Well, today was a success! For the past 6+ months, my sweet, soon-to-be 4-year-old, has been talking about wanting a, “Mermaid Party”. Now, I’m not talking about the much-loved, red-headed Disney Mermaid, just a simple, ordinary party that involved mermaid party fun. I use the world “ordinary” rather loosely. Actually, in both her eyes and my eyes, it was anything but, ordinary. In fact, if I say so myself, it was quite extraordinary!
Thanks to Pinterest and Google, I had so much fun gathering ideas for Reese’s big day. Ohh, the parties you can create with Pinterest. Between my creative juices flowing and borrowing ideas from other’s fabulous ideas, I don’t know who was more excited . . . me or Reese!
My biggest challenge, but one I was determined to do, was to create a “no-sew”, inexpensive mermaid tail for Reese and her little guests. So, after much Googling, much Pinteresting and a bit of trial and error . . . I created simple and cost-effective mermaid tails in pink and blue for the little mermaids. Upon arrival, each guest closed their eyes and picked a pink or blue M&M. This determined what color tail they were going to get. Since all the tails were made from a pretty, sparkly, mermaid-scale-like fabric, no one was disappointed in the color they picked.
After finding an adorable mermaid plate and cup theme from Birthday Express, I was ready to tackle the fun decorations and activities for the party. I really don’t think girls ever out grow birthday parties and girlie things, so picking out trinkets for the mermaid treasure hunt and pinata was a little too easy. Plastic rings, necklaces, hair clips, lip glosses and lollipops were perfect for these two activities that we decided to do, as a way for the girls to fill their own goody bags. And, a $1 pink box was perfect for the mermaid treasure hunt for their loot bags.
The party was two hours. It was going to start with food and snacks for lunch (chicken nuggets, mac and cheese “seashells”, shark jello cups, pink goldfish (yes, they make pink goldfish!) and Pirate Booty. The little mermaid guests enjoyed their yummies on a beach blanket on the floor. I mean, mermaids don’t eat at tables, right?!
When it came to decorations, I wanted to stick with keeping the color scheme of pink, purple and blue throughout the house. I also wanted to do everything on a budget and was determined to keep the party inexpensive, but memorable. I bought some cute little table toppers from the Dollar Tree, fringe for the tables from Party City and made my own backdrop out of 3 $1 plastic table clothes. This little project was a bit tedious, but well worth it! Balloons were picked up the morning of the party from the local grocery store and the cake was made by a friend who is quite a talent when it comes to making cakes.
After the girls ate, they headed to the other room to start the fun little projects. With help from my boys, each girl got a sea themed glitter tattoo, a dolphin sand art necklace activity and a mermaid scratch art craft. I highly recommend the glitter tattoos for girl’s birthday parties. They were so easy to do and came out fantastic! In fact, my 11-year-old son loved assisting as a, “tattoo artist”.
The two-hour party ended with the goodie bag treasure hunt and pinata. It was another fun project that kept the girls engaged and entertained. Instead of just handing them a goody bag at the end of the party, they got to create their own!
So, with all that said, I had a very happy little girl at the end of the day. Nothing beats having your own little girl whisper in your ear, “Mommy, this is the best party ever!”. The little bit of research and work it took getting this party together was worth every second.
DIY Mermaid Tails:
- About 4 yards of sparkly fabric, approx 2 inch ribbon of choice, glue gun, scissors
- Sparkly Fabric was purchased at Walmart. For 12 3-4 year-old girls, 4 yards was needed.
- Measure the with of of fabric against your little girl’s waist. Then, made little slits to show where to cut strips for each tail.
- Lay fabric down on floor. Once strips were cut, make a slit about 8 inches up the bottom of the fabric.
- Take a tiny plastic hair tie to wrap around bottom of slit making sure it’s secured at top of slit. This gives the “mermaid look”. (see pic above)
- Cut about 24 inches of string. (enough to be able to secure tail around waist)
- On each tail, fold top of tail down a bit, creating a loop to slide ribbon through. Hold against your little girl to see how far you want to drape on floor. Secure ribbon within through loop and glue loop down with hot glue gun.
- Wait until fully dry and then, Voila! Tie the tail on your little mermaid’s waist.