How To Throw A Mermaid Party… For 14 Eight and Nine-Year-Old Girls!
I love a good party! I live for all the decor, unique ideas and creating long-lasting party memories. My eight-year-old daughter, Kimora, had her 9th birthday right around the corner. I told her she could have a themed sleepover, with five of her friends. She chose five girls and decided to have a “Pusheen” sleepover. What is a Pusheen, you ask? It’s
a BIG, FAT, stuffed cat. I am not sure why kids love it, but they
Two weeks before the party, the theme went from Pusheen to
mermaid and from five friends to fourteen! Am I out of my mind for agreeing to entertain fourteen eight and nine-year-old girls?
Yes, yes I am. But I am here to share how I did it, from decor to game ideas!
I would like to start off by giving my right-hand-gal, Ms. Whitney, a shout out.
She took my mermaid vision and worked her butt off to hand-make invites, decorations, and games! I could not have pulled it off without her!
Thanks to Simple Cravings for making the most delicious under the sea treats and mermaid cupcakes! http://www.simplecravings.com
Balloons: I swear, all you need are balloons and it takes any party decor
to another level. We wanted to give the party a real “Under the Sea”
feel, so we bought five-inch diamond-clear balloons by Qualatex.
The balloons were all filled with helium and floated up to the ceiling. They
looked just like bubbles! If you can’t get a helium tank, blowing up the
bubbles and leaving them on the ground gives the bubble effect as well.
I also used balloons at the dessert table. I wanted them to look more
like bubbles, but clearly Party Everything didn’t quite see my vision.
But, I think it turned out cute!
Seaweed Hallway: This is very simple. Light green, dark green and yellow streamers were cut in various lengths and were taped from the bottom of the floor, up. It was a great addition to make guests feel like they were underwater.
Dessert Table: I was wracking my brain trying to come up with a super
awesome Pinterest-worthy dessert table, but I didn’t have
Pinterest-worthy time! I was in Party City on the day of the party,
and I found shimmery hanging door-frame decorations that reminded
me of water. GENIUS! I bought five of them, taped them up behind
the table, added the balloons the from Party Everything and tah-dah, a
simple dessert backdrop was created. I ordered a bunch of little
finger desserts from Simple Cravings Cakery and got some miniature
sandwiches too because I knew 14 little girls would be hungry again by
Photo Backdrop: I ordered a blue sequin backdrop from Amazon, added some
mermaid props, some tissue paper and bubbles, and boom! A simple photo backdrop was born.
Main Eating and Craft Table: You can spice up a plastic tablecloth with a little
bling and centerpieces. Ms. Whitney took simple plastic purple table covers and added bling paper, (aka placemats) from Michaels, sprinkled seashells and jewels all over the table and added a few centerpieces. I had the centerpiece bowls from a previous party and
added colored sand, seashells, and jewels to set the table off!
Chalkboard Signs: If you like to throw parties, I highly recommend that you invest in different sized and shaped chalkboards. I use them for EVERY party. Whether it’s drawing a colorful “Welcome” note or making a fancy sign for the punch, the little boards always come in
handy. I bought all my boards and liquid chalk from Michaels.
The decor was as simple as that, now let’s move on to how I entertained 14 girls…
The girls were a tough crowd to please in the beginning. They didn’t want to do
anything but ended up doing everything. Here is what we did:
Treasure Box Painting: Each girl got their own little treasure box and
shared four sets of small paints to paint them. After they were done, the used the leftover gems, shells and gold coins from the decor to fill their boxes.
Dance Contest: The girls were super excited to break off into teams and
create a dance. They all decided on a song and had ten minutes to
come up with a group dance. I was surprised at how well they
worked together and how creative their dances were.
How Many Fish: The girls guessed how many goldfish crackers were in a jar. Whoever guessed closest to the correct number got to take the jar home.
How Many Shells: The girls guessed how many seashells were in a jar. Whoever guessed closest to the correct number got to take the jar home.
Feed the octopus: Ms. Whitney made a killer octopus with felt paper
and attached it to a board. She cut a hole in the middle of the mouth and the girls tried to toss the beanbags into the hole. She found all materials at Michaels.
Dinner: PIZZA, WINGS AND MERMAID PUNCH! I made the punch from blue colored Hawaiian punch, pineapple juice, and sprite. It was certainly a hit.
After the girls ate, sang “Happy Birthday” and had adorable mermaid tail cupcakes by Simple Cravings Cakery, they danced and ran around like crazy. Around 11:00 pm, I decided to pull the plug. They put their pajamas on, arranged their sleeping bags and they voted to watch “Elf.” I turned the lights out and I went to bed. That’s when their real party began. I heard them from 11:00 pm until 7:30 am the next morning. They ran like crazy through the entire house and I caught them looking in my bedroom every hour; they even left snacks at my door. Six of the girls stayed up until I came downstairs to serve breakfast. When I came with breakfast, the six girls that stayed up all night had cleaned the downstairs and left a thank you note for throwing such a fun sleepover. How lucky am I? At 8:30 am, I served them all breakfast while four of the girls fell asleep on their plates.
They truly partied like mermaid rock stars! I saw many social media
posts from parents filming and taking pictures of their girls knocked-out.
I think I threw a successful party!