
When the birthday girl started to eat her cake, all the kids started coming up to help eat the chocolate shells. It was nice to share. In the future I think I'll always have edible decorations on the cake to share!
The birthday girl of course! She wore a tulle tutu handmade by my best friend and a personalized mermaid top.