- Written by Michelle
Back today with Part 2 of Madison's Mermaid party. If you missed part 1 check it out HERE!
Part 1 showcased some decor, food, cupcake and cake cantina and ice cream bar. Today I will share the activities, favors and Mermaid souvenir shoppe (favors for kids).
A huge hit of this party was the arrival of the mermaid! Madison had no idea and she was so excited. The mermaid did glitter tattoos and balloons creatures. Glitter tattoos were the best options instead of face paint due to the kids swimming after this. The glitter tattoos hold up well when wet. We have a pool but I also rented a huge water slide. I had fun on the water slide! I'm sure to get that again this year....even though her theme is County Fair....I will have to find a way to incorporate it! Maybe I can find one with a cow on it!
(large cardboard surfboard prop came from Oriental Trading)
I like to set up some sort of "favor booth" at Madison's larger birthday parties. We generally alternate for large or small birthday party. This year was a big year! We invite not only her friends but families. So no drop off kids here! We like to get to know her school friends parents and siblings along with our friends and families come. So we have a large number of boys and girls in all age groups. It's hard to do a simple favor bag that all ages would enjoy. So I will pick up items when I see them on sale for months prior to her birthday. I am a HUGE shopper the day after Easter and get all sorts of goodies on clearance for her party! I also shop the dollar store for themed items. Plus you can never go wrong with Oriental Trading Company! Their quality and price cannot be beat! I have used them for over 15 years!!
This year "favor station" was Madison's Magical Mermaid Souvenir Shoppe. The kids did activities and crafts and earned shells for completing. They could go shopping in the souvenir shoppe using their shells. This year every item was 1 shell.
Each child picked their shopping bag from the souvenir shoppe then put their names on them. (bags came from Oriental Trading).
The last thing you want is kids having meltdowns because they can't find their bag! :)
There were 2 craft stations and 2 activity stations. After crafts the kids ate, then the mermaid came to do glitter tattoos and balloons. After which the kids changed to swim suits to hit the pool and we blew up the large water slide. After some time we did cake and ice cream. I prefer not to open gifts at parties.
Craft stations were making a tropical necklace and frame. Both crafts came from Oriental Trading.
There were 2 activities. Pin the tail on the mermaid and fishing. Rarely do I have a party without something handmade from my creative and talented friend Shawna from Shawna Brockmeier Styled Events. She creates the most amazing handmade items. She has made me so many things from custom games, crowns to custom shirts. I love having her handmade with love items! I have kept everything she has ever made from each party. I will re-give them to Madison when she is older to use with her children. Shawna created this pin the tail on the mermaid game. Remember last year pin the horn on the unicorn? If not, check it out here! I wonder what we will come up with for this year's theme??
Shawna even embroidered Madison's name on the eye mask! I love the attention to detail.
The fishing game was so simple .... just a large pink baby pool with plastic shells and fish. The kids eyes were covered with mask and then went "fishing" with the net. The kiddos received 1 shell per item caught.
At Madison's birthday parties, I always give the moms a favor as well. This year, I thought I was being super clever with the Thanks you're a "sweet tea" for coming! I put packages of sugar, tea bag and lemon in small mason jars. You know I love me some mason jars! :) I added the tags and viola...easy and cute favors!
I hope you got some "muses" from this mermaid party! I have a lot of catching up to do with sharing all the parties that I've done and all the amazing things that I'm currently doing!
Mermaid printables~ Dimpleprints
Photography~ Brenna Leigh Photography
- Written by Michelle
I am finally getting around to posting Madison's Mermaid birthday party. Thanks for hanging in there with me during my very sporadic blogging. My party planning business has been so busy that I did not make time for the blog. However, I have at least 15 parties to share with you that I have not posted! Crazy!! I have made a HUGE decision for 2014! I am not taking any new clients this year! I really need to slow down and enjoy building even more memories with my little one and not feeling like I'm cramming it all in! I'm still super busy but I'm learning to say NO! With that being said, I am returning to blogging on a more regular basis. I've really missed my peeps!
This mermaid party was in JUNE 2013! I wanted to make sure I post this before my daughter has another birthday! Get ready for picture overload thanks to Brenna Leigh Photography. If you are local, check her out! I'll have to break this party into two posts!! First up is dessert table, food and decor. I'll post party activities and mermaid souvenir shoppe tomorrow.
The star of the show....besides my gorgeous daughter of course was the ombre mermaid fin cake that my cake diva Lizzy Sweet's n' Treats made. I don't even know how many hours it took her to individually make the fondant scales on the mermaid fin. It's it just spectacular! Such a work of art! I don't know if she dreads or loves my visions for cakes??
Valuable lesson learned .... don't use hot pink curtains in front of a window for a backdrop unless you want pinkish pictures! UGH! Oh well, I hope you can see all the love that went into the cake and cupcake cantina!
I made the large M by hot gluing many shells onto a large paper mache M. I also made the palm tree using pineapples with wood dowel through center for support.
I think this has been my favorite cake yet....and that is saying a lot because I have so many events! I always use my girl Lizzy's Sweets n' Treats. Cupcakes were delish also!! Like the chocolate shells in coordinating party colors on cupcakes? Just making sure you didn't miss that detail!
The kids tables decorated with centerpieces that I created using the starfish wands that I made for the girls. (I showed a tutorial on the blog) I also made the ribbon chandeliers hanging above tables. I found these adorable floral vinyl tablecloths at Big Lots! Perfect! The pink lanterns came from IKEA. All of my mermaid printables came from my friend Carli from Dimpleprints. I love how she had a little mermaid that favored my little one!
