5 Ways to have a Mermazing Mermaid Party (even during a pandemic)

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Last year my daughter decided her upcoming 8th birthday would be a mermaid themed party.  And I was determined to make her dreams come true -pandemic or not. So mermaid party it was! If you too are over the zoom calls, can’t do a street parade and or can’t do a front yard fiesta, read on to see how we SHELL-abr-8-ed!!

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1). Limit guest count.

Only invite a couple or few besties whose families you trust have been acting in a Covid safe manner. We had an extremely small social pod that we ever so rarely met with through the past year. And from that mini pod, we invited 3 little girls and got lucky because right before the mini pod gathering, everyone had tested negative. Kids are less transferable and less in danger for catching and having any serious symptoms so it is with those facts we proceeded to celebrate on a smaller scale. (Click here for the 20 person 7th birthday recap from last year.).  As an additional measure, you can ask to ensure that their family members have not experienced any symptoms and or been in contact recently with someone who has had symptoms or covid. 

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We decided to host the party in our home ‘cuz living here in Manhattan, drive by car parades are not a thing and it was too cold in February to do anything outside. Plus I liked the idea of having my fully sanitized home be the private venue from which I could work for days on perfecting some extra special decor details. mermaid decor, mermaid food, mermaid theme, mermaid themed party, mermaid party ideas

Adding this splash of color felt like a happy burst of energy – the perfect thing to combat lockdown life.  Don’t we all need a little extra color these days?  Thank you to Chic Sugars for sponsoring our beautiful mermaid themed cake!  You incorporated the party colors perfectly and we adored all the mermaid fin toppers and ombre frosting!  Click here to see the Valentines cake they made for us last month!  Both were so so delicious and were the perfect focal point of our decor!  Based in NJ, they service the entire NY area too and can make ANYTHING you dream of. 

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Special thank you to our event partner, Teepee in the City who brought in these adorable sleepover sets and helped set the scene for such a special night!  The set includes teepees, fairy lights, mattress, sheets, blankets, pillows, rugs, trays, lanterns, customized teepee labels, garlands, mermaid tail blankies, a birthday sign and load in/out!!  They can customize to your theme and have lots of options to choose from!  It was the first time sleeping over someone else’s house for a couple of our little guests and thanks to these sparkly night lights and super fun teepees, they did just great and were so excited to spend the night!  I highly recommend this company for all your sleepover needs.  They would make an extra special addition for a lockdown movie night as well! 

Click here for 4 tips on elevating your tablescape!  Thank you to our decor partner, Wish for allowing us the store credit to pick and choose from your amazing selection! Stay tuned for a separate blog post with links on where to purchase everything plus our recommendation on mermaid themed gifts, fashions and favors too!

3). Stagger drop offs and pickups.

I gave parents a 30minute range from when they could pickup and drop off their kids. And upon entering, kids washed hands and changed into their mermaid dresses. Matching mermaid costumes were given to all party go-ers and also to their 18” dolls care of Mini and Me official. The girls loved twirling in them and noted how they weren’t itchy like other costumes.  

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We have a couple others from their vast costume selection and we just love their style, machine-washability and the fact that they don’t leave a trail of glitter everywhere like many other costumes do. 4). Entertain mermaid style

Swimming, mermaid bracelet making and mermaid TV shows were on our list of todos. But we also had fun playing with pretend makeup, and singing kareoke too! With a little creativity, it’s easy to add a themed twist to any kiddie activity. Sing songs from the Little mermaid soundtrack. Instead of passing the potato, pass a mermaid doll or instead of duck duck goose, play fish fish mermaid for instance.

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We were lucky enough to have a private session at our pool since during the pandemic only 1 apartment is able to reserve the entire pool at a time. It worked out in our favor! The girls had a blast splashing around and trying on Juliet’s new mermaid tail. They had a such a swimmingly fun time that they begged to go back to the pool the very next day!

5). Provide under the sea themed foods & treats

For snacks we had goldfish in pretzel and classic editions (swimming in clear fish bowls). For treats, we made clams with pearls (Nila wafers with frosting and a huge pearl sprinkle in between). And for shell treats, we simply frosted lines on madeline’s that were shaped in shell form. It made for an easy and fun baking activity for Juliet to prepare pre-party! The next morning, I made mermaid bagels by taking our gifted rainbow bagels from Liberty bagels/midtown bagels and adding natural food coloring to the cream cheese spread. Lastly I topped them with mermaid sprinkles and a cute mermaid toothpick topper. The girls went crazy over their breakfast in bed!

