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I have a drop-dead-gorgeous party to share with you today! I recently designed
the paper goods for one of my favorite California clients' daughter's
birthday party: an under-the-sea mermaid party full of sea-worthy
props, gorgeous florals, and decorations. This party is fit for a
mermaid princess!

Francesca's 4th birthday took place on a sunny spring day at the
Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach, California, on a grassy terrace
overlooking the harbor. The perfect setting for an under-the-sea
Mermaid party! WH Hostess custom-designed a suite of stationery,
fabric and cake plate clings that set the color palette and jumping
off point for the party decorations.

The invitation from WH Hostess featured an elaborate border of sea
shells, star fish and a gorgeous mermaid princess, accessorized with a
shell crown and statement necklace. The invitations were delivered in
an aqua blue box, wrapped with ribbon and a starfish. Within each box
was also a strand of pearls (girls) or a pirate's patch (boys) to wear
to the party.

Upon arrival, guests were greeted with an oversized-welcome sign
featuring the mermaid princess, and walked thru a space full of
bubbles as they were transported to an "underwater mermaid grotto".
The little guests were transformed into a mermaid or pirate for the
day. Little girls had their choice of pink or aqua tutus, mermaid
starfish wands, white t-shirts, sea horse headbands and, of course,
pearl necklaces. The dress up area was staged with prop furniture and
found items from the sea. Large, pink balloons soared above the
dress-up area, and the boys had their own sunken trunk of treasures
filled with pirate hats, swords, pirate's booty, mustaches, and
pirate's patches to wear.

Guests spent the afternoon in an mermaid-themed bounce house, a
sing-along with Ariel, searching for pirate booty with Captain Hook,
and decorating their own seashell picture frames. They all loved
blowing bubbles out of the special bubble tins from WH Hostess.

The kids' tables were set with crisp, white linens and custom-made
table runners made from WH Hostess' under the sea patterned fabric.
Centerpieces included vases of shells, gorgeous florals, star fish and
pieces of driftwood.

The children had their own buffet with fish and chips, fish-shaped
sandwiches, crudités and hummus served in individual fish bowls,
fruit salad and lemonade. The adults could choose from stations: a
slider station with freshly-made french fries served in individual
cones, a street taco station, shrimp and mango salad, and fresh spring
green salad. We used food tent cards to identify the food items, and
they added a pop of the bubbles pattern to the decor.

A bar was set up on a table covered with a white tablecloth and an
extra-wide table runner made with WH Hostess's shell de lis patterned
fabric. Labeled drink dispensers full of lemonade and filtered water
with berries sat atop the bar, along with wine and beer. A large
drink menu was framed on the table for easy viewing for guests.

Sweet & Saucy Shop baked the desserts and laid out the dessert table.
The table was covered in an aqua sequin tablecloth that made the
desserts look like they were floating in the ocean! The fabric
backdrop from WH Hostess featured the elaborate shell and starfish
border, along with the mermaid princess and Francesca's name. White
cake stands floated atop the table, and each held a bubble cake plate
cling to add a touch of pattern. A coordinating pennant banner that
said "Under the Sea" was strung across the front of the table.
Desserts included a gorgeous vanilla chiffon cake with lemon cream and
raspberries, sea foam vanilla shooters, sea turtle macarons, sea pearl
cake pops, and strawberry sea shell cupcakes. Wonderland Bakery made
beautiful mermaid sugar cookies to match the invitations.

At the end of the party, the children grabbed party favors that were
displayed in a vintage boat. The favors consisted of beach pails
filled with pirate's booty snack, dried seaweed, mermaid or pirate
water bottles, fish-shaped sidewalk chalk, stuffed fish, beach balls,
and shark beach toys. The pail had a "thank you for partying under
the sea" sticker on them, and they were tied up with cellophane with a
round gift tag and a bow.


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