I love to do already packaged meals for kids when I have a large party like this one. There were at least 45 children at this party so to make things a lot simpler, I had pre-made meals with cute labels to coordinate. I wish I had a picture of the inside contents as well. Everything was wrapped so cute! I had the adults food catered but of course the kiddos could eat it too if they wanted. Usually, the kids waste food because they want to jump back into the activities!
To pull off a party this big I always get help! You can too....try asking teenage girls from your local neighborhood, church or friends. I have used the same girls for years! They are awesome! Yes, they have coordinating shirts that I made as well using the mermaid printables.
Along with the dessert table I had a help yourself ice cream bar. I had to have it inside my house because it's 108 degrees outside in June!
Who doesn't like ice cream?? Especially when the temps are over 100!
To keep ice cream from melting I put into these large plastic shells with ice.
Every item on the ice cream bar had labels made with printables from Dimpleprints.
Yes, I even hot glued shells around a frame to make a sign for our outside bathroom. Do you think anyone even noticed this detail? I don't know but I do! LOL
Here is a sneak peek of the magical mermaid souvenir shoppe that I will post tomorrow. The kids did activities and earned shells then they could buy their own souvenirs in the shoppe. When you have this many kids attending, I find this is the best way for favors. That way I don't have to have 45+ of each item. Plus it's a mixture of boys and girls and various ages....they pick what they like....everyone wins!
- Written by Michelle
I love milk & cookies and love this as a party theme even better! This was an easy theme to do at Madison's class Kindergarten graduation party. However, this Smart Cookie theme is perfect for BACK TO SCHOOL!!! Madison starts school tomorrow....yes tomorrow August 1st! So super duper early so I've been preparing for her return to school for the last month. UGH.....we really don't get a full summer in Phoenix. I know many of you are preparing for Back to School as well. This easy to do milk & cookies party would be great for just your kiddos, classmates, kids from church or neighborhood kids to celebrate and get excited to return to school.
It all started with the printables! I knew I wanted it to be rustic so I searched online and found the most perfect printables! The Smart Cookie theme printables are by Laura from Eye Candy Events. How cute are they??? The colors and patterns of the printables were perfect!!! I put up a sign up sheet for all the moms to list what cookie they would bring. Our school had a store bought policy and wanted a variety of cookies.
For my contribution of cookies, I turned to my baker partner in crime Liz of Lizzy's Sweets n' Treats to make cookies to match Laura's Smart Cookie printables. She made them perfect as usual! They were a sugar cookie to look like chocolate chip cookies....the glasses with the tape just kills me! I individually packaged the cookies in a plastic treat bag topped with scrapbook paper and the circle cupcake toppers.
Love these little straw flags that came in the printable package. I just rounded corners with paper cutter rounding tool.
Can you believe I found this ceramic milk jug from Goodwill the morning of party! I ran in to find a cow of some sorts and found this baby! EEEEKKKK! I'm such the lucky girl and it was only $1.00 ~ score!
Can you believe I found that cow milk container as well on my morning of party trip to Goodwill!? Yup....told you I'm a lucky girl. I was just going to use another glass container like the one the chocolate milk is in but I'm loving my cow container! Did you see my cookie frames?? I covered those IKEA frames that you see all over the party world with Cookie Crisp cereal. I don't know who put those chocolate and white milk cookie frames in the wrong place....let's just say it was intentional alright??
Also covered a paper mache letter G with the Cookie Crisp cereal. The G's meaning was dual purpose~ the name of the school was Goddard and they kiddos were Graduating Kindergarten.
When I saw these adorable little plastic jugs with lids at my girls Rebecca and Shannon's party store...Petite Party Studio~ I knew they would be perfect to put milk in for the kiddos! Petite Party Studio has a brick and mortar store in Gilbert, Arizona but you also can order all their party products online as well!
One of my favorite purchases from Petite Party Studios is their exclusive velcro table runners!! I LOVE THEM! They have runners in white fabric or burlap. On this table I used my white fabric base then you add the ruffles! I just love the many combinations that you can do with this. By being able to change out the ruffles to match any color then these runners can coordinate with any party theme! Also, if you don't find the exact patterns or colors you want...they will have the ruffles custom made for you. How awesome is that?? I love the mix of cow print, bandana and red checkered ruffles I got from them. Not shown but the ruffles are on both sides so you can use on a traditional tablescape as well. Hello....perfect for Thanksgiving...going to use the burlap base for that one....I digress!
We had an awesome assortment of cookies. As the parents were bringing in the cookies we labeled the Smart Cookie printable food labels with a Sharpie.
This was a very simple table to do with the help of all the parents bringing in the cookies. Madison is in a new school this year so will really miss all the wonderful kids and parents we got to know at our old school. Tomorrow is the first day of school so need to get in gear and do something to mark this monumental occasion! (every occasion is monumental for party planners and a reason for a party....LOL)
BTW, found these Smart Cookie anti-bacterial hand gels at Bath and Body works yesterday. Great to give out as a favors or a Teacher's gift. Can't have enough of anti-bacterial gel!!! Hope you got some muses!!!
- Written by Michelle
This party was submitted by fellow party planning friend who loves DIY as much as me! Lana from Lana Wescott Events planned this froggy party for her little frog who was turning 3. I love the handmade DIY love of this cute themed party. I love the blue and green color scheme and how she used it throughout party to keep everything cohesive.
Here is the party in Lana's words: