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This weekend we had a wonderful time with family and friends celebrating Kamryn’s 4th Birthday!
While browsing the cake catalog at our local grocery store, she saw an Ariel cake. This was not just any cake, but the kind where the Ariel doll is in the center and the actual cake is her big, fancy dress. From that moment, she was convinced that she wanted an Ariel birthday party!
I am always thrilled to throw a theme party, and The Little Mermaid is one of my favorites! So, away we went!
Food is 100% my favorite way to create a theme. A cute food table can really just bring the party together. Since this is almost always the place where adults and children congregate, it also really drives home the theme.
While crafty food fun is definitely one of my strengths, cake decorating is not. I was not about to chance a disaster, so Princess-Ariel-The-Cake came straight from the baker at the local Alberstons (Note: We did have to buy the doll and got that here). Thank goodness that Albertsons makes delicious and affordable cakes! We have used them for many parties, and they do not disappoint!
All of our food had a theme straight from Disney’s The Little Mermaid. We had:
The table was all set up right before the guests arrived so the kiddos could eat whenever they were ready, and I could spend time at the party, not in the kitchen. With the Ariel plates, napkins and tablecloth, it looked perfect!
Each kiddo got an Ariel favor bag before they left filled with some fun Under the Sea treats. Each bag had a paint set and paintable treasure chest. For the two-year-olds, we got finger paints instead of brush paints for their bags. Each kiddo also got a pack of “Flounder Friends” and two chocolate gold coins for their treasure chest.
There were two babies at the party and we didn’t want to leave them out, but we knew they could not paint. The littlest one received a set of Ariel PJs and the other received Goldfish crackers and a princess spoon and fork set. I loved that we could include even the babies in the fun!
Overall, the décor for the party was simple. A few swirly Ariel spinners hanging from the ceiling, a handmade sign that said “Ariel’s Grotto” and a few Ariel tablecloths.
Perhaps my most FAVORITE part of the décor and party overall was the photo wall. I am a sucker for a photo wall. If you have been to one of my theme parties, you just might have a photo in front of some cute background. For this party, we created an Under the Sea background so that every party-goer could “become a mermaid!”.
We hung a shiny blue tablecloth to look like water, hung some green lanterns that looked like coral, added some green streamers as seaweed, and attached some hand-painted fish with bubbles. Then, each child stood in front of the backdrop holding a hand painted mermaid tail to “turn into a mermaid/merman” before they entered Ariel’s Grotto (the backyard and way to the water slide!). It was a definite hit!
Activities & Fun
Most parties in the summer in Phoenix are either pool parties or at some sort of indoor facility. It is simply WAY TOO HOT to do anything else. Since we wanted to stick with the Ariel theme, we chose a bounce house/water slide! The kids absolutely loved it! It was small enough that the younger ones and older ones both had fun.
We also printed some Ariel, Sebastian, Flounder, and Under the Sea coloring pages online and had these available with crayons for anyone that didn’t want to jump or slide. Lastly, we put out a bunch of sidewalk chalk for patio fun.
Overall, this party was a great time and the birthday girl loved it! And that is truly the most important part!
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