Swim Over to Our Mermaid Party

August 19th, 2014 | Event Decor, Made for Kids

When my daughters birthday was getting near I made the mistake of introducing her to Pinterest.

I know crazy idea right, what almost 5 year old needs to know how to use Pinterest?

The 5 year old who talks incessantly about her birthday party and has a mom that needs to get some work done without another question of what color balloons we would have.  I just thought if I gave her the ipad typed in ‘birthday party ideas for girls’ and let her browse  she could give me some real ideas what she wanted.

BAD BAD idea. We wound up with a Mermaid Frozen princess ballerina swimming rainbow party. When I brought her back to reality and broke the news there would be no ice skaters at her party we narrowed things back down to a Mermaid party- with a light dose of sharks!

Mermaids swim this way painted sign

It’s incredibly hard to plan a girly girl party with boys involved, we added a few sharks to the mix, it was the perfect combination!

Mermaid party decoration ideas

Each of the girls wore a mermaid skirt (pattern coming soon) ocean beads, a sparkly hairband, and a fairy wand. The boys each got a shark fin, and a dangerous set of teeth, kinda fitting seeing how it was shark week!

Mermaid tails

Ocean beads for a Mermaid Birthday party

I made similar bead necklaces with clay pendants for last years birthday party. They are always a party favourite with the little girls. Super easy to make with May Arts String beads.

Mermaid hair bands

The May Arts Glitter Elastic was perfect for the Mermaid hairbands too!

Mermaid Birthday party ideas

All the girls wore Mermaid really well. Aren’t they the cutest?!

Mermaid Birthday party ideas- pose for a photo then put it in a craft frame

The shark boys were fierce in their costume! Seriously, they chased the mermaids around all afternoon.

Shark costumes for the boys at a Mermaid party

My mom’s lake house was the perfect location for a mermaid party. The kids got their fins wet in the lake, plus it made the perfect back drop for the mermaid photos.


The kiddos then decorated wood photo frames from Michaels (that Mr. Fynes previously painted blue) with under the sea foam stickers and glitter green pipe cleaners.  It was the perfect easy party craft idea. I borrowed a photo printer (which is totally on my want list) from my Aunt so the kids could take their frames home finished.

Mermaid party craft idea- have the children decorate Michaels wood frames with under the sea foam stickers

The party food was quite simple as it was just after lunch. Just some of Ruby’s favourite treats liquorice, marshmallows, suckers, watermelon, and chips.

Under the sea birthday Party ideas- treats perfect for a Mermaid

Mermaid birthday party decorating ideas

We’re lucky to live by the Bay of Funday,  one trip to the shore to collect driftwood and clam shells was most of the focus for the party decorations.

Sea food sign

The kids had a lot of fun searching for clam shells when they dried out I sprayed them with Rust-o-leum bright coat Metallic finish.

Spray paint clam shells with metallic paint for a Mermaid party decoration

The little happy birthday garland was easily made with wood buntings I found at Michaels and letters I cut with my Silhouette Cameo. The glitter paper from DCWV gave it a special Mermaid touch.

birthday banner made with Michaels wood buntings and the Silhouette Cameo

The Mermaid party back drop was so inexpensive to make. Blue plastic table cloths, a string with streamers hung over and the drape was leftover fabric from the skirts., which I got for a steal $1.99 a meter! However, steamers plus wind and humidity isn’t the best idea, I had to tape the underside of them down to get to stay in place.

Mermaid birthday party decorating ideas

 I was so pleased how the party went. The kids really soaked up the Mermaid and Shark theme, the weather was perfect, we couldn’t have asked for a better day! Thanks to all the Mommas that brought the kiddos out!

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