Every mother says this, but I really can’t believe my daughter has turned FIVE. It seems like just yesterday that I had her. Crazy!
She’s my beautiful, spunky, smart, jokester, sassy, girly girl.
I asked her what she wanted to do this year for her big "5" and she first initially said, Art but after a week that changed to Mermaids. I was secretly giddy because I knew this year would be at our home and I wasn’t sure if I was prepared for paint everywhere in my house or backyard. tee hee...
I first start with the overall feel I’m after and then move onto color scheme. With Mermaids you can do a lot of different colors but the Coral, Mint, Turquoise and White was what we decided to go with. After this, I move onto design! We went with a silhouette mermaid, coral, starfish, quatrefoil and scale patterns.
We bounced around several decor ideas. Let me tell you, there are sooo many ideas for this theme and we just couldn’t fit it all in one party. It would almost have to be a two parter!
For some of the hanging decor, I took paper lanterns, glued tissue fringe and tulle ruffle strips to the bottom and Wall-Ah we have Jellyfish! A thanks to my mom for helping sew the ruffles. Also throughout the netting were hanging crystals to give that "bubble" feel. Those were from Sparkle Soiree. Over the dessert table were more paper lanterns but I added 5" tissue paper circles in an Ombree effect.
For the drink station I added pirate patches to some of the cups for the boys to take and the drink was "Ocean Water" which was lemonade.
I had this idea of having a few different ideas for the kids to do. One was for them to make a bubble necklace using Gumballs and twine. Second was to decorate treasure chests. Wendy's Printable Party created the starfish boxes. In each of the starfish boxes, I added the adhesive jewels for each child to decorate their treasure chest. Third was an Activity Book I made to fit the theme. Lastly was the Bubble Show, but you'll see those pictures soon..
Jessica with JLMould Custom Stamps, made this amazing coral stamp to stamp each utensil with.
One of the take home favors were Beta fish for each child. This was one of the highlights of the party for the kids. They LOVED the fish. I bought jars for $1.00 from Hobby Lobby, glued shells to the top, spray painted them and of course drilled holes in the lids so those little guys could breathe.
The Activity books had two coloring pages, connect the dots, crossword puzzle, maze and a free drawing page.
Dessert table had lots to look at. Backdrop was a vinyl photography backdrop and I glued it to foam board then hung my banner across. I thought of having the sequin table cloth to make it look like sand and it came out so perfectly. I found the sequin table cloth from Sparkle Soiree. Tassel Garland from Paper Project was a great addition to add a little color below. The lanterns on each side were large paper lanterns and I glued 5" tissue circles in an ombre effect. They reminded me so much of fish scales.
I purchased a paper mache treasure chest at Hobby Lobby and painted it to match the colors. I filled it with floral foam then covered it in candy jewels, candy necklaces, rings, ring pops, tiaras and the Jewel cake pops came out of the top.
I loved how the treasure chest turned out. I've worked with Renee over at Astonishing Cakes on almost every shoot I've done and check out these cool jewel cake pops from her.
If you follow me on Facebook, you might remember me posting these star dishes. Look how cute the Mini Shell Chocolate Covered Oreos fit inside these from Gemma at Party Style Magazine. Sixlets were by Sweet Works.
Fell in love with these treasure chest and starfish cookies from Iced Bake Shoppe. They were shimmery too which gave them a beautiful effect.
I bought a grocery store cake and had Astonishing Cakes make these adorable cake toppers. This mermaid was just too cute and my little girl loved her.
Mermaid cookies to match the invitations I sent were spot on and were just delish from Cravings by Wendy! I added coral sanding sugar under them to give a little more detail to the display.
I took a paper mache "5", painted it and found these great sequins and created a Mermaid 5. I also took mason jars I had around the house and painted them. Then I added rope like yarn around the top and glued colored starfish to them.
Whimsy and Whirl made this adorable costume for my lil lady. I loved the headpiece!! It was so natural looking with a bit of glitz.
Of course I had to put the my new little man in my life in too. He wore a shirt that said, "Captain Adorable" and I thought it seemed appropriate.
This was some BUBBLE FUN!! We had Best Bubble Parties come and they put on a fantastic hour long show. All the kids loved it and each kid got to get in their own giant bubble.
After the show they had free bubble play.
Lastly she blew out the candle. A number 5 sparkler..
All of these fabulous pictures were taken by the lovely Tina at T photography by Tina Hall. I've known her since High school and I'm so grateful she's been the photographer on a few of my parties now. She really knows how to capture the moment.
I need to thank all the great vendors for working on this party with me. It's something I'll never forget and neither will my little girl. Much love to all you generous vendors.
All the Fabulous Vendors:-All Party Printables: Just a little Sparkle
-Jewel Cake Pops, Fondant Mermaid &; Shell Cake Toppers: Astonishing Cakes
-Blue & Coral Shell Cake Pops: Kima’s Konfections
-Cake Pop stand: The Mad Cake Pop
-Treasure Chest, Seahorse & Skylar Cookies: Iced Baked Shoppe
-Mermaid & Mini Shell Cookies: Cravings by Wendy
-Chocolate covered Oreos: Party Style Magazine
-Sixlets: Sweet works
-Stamp Pattern on Utensils: JLMould.etsy.com Custom Stamps
-Starfish Boxes: Wendy’s Printable Parties
-Tassel Garland: Project Paper
-Circle Garland: Bad Kitty Sweatshop
-Sequin Table Cloths & Crystals: Sparkle Soiree
-Costume & Headpiece: Whimsy & Whirl
-Kids table linens: Themes for Kids Party Rentals
-Bubble Party: Best Bubble Parties
-Treasure Chests, Starfish, Netting: Oriental Trading Company
-Treasure Chests, Starfish, Netting: Oriental Trading Company
-Photography: T Photography by Tina Hall