saturday we had a birthday party for gracie. she had asked me even before her 3rd birthday if her next birthday could be a mermaid party! i don’t know where she gets these planning instincts ;)! here’s a pic of the invites. we did a “message in a bottle”. it was soooo easy, much easier than assembling most any other invite i’ve ever done, and relatively inexpensive. each bottle cost about 60 cents i think. this year i decided to try a different party than we normally do. i wanted it to be much smaller so i let grace make the invite list – kids from school + a few others that she plays with regularly, all her age.
i told her i wanted to take a picture of her and she instantly went into this pose! she said she was diving like a mermaid. she had this hand-me-down costume that she was so excited to wear, and we (my mom and I) made outfits for all the other kiddos to put on (although very few actually did).
my sister-in-law, courtney, is an event planner and had all these turquoise lanterns from a recent wedding that she let me borrow. they were supposed to be bubbles. i made a bunch of fish, sea horses, jelly fish and an octopus out of cardboard then covered them in scrapbook papers i already had. after a bit of glitter and some string, they turned out pretty cute hung from the bubbles. i took inexpensive plastic tablecloths and cut squiggly lines in them to make “water” over all the doorways.
if you haven’t guessed yet, my mom is amazing. she made this cake! she is so creative and a huge help. i loved having her here for a couple days and was sad to see her and my dad go back home.
and musical starfish. you can barely see on a couple of the girls the mermaid skirts and shell tops we made for them. the boys had hats, eye patches, tatoos, and mustaches. except for nate – he wanted to be a knight!
here’s gracie and zekie. aarrgh!
so the party was generally a success, but i decided about 1/2 an hour into it that i don’t like this kind of organized party. i set up a bunch of activities and games, and i think maybe the kids were a bit too young for all the structure. i’d rather do the usual and have a bunch of families come for a day of hanging out while all the kids play freely.
so i have a lot of decorations that are up for grabs if anyone wants them. i can’t bring myself to throw them away even though they were all free. i’ve got a treasure chest and about 20 different fish and sea creatures. they could be really cute hanging from the ceiling in a kid’s room, play room, or for a party like this! first come first served, and i have lots of close up pics of the fish if you want to see them.