Under the Sea: A Mermaid Party

By Kristin Swenson |

Birthday Party Inspiration on The Shopping Mama

For the past couple of years, my lil’ lady bean has been focused on one Disney princess… A certain little mermaid named Ariel. Sure, she obsessed over Frozen like every other little girl, but if you ask her who her favorite princess is, it’s always Ariel. So, when it came time to plan her third birthday party, we obviously had to go the mermaid route! Thanks to Party City and some goodies that I picked up from Etsy, we were able to put together the under the sea themed party of her dreams!



Let’s start with the cake… It’s always about the cake in our house. Haha! My baby girl definitely inherited my sweet tooth, so I wanted to give her a beautiful one. I decided to go for an ombre look reminiscent of the sea. Ariel was right at home perched atop her oceanic ruffle cake. And we didn’t stop there with the sweets. Every mermaid party needs oysters right? I took store bought macarons, frosting and some gumballs and used them to create DIY oyster treats. They were quite popular with the grown ups. I’m all about serving goodies that please both our kiddo and adult party guests. And the fruit wands were a hit with everyone! I simply skewered cut up pieces of fruit. Easy peasy!



As far as decorations go, the highlight of our mermaid decor was the life size Ariel photo backdrop. I added a treasure chest filled with photo props and the little ones had a blast posing away, tiaras and all! Notice the birthday girl’s attire? She couldn’t have been more pleased with her Little Mermaid dress. A girl has to dress the part doesn’t she?!?



The table settings were very simple: party blowers, Swedish Fish filled vellum bags and tiny Goldfish filled cups fit the bill! And I was thrilled to be able to use my mom’s antique lace tablecloth. I always love adding personal elements to my parties. It makes things so much more interesting than using brand new everything. Am I right?


As our guests departed, they picked up a thank you bucket full of goodies and a Seedlings make your own mermaid doll kit from our mermaid confetti bedecked table. With those darling kits from Seedlings and Imagination Lane, their mermaid fun could continue on long after they got home!



Before I go, I have to tell you about my Pinterest moment: I made a paint chip garland using some paint chips from the hardware store, twine and a hole punch! I can’t even begin to tell you how easy it was to put together. I just might have to make a paint chip garland for all my parties now. Just sayin’.


And finally, when you’re having a small gathering like we did, you don’t necessarily need to send out snail mail invitations. It’s perfectly acceptable to go the electronic invite route and with Echoage, you can not only create an invitation, but you can also make it possible for your guests to donate to the charity of your choice. How fabulous is that? We’re always stressing that giving is better than receiving with our kids, so I’m loving this service!

Disclosure: We were not compensated for this post. We did receive samples.

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    Hey, this is amazing! I’m a huge fan of A Little Mermaid too. Just wondering how you made the icing on the big cake? Thanks

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