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Monday, May 15, 2017

Layla's mermaid inspired 6th birthday pool party!


In the beginning of the year, Layla and I started brainstorming birthday themes. We went through many, and I think one of her suggestions was a monster party. Ultimately...with a few suggestions from myself we settled on a mermaid/under the sea theme. I thought it went perfectly since we planned to throw it at our community pool.

The day before the party it stormed pretty much all day, but in true Florida fashion, the next day was perfect albeit a tiny bit chilly. Everything worked out great. In my usual way I ended up using about 80% off my energy on decor and DIY brainstorming, so by the time I really needed to get serious about selecting what to serve to our little guests and the other aspects of the party, I just couldn't think anymore. My husband suggested pizza, so we went with that alongside a veggie platter, crackers, homemade chocolate chip cookies and drinks. One small snafu was the cake the day before. Instead of using the baker I used last year (which I should have done), I used Publix and they got it completely wrong. They graciously gave it to me free of charge so I quickly went to Michael's and bought some faux embellishments to spruce it up. For entertainment I had my daughter make a playlist of all the favorite kids songs these days and we had music going along with a bubble machine. We also had coloring pages and crayons. All in all she had a great time and that's what matters the most. Even though it was a lot of work since May has been absolutely crazy with all the girl's activities, and mine and not getting enough sleep. Seeing her enjoy it made it completely worth it. 

{DIY Mermaid sign: Tutorial here}


The balloon arch was made by me and I was really surprised by how fast, easy and inexpensive it was. I plan on doing a DIY post in the future when I make another one. 


This gorgeous mermaid banner was custom made from Brandalyn's Paperie. Find them here!}

{Mini seahorse pinata: JazzysCreation}

{Gold foil chandelier: Hobby Lobby}

Speaking of which, I love that gold foil chandelier! I've used for my last two parties and it's easy to put away and reuse again and again. 


For party favors we did DIY starfish wands and goody bags filled with treats. I didn't have time to do a post on the startfish wands, but you can find the wooden dowels at any craft store or amazon. Starfish you can find and any craft store as well, but for a pack of 12 for cheap, go to HomeGoods or TJ Maxx, though it could just be that I live by the beach so they stock nautical decor here often. 


Layla got some really cool gifts but was especially ecstatic to receive some really pretty sealife jewelry. I hadn't realized how much she's loving jewelry these days and she's at the age where she's careful with them now. 

How adorable is this custom silver starfish bracelet. It even has a tiny L for for name! I'll be sharing more about this handmade bracelet in a separate post. 

{Silver starfish bracelet: Jmesjewelrybox}

{Handmade mermaid doll: whimsyadoration}

Super cute seahorse necklace. I think I want one for myself! More on this as well later. 

{Seahorse pendant: FabulousCentral}

I hope I covered everything and shared some inspiration. If anyone has any questions about anything in this post, feel free to send me an email: itsapinklife@gmail.com. I'm pretty much an open book and I love to help wherever I can. 

Ps. Wish me luck in November. Mariam wants a big unicorn party at the park for her 5th birthday. At least my close neighbors mentioned wanting to do a joint 2nd birthday party for our babies since they are all one week apart. My oldest also turns 15 this November but she's at the age where she would much rather do something small with a few friends then a party. Phew!

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