September 17, 2013

A Mermaid Under The Sea 3rd Birthday Party

I cannot believe I am the mom of a 3 year old! Time has gone by so fast but I could not let it go by without a fun filled celebration. Right now Mia is in love with mermaids, a big change from last years Girly Elmo Party. I spent months planning and pinning (here is a link to my mermaid party board on Pinterest) all of which is done out of nothing more than love.

Our daughter had a wonderful birthday with friends (most of them she has known almost all of her young life) and that is priceless. I wasn't able to get a whole lot of pictures before the party so my sweet friend Svetlana from SKCphotography captured quite a few mid party for me. She is excellent if you are looking for a South Florida photographer.

Deciding on theme colors was difficult, pink and green, green and purple...but we decided on turquoise and purple with hints of pink. Mermaid invitations were sent out to set the theme for Mia's party. I hope you enjoy the pictures (there are a lot).

Our guests were welcomed by a mermaid welcome sign made by yours truly. We bought shells to accent birthday decor at my favorite local shell shop, Alex's Gift Shop in Dania, Florida. I forgot I hadn't taken a picture of it outside and took the stake off...o'well. You get the picture.


The main focal point for the party was the cake table. My dining room was transformed into a table of treats fit only for a mermaid. The backdrop was made with turquoise satin attached to a large piece of foam core board. The cute mermaid and seahorse statues were a random find in Cracker Barrel of all places. Ya never know where you will find inspiration. The printable pennant banners and table cards completed the look. 

The cake was one of the easiest things for the party. The cake was from Publix, shhhh don't tell! It is a 6 layer 10 inch butter cream frosting cake. I wanted it to have a little drama which is why I added 2 additional layers. It was A LOT of cake. The chocolate shells on the front were made by me to tie it into our theme. I love the way it turned out...just as I imagined. It was also placed on the cake plateau that we used for our wedding. A pretty cake needed something pretty to sit on. The fabric below were $1 remnants found at Joanns.

The cupcakes were also an order from the grocery store, they were topped with aqua buttercream frosting, edible glitter and mermaid cupcake toppers. Simple, cute and yummy.

How cute are these? These Happy Clam cookies were one of my favorite projects for Mia's mermaid party. I made them with homemade cream cheese spritz cookies, pink buttercream frosting, craft store candy eyes and a white M&M for the prized pearl. They looked cute and tasted even better. I saw similar on pinterest with sugar cookies or nilla wafers and this was my own rendition. I think the texture from the cookie press really added a more realistic detail.

I love sand dollar shells and knew these cookies were a must. I found the idea for sand dollar cookies in the Mermaid Cookbook. Simply arrange sliced almonds on raw cookie dough balls prior to baking in the oven and this is the result. Simple, easy and fast too. I think they were a good fit with our mermaid theme.

Food for the party was kept fairly simple. We picked up croissant sandwiches and turkey rollups (sub sandwiches) from Costco along with a chicken nugget party tray from Chick-Fil-A (chicken not of the sea).  I also made a coral and shells pasta salad. We also had fruits, veggies, chips and dips. I did add seashells to tie in my everyday apothecary jars. Recognize the chalkboard? I re-used it from Mia's first day of school project.

We had two signature drinks for the party, Mermaid Punch and my favorite Strawberry Lemonade. I also learned from last year's ice mess, wet kids and wet floor and opted to make balloon ice balls. This is the second time I have used them and while they are not perfect and do occasionally leak the mess is much less substantial than buckets of ice. Water bottles were wrapped with Mermaid water bottle labels covered with packing tape to protect them from condensation. Colorful cans of Izze soda filled the second drink tub. Simple purple cups were accented with polka dot and striped paper straws.

Party Favors were another DIY project I completly love! I found the cutest mermaid hair clips last year online and knew they would be the perfect accessory on a mermaid tutu favor bag (tutorial coming soon). The mermaid tutu favor bags were definitely a labor of love. The favor bags included some jewelry fit for a mermaid and some fun mermaid stickers. I also had custom mermaid ribbon wands made to fit the color theme. No mermaid princess would be complete without a tiara too.

Keeping 12 little girls (and one little boy) entertained isn't easy. A visit from Ariel was a surprise to our birthday girl and she couldn't have been more excited. She exclaimed "a real mermaid mommy!!", oh how I love her. Ariel did face painting, read stories, played games, danced and sang. And when she was leaving Mia told her "but, I'm going to miss you". Priceless moments for this mom and dad.

