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Who else LOVES The Little Mermaid?
Oh, I'm an 80s baby at heart, so all those classic Disney princesses are my favorites.
When my clients contacted me about doing Miss K's 3rd birthday this year, I LOVED the idea of doing an Ariel party for her! You can also see her Elmo Circus party from last year.
They held the party at their local YMCA swimming pool and it was the perfect setting for an underwater celebration.
I knew I wanted to make Ariel the centerpiece of the party, so I started with this amazing mermaid laser-cut wooden mermaid by Ten23 Designs. I painted her to look like Ariel, even adding red glitter to her hair to make her look extra beautiful.
On either side of Ariel, I used some shimmery fabric that I picked up at the fabric store, and pulled the pieces back to create a curtain effect. I added these fun papier mache seashells, which I painted to match my theme.
On the front of the table, my friend Candace at LillyPaul Designs created this fun, Ariel themed fabric garland to dress up the table.
To give the table an underwater effect, I used a white tablecloth and then draped turquoise shimmera fabric over it to give it a more ethereal feel. I topped the table off with some aqua floral sheeting, which is one of my favorite party supplies!
On either side of the party table, I used these giant coral standees from Shindigz to give it some extra underwater feel!
Every The Little Mermaid party has to have Dinglehopper candelabras right???
I made mine using these candelabras and plastic flatware from Shindigz. I spray painted the candelabras to match the glitter on the flatware. Then, I added some pearls with hot glue. So fun, right? And the best part is that the birthday girl got to take them home!
For the cake, I had my baker do a simple ocean themed cake and then I added The Little Mermaid figurines to it.
I added a little bit of Candyfetti on top of course!
The immensely talented Amanda at SemiSweet Confections knocked these cookies out of the park. They were so perfect with my Shindigz napkins!
For our other snacks and treats, we kept everything ocean themed.
We had mermaid tail sweet lollis by Sweets Indeed. I displayed them in little treasure boxes that I painted gold.
We had turquoise and purple M&Ms by request of the birthday girl.
And Conch Shell Wraps (Chick-Fil-A wraps)!
As favors, the kids took home these adorable mermaid themed treat bags from Shindigz, filled with goldfish and gummy seashells from Oh Nuts.
For our guest table centerpieces, I created two different versions.
The first was a treasure chest, filled with pearls and coins. I got all these supplies at the craft store! The secret to making the chest look full is to fill it with plastic bags first. Then, I glued the coins on top!
The next was a coral reef theme. I picked up these fun floral picks at Hobby Lobby and then added them to a container filled with styrofoam and bag shred. Then, I printed out some Little Mermaid printables and glued them to bamboo skewers and stuck them in too.
And since this was outside, we needed to make it look like it was underwater. To accomplish that, I taped foil curtains around the perimeter of the party area and then hung paper lantern jellyfish along with them. The wind really blew the curtains around giving it a magical feeling.
To welcome the guests to the party, I had to do a fun banner of this sweet face! She was SO excited to see herself on this banner!
You can't have a mermaid party without some mermaids, so I bought a bunch of ocean themed inflatables and floated them in the pool. The kids loved it!
Last but not least, the kids had our favorite face painter there to make everyone have a princess face or a superhero mask!
And to top it all off, Miss K and her mommy came dressed in fully matching Little Mermaid costume! I love a mom who commits to a party theme!!
Seriously, how cute are they?
I think she had fun!
Thanks to my clients, Demareo and Latoya, for asking me to create Miss K's party again this year!
Party Supplies; Shindigz.com
Face Painting: Fairys and Frogs Face Painting
Little Mermaid wooden cut out: Ten23 Designs
Cake: Mad Lily Cakery
Fabric Bunting: LillyPaul Designs
Sweets Skewers: Sweets Indeed
Cookies: SemiSweet Confections
Candy: Oh Nuts