In August, my oldest had a mermaid party and I’m excited to finally share all the details with you today! But before we get into the magical vibes, I want to open up about what’s been keeping me away from the blog these last 4 weeks and where I’m at now.
At the end of July, my daughter’s and I were in a serious car accident. We were rear ended on the freeway at a high rate of speed and the impact has shifted our world. Fortunately we were able to walk away from the accident, but we’ve spent the last month dealing with the injuries that we sustained as a result of the crash. I’ve never had a concussion or whiplash before and the side effects and memory loss have had a major impact on my ability to be creative, and to feel inspired.
From an emotional and physical standpoint, I just have not been able to pull it together. That’s been so difficult for me because I’m usually overflowing with new ideas. But today, I’m forcing myself to post this blog so I can use this as a marker and a reminder that I’m making steps in the right direction. Even if they’re only baby steps. I’m ready to get back into a routine. I just have to remember to practice self-care along the way. To take things one day at a time, and celebrate the tiny victories because those matter so much. If you can relate in any way, I’d love to hear from you!
Today, I’m happy to be back and to connect again on a more regular schedule. Thanks for sticking around and supporting through the challenging days. I’m beyond thankful that my girls and I are safe and now that I can feel the clouds starting to part, I’m really looking forward to what’s ahead.
On to the party.
Let’s be Mermaids!
It was my daughter’s 9th birthday wish to have a mermaid party, so we did our best to make that wish come true! We started with a purple and blue color scheme and incorporated lots of shellebratory details to make it memorable!
I scaled back on the decorations for this party, but we made up for it with desserts. Lots of themed mermaid desserts (all dairy free)! Actually almost too many desserts, if that’s possible!
We had two celebrations in one day. The first was poolside with friends and the cutest mermaid tail pool float! The kids swam, ate pizza, sushi and enjoyed cupcakes, typical 9-year-old girl fun!
Then we took the party to our place for our second celebration with family.
On the Menu
I made fresh squeezed Rosemary Mermonade (Rosemary Lemonade) with a rosemary simple syrup.
For dinner we served homemade paella with shellfish, fresh salmon on the grill, sushi and a citrus mango salad.
We used blackberries as our fruit of choice to incorporate into the many desserts.
I made french macarons with a dairy free blackberry vanilla bean filling and a blackberry jam center. I angled the shells of the macarons to mimic the look of a seashell and decorated with a little shimmer.
Two cookie cakes. A Letter A & Mermaid Tail. (Find the cutters to make these in my shop.)
The cookie cakes are filled with dairy free vanilla bean frosting and blackberries.
The top layers are decorated with dairy free blackberry frosting, sugar cookies, macarons, seashell chocolates, sixlets and sprinkles.
I also made shell and mermaid shaped sugar cookies with royal icing. (Cutters to make both are also available in my shop.)
And chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with blackberry frosting and decorative fondant mermaid shells on top.
The desserts were served on iridescent seashell plates and matching napkins. (Find both in my shop!)
Last but not least, a mini mermaid cake for the birthday girl! Decorated with a fondant mermaid tail and shells.
The pearl sixlets, chocolate candy shells and blueberry fish gummies were a hit. But also a sugar overload!
Although I went way overboard with the sweets this time, I had so much fun making them for the birthday girl!
As mentioned above, I felt the decor was lacking a bit for this party, but considering all that we were dealing with, I did the best I could. This year we celebrated Amaia’s b-day the same weekend as my hubby and I’s wedding anniversary, so the orchids that he surprised me with doubled as the prettiest party blooms.
We used a variety of seashells to display as decor on the dessert table.
I also made a few mermaid banners in iridescent vinyl for decoration on our mantle, as well as the dessert table. This was fun to do using my new dye cut machine.
Balloons, letter boards, framed quotes, custom mermaid confetti and a balloon banner rounded out the decorations for her mermaid birthday bash!
“Always be yourself unless you can be a mermaid, then always be a mermaid!”
We thanked our guests with mermaid party bags. The bags had sequin snap bracelets, chocolate candy, tattoos and homemade bath bombs that my hubby and daughter made together. We added a surprise mermaid charm to each bath bomb and they were super easy to make!
It was such a great feeling to see a smile on Amaia’s face and her eyes light up this year for her birthday. I’ve been reflecting on so much these last 4 weeks and I can’t even put into words how fortunate I feel to have such wonderful and loving daughters. It brings me so much joy to create these special celebrations for them.
Here’s to nine!
If you made it through this whole post, thank you! I am so glad that you’re here. I’d love to hear your thoughts on our mermaid party! Which dessert do you like the most?
Much more on the way soon!
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