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Birthdays are a big deal at our house (at least when you’re little!)
So when my little princess announced several weeks in advance she wanted to “Go Under the Sea” with a Little Mermaid themed birthday party, I knew we couldn’t disappoint – even if it was August.
While I normally love putting our parties together, with everything else happening, we had to whip something together quickly!
She seemed quite happy with her party when she saw it, so I thought we’d share how we put this party together with just a little bit of planning.
While there are plenty of adorable customizable invites for The Little Mermaid available, there’s something to be said for a FREE emailed invite that also keeps up with RSVPs and will remind your guests when you forget that the party is happening a few days! Heck, you can even thank them with a few clicks, so that’s why I am a huge fan of Punchbowl for their designs. I started using them for our son’s Frozen inspired birthday and fell in instant love. Did I mention these are free? No brainer!
What makes an outdoor party in the middle of the summer look like we’re under the sea? It’s all about the decor! From Little Mermaid Table Decorating Kit to Ariel party plates, a little blue and shells made everything feel like we were hanging with Scuttle and Sebastian. We also used crepe paper on the fence to look like algae.
The food is always my favorite part of a party! However, we didn’t go too crazy to complete the theme; we just added a few fun touches to step it up from a normal backyard party. The only item I didn’t get to make was lobster rolls (AKA Sebastian Sandwiches!)
Store bought cupcakes and put these rings on top right before we blew out the candles!
Octopus Hummus Dip
Sand Dollar Cookies
(Just use sugar cookies with slivered almonds on top of flaxseed!)
The rest of the yard was completely full of every water feature I could find – from the a Slip n Slide, Sprayer and a little wade pool. And by playing The Little Mermaid Soundtrack was an important part of creating the experience for the kids.
After hours of water fun and food, I wanted the kids to calm down from all the fun as the sun went down. However, I didn’t want all those wet bodies in my house, especially for the other 25 people at the party. I needed a movie OUTDOORS! A little Google time later, I found Starlight Productions, a turnkey outdoor movie company that does everything for you to make movie magic happen outside. They arrived with a truck, completed set up while the kids played around them and even played some fun music for the kids to keep the party going!
Then once the sun went down, the kids took to their quilts, we passed out the popcorn and glowsticks while “The Little Mermaid” began! The kids were totally taken and the parents were able to watch a movie without worrying if their kiddo was too loud or needed to go the bathroom! Everyone was happy as they went “under the sea” with Ariel, Eric and “the mean witch” Ursula. Everything was so perfect and I didn’t have to do anything! I’ll totally be using Starlight Productions for another party this fall like maybe a Halloween horror movie marathon for my birthday!
For more Under the Sea ideas, check out my BIRTHDAY PINTEREST BOARD!