Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Mermaid Birthday Party Ideas

My little girl who is turning 6 in a few days wanted a mermaid birthday themed party.  Living in Hawaii made it an easy task since I knew this would be a perfect pool party.  You can find lots of Ariel, The Little Mermaid theme, but if you are looking for a general mermaid that matches your little one you will have to look a little harder.  I was actually excited about this because even though it was difficult, I enjoyed the creativity of planning such a party.

I did a lot of hunting around to make her party special and to gather all of the mermaid products to make her birthday party a SPLASH!

Hiring a Mermaid:

The absolute hit of the party was having a "real" professional mermaid come and swim with the children.  For my readers from Hawaii, you probably have heard by now of Mermaid Kariel.  She is beautiful, an awesome swimmer, and fantastic with children and one of her specialties is mermaid birthday parties here in Hawaii.

If you live in Hawaii and want to make your event a memorable one, then visit this amazing mermaid. She is pretty popular, working with some big companies, so book ahead!  Check out her page on Mermaid Birthday Parties

How to turn your birthday into an ocean theme?

Use lots of aqua blue and green streamers as seaweed.  My daughter wanted to have pink mingled in, so we had lots of accents of pink in the balloons and decorations.  Also, purchase some nets at any party store for a few dollars which you can drape on top of the table cloth, which gives a nautical feel.

I went through Birthday Express for a fantastic party pack of Mermaid party supplies .  I found sweet plates, cups, blue plastic cutlery, aqua teal balloons, and mylar balloons that have those sweet mermaids on them.  They also have table covers which I got blue for the food table and pink for the guest tables.

Next, cover the space

You can purchase large wall coverings that look like an ocean but you can also do it your self.  I started to paint and draw these cute sea creatures and mermaids with my daughter a week before after I got inspired by Birthday Express.  

The Cake:

We decorated a cupcake stand and then made each cupcake look like a beach scene with graham crackers (sand), blue icing (ocean), and an umbrella. Then I made a cake topper to add to the top.

The Mermaid Birthday Favors:

Since her birthday is near the ending of October we decided to give pumpkin plants to all of the children.
We started with those little terracotta plant holders and my daughter hand painted each one (this was actually a really fun project) After they dried we added some mermaid stickers, dirt, and a pumpkin seed a week before the party.  The night before the party, they were all a few inches high already and we placed them in these cute handmade gift bags by Rock Paper Scissors CPG .  They have Little Mermaids Goodie Bags and Toppers for great pricesAll we had to do was staple and add some confetti paper!

Little Mermaids Goodie Bags & Toppers
To save time you can always do water guns, bubbles and other ocean trinkets at your local party store and fill these sweet bags.

The Food:

We had
*Sushi sandwiches (turkey, cheese, cream, cheese on tortillas)
*Sea cucumbers (pickles)
*Star Fish (pb&j sandwiches)
*Oysters and pearls (cookies with marshmallows inside)
*Crab Salad ( potato salad with crab meat and peas)
*Gold Fish (crackers)
*Salt water and Mermaid Punch to drink

The Mermaid Costume:

There are a lot of mermaid costumes for kids but again most of them are Ariel.  I absolutely love this one from - Magic Mermaid Child's Costume.  It is really beautiful for $26.99. I also added a crown to the costume by adding shells to a crown we had at home.

The Mermaid Games:

*We played a Go Fish which was super easy.  Just use a sheet and tie a sting with a clip around a pole.  Next, purchase some cute water related toys for them to fish for.

*Pin the tail on the mermaid

*Treasure hunt

There are so many options and don't forget that you can include the boys as well like having names such as scuba divers or pirates.  
I hope this list helps you plan the best ocean themed mermaid party for your child!


  1. Beautiful kids wish we had a mermaid to hire-too cold here lucky you! Also like the art work, great job creative mama

  2. Wow! This is so cool. I'm sure everyone had fun. Hmmm...I am now thinking what's the best birthday party theme for my baby when he turns 1. It feels good seeing kids enjoy and having so much fun.

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  4. Wow, how CUTE and COOL is THIS?! Makes me EXTRA sad that my girls have outgrown mermaid parties. They still play, talk about magical creatures, even decorate their rooms with them and write their own fantastical stories. But I'm not sure they'd go for a real-live mermaid in the pool at their party. Then again, you can NEVER tell what a growing girl will still accept as fun when REAL fun is presented. Thanks for sharing this! :)

  5. Hi, this is a very creative and fun looking birthday party idea.

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  6. Love this-what an awesome creative mommy you are T.J


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