Little Mermaid Birthday Party by Brittany Schwaigert


"Up where they walk, up where they run, up where they stay all day in the sun!"

I had so much fun with this party! The Little Mermaid is one of my favorite Disney movies and I’m not even embarrassed to admit that I know every word to this song! So, when my client Latoya called me about doing her adorable daughter Kaitlyn’s party again this year, I was so excited to hear that Kaitlyn LOVES The Little Mermaid! Kaitlyn hasn’t stopped talking about Ariel since she saw her at Disney World recently. And when her mom asked her what kind of party she wanted this year, she didn’t hesitate to say "an Ariel party!"

I got started with this theme by ordering some awesome products from Shindigz. To welcome our guests to the party, which was held at the local YMCA swimming pool, I designed this custom Ocean Princess personalized banner. I added this sweet picture of Miss Kaitlyn to the banner. She was SO excited to see her face on that banner! To surround the banner, I created these "jellyfish" with purple and turquoise paper lanterns and tissue festooning.

To create an "under the sea" feel for the party, I hung aquamarine foil curtains around the inside of the party area and added more jellyfish. These curtains were so pretty when they blew in the wind and they really created the feeling of being underwater!

I began my table design by using one of my favorite party products; floral sheeting! This teal color really mimics the color and texture of ocean waves, so I used it as the table overlay. Underneath, I used a simple white cloth, topped with Blue Iridescent Sparkle fabric to give the lower part of the table some shimmer! On the front of the table, my friend Candace at LillyPaul Designs made me this gorgeous fabric garland in Ariel’s signature colors.

If you know anything about Ariel, you know she has to have her dinglehopper candelabra! I made mine with Black Metal Candelabras that I painted with a silver glitter spray paint. I added Silver Glitter Cutlery into a small piece of styrofoam to make them stand up like Ariel’s candelabras. I also hot glued a string of pearls to each one to make them look extra pretty.

On our main party table, we served fun foods for the kids like "Chef Louis’ Chicken," "Flounder’s Fruit," "Conch Shell Wraps," and of course a beautiful cake, custom mermaid tail sweets lollis and some gorgeous sugar cookies, all served on beautiful Ariel Dream Big themed plates and napkins!

For our favors, I used the Ocean Princess personalized favor bags and filled them with goldfish and gummy seashells. You can also add a picture to these too!

When the birthday girl arrived, she was dressed in a full mermaid costume, along with her mom in a matching outfit! As you can tell, she was pretty happy with her Little Mermaid party!

Vendors: Cookies: SemiSweet Confections
Fabric Garland: LillyPaul Designs
Cake: Mad Lily Cakery
Sweet Lollis: Sweets Indeed