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Mermaid Party

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Under the ocean blue, swam a mermaid or two, a school of fish, a sugar starfish, and an octopus cried boo hoo! (he was about to be mermaid food!)

For weeks my daughter and I had been planning her mermaid party (for her 6th birthday), and the day finally arrived!  Mermaid invitations had been sent out:

Everything for the party had been thought out, but we had to do all the decorating last minute! (nothing new there!) Our dining room was transformed into under the sea caverns.  Blue and purple origami fish swam by in schools (made by little mermaid’s big mer-sister!)Under the table was the Secret Sea Cavern, where the girls could hide, relax on some sand-colored pillows and blankets and watch some Backyardigans mermaid movies for a little while…This little mermaid was hanging around in her undersea world (hanging from some fishing line) She was the inspiration for this party!  See Mermaid Color Palettes.  Swimming by was her friend the Paper Jellyfish.Starfish crafts were popular and expanded the undersea population.  How-tos for crafts are here.Many of them drifted up into the “fishing net” suspended from the ceiling.Silver glinted off the walls of the undersea caverns.  (10 minute picture frame makeover: just covered up my wall-art with wrinkled tissue paper and ripped silver wrapping paper and secured with lots of green painters tape on the back!)A sandy sand castle complete with shells and starfish appeared on the bottom of the ocean, along with beach glass and that rock that floats: pumice…

Mermaidy mirrors were around (dollar store) so our little mermaids could check out their face-paint (face painting by mermaid Avery)!Surrounded by sea friends, our little mermaids were starting to feel hungry….but not exactly for seafood!See some more under the sea party food ideas here.  Guzzling down the “goldfish guts punch” (named by Carrie….hey get out of that punch!), the girls also munched on veggies and octopus dip, “clam sandwiches” and other goodies like oatmeal sand dollar cookies.This is the octopus that was about to get eaten!!After munching away for awhile, the little mermaids smacked around the piñata for a bit….just waiting their turn….to rip up the piñata!!And after that, time to gobble up the purple octo pops that they had made during “crafting” time.The party favor bags (piñata bags) were really organza wine-bottle covers from the 50 cent bin at Michaels, just perfect colors.  Add a mermaid fin (glue or sew) and some fishy tags for great party bags!A few more crafting ideas:  cute clothespin mermaids….(painted body or silver paper wrapped body, glitter glue and ribbon)…and a bottle filled with sand, paper “lucky stars” and shells and a small paper boat (this would be more fun for the boys…if any were brave enough to show up at a mermaid party!)Wrap the end with “pearl” bracelets from the dollar store (I sure got a lot of use out of those bracelets!!)The girls (and I) decorated some cake box favors, and I made some to match the cake,

Here are some variations of mermaid cake.  🙂Ahh, we’ve come to the end of another party!  And I know the photos make everything look less crazy than they really were, but that’s ok.  My little mermaid and I had fun (and work) celebrating her birthday.  I think she’s already coming up with ideas for next year’s party…..!

Paper Jellyfish.

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“Everybody’s got a paper jellyfish, your’s is fast and mine goes swish, oh how to make them don’t you wish?, oh everybody’s got a paper jellyFISH.”

And those are my musical stylings for today, folks.

Haven’t you always wanted to make a paper jellyfish? no?  Well, I guess I didn’t either, until I decided to throw a Mermaid Under the Sea party.  Then a paper jellyfish became a must.  And it helped that I had a paper lantern (lampshade from IKEA) sitting in the basement from our Lego Star Wars party.  I really had my heart set on a jellyfish piñata, too.  I had a white ball piñata in the basement, that my daughter had made to eventually be hello kitty, but it never made it to a party, so now I thought it could be effortlessly transformed into a giant glowing jellyfish!!  I had all sorts of plans for the cool things that were going to be suspended from the giant jellyfish piñata.

And then I saw this jellyfish from paper & ink on pinterest: classic, simple, beautiful.

And then I ran out of time for party decorations.  So at the last moment (about half an hour before the guests came), we strung up the paper lantern and added some simple tissue paper “tentacles” as was explained in the above link.  I just had to add some extra curly silver ribbon, though.  I can’t get too simple and elegant, it’s just not in me to do so.  We threw in some glow stix, in hopes that it would make the jellyfish glow, but it wasn’t very noticible.

It did look really cute.  We were in a rush, so didn’t put very much curly tissue paper on the bottom of the lantern, but we were still pleased with the result.

The glow stix would have looked cooler at night!Here’s the plain piñata.  It was painful for me, because I really had my heart set on a jellyfish, but no one else was feeling it (the pain that is)!All the girlies were happy to swing the stick at the white ball.It didn’t make it through very many whacks, anyways!  It was filled with fun girlie stuff from the 50 cent bin at Michaels and not candy.  I liked that idea.The piñata, even though it wasn’t a jellyfish, was good for a few more chuckles….for 2 rather-jellyfish-looking girls.

So bit by bit, I’m posting about all the pieces that went into making our Mermaid party. 🙂

How to make an indoor sandcastle for your under-the-sea party.

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Here’s a super craft project: it’s great for kids to make, it looks fabulous and it costs about $1.  I’ve already gotten my money’s worth several times over.  Ok, it is a small, but very cute, sandcastle.  At the end of the summer season it’s easy to pick up those plastic sandcastle-making buckets for cheap.  Maybe mine wasn’t as cheap as it could have been, but it was 99 cents at the party store and I was ok with that.

Now get out your school glue, the white sticky kind, I’m sure you have some on hand.  Then send your kids out with a few small sandwich baggies to scavenge some sand from somewhere.  Oops, I meant to say: this is a great project to use up some of that sand that you brought home from the beach in a bottle from your last wonderful vacation!

That’s all you need, a plastic bucket that looks like a sandcastle, white glue and sand.  I guess it would also be good to have a box and some old paint brushes.  Pull the handle off the bucket.Use a large box to contain the sand mess.  (I taped up the holes in my box).And then let the kids go with the glue and paint brushes!!When the castle is quite covered in glue, they can start pouring on the sand.

flip it on it’s side, too….

After the kids were finished, we let the castle dry, then I went with a brush and glue and touched up a few spots (yes, this is the kind of thing I do, just like Martha S.).  You can also pipe some glue around the doors, or make windows, with a line of white glue then add sand for some more dimension.  Then when it’s dry, you can set the sandcastle into some container and add sand to cover the bottom edges.  Or you could glue it to a piece of cardboard and then glue sand to the cardboard, to have a decoration with no “loose” sand.

My girl was happy to play with this and arrange sea shells all over it.  A nice, time-consuming activity (keeping it inside the box, not on the tray).

I didn’t get time to add little flags/banners, that would have been so cute!!
In case you haven’t guessed it from my last couple of posts, we were having a Mermaid Party.  🙂

Here are the invites for the party :(the sandcastle worked great for this little “photo-shoot”)

If anyone would like to order some of these invites from me for your mermaid (under the sea) party, please let me know!! 🙂