Being a fan of mermaid parties myself, when I saw Sydney (ex Christchurch) mum Melanie, share pictures of this gorgeous Mermaid Party for her daughter’s 5th birthday, I fell in love instantly. Every single little detail of this magical party was perfect, down to the dinglehopper cake pops and the DIY large clam shell. I have been so excited to share this party with you.
Read on to find out all the details behind this amazing party, with some fantastic ideas and vendors used.
How did you choose your theme?
I first started thinking of a mermaid/under the sea theme last year when my daughter had her end of year ballet concert. They danced to music from ‘The Little Mermaid’ and had little tutu’s with cute little mermaid tails. After the dance, Ariel became the new princess of choice in our house and all things mermaid became front and centre!
Tell us about your party planning process:
I found the invitations and food tents for the main table on Esty from ‘Your Main Event prints’
I wanted to create an ‘Under the Sea’ feel to the table and party in general rather than being a character based scene, more like you’re in a mermaid’s world and not just looking at pictures of a character.
The table backdrop was one of the first things I looked for so I could make everything tie in with that. Ania from 2 Lovebirds has always been so lovely and accommodating in the past so she was my first stop and she had the perfect look for what I wanted only in a different colour scheme. So she custom made the design for me.
I hunted online and in store for the large sequinned fabric that I used as the table cover, and after all that, I ended up finding it in Spotlight! That along with the backdrop really made the table and then once the balloon garland was up it completed the look.
I wanted to make a little “Ariel’s Grotto’ photo booth area so spray painted 2 plastic paddling pools to make a giant open clam shell. I used a few foil curtains, balloons, fabric and accessories to complete the area.
With the exception of the macarons which are from Carinderie in Sydney, I made all of the food. I wanted to keep it as themed as possible, so made some mermaid tail sugar cookies and cupcakes with white chocolate tails diving into the buttercream waves. Ariel calls forks ‘dinglehoppers’ so I made little dinglehopper cake pops with edible shells and pearls and some little sea jellies.
The cake was layers of chocolate and chocolate mud with chocolate buttercream inside, surrounded with vanilla buttercream on the lower level. The top level is a cake dummy covered in fondant. I used isomalt to make the ‘splash’. All the shells, coral and seaweed are gumpaste.
The gift bags had a selection of things depending on the child’s age and gender, but included, mermaid notepads, stickers and cookies. Ariel pencils, temporary tattoo’s and key chains, Mermaid magic (glitter), fairy floss and mermaid tiara’s!
Can you share with us, any tips or advice from planning this party that you can pass on, which may help us with future party planning?
The main thing for any party I think, is to make sure you give yourself plenty of time to make and source everything you need. Some items are only available from overseas suppliers and some shipping times can be lengthy.
I find it useful to find the main item that you want to base the look of your party decorations/dessert table around and use that colour/colours as your reference point to match up, otherwise you can end up with varying shades. Make sure you allow plenty of time to set up and don’t forget to take all your styling photo’s before the party begins!
List of Vendors Used:
Mermaid Tail Printables for gift bags- Creative Party Studio– ( https://www.etsy.com/shop/creativepartystudio?ref=search_shop_redirect )
Invitation and Food Tent Cards- Your Main Event Prints– ( https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/YourMainEventPrints?section_id=15803271 )
Table Backdrop- 2 Love Birds – ( http://www.2lovebirds.com.au/ )
Sequin Fabric Tablecloth – Spotlight Store ( www.spotlightstores.com)
Macarons- Carinderie Sydney ( https://www.facebook.com/Carinderie )
Cake and all other food- Ginger Kiss Party Design and Style ( https://www.facebook.com/Ginger-Kiss-656368997782938/ )
( https://www.instagram.com/gingerkiss.design_style/ )
“She Leaves a little Sparkle printable” – Sprinkled Design on Etsy ( https://www.etsy.com/shop/SprinkledDesign )
Thanks so much for sharing your party with us Melanie, this has been one amazing party to blog about and I will be keeping my eyes peeled on “Ginger Kiss Party Style and Design” for any more birthday parties you do! Amazing!
I’ll leave you with these gorgeous photos of the birthday girl, Mila, dressed up in her mermaid attire.