The second part of the sixth birthday celebrations came in the form of a Mermaid Party. Originally Miss T requested a Science Party, to which I replied “hmmmm that sounds too hard, ask Daddy if he has any ideas!”.
Her second choice felt much more achievable so without too much persuasion, we settled on this.
I got these cute little invitations from Etsy and loved that I didn’t have to worry about designing something in a hurry! She invited 10 special friends and we had a lovely little morning planned.
As each mermaid arrived, they were handed their very own mermaid tail to put on. I bought a $2 piece of white lining fabric from Look Sharp store, attached a bunch of sparkly fabric that was left over from my daughters costume and hand drew the scales on with a vivid to create the mermaid tails and they did the trick nicely. It was a relaxing little activity that took me a couple of hours one afternoon whilst my baby slept and the older two were at school and kindy.
We started the morning with a little craft activity. I’m loving cooking and eating mussels at the moment so instead of tossing the shells from our last batch in the rubbish, I had a eureka moment when I imagined we could make necklaces for the party. I washed each shell, drilled holes in them and left them in the sun to deodorise and lose any ocean smell.
We had set up two tables with craft stations including glue, brushes, glitter shakers, pearls and silver thread for each necklace to be thread. The kids decorated their shells by sprinkling glitter of their choice and then threaded their silver cord through the hole and tied it to their preferred length. Once the glue had dried, I used my hot glue gun to attach the pearl onto the shell and voila – each little mermaid had a shell necklace: one step closer to completing her Mermaid outfit.
I love having parties where kids are dropped off. I always do way too much food for parties but find doing individual snack boxes a great way to scale it back and only make a few things for each child to enjoy. We had Rice Krispie Treats which I tried to cut into stars but it was so tricky I ended up sticking to squares. Little clam shell cookies which couldn’t have been easier: one packet of Farmbake Shortbread cookies, a squirt of pink icing and a yoghurt covered raisin to be the pearl. A little ham sandwich, a cupcake (because when I suggested to Miss T that we wouldn’t have cupcakes since we were going to have cake she replied “but that’s the whole point of a party, everyone has to have cupcakes”. Hmmmm Ok!) Plus a little bag of Sea Creature shapes which were very conveniently themed.
We drank Mermaid Potion and finished with the Sandcastle Birthday cake which took approximately 5 hours to bake, an hour to assemble and 1 week to eat. It was so huge by the time it was completed and I had no idea from the picture I was following that the finished cake was going to be such a towering feat! It was my first time ever using boxed cake mixes and I have to say I was totally impressed by them. They were moist, flavourful and didn’t taste like what I always expected a boxed mix to taste like. I can’t truthfully imagine how much longer the baking would have taken if I had’ve been working out quantities required from standard cake recipes. We had Vanilla, Chocolate Fudge & Red Velvet sections , sandwiched together with a deliciously simple Cream Cheese Frosting and topped with sand which was a yummy and not overly sweet combination of toasted coconut, blitzed superwine biscuits and caster sugar.
We played Pin the Tail on the Mermaid with a printable from Etsy.
Followed by a Clam Shell dig for treasure which unearthed a brightly coloured jewel ring for each child – to complete the Mermaid outfit. Even baby Beau got into the sand dig.
I am not really a fan of party favours or goody bags, but this idea I saw on Pinterest for little messages in a bottle were too hard to resist. I got a pack of six little bottles from Look Sharp for $1.50, a string of teensy shells for $2.00 and used sand from our sandpit, and printed out little messages saying “shoot for the stars” or “follow your dreams” and then hot-glue-gunned the cork into the bottle to stop prying little fingers removing the top and pouring sand all over the floor! All in all, these little favours cost next to nothing to create and they were a bit of fun and something totally out of the ordinary.
Here she is – my favourite little Mermaid of all time. Six. This Mama just can not believe it. I remember like it was yesterday the moment she was laid in my arms and we started to learn each other. How precious these past six years have been and how precious the next sixty may be. I love you small darling.