A few months ago I had the chance to meet with sweet Kelsey and her mom to plan what was sure to be a very special 6 year old birthday party. Sometimes I feel like what I do doesn’t really hold any significance, but this party was different. Kelsey’s mom, a sweet friend of mine has been battling stage 4 Breast Cancer. I was overwhelmed trying to think of a way to help. One day it hit me that Kelsey was going to have a birthday that fell right during her mom’s chemo treatments. Knowing the adorable hand crafted parties that her mom usually threw for her each year, I knew it might be difficult for her to do it this year. I called and asked if I could help out in that department. Kelsey is a girl after my own heart. In her sweet little Kindergarten way, she had designed her own party…down to the last detail. A cute page full of drawings and phonetically spelled words describing all of her wildest dreams for her birthday. The theme: Mermaids. The colors…purple was a must. The activities: water balloons, swimming, and cookie decorating. Lunch: Peanut butter and jelly, goldfish crackers and grapes. Well Kelsey…I hope I was able to deliver!
For the background I hand cut 120 “scales” out of scrapbooking paper…some was glittered to give it that extra shimmery feel. I attached them to a huge canvas that I keep on hand just for occasions like this.
I knew I wanted a ruffled table skirt, but buying fabric was out of the question due to the expense of buying THAT much for one table cloth. So, I opted for plastic table cloths. I bought one table cloth in each color and then cut it into 4 equal long strips and sewed it all together gathering it along the way. It was a lot of work, but the payoff was worth it.
I always love any opportunity to work with Shana of Society Sweets. She is incredibly talented and can make just about anything you can dream up. For this party we met and decided on Crab Cupcakes, Jello with Mermaid Tails, Starfish Cookies, the adorable goldfish marshmallow pops, and the showstopper ombre cake. You should have seen the girls eyes when we cut into that baby! I knew the backdrop would be busy, so I asked her to make the cake a plain white frosting with the surprise inside, so that I could add some cute toppers and the cake and the background wouldn’t be competing for attention, but rather complementing each other.
These SWIM letters were a quick and easy project using a few easy to find supplies from Hobby Lobby and Lowes Home Improvement. The paper mache letters took the spray paint well and dried quickly. So in a matter of minutes I was able to tape them off with some #frogtape and add the glittery sand layer to add some extra dimension.
Cute paper suitcases that I found in the children’s department at HomeGoods were not only the perfect color, but made for cute treasure chests full of under the sea mermaid treasures which Kelsey had requested.
My super talented and generous friend Courtney from Dapper & Dainty donated one of her gorgeous handmade Mermaid Tails especially for Kelsey. What a great surprise for the birthday girl!
My sweet little Ash scoured the clearance aisles at Hobby Lobby with me where she found these awesome clam shells. They were a rusty metal, but I spray painted them with a little gold shimmer spray paint and thy were transformed.
White chocolate shells were an easy addition that I made with a mold and some candy melts. In about 5 minutes we had shells on a bed of brown sugar sand. Super easy!
The pool area we used for the party is a community pool, and I wanted to make the whole area feel a little more like it was part of the party, so I added some balloons and small purple beach balls to the pool. It looked SO pretty and really tied everything together.
Talented Megan from Saywer Leigh Boutique was kind enough to donate custom Mermaid confetti. It was the perfect touch to all the tables. She coordinated it to the party’s colors and created great custom shapes that went with our theme. I filled purple buckets from #partycity with a picnic lunch for the girls, and added goldfish crackers in these little blue party bags topped with seashell clips that I made in a matter of minutes.
It was a beautiful day full fun for a sweet little girl whose family has been through a lot these past few months. I was honored to be able to help make all her mermaid wishes come true.
Have a great day!