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Mermaid And Pirate Party

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!

Mermaid And Pirate Party

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.”

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 invitation

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!”.

Mermaid tutus

Pirate scarfs

Mermaid and pirate party

Mermaid and pirate bunting

Mermaid and pirate bunting

Mermaid and pirate buntingParty Food:

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 cake

Mermaid party food

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”.

Mermaid and pirate party activity

Mermaid and pirate colouring and face painting

What do you think of this mermaid and pirate party?  Do you know some kids that would love it?  It’s a great way for the girls to have their mermaid party but also keep the boys happy!

Have you maybe held a mermaid or a pirate party?  What did you do to make it special?

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Vendors & Credits:

Cake: Funny Cake Bites

Bunting: Fabulous Bunting

Planning your own mermaid and pirate party?  Check out these party supplies to help set the scene…



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9 Responses to Mermaid And Pirate Party

  1. Jennifer LaForge September 19, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

    Dear Catherine,

    Thank you so much for featuring Julia’s party and the bunting by Pink Elephants and Lemonade. You did a wonderful job presenting the material; you made the party look as much fun as it really was! I am looking forward to more join posts in the future. xox Jennifer

    • Catherine Holt September 19, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

      Thanks Jennifer. It is my absolute pleasure to showcase fantastic party ware made by other mums :-) This party was gorgeous and I loved sharing it :-)

  2. Jane @ Devoted Sonriser September 20, 2013 at 7:34 am #

    Catherine, your blog never ceases to amaze me with all the adorable and fun party ideas! That cake looks professional!
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    • Catherine Holt September 20, 2013 at 8:54 am #

      Aw…thanks Jane :-) The cake looks pretty amazing doesn’t it, definitely a stand out feature :-)

  3. Cheryl September 23, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    What a fun party! I love all of the details that went into it and the kids look like they had such a great time!

    • Catherine Holt September 23, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

      Thanks Cheryl. Jennifer did an outstanding job with this party and I agree that the details were amazing. It would be impossible for the kids not to enjoy themselves at this party! Thanks so much for stopping by :-)

  4. Jacqui Odell September 28, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    This would be THE PERFECT PARTY for my son and niece. The share birthdays and we are always trying to come up with themes that can be both girl and boy. I love the cake!! Thanks for linking up to Party Time on Moms & Munchkins and we hope to see you next week.

    • Catherine Holt September 28, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

      Absolutely Jacqui, it is quite hard thinking of co-ed themes. But this one I don’t think will disappoint! Thanks so much for popping by!


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