Ideas for Throwing a Mermaid Party

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Fishing Booth

This was written by my sister Alicia. She is the mother of twin 3 year old girls and a whole lot more crafty and creative than me. Because this was the real first party she did for the twins she went all out. The trick is she went all and didn’t spend a small fortune. She got really creative and did a lot of it herself. I asked her to share how she did it mainly because I was really impressed! She might be doing my son’s next one…LOL.

My twin daughters are obsessed with mermaids, so I decided to throw them a mermaid party for their third birthday. I found a lot of great ideas online and came up with a few of my own. Here’s is what I did:

The Invitations:Mermaid Invitation

– I ordered the invitations from You can also use Snapfish, Shutterfly, Vistaprint, or any other print company to create something like this. There are always free card options so you could get these created for as little as a few dollars!

The Activities:

– The one big splurge I did for the party was to order a bounce house that was wet/dry combo. It had a large dry bounce area and water slide. The kids loved this!!!

– I gave the kids buckets decorated with their names and stickers. I got these in the dollar aisle at Target, they were 3/$1. Inside the buckets were small telescopes, tattoos, and few toys to get them started that were purchased in our local dollar store.

– I had two small pools full of water (already had one and borrowed the other). I put lots of plastics sea creatures (also from the dollar store) in the pools and the kids enjoyed finding them and putting them in their buckets.

– I had two plastic baby pools with sand. I put lots of gold coins in the sand. The kids had fun digging in the sand and finding the treasure to put in their buckets.

– I also made a fishing booth. The prizes were beaded necklaces, rings, and small bags with gummy worms or coins. This was a huge hit with kids!

The Food:

– Fruit Salad
Pasta Salad – I used shells for the pasta.
Turkey (Sushi) Sandwich Rolls – Roll turkey, cheddar cheese, cucumbers, and whipped cream cheese in a piece of white bread. I got this recipe from Living Locurto. She also has a lot of great ideas for a mermaid party.
M&M Cookies – after several attempts at making these cookies, I found a great recipe on (this is now my favorite recipe site). I purchased several shades of teal and aqua M&M’s to decorate the cookies.
Sugar Cookies – This was also another wonderful recipe that I found on Joy of Baking. I used a variety of sea creatures cookies cutters for these cookies. Then, I lined them with icing and added colored sprinkles. This recipe tells you how to decorate them and what to use.
Rice Krispy Treats – I used a star shaped cookie cutter to make Starfish Rice Krispy Treats
– Pretzel Goldfish
– Bugles
– Blue Hawaiian Punch

The Decorations:

– I purchased some shiny aqua material at JoAnn’s for the tablecloth using the 40% off coupon. I wrapped the table twice with material and left it kinda gathered to make it look like waves.
– Balloons (of course)
– I took my girls to the beach a weeks before the party and we collected shells. I painted the shells and added glitter and beads. I used these to decorate the table.


I hope this gives you some ideas. If you have any other ideas, be sure to comment.

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