This weekend, the Art of Animation resort at Walt Disney World opened the new Little Mermaid wing. I’m sure it will be a very fun place to stay at Disney World, especially if you have little ones who are fans of the movie. In our house, Ariel is very popular. That is why my youngest daughter asked for a mermaid party for her 4th birthday. Unfortunately, her birthday is in March which is our coldest and snowiest month here. So how do you have a mermaid party in the middle of winter? With lots of creativity! Hope these ideas will spark some creativity for your own “little mermaid”.
First, I started with the fabulous birthday artwork from LivingLocurto.com. They have birthday printables you can purchase, and I purchased the mermaid birthday package that came with invitations and other great graphics I could use for the party. Here is what the invites look like:
Guests were greeted at the door with this sign pointing them into our house.
This was our welcome sign for the front door.
This was a hanging happy birthday sign. I made a shell template for each letter and hung them from string.
Our table centerpiece was mason jars filled with water-colored marbles. The birthday girl’s name was spelled out on circles and each one placed in a jar. Mermaids surrounded her name. The jars sat on purple tulle with shells scattered on the table.
Each goody bucket had a guest’s name on it and a mermaid tag. Inside each bucket was this bag of goodies.
Goodies included bubbles with a mermaid sticker on them, sunglasses, sea life themed silly bands, a mermaid wood coloring craft, and Hershey’s nugget candies. Graphics for bubbles and candy wrappers included in mermaid birthday party printable from LivingLocurto.com. Each guest also got a flower lei.
Underwater decorations including waves on the walls, made from plastic tablecloths. Balloons were strung on fishing wire to look like bubbles.
We hung fish and jellyfish from the ceiling. This jellyfish was made from a paper plate and some ribbon and fabric. He is hung up by some fishing wire. The kids thought running past the jellyfish was lots of fun!
One of our games was a beanbag toss. I copied some of the mermaid artwork and painted our own underwater scene for fun. Each mermaid took several turns and each got a shell bracelet as a prize.
Other activities we did were decorating their own mermaid princess crown. I had crowns ready with each guest’s name and we used sea life theme foam stickers for decoration. The girls also colored mermaid coloring sheets while we waited for everyone to arrive. We also did a shell hunting game and had an Ariel pinata filled with lots of candy!
Last, we had some yummy birthday cake! I made the cake and decorated it to look like the mermaid artwork. I also put gummy fish around the side of the cake, and made gummy starfish.
One last special thing we purchased for the big day was a mermaid tutu for our daughter. I bought it on Etsy, and it was beautiful! She looked like quite the mermaid princess for her party!