It is so hard to believe that we are here. Another year has gone by and our little Lily Grace is five! Why does it have to fly by! She was so excited to be five but Walt and I have a different opinion. We love watching her grow and learn but she is our little girl and we aren’t ready for her to start Kindergarten.
Lily has known since she attended a neighbor’s birthday party in December that she wanted to have her party at a local indoor water park. Quickly after that, she decided she wanted to have a Mermaid Princess Party this year. One thing we have noticed as she approached 5 is she has become even more independent, opinionated and decisive (which can sometimes be a challenge).
This was our first time not having her party at the home but I still wanted it to be special and I wanted to use it as a chance to craft!
Easy Mermaid Party Decorations
My inspiration! I loved this tablecloth but the price was not in my budget.
So I decided to try to make my own scalloped ombre tablecloth. It was definitely an experiment. I was using cheap plastic tablecloths and didn’t have a lot of patience or time.
I folded the tablecloth like an accordion then folded it in half. Using a large bowl, I traced the scalloped shape and then cut the folded tablecloth. There was some trial and error involved. First I cut the wrong side of the fold and ended up with two pieces – oops. Then I folded it incorrectly and had cutouts in the center. But I finally figured it out – accordian style, fold in half and cut the outer edge (the edge that opens). I cut each piece shorter than the first but I only had turquoise, light blue and white. I would have been more noticeable if I had a wider range of the turquoise/blue color.
Because it was an indoor party, we were not having a piñata, but the mermaid piñata was too cute not to purchase! The turquoise fish net and seashells were also from Shindigz. I love the extra touch they provide.
The cake was one of my favorite things about the party!!! Therefore I have a ton of photos of it! I was inspired by this ombre ruffle cake featured on TomKat Studio but my kids do not like fondant so we went with the best comparable cake buttercream could provide.
Look like my boys may have been having an argument going on in the background. Busted!
The cake was amazing!! It was from a local Charlotte bakery, Sweet Lorraine’s. I added an Arial mermaid doll that I found at Walmart. The plates, napkins and utensils were also from Walmart. They weren’t mermaid themed but matched the colors of her party perfectly!
I struggle with party favors because alot of times it’s stuff you want to just throw away. I considered about doing M&M jars but we did that for her 2nd birthday so I thought I’d try something different. This year we did mini gum ball machines. The idea is you can fill it with M&M or skittles later and this is a fun way to get them out and eat them. I know many kids lily’s age do not chew gum but I thought they were too cute to pass up.
The gumball machines were from … and the gumballs were from TomKat Studio. Everyone got a gumball machine, a shell bracelet and a candy string necklace, however, the boys got a building block vehicle and the girls received a Dollar store mermaid doll.
The gift bags were sort of a fluke. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do. At first I planned to do something with doilies and flowers but it seemed to plan for Lily.
So I changed course last minute and ended up with what you saw above.
The #5 wreath was a quick cupcake holder and cardboard project that left me minor hot glue gun injuries but it only cost a few dollars so what can I say.
The kids splashed in the splash grounds, playground area, whirlpool and lazy river for a couple of hours.
About our Lily
She is growing up so quickly yet some things haven’t changed.
- She loves all things princess related!
- She watches Sofia the First daily.
- She still loves purple and pink but has now also added turquoise.
- She is a little more concerned about matching than before but doesn’t overly stress about it. (thank goodness)
- She is incredibly smart and has a spectacular memory. She remembers details I didn’t even notice happened. We can’t get much past her.
- She is great at math. She can add and subtract things like 5+6, 10-2, 11+4, 9-5, 10+10. I’m quizzing her as I type this. Of she can tell me what age her brothers will be when she turns 7,8,9,10 etc.
- She loves science and is obsessed with rocks. She has collected hundreds of rocks! She will find a special rock from every playground, roadside, park we cross. She likes to group them in rock families and assign a mother, sisters and brothers.
- She enjoys soccer and is pretty good at it. She is a pretty aggressive player courtesy her older brother that rarely cuts her a break to let her win.
- She is self motivated to learn Spanish. She insists we do our night time routine in Spanish.
- The loves shoes, jewelry and all things girly but will run barefoot in the backyard and have mud up to her knees playing with the boys.
- Her favorite thing to do is play mommy or teacher. It’s always so fun to hear her act out the roles she has observed at home and school.
- She is so many things….a daddy’s girl, a mommy’s helper, a little sister, a big sister, a leader, a teacher, a good friend and our little angel.