5). Find FINtastic favors

besides the beautiful mermaid costumes (that by the way are so soft and comfortable many of the girls chose to sleep in them), guests left with lots of fun surprises!! “Look at this stuff; isn’t it neat??”  Each mermaid’s teepee hid a goody bag filled with: a flippy sequin mermaid tail purse, mermaid outfit for Barbie, mermaid pen, bracelet in one of the party colors, squishy coral slime, and a mermaid stamper. Plus each child left with a party balloon!

mermaid party favors, mermaid themed party, mermaid party ideas, mermaid themed birthdayThis couldn’t have all happened without a little help from my friend and professional party planner Xin from Le Petite Prive who came over the night before (masked) and helped me get the balloons made, and generally help setup backdrops for me.  Having this on-site assistance from a professional planner is something I don’t normally have so it was SO appreciated!  I loved bouncing ideas off her, and having a partner in crime as we secretly set up the decor away from my little who only saw it when she came out of her bedroom slumber the day of her birthday.  If you need full-on event planning, styling, install and the full package though she is available for all of that too!  Her calm nature, and can-do, positive attitude will help relieve any party planning stress you may experience.  Plus she has an incredible eye for events and her style is so elegant.  What an honor it was to work beside her!

Above photos are a mix of my iphone shots and images from Andrea Kay Images.  She specializes in weddings, family portraits and all sorts of event photography and works primarily in the Long Island / NY area. She’s a joy to work with and always returns stunning shots and will stay safely masked for you!!

Tell me in the comments below, what your favorite party of this party was!  And follow me on Instagram for more daily inspiration for celebrating the everyday in style!

 

 

Rainbow Unicorn Party Ideas Sure to Make Your Party Magical

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Know a rainbow or unicorn obsessed kid?  It seems every little girl goes though a unicorn loving stage and who doesn’t love a good rainbow?  So I wanted to share some fun party ideas to incorporate the theme throughout your event.  On Instagram, I had detailed how I used dollar store items to create an affordable, custom-look with a little DIY.  So check that out if you haven’t already.  And see below for some inspirational images and let me know what your favorite parts of the party were.  All party partners are linked below so if you’re in the SoCal area, you’ll want to make sure to follow and bookmark these amazing vendors.  They were truly spectacular in service and a great addition to ensuring memories were made.

RENTALS

To fully transform our backyard into a venue, it was important to add in some themed rental pieces.  unicorn party ideas, rainbow unicorn party theme, unicorn party inspiration, unicorn theme, rainbow party themeRenting these pieces really takes the ordinary into the extraordinary and helps transport you into a different scene!  Luckily, we were able to partner with Isabella’s Special Occasions.  They are based in San Diego and had such a cute collection of party rental backdrops, props and figurines like the rainbow and unicorns you see here.unicorn party ideas, rainbow unicorn party theme, unicorn party inspiration, unicorn theme, rainbow party theme

Additionally, they will custom paint these items to match your party colors which was an incredible offering and something that really elevated the party and made exploring the space full of surprises!

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Entertainment at the party came in 3 forms.  Besides the pretend tea party sets, fidget toys and Jenga that were scattered in stations throughout the backyard, guests could bounce around with plush unicorns in Sky High Jumper’s beautiful white bouncy castle.  unicorn party ideas, rainbow unicorn party theme, unicorn party inspiration, unicorn theme, rainbow party themeunicorn party ideas, rainbow unicorn party theme, unicorn party inspiration, unicorn theme, rainbow party themeIsn’t this such a sight?  The modern take on the usual, eye sore of a kids’ bouncy house was much appreciated and such a fresh take on kiddie entertainment!  The team was so wonderful in answering my many questions about install and safety issues.  And they arrived promptly on time to handle the setup as promised, making sure to disinfect everything too.  They were very professional, reliable and priced at the most competitive prices around town being a new start up business.  I’d highly recommend them to anyone in the LA area!!  The bouncy house will wow all of your guests, most of whom have never seen an all white one like this before.  You won’t regret it.  It’s simply SUCH a fun focal point at the party.

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We dressed it up with rainbow colored balloons as another way to carry the party theme through.  I have no idea how this was attached and created so quickly, but with the professional help of Tara from South Bay Balloon Bar, that was one worry, I could take off my already full plate.  I am so glad I decided to offload this task (cuz yes, I did consider trying to blow up all these balloons myself and then learning how to create and attach the garland).  But I’ve learned from past trial and error that sometimes these things are best left to the professionals!!

Inside, you’ll see that Rainbowcorn plushies, (which were sent to us from Zuru toys) greeted the happy guests. What a perfect tie-in to a rainbow unicorn themed party huh? unicorn party ideas, rainbow unicorn party theme, unicorn party inspiration, unicorn theme, rainbow party themeThey were playfully thrown around inside the bouncy house and really added to the atmosphere and theme. My daughter loves these!  Check this link because some of them are scented, some of them parrot what you say and they all come in the most adorable packaging you’ve ever seen.  It makes for a great gift!

Entertainment also came in the form of painting unicorns and all things rainbow.  Thanks to our party partner, My Signature Timber, we had custom paint kits for all the little party people.  unicorn party ideas, rainbow unicorn party theme, unicorn party inspiration, unicorn theme, rainbow party themeMy daughter chose all her favorite wooden cutout designs from their vast selection (which included fun shapes like unicorn heads, rainbows and all her favorite desserts).  And then we showed them our party colors and they packed our shipment with all the coordinating paints, brushes and paint dishes that we would need.  It was amazing!  So convenient and SO cute.  Everything was delivered straight to my door and the painted crafts made for excellent favors! Each girl took home their paint kit and finished product. What a fun favor, right?  My Signature Timber also makes cute wooden signs which you can see on their Instagram page here.

