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Joint 2nd and 6th Birthday Party
After debating between a mermaid and Moana theme, our girls went for a mermaid party and we had soooo much fun creating it! They loved helping with the DIYs like tying the tulle strands for our Tulle Table Skirt, adding name stickers to their Beach Bucket picnic holders and favours, putting strands of crystals and tulle on paper lanterns to make hanging jellyfish and adding brown sugar sand to bowls for their under the sea sweet table (whilst sampling the sweets of course!). It’s amazing how these DIYs transformed the space, along with pops of aqua and lilac through cheap plastic tablecloths.
Here’s the run down of how we pulled the party together….
Beautiful bunting and signs
The beautiful bunting, ‘Thanks for swimming by’ tags for our beach buckets and signs were from the super-talented Sprinkled Designs who have a shop on Etsy. You can purchase the files then print yourself so you don’t have to worry about worldwide shipping and the bunting comes with the full alphabet and numbers which is wonderful for making it personalised. You can follow their inspirational feed on Instagram too.
Our sweet table consisted of an aqua wipeable tablecloth, with some fishing net, crystals and pearls over the top. We also put plastic baubles on there to look like under-the-sea bubbles and framed the gorgeous printable from Sprinkled Designs. Cute right?!
The cake, created locally, was inspired by designs on my Pinterest board and when we cut the cake our mermaids went home with slices wrapped in cute mermaid napkins.
The purple striped paper bags matched our theme superbly and were the perfect size for our little guests to fill with pink shrimps, white chocolate and sprinkles stars, candy necklaces, sugar pearls, sand (brown sugar!) and edible glitter dipped marshmallows (simply dip the marshmallows in water then the glitter).
We hung crystals from driftwood in a whitewashed wood vase and added some faux coral (both were from our bathroom) to give the table some height, texture and added interest.
We hired Sapphire the mermaid through Felicity Fairy Parties (or to the girls, through the Fairy Queen!) who cover a lot of the UK. She played age appropriate games, told stories and made crowns and necklaces with our little guests. She was incredible, stayed in character throughout and really entertained everyone for the full two hours which took the pressure off Mummy and Daddy too so it was a winner all round!
Hula skirts. I ordered adult ones because they were cheaper and more readily available and thinking I was clever tried to take the waists in with safety pins. Fail!! Me and my wonderful mum then had to hand sew them all, but it was totally worth it when their gorgeous faces lit up as they were handed one on arrival.
Rather than laying loads of buffet food out, we made wraps that morning then wrapped them in foil and added them, along with a bag of crisps and a bottle of water, to purple beach buckets for each guest, which doubled up as favours.
The buckets were personalised with gold glitter stickers (which did peel off a bit in the heat so I ended up adding cellotape over the top) and a ‘thanks for swimming on by’ tag from Sprinkled Designs tied on with strands of tulle.
Not only was it less mess and less hassle, but it meant the girls had something to take their crafts, sweet bags and cake home in. Winner!
Pretty gazebo details
We created an aqua backdrop in our white 3 x 6m gazebo using an old second hand roller blind, piercing holes in the top then using string to tie it to the top pole. It fell a tad short from the table so I used some lilac tulle across the back to make it less obvious! I didn’t like the stark edges of the backdrop so I softened it with a white mosquito net which has come in handy on sooooo many occasions (and looks fabulous with fairy lights behind it at Christmas).
We covered the table with an old white curtain then put a lilac wipeable tablecloth over the top. The curtain was to give something for the safety pins to properly fix to when attaching our DIY tulle skirtand we placed the beach buckets on top.
The long table on the floor was actually four wooden pallets pushed together and covered with wipeable aqua tablecloths. We ran a white army cloth down the middle then scattered candy necklaces, flowers from the hula skirts, signs from Sprinkled Designs and starfish. The two fishbowls were filled with aqua and lilac pebbles and a starfish, then we sprayed cardboard initials in gold glitter to personalise them for our daughters.
Hanging from the ceiling poles (harder to achieve in an actual room as opposed to gazebo) was our own shoal of jellyfish, which my daughter really enjoyed helping with. We made them by ordering paper lanterns (they arrived flat packed which was great for storing away afterwards) then tying multi-length strands of different coloured tulle from the metal piece at the bottom along with some crystals we had left from our wedding. They looked so pretty when the breeze and light caught them! I’m not sure the pics do them justice to be honest.
I found free png mermaid related images via Pinterest then used Picmonkey to design the invitation. I’m not a designer and find InDesign and the like a bit of a minefield but I do know how I want things to look and can visualise well. I find that Picmonkey easily allows me to fulfill that vision as their program is so straightforward. It’s completely free or you can upgrade to access the Royale options, which is what I’ve done and find it such good value. If you didn’t want to DIY this, Sprinkled Designs have invitations to match the rest of their mermaid collection in their Etsy shop.
Our girls had an absolute ball (and so did we!)
So there you have it, our DIY mermaid party! It’s safe to say our little guests had a blast and I’m sure yours would to.
I’d love you to see the results of your mermaid party if you have one, so please tag Oh So Kel on Instagram and use #OSKinspired.
Until next time,