Heather of Sweet Boochie transformed her backyard into a super stylish and super cute “Under the Sea Wonderland” with a dress up station, hidden treasures and a crafted dessert table for her daughter’s Ariel Inspired Princess Mermaid Party! Each girl dressed up as mermaid princess with their very own adorable homemade mermaid costumes and satin purple, starfish embellished headbands. The little mermaids dined on ‘bottom of the sea desserts’, made pearl bracelets and more fabulous party fun!
PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:
– ‘Sand dunes’ with white washed picket fencing, tall grass and signs to mark each activity station
– Make your own pearl bracelet, ‘Find the Pearl’ in the sand, dress up activities & story time!
– Bottom of the Sea Desserts: Sand Dollar Oreos, Starfish Brownies & Sandy Shell Cupcakes
– Leave a message in a bottle for the birthday girl!
– Nail painting station with a pearl strand chandelier
PARTY DETAILS, as told by Heather…
Our daughter Ana, requested a little mermaid (Ariel inspired) theme for her 5th birthday party this year. Character parties can always be a challenge to make them look whimsical and beautiful yet familiar to what the child knows is the character. I decided to use princess Ariel as inspiration for the color scheme (sea foam green, coral and lavender). My goal was to have each guest feel as though they were a princess mermaid under the sea… so to make this happen, my wonderfully talented mother-in-law sewed fifteen costumes and a dress up tent for all the guests to change in. As guests walked in they were transformed into a mermaid, with their outfits and a headband that I made by hot gluing a starfish onto a Dollar Tree purple headband.
ACTIVITIES & DECOR
I really felt the sand dunes were iconic of the beach, so I decided to make beach signs and “sand dunes” to mark each activity/game. I did this using free scrap wood from our local wood supply store and some old ceiling paint that I mixed with water and rubbed on with an old T-shirt to give it a white wash effect. I then placed the lovely printable signs (designed by Rebekah at A Blissfulnest) in a Pottery Barn Kids matte frame and tacked it to the wood post. My husband helped place sand and an old picket fence we had around the sign and I embellised with shells and tall grass. These signs marked the activities of dress up, making pearl bracelets, finding a pearl game, and a pass the treasure game.
For the dessert table, I wanted it to reflect the bottom of the sea, and the hidden treasures that mermaids find from a sunken ship. So I was thrilled to find the hand mirror at a local goodwill, and the fork I had to resemble the “dinglehopper” that Ariel finds to “comb” her hair. All the desserts I made myself. Our oldest daughter has food allergies, so it’s important I can make all the desserts safe for her to eat as well.
For favors, I used Kim from TomKat Studio’s idea as inspiration, and placed Ariel squinkie rings in a cleaned baby food jar, which I spray painted the lid white and placed a coral punch of paper stock on top, tied with purple twine and these adorable small seashell and starfish buttons I found at Michaels Craft store. The party was wonderful and all the guests left happy!
– Party Styling: Sweet Boochie
– Photography: Veronica Huang
– Printables: A Blissful Nest
– Table and Chair Rentals: Bayly’s Rental
– Balloons: Polka Dot Market
– Striped paper straws: Shop Sweet Lulu