We couldn't help but try to recreate a picture from last year. Our girls are getting so big so fast. I <3 them all. Maybe next year we will be able to get a better picture.

Party Details:

Party Styling: Savvy and Sassy (Me)

Photography: SKCphotography & Savvy and Sassy

Invitations & Printables: Very Pretty Parties - Etsy

Entertainment: Enchanted Fairytale Parties

Cake & Cupcakes: Publix

Chocolate Shells: Savvy and Sassy made with this Starfish Shell Chocolate Mold and this Sea Creatures Chocolate Mold.

Rag Banner: Savvy and Sassy

Mermaid Welcome Sign: Savvy and Sassy

Mia's Outfit: Top - Baby Gap / Skirt - Gymboree

Mia's Hairbow: and Jane - Etsy

Happy Clam Cookies: Savvy and Sassy

Sand Dollar Cookies: Savvy and Sassy

Mermaid Tutu Bag Favors: Savvy and Sassy

Ribbon Wands: Halo Heaven

Mermaid Hair Clips: Similar to these on Amazon

Mermaid Stickers: Amazon

Buffet Cabinet: Craigslist makeover

Mermaid & Seahorse Statues: Cracker Barrel

Cupcake Stand: Target

Apothecary Jars: Marshalls & TJ Maxx

Chinese Lanterns: eBay

Paper Straws: Cakes And Kids Too - Etsy

Table Cloths: Amazon

Chair Sashes: Amazon

(If I missed something and you want info, just let me know!)


  1. Amazing party! You did such a great job! I especially love the clam with pearl cookies.

    And as I was looking at Ariel, I kept thinking "wait, I know that mermaid from somewhere...". As a fellow South Florida mom, we love Enchanted Fairytale Parties! I foresee them at a lot of our parties for years to come.

    1. Thanks Jennifer! Have you been to any of their storytime events yet?

  2. Katya and I had a lot of fun at Mia's 3rd Birthday party. You always have great ideas and know how to execute them! Thank you for having us!
    Very nice Blog Kristy. Thank you for mentioning my work! Greatly appreciated.

    1. So glad you enjoyed it! We were happy to have you.

      It was my pleasure Sveta! xoxo

  3. I love those clam cookies!! What a beautiful party you created for your little mermaid! She and all her little friends looked like they had a really great time!!

  4. what an adorable birthday party! i love the theme and all the decorations. I might just have to copy this for my daughters next bday!

  5. what a wonderful mommy your daughter has. such special birthday parties for her to remember!!

  6. These themed birthday parties really make me look forward to have kids of my own! I especially like those happy clam cookies. Super creative!

  7. ah, its so cute! my niece would love this!

  8. Wow what a party! I especially like the clam cookies!

  9. WOW! That party looked absolutely amazing. I hope to be able to do something like this for my son's next party. Thanks for the wonderful ideas.

    1. Thank you for the huge compliment Julia! A lot of these ideas could be used for a boy too with a color change up. :)

  10. what a cute party. it looks like so much fun. i wish i would have had one like this when i was young

  11. Wow! What an amazing party! What a lucky little girl! I bet that took an amazing amount of time and effort, but I bet she loved every minute of it. Great job! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Wow I love all of the personal touches and the colors are so pretty. Nice job mommy I bet you made her day even more special!

  13. I love the pictures, you really did a wonderful job!!

  14. Oh my gosh!!! I love all the cute ideas here. The Happy Clam cookies are just adorable! Great pics too.

  15. Wow that was a lovely party I have never seen one like it it must have been a lot of fun

  16. Talk about awesome, I would have loved this party. You are a very special mama!

  17. How adorable. The clam cookies are so cute!

  18. My daughter would love this. Thank you for the ideas!

  19. What a lucky girl to have this party

  20. This is an insanely cute party! I've never thought of arranging a character for my daughters bday party, I bet she would go just crazy! I love everything about your party. the color scheme is perfect!

  21. I know adults who would love this party!

  22. This is such a sweet birthday party. It looks like everyone had a great time.

  23. My daughters are too old for me to give them this type of birthday party any more, but when they were younger, I did some fun theme parties. They would have loved a mermaid themed party. I'll have to keep the link to this post so when my great niece is old enough, or when I have grandkids I can make use of this idea.

  24. this is such an amazing party, did u ever happen to do that tutorial for the goody bags


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