We have been building up to show the entirety of a Mermaid Party. You have seen the Mermaid Tablescape and the Mermaid Menu with tutorials for it all. I hope that has been helpful as you may be planning your own under the sea themed party. Today I’ll be bringing it all together and show you how I created the atmosphere for the theme. I really wanted the area to feel like the kids were mermaid in their own under the sea land.
Just as a review, here is the table filled with all of the mermaid food. Please do check back for the full menu.
You will also want to look at another post for the how-to tutorial on the tablescape.
Another element to creating the under sea experience was my wave wall. Like I said, I wanted it to feel like they were under water. I had a huge wall to fill, and I needed to figure out how to fill it.
I found a great product at Party City. These are Tablecloth Rolls. I thought of buying a bunch of dollar store tablecloths, but I had a few problems. I thought it might look pretty pieced together. Further, they didn’t have all the colors I would need for the different hues of blue I wanted for the mermaid party. Luckily, Party City had the perfect solution. I found these table cover rolls that are 100 feet long. They come in an array of colors. They cover 11 tables, but can be used for wall coverings like I used here. I also used the left overs today for decorating for VBS. I’ll bring you a post about that later. I was also able to cover the table with the rolls. I ended up cutting strips to cover the bottom of the table. My goal was to make the bottom of the table look like sea weed. It would have probably been easier to buy crepe paper of the same colors, but I really came up with the idea the morning of the party. I put the table cloths on the wall with duct tape, dipping it in a wave pattern. The cut strips I taped up individually under the table.
One of my favorite elements was the paper fish scale wall. I bought up a bunch of paper. Luckily, I found the glittery ones on sale and used a coupon. I had some of the papers on hand too. My poor kids were in the paper section with me for quite some time as I was trying together different combinations.
Once I had all of my paper, I made a template by tracing around the edge of a glass bowl. I trimmed off the top and had something to trace onto the back of the paper I would use.
I hope you saw the idea to use Pixy Stixs instead of sand to fill up little plastic shell necklaces.
Another really fun element was the balloon ceiling. Party City has balloons to match any of your table cloths, plates, streamers, napkins, cups, etc., which makes it the perfect place for matching everything to your vision. The balloons stay close to the ceiling because of this huge fishing net I was able to find. I looked on Ebay for options, and I actually found a company called the Net Shed. I wanted to order from them but wanted to talk to the owner to make sure I was able to get what I needed for size and color. As I looked at the number, I figured out they were local, so I was able to go down to the building and pick out exactly what I wanted. These are recycled and cleaned fishing nets. You can use them for decoration, but she also sells a bunch for sporting needs too. I really encourage you to contact the Net Shed if you are in need of this kind of fish net. The net covered our entire ceiling, and I even had some left over to cover the table as well, which added a fun element. I wanted the light to shine through the balloons so when you looked up it almost felt like you were under the sea. Here are a couple more pictures:
A party wouldn’t be complete without party favors for your guest. Most of the items I found at Party City. Although I obviously didn’t do the overtly Little Mermaid theme with this party, I knew the girls would be excited about a little Disney Princess thrown in somewhere. I thought the “gift buckets” were a great place to add the Little Mermaid touches. Party City has great Little Mermaid favor ideas. I kind of custom built my own choices, although it probably would have been a lot easier to buy the party pack. I just wasn’t sure how many kids I would have. The buckets I found for less than a dollar at Michael’s, and the pearl necklaces I found on Amazon. The little wooden boxes were a Oriental Trading Company find. Here’s a picture of the party favors out of the bucket:
Here are more festivities:
There was a costume change (typical for my kids) for opening gifts. Her cousin let Abby borrow her mermaid costume for the party.
Great Grandma always gives the kids their age in money. Abby received 6 dollars for her 6th birthday.
Here’s the girls checking everything out for the first time.
Gathering food for dining.
Time to eat.