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Stylish Ariel Inspired Princess Mermaid Party

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Heather of Sweet Boochie transformed her backyard into a super stylish and super cute “Under the Sea Wonderland” with a dress up station, hidden treasures and a crafted dessert table for her daughter’s Ariel Inspired Princess Mermaid Party! Each girl dressed up as mermaid princess with their very own adorable homemade mermaid costumes and satin purple, starfish embellished headbands. The little mermaids dined on ‘bottom of the sea desserts’, made pearl bracelets and more fabulous party fun!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– ‘Sand dunes’ with white washed picket fencing, tall grass and signs to mark each activity station
– Make your own pearl bracelet, ‘Find the Pearl’ in the sand, dress up activities & story time!
– Bottom of the Sea Desserts: Sand Dollar Oreos, Starfish Brownies & Sandy Shell Cupcakes
– Leave a message in a bottle for the birthday girl!
– Nail painting station with a pearl strand chandelier

ursula lollipops

mermaid tablescape

shell chair back decorations

sand dollar oreos

ariel mermaid cupcakes

mermaid dessert table

brownie stars

message in a bottle

mermaid dress up

mermaid nail station

mermaid costumes

bead chandelier

mermaid party activities

pearl mermaid activity

under the sea party drinks

mermaid party favors

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Heather…

Our daughter Ana, requested a little mermaid (Ariel inspired) theme for her 5th birthday party this year.  Character parties can always be a challenge to make them look whimsical and beautiful yet familiar to what the child knows is the character.  I decided to use princess Ariel as inspiration for the color scheme (sea foam green, coral and lavender).  My goal was to have each guest feel as though they were a princess mermaid under the sea… so to make this happen, my wonderfully talented mother-in-law sewed fifteen costumes and a dress up tent for all the guests to change in.  As guests walked in they were transformed into a mermaid, with their outfits and a headband that I made by hot gluing a starfish onto a Dollar Tree purple headband.


I really felt the sand dunes were iconic of the beach, so I decided to make beach signs and “sand dunes” to mark each activity/game.  I did this using free scrap wood from our local wood supply store and some old ceiling paint that I mixed with water and rubbed on with an old T-shirt to give it a white wash effect.  I then placed the lovely printable signs (designed by Rebekah at A Blissfulnest) in a Pottery Barn Kids matte frame and tacked it to the wood post. My husband helped place sand and an old picket fence we had around the sign and I embellised with shells and tall grass. These signs marked the activities of dress up, making pearl bracelets, finding a pearl game, and a pass the treasure game.


For the dessert table, I wanted it to reflect the bottom of the sea, and the hidden treasures that mermaids find from a sunken ship.  So I was thrilled to find the hand mirror at a local goodwill, and the fork I had to resemble the “dinglehopper” that Ariel finds to “comb” her hair. All the desserts I made myself.  Our oldest daughter has food allergies, so it’s important I can make all the desserts safe for her to eat as well.


For favors, I used Kim from TomKat Studio’s idea as inspiration, and placed Ariel squinkie rings in a cleaned baby food jar, which I spray painted the lid white and placed a coral punch of paper stock on top, tied with purple twine and these adorable small seashell and starfish buttons I found at Michaels Craft store.  The party was wonderful and all the guests left happy!



– Party Styling: Sweet Boochie
– Photography: Veronica Huang
– Printables: A Blissful Nest
– Table and Chair Rentals: Bayly’s Rental
– Balloons: Polka Dot Market
– Striped paper straws: Shop Sweet Lulu


  1. Kenne M. December 19, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    What an adorable party! Heather thought of every tiny little detail … her attention to detail is amazing!

  2. My Love Wedding Ring December 19, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Wow, this is all so pretty and inspired!!

  3. Mat @ HotelsWithIndoorWaterParks.com December 27, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Wow, the food looks great – very creative. My daughter is way into Ariel right now. If this phase lasts until her next birthday (big “if” the way these phases go), I’ll be checking this post again for inspiration.

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  5. LuLusNest April 23, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    I absolutely love this party idea! My 3 year old would have gone crazy for such a fun experience. She’s a huge Little Mermaid fan so this translates really well. My only concern would be for the little boys invited to the party….well, actually they would love King Triton!

  6. […] But our assortment of Under the Sea cookies may have been the next biggest hit. They are cute, right? We made star-shaped sugar cookies and my neighbor obediently frosted them with pink frosting and added the edible pearls to create the pattern. The little sand dollars were fun and easy! The are just vanilla Oreos with one side removed (and blended up to make sandcastle sand). I added a little flower shape with white frosting and made some indentations around the edges. But I think the favorites were our oyster cookies! Or are they clams? They look like clams but have little pearls inside. We used madeline cookies cut in half, frosted the insides with pink frosting, added a yogurt-covered raisin as the pearl and a couple of those black beads for eyes. Doesn’t he look like he’s trying to talk to you? Of course each cookie was served on a bed of “sand”.  Inspiration for the cookies found here (starfish), here (clams), and (sand dollars) here. […]

  7. ladyeury January 9, 2014 at 5:50 am

    I love the squinkie ring in a jar idea. My only question, where were you able to find that many Ariels and did you just have to purchase multiple squinkie kits?

  8. Michal Garlock February 16, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    LOVE the center piece with all the pearls. Could you post how you did that? We have teas at our church and would love to use this as a centerpiece. You did a wonderful job.

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