What do you do when your daughter wants to hold a mermaid birthday party, but also wants to invite all her little friends who just happen to be boys? Simple…change the theme slightly to be a mermaid and pirate party!
This party submitted by Jennifer of Pink Elephants & Lemonade is the perfect example of how to mix the two themes. It is girly in every sense, but also perfectly suited to the boys….it’s a win win!
- For a complete mermaid feel, plan a mermaid party for the girls. This one will make you swoon.
- Are the boys only interested in pirates? Not a problem! Organize a complete pirate party.
- This under the sea birthday party will complement a mermaid and pirate party beautifully.
Jennifer said about the party planning “I love planning my kids birthday parties and months ahead of the big day I sit down with my child to work out what the party theme will be. For my eldest daughter’s 6th birthday party we decided on a mermaid and pirate theme. Julia has always loved mermaids, but she wanted to invite boys as well, so including pirates seemed like the most natural combination. The party was a huge success and my daughter had a wonderful day. All of the hard work was worth it when I saw the smiles on the children’s faces.”
Mermaid & Pirate Party Invitation:
A party invitation should set the scene of a party and let the guests know what to expect. This invitation was designed with an under the sea experience in mind and is a delightful introduction to this party. Jennifer said “I am a craft-aholic and I love to create. I textured the paper so it looked like bubbles, stamped a mermaid onto paper, and added glitter to the mermaid tails”.
Mermaid And Pirate Party Decoration:
Jennifer runs her own party decoration business so it is no surprise to see some hand made mermaid and pirate party accessories for the kids to enjoy. The kids’s club house in the garden was decorated like a pirates cove and covered in beautifully handcrafted bunting.
Jennifer said “I made mermaid tutus for all of the little girls and had pirate hats and eye patches for all of the little boys. As soon as they entered the garden they were given their costumes and the kids LOVED this aspect of the party!”.
Party food doesn’t have to be expensive or extravagant and one focal item is often all that is needed to create the wow factor. At the end of the day, most kids just love to see the cake! The cake at this mermaid and pirate party was stunning and perfectly suited to the theme.
Jennifer said” My go to party food tends to be cupcakes because I love the individual size which are perfect for little hands. However I had seen an amazing cake in a magazine with three different shades of pink which was created for a Princess party. I asked my girlfriend if she could reproduce the effect in different shades of ocean blue. I was so happy with the final result, a tasty chocolate and strawberry cream filled treat!
I had ordered a fish net to lay over the table cloth and added tonnes of different sea shells. We had lots of yummy party food; blue plastic cups filled with popcorn, yoghurt covered raisins in boxes I covered with more ocean themed stamps, gold chocolate coins for the Pirates and lots of vegies (which were largely left untouched!)”.
Mermaid & Pirate Party Activities:
Party activities are a great idea for kids birthday’s as they help structure the party and give the kids plenty of things to do. Jennifer designed an amazing mermaid and pirate party bean bag toss game and also organised a colouring contest and face painting for the kids. Jennifer said “The bean bag toss was a huge hit with the boys, who tried ball after to ball to win a prize which was a mermaid or a pirate themed colouring book”.
Vendors & Credits:
Cake: Funny Cake Bites
Bunting: Fabulous Bunting
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What do you think of this mermaid and pirate party? Do you know some kids that would love it?
Have you maybe held a mermaid or a pirate party? What did you do to make it special?