/////{DIYed} Ariel Themed Little Mermaid Birthday Party

{DIYed} Ariel Themed Little Mermaid Birthday Party

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ariel themed little mermaid birthday party dessert table

Under the Sea parties will always be popular and I will never get tired of looking at all of the shimmering details & creative ideas ‘down where it’s wetter!’ Beverley Piacente used her amazing talents to create this Ariel Themed Little Mermaid Birthday Party for her little girl. Believe it or not, Beverley DIYed ALL of the decor — painting, sewing and crafting every last detail! She even hand painted the iconic shot of Ariel behind the dessert table — simply amazing!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Fork topped Dinglehopper cupcakes, sand dollar cookies & seashell topped cupcakes on raw sugar ‘sand’
  • Hand painted Ariel & Flounder cut out & shark toss game + sandy treasure dig & DIY Flounder piñata
  • Ruffled ombre Ariel topped cake + a shark fruit salad, pearl filled clamshell cookies & blue sea punch
  • DIY mini stitched Ariel dolls, stuffed Max dogs, gumball pearl necklaces & manicure pouch party favors

ariel topped ombre ruffled ocean birthday cake

shark watermelon fruit salad and sand dollar cookies

under the sea treasure dig and shark toss games

ariel birthday party favors and dinglehopper cupcakes

pearl filled clamshell cookies

the little mermaid party decoration ideas

little mermaid birthday party activities and gumball pearl necklaces

ariel little mermaid crafts for kids

DIY little mermaid flounder piñata

DIY painted ariel and flounder cut out photo booth

little mermaid birthday party mantle decorations and party favors

little mermaid stuffed max party favors


PARTY DETAILS as told by Beverley

For my daughter’s fifth birthday, she requested an Ariel themed party. I’ve seen several others, but wanted to show off more of the deeper teal, emerald, red & purple colors for this event.

For the dessert table, I hand painted an Ariel portrait hung on a mermaid scale fabric board and hung poms and lanterns in shades of teal, white and purple. I sewed the satin table skirt and purchased some yardage of a wavy blue lace to throw on top and give it an extra touch. There were cupcakes iced in red with mini forks in them (“Dinglehopper Cupcakes”) and cupcakes that were sea themed and placed in clear cups filled with raw sugar to look like sand. Also on the desert table were “By the Beach” mini cheesecakes, “Sand Dollar” Oreos, “Clam” cookies and sugar cookies that I made & iced that were shell and starfish shaped. The more savory food was set up in my kitchen. For example, the shark themed watermelon fruit salad, crab dip & “shell” pasta.

The Favors
Boys were given plush stuffed animals from the Disney Store (Max, Prince Eric’s dog) and girls were given zip pouches stuffed with manicure kits (sewn by me) and crochet Ariel dolls (made by my friend who also did the photography for the event). Also passed out at the party were bags and jars of “seaglass” candy, gumball pearl necklaces (painfully made by me – ha!) and aqua sequin tiaras.

The Activities
A flounder piñata (made by me) & a large wooden cut out, painted by myself with Ariel and Flounder on it, which the kids AND adults had a blast taking their pictures with it! A shark toss game (also made by me), “Ariel’s Treasure Trove Dig” and coloring pages were some of the other activities we had at the party.

I used my cricut machine to make a lot of the party details, included the Ariel silhouettes found on most items. I was also excited to use most of my vintage milk glass collection to display food and treats in. There are so many other details, but I think these were most of
my favorites.

Vendor Credit
  • Photography & Ariel dolls: Amiekindall Photography
  • Cake & Cupcakes: Desserts by Dawn
  • Styling & Decorations: Beverley Piacente
  • Food: Beverley’s husband & other family members
By |2017-02-17T11:16:17+00:00July 2nd, 2014|Parties for Girls|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Alexcia July 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Love the details,we had a mermaid party earlier this yr. Where did you find the pink scallopped shaped sandbox holder?

    • Bev Piacente July 3, 2014 at 11:20 am

      Hi Alexcia, believe it or not, I found it at Walmart!

  2. Gregory M July 2, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    The vendor who did the cakes is “Desserts by Dawn” not “Cakes by Dawn”

    • Bev Piacente July 3, 2014 at 11:19 am

      Hi Gregory, I’m getting that corrected – thanks! Bev

  3. kelly July 3, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Beautiful party! Love all the details.

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  5. Emilia July 6, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Beautifully done. I especially like the pink shell sandbox. A perfect touch.

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  8. Emily July 15, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Where did you get the artwork?

    • Beverley P January 26, 2015 at 12:43 pm

      Hi! I actually painted it myself :)

  9. Leanne September 8, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    where did you get the plastic kids mason jars or whatever those bottles are next to the sea water? I would love to do mason jars for the kids so they have lids but can’t have glass

    • Beverley P January 26, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      I ordered them from a plastics manufacturing company online. They are plastic milk bottles.

  10. Raylene Martinez September 18, 2014 at 12:56 am

    Amazingly done! is the candle stand holding the spoon, fork, and knife diy or did you buy it somewhere?

    • Beverley P January 26, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      It is DIY :)

  11. Carol Rigali October 21, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    party looked amazing

    • Beverley P January 26, 2015 at 12:43 pm

      Thank You!

  12. sarah November 4, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Is there a tutorial for the cake?

  13. kate February 9, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Can you share what kind of paint you used for the wooden cut outs? Thank you!

  14. evelyn February 15, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    where did you buy the material to make the bags

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  16. valerie March 27, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Where did she buy the cupcake stand!?

  17. Jackie March 31, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    The art is stunning!!! Would you be interested in painting another?

  18. Jackie March 31, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    I am very interested in buying ;) Your set up has been my inspiration for my baby Isabella’s 1st bday party in June and I have gone crazy looking for art as beautiful as yours.

  19. Chloe April 12, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Hi, first off…the party looks amazing! I just wanted to ask where you bought the little purple frames to place the cards in and how you attached the purple framing on the water jug?

  20. Jamie April 13, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Hi! Beautiful party!! Where did you get those little frames? Especially the purple ones?

  21. Laura Nourse Saulsbury April 14, 2015 at 12:35 am

    How did you get the candle stand to hold the silverware? Hot glue, welding?

  22. Danielle anderson May 4, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    I love this theme oh my goodness I would love this for my daughter’s first birthday because she loves little mermaid (: help me please

  23. Christina June 2, 2015 at 6:26 am

    Hi, you did an amazing job, especially on the art work! Bravo!
    Would you be willing to share the recipe for the “seawater” please? I would love to make it for my daughter’s upcoming Ariel birthday party in July :)
    Thank you in advance!

  24. Naila Vidal July 28, 2015 at 1:50 am

    Where did you find the character figures for the mason jars?

  25. Aurora July 28, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Where did u buy the lilttle mermaid toys for the jars????

  26. janice October 3, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    I would really like to find the Pink sandbox for my granddaughters 1st birthday party

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