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Kaylen's Mermaid 1st Birthday Party (24 photos)


dessert table featuring cake and decorated cookies and included a candy bar: rock candy, salt water taffy, chocolate kisses, gum balls, and old fashioned candy sticks

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When my daughter was born last summer, I knew I wanted to do an outdoor celebration for her 1st birthday. Living in Southern California, the beach quickly became a natural fit for the venue. The mermaid theme emerged upon inspiration from a mint and purple swim suit that I knew would be perfect.

When it comes to kids parties I don’t like to take the theme too literally. I feel like there is a very fine line between pretty and too kiddie. In fact, you won’t find any actual mermaids anywhere in this party. Instead, I focused on mermaid-like elements like the mermaid “tail” tier of the birthday cake and the fun mermaid hair chalking station. I utilized other elements of the ocean to create a cohesive feel – sea shells, sea creatures, sand, bubbles, and loose gems.

I got to get down and DIY dirty by crafting the tassel garland, making the white chocolate sea shells for favors in upcycled baby food jars, re-purposing additional jars for simple centerpieces, and coordinating a candy bar onto the dessert table. I absolutely love how the party turned out and all of our guests had a blast at the beach. I am so very thankful to my wonderful vendors for their amazing talent

Styling and Candy Bar - Sugar and Soirees
Photography - Jessica Downey Photo
Decorated Cookies and Cakes - Marinold Cakes
French Macarons - Merely Sweets

Los Angeles, CA
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