Little Mermaid (Ariel Inspired) 5th Birthday Party

Posted on September 7th, 2012 by Kara
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This sweet LITTLE MERMAID {ARIEL INSPIRED} BIRTHDAY PARTY was submitted by Heather Schleif of Sweet Boochie. What a gorgeous backyard party! It looks like the hours of planning paid off..all the little mermaid guests look like they’re in dream land! So many fabulous party ideas can be found here!

Heather said- “Our daughter Ana, requested a little mermaid (Ariel inspired) theme for her 5th birthday party this year. Character parties can always be a challenge to make them look whimsical and beautiful yet familiar to what the child knows is the character. I decided to use princess Ariel as inspiration for the color scheme (sea foam green, coral and lavender). My goal was to have each guest feel as though they were a princess mermaid under the sea…so to make this happen, my wonderfully talented mother-in-law sewed fifteen costumes and a dress up tent for all the guests to change in. As guests walked in they were transformed into a mermaid, with their outfits and a headband that I made by hot gluing a starfish onto a Dollar Tree purple headband.

I really felt the sand dunes were iconic of the beach, so I decided to make beach signs and “sand dunes” to mark each activity/game. I did this using free scrap wood from our local wood supply store and some old ceiling paint that I mixed with water and rubbed on with an old T-shirt to give it a white wash effect. I then placed the lovely printable signs (designed by Rebekah at A Blissful Nest) in a Pottery Barn Kids matte frame and tacked it to the wood post. My husband helped place sand and an old picket fence we had around the sign and I embellished with shells and tall grass. These signs marked the activities of dress up, making pearl bracelets, finding a pearl game, and a pass the treasure game.

For the dessert table, I wanted it to reflect the bottom of the sea, and the hidden treasures that mermaids find from a sunken ship. So I was thrilled to find the hand mirror at a local goodwill, and the fork I had to resemble the “dingle hopper” that Ariel finds to “comb” her hair. All the desserts I made myself. Our oldest daughter has food allergies, so it’s important I can make all the desserts safe for her to eat as well.

For favors, I used Kim from TomKat Studio’s idea as inspiration, and placed Ariel Squinkies rings in a cleaned baby food jar, which I spray painted the lid white and placed a coral punch of paper stock on top, tied with purple twine and these adorable small seashell and starfish buttons I found at Michael’s Craft store. The party was wonderful and all the guests left happy!”

Recreate This Party:

Party Styling: Heather Schleif of Sweet Booochie

Photography: Veronica Huang

Printables: Rebekah Dempsey of A Blissful Nest

Table and Chair Rentals: Bayly’s Rental

Items available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop:

Balloons

Polka Dot Nut/Candy Cups

Ribbon

Burlap

Clear Cellophane Bags

Striped Paper Straws

Tissue Pom Poms

Paper Fringe {hanging from balloons}

 

Items available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop:

Balloons

Polka Dot Nut/Candy Cups

Ribbon

Burlap

Clear Cellophane Bags

Striped Paper Straws

Tissue Pom Poms

Paper Fringe {hanging from balloons}

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10 thoughts on “Little Mermaid (Ariel Inspired) 5th Birthday Party

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  1. Meli

    WOW!!! While this party is very lovely…it is crazy to see the extent of the money that is spent on these parties!!!!! Everyone had their very own outfits!?! Wowsa. I cannot and never will be able to keep up. Long gone are the days of cake, friends and a birthday wish!!!

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  2. Gail

    The imagination of Sweet Boochie is unbelievable, as well as how they put it all together. The concept and personal touches, along with the colors are amazing. Can’t wait to see more ideas. The nice part is that I don’t have to do everything, but I can just take away a few things and still have a wonderful party for my daughter. Beautiful job! Thanks for the ideas..

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  3. Cindy

    This party looks awesome! The details are out of this world, down to the “dingle hopper”! To the poster above about “the extent of money spent”, I believe the idea is to use your imagination and create something within your means. If you read the article, Heather talks about getting free scrap wood and items from the goodwill, and the outfits were made. It’s about creativity, not spending money and it probably costs more in time and effort than anything, which is part of what we all do to make things special for our children.

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  5. Sarah

    Does your mother -in-law make these adorable outifts still…or will she ??? Can’t find them anywhere that look like this!

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  8. Donna

    My soon to be 3 year old granddaughter LOVES Ariel. She wants to have an Ariel themed birthday party. I love the Ariel costumes your mother-in-law made. Do you have a tutorial of how she made the costumes? What fabrics she used? I would love to make an Ariel costume for both of my granddaughters (ages 7 and almost 3) to wear to her Ariel birthday party at the end of July. Both granddaughts love to dress up. I’d appreciate any information/instructions of how to make your Ariel costumes.

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