Best Kids Parties: Mermaid

My Party

Name: Cameron, 3
Location: Washington, DC

We love to have big special birthday parties in our house — we so enjoy having family and friends all together to celebrate. The kids always pick the theme and then help plan the party. I wasn't at all surprised when Cameron asked for a purple mermaid princess party — those are all of her favorite things!

I added shades of green and gold to the color palette and then designed the invitation. modBee Design matched some really great graphic patterned papers to the colors, which I used for additional paper decorations for the party. Cameron is a sparkly girl who loves sparkly things, so I outlined the invitation pattern in metallic gold pen and lined the envelopes with gold glitter paper. To keep it all cohesive, I added matching labels to each envelope. 

Because our house is a few flights up, I made a "Come On Up!" sign and wreath to hang on the front door, which was super sparkly and meant I didn't have to climb the stairs a thousand times to let people in. That cute seahorse was also a craft available at the party. I bought the kits from Oriental Trading Company and then repackaged them to make them a bit cuter. We also had mermaid sticker scenes for the kiddos to do during the party.

For the main food table, I made a tulle mermaid scale backdrop, which I topped with a glittering number 3 and framed it with handmade ruffled streamers. And it wouldn't be a party without gold lanterns. I also made the banner using the patterned papers and hung it on gold cord. 

Cameron requested sushi, edamame and goldfish for the party food (she's really a mermaid!), so we had mixed raw sushi and veggie sushi, edamame, melon balls, chicken skewers, shell pasta salad, mini crab cakes, goldfish in gold popcorn boxes, veggies/pita with hummus (the birthday girl also loves hummus), and fishbowl jello (which included a cute wooden spoon stamped with a gold mermaid tail). 

The showstopper of the party was definitely the ombre mermaid scale cake lovingly made by my friends, complete with italian meringue buttercream and a glittering gold number 3. It was phenomenal. Thank goodness for good friends! I also added a few seasweets to the table: salt water taffy, "mermaid crystals" (rock candy), retro saucer candy, and purple cotton candy.

Not to be outdone by the sweets (although, I mean, everything was really outdone by that cake), I set up a special drink bar. Along with tubs of the usuals (beer, sparkling water, apple juice and milk), there was regular lemonade for the kiddos, which you could add to purple cotton candy — it turned purple! And a bright blue lagoon punch for the adult mermaids and mermen in raspberry and lemon wedged cups topped off with a cocktail mermaid. The kiddos so loved the little mermaids that they were stealing them for lemonade, too.

My children love to be involved in the party planning and preparation and they worked really hard to make a large number of jeweled crowns for the partygoers. I hung those on gold cord near the party entrance. They also helped me put together the goody bags, which included a "grow your own mermaid aquarium," gold bubbles, and a fortune teller fish (remember those!?). Cameron and her brother also colored all the thank you tags we attached to the bags. 

We had a blast!

Thanks, Rebecca! You can see more over at Rebecca's blog!

(Images: Rebecca Green)

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