{Fabulous Fete} A Mermaid Party



Hello my dear friends, I can’t believe it has taken me so long to post Adriana’s birthday party, but here it is! I’ll share all the little details that went into creating this beautiful  party for my daughter.  Are you ready? Okay, here we go…

 Although Adriana has been talking and planning her birthday since… I think her last birthday, she couldn’t decide on what theme she wanted. After switching the theme over and over again and a beach vacation this summer she decided she wanted a Mermaid party with sand and sea shells, those were her specific requests. Her absolute favorite color in the world is pink and also loves sparkly things. With that in mind I started gathering ideas and that’s how her Mermaid Party was born. I knew I wanted to stay away from the blue color scheme that is often associated with this theme and decided to play a little with the shades of pink; pale pink, coral but also incorporated some sea foam green and splashes of yellow. 

As you walked into our house there was a mirrored end table  which had a sign that matched our invitation welcoming our guest. It was accompanied by some tall glass candle holders with green candles, a white hydrangea and a decorative sea coral I found at Home Goods

I used a gorgeous antique side table as the dessert table to give it that ” under the sea lost treasure” feel. The desserts consisted of a ” Sea Coral” Chocolate Cake my mom and I made and decorated with sugar sea coral I ordered, “Mermaid Macarons”, “Deep Sea sugar Cookies” shaped as sea shells, sea horse and starfish, Gumball Pearls, “Starfish Cupcakes” and “Candy Crystals”( pink rock candy). There was also a tall sea foam green vase filled with beautiful Gladiolus in two shades of Coral. I made a runner for the table with some coral sparkly fabric I bought at Joann Fabrics. I also added a Martha Stewart sparkly scalloped circle garland at the front of the table for a little extra sparkle.

The tables were dressed in white linen with a coral fabric (also from Joann Fabrics) runner I made and adorned with colored glass bottles with single blooms on them. I fell in love when I saw these pale pink shimmery plates and knew they would be perfect for the party. For the adult tables, the plate was topped with a white napkin folded as a pocket which held silver plastic cutlery and a sea shell. The kids table was very similar to the adults table but the plates were topped with a second plate shaped as a sea shell. On top of the sea shell plate each child had a party blower I made. See tutorial here.  Next to the tables we also had a “ribbon curtain” hung from our Pergola which looked amazing every time the wind blew.

For me it was very important that not only the party looked beautiful but that it was fun too! Since it had been so hot during those days I decided to have water activities for the kids to cool off. We had a pink whale shaped pool with two kid sized lounging chairs, big buckets filled with water and “sea sponges,” a bubble station which consisted of a small pool “bubble bath” and a basket with big pink bubble wands. My favorite of the activities though, was a beautiful wooden sandbox with bench seating. We hung a white canopy decorated with a sea shell garland over the sandbox, added sea shells and buckets to the sand, and I also sewed some pillows with matching fabric.

Outside we also had our drinks table which had a glass dispenser with pink lemonade; grapefruit and clementine IZZE were also served to match our color shceme! I bought some really cute acrylic pink glasses and used some sea foam green plate chargers as serving trays. Each glass had a stripey straw adorned with a sparkly pink flag made out of card stock.
We decided to keep the food pretty simple since it was a kids party. The hors d’oeuvres consisted of fresh fruit salad, mango peach salsa with whole grain chips, pigs in blanket and mini crab cakes. As the main dish we had burger sliders, shells and cheese and potato salad.

Inside the house we had a craft table for the kids to decorate treasure boxes and mirrors with rhinestones and sparkly foam stickers. Before leaving, each child was given a goodie bag to take home. I made little pouches out of burlap and filled them with different sea treasures for girls and boys. The girl’s goodie bag had a beaded neckace and bracelet in light shades of coral and green, a pink sparkly lip gloss and some Hershey’s kisses. It was tied with coral and green ribbon a sequin strand and decorated with a Martha Stewart cardstock flower. It was a little difficult to tie in the “mermaid” theme to the boy’s goodie bags so I decided to fill it with pirate items. Inside it had chocolate coins, pirate themed erasers, a pirate eye patch and a pirate telescope.

I had such an amazing time planning this party for Adriana. It is so exciting now that she really does have an opinion to make her visions come to life and her wishes come true. It was so fun to create a party that she loved filled with all her favorite things. I am amazed at how fast time passes and feel so blessed to be her mommy!  She has been talking to every one about her party and is already thinking about her next one! Can you believe it? She is more like me every day…
Vendors and Credits:
Event Styling: A Styled Fête:   (www.astyledfete.com)
Photography: Carly Jones Photography  (www.carlyjonesart.com)
Cupcakes & Macarons: Petites Bouchees (www.petitesbouchees.com)
Sugar Cookies: Bees Knees Creative (http://www.etsy.com/shop/beeskneescreative)
Paper Goods and Signage: WH Hostess (www.whhostess.com)
Sea Coral decorations on the cake and Sea shells on the cupcakes: A Cake to Remember (www.acaketoremember.com)
Flowers: Vogue Flowers in Richmond, VA ( www.vogueflowers.com)
Colored Glass bottles: Hobby Lobby ( www.hobbylobby.com)
White Canopy: Ikea (www.ikea.com)

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  • Dalia

    Wow! I just found your site through Amy Atlas. I love every single detail about this mermaid party, it is perfect. You really thought of eveery detail and it looks amazing. I’m sure the kids had a blast!

    December 13, 2011

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