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We also entertained the girls with a live unicorn who surprised all the guests at the end of the party with its presence.  Its mane was rainbow colored and it too came with its own paint set (all non-toxic, and easily washable of course).  And the girls couldn’t believe their eyes (or luck).  Cuz who in this world gets to play with a unicorn AND paint it- right??! unicorn party ideas, rainbow unicorn party theme, unicorn party inspiration, unicorn theme, rainbow party themeAfterwards, the birthday girl got to ride the unicorn around the cul de sac and leave all the neighbors wondering whether they were hallucinating when spotting this wildly painted unicorn outside their window. unicorn party ideas, rainbow unicorn party theme, unicorn party inspiration, unicorn theme, rainbow party themeunicorn party ideas, rainbow unicorn party theme, unicorn party inspiration, unicorn theme, rainbow party themeunicorn party ideas, rainbow unicorn party theme, unicorn party inspiration, unicorn theme, rainbow party theme

The 2nd (back-to-back) party we hosted had another rainbow themed activity to entertain the guests.  Yes, I hosted 2 birthday parties in one day cuz of covid and wanting to keep the groups extra small..  unicorn party ideas, rainbow unicorn party theme, unicorn party inspiration, unicorn theme, rainbow party themeBijou Indochine, sent us these super cute jewelry making kits which were so perfect for these creative cuties aged 7-10.  unicorn party ideas, rainbow unicorn party theme, unicorn party inspiration, unicorn theme, rainbow party themeEach set came with such an extraordinary set of colorful beads and all the tools and materials needed to make customized bracelets and necklaces.  This really got their creative juices flowing and allowed for the birthday girl to not have to repeat the prior paint project from her earlier party.  Bijou Indochine has such pretty jewelry to purchase for adults too.  (This was a side offering they pivoted towards during the pandemic).  So check out their website for these party sets as well as more sophisticated designs and jewelry making kits for adults too!

FAVORS

Besides the activity favors (jewelry making kit or rainbow paint set above), guests also walked away with the Cutitos rainbow unicorn (burrito stuffy shown here) thanks to Basic Fun Toys, another party sponsor.

unicorn party ideas, rainbow unicorn party theme, unicorn party inspiration, unicorn theme, rainbow party theme  They were such a fun giveaway and treat that all the girls were talking about at school the very next day.  And of course, Juliet was super thrilled to add more unicorns to her collection!

PHOTOGRAPHY

I’m so thankful to Corrie from Lenn M Photography who provided the light and airy photos you see here. She captured such cute candids along with making sure to help document all the party details for me. unicorn party ideas, rainbow unicorn party theme, unicorn party inspiration, unicorn theme, rainbow party themeunicorn party ideas, rainbow unicorn party theme, unicorn party inspiration, unicorn theme, rainbow party themeunicorn party ideas, rainbow unicorn party theme, unicorn party inspiration, unicorn theme, rainbow party themeunicorn party ideas, rainbow unicorn party theme, unicorn party inspiration, unicorn theme, rainbow party themeBeing in direct sunlight for much of this outdoor party made for challenging camera shots but she came through and also provided all the documentation that I needed from this event when my legs no longer wanted to stand after hours of party prep haha!  unicorn party ideas, rainbow unicorn party theme, unicorn party inspiration, unicorn theme, rainbow party themeThank God she was there to capture it all!  If you live in SoCal, make sure to follow her.  Her next spring mini-session is perfectly timed in time for mother’s day photos on May 1st.  So save the date and make sure to follow her on IG here for more!

JEWELRY

Thanks to Super Smalls who gifted Juliet her gem necklace and pearl bracelet. (And yes, we had a bunch of unicorn themed kiddie tattoos for each of our guests like you see here). unicorn party ideas, rainbow unicorn party theme, unicorn party inspiration, unicorn theme, rainbow party themeunicorn party ideas, rainbow unicorn party theme, unicorn party inspiration, unicorn theme, rainbow party themeThe jewels gave her the glam and color she needed on this special day.  This also, is such a special gift idea for your fabulous fashionista.  The packaging feels so special and is such an eye-catcher when on display that I never throw the boxes out. Even Vogue magazine featured Super Smalls! kids jewelry, girl's jewelry, girl's necklaceThey’re just so happy and fun, don’t you think?  Juliet decked herself out in more Super Smalls at her next event…the Oscars!  Click here to see what I mean!

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Lastly, here’s a quick round up of the foods and desserts that I prepared for our rainbow unicorn themed party. unicorn party ideas, rainbow unicorn party theme, unicorn party inspiration, unicorn theme, rainbow party theme

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And to learn how I made this naturally rainbow colored grilled cheese to go along with the unicorn rainbow shaped pasta (which you can buy here), Click to download the Ibble app. I have a full tutorial there!!unicorn party ideas, rainbow unicorn party theme, unicorn party inspiration, unicorn theme, rainbow party theme

Thanks again to all the sponsors.  This event could not have been as memorable without you!  Cheers to year 9!

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