First we set out to transform our living room to feel like we were underwater! We twisted streamers and taped them to the wall with painter's tape to look like seaweed. Ken found an aquarium YouTube video to play on our TV to add to the underwater feel.
This photo may not do it justice, but the ceiling was what made it really feel like we were under water! We found sparkly blue tissue paper which we stuck to our ceiling with rolled painter's tape (and we let it hang down, so that it would seem like waves. We also hung blue and white balloons from the ceiling (we were going for the bubbley feel). :)
As the party guests arrived, big sister was busy creating these balloon mermaid tails for each of the guests! I don't know how she came up with these- they weren't even in the plans for the party, but they were a great touch! :)
(Yes, you do see a Christmas tree. It's taken me a while to get around to this post! ;)
While they waited for the rest of the guests to arrive, we had Mermaid colouring pages ready for the girls to colour. You'll notice the girls' face paint in the rest of the pictures because throughout the party, the girls' Grandma (who has made several appearances in our other party posts on the blog) was ready with her face paints, to make the girls feel like mermaids. :)
We found a Barbie Mermaid Memory card matching game at the dollar store for one of our party games.
We've found that decorate-your-own cupcake makes for a great party activity (and takes away the work of decorating a birthday cake when you need to be a little low-maintenance ;). We had blue and pink frosting (I just added food colouring to the pre-made frosting you can buy at the store). We also bought some purple and blue sparkly sprinkles. They had a great time decorating!
I loved this party for several reasons:
1. It was a fun family activity to go out and gather supplies to decorate (and then to decorate together).
2. It was fairly simple party prep, so it wasn't a "high stress" experience at all!
3. It fulfilled all of my little 7 year old's hopes & dreams for a mermaid party! ;)
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