Enchantment Under the Sea: Halle's 7th Birthday Party, Mermaid Style

Monday, February 11, 2013

This past Saturday we celebrated Halle's 7th birthday...mermaid style! I've been putting bits and pieces of this little shindig together since before her night owl party last year. Yeah, she picked this year's theme even before we celebrated last year's birthday..she's a little overzealous when it comes to her birthday, lol! If I remember correctly I didn't plan her owl party until like the week before so this time I made sure to give myself more time to get things together. With the help of a little Pinterest inspiration mixed with some ideas of my own I was able to create an enchanting tablescape perfect for my Ariel loving princess. I wanted this party to give a nod to the famous under-the-sea princess (hence the "dinglehopper"and spoon detail) without screaming ARIEL everywhere (no themed cups and plates here). I chose a soft color palette in varying shades of aqua and coral to help tie everything together. The pale ruffled backdrop (really a shower curtain :) ) and the neutral fabric table topper was a nod to the sand and sea that completed the look :) I'm pretty sure Halle loved everything about her day!! It was so much fun to create and definitely one of my favorite parties so far!

I cannot believe she is 7!! Looking back at her newborn photos it almost feels like yesterday when I held her for the first time...staring at her...so unbelievably smitten!! Today I am still in love and utterly amazed with the beautiful young lady she is becoming, inside and out. God is sooo good, I am sooo blessed :)

Here's a full shot of the table..notice the photo timeline. I threw that together at the last minute b/c I totally forgot to make it. Good thing it was an easy project!

The incredibly beautiful cake was created by my friend Rachel. Isn't it lovely?! She always does such an amazing job with the cakes I ask her to create. I give her some ideas or an inspiration photo and she nails it every time! You can see more cakes she has made for me here, here and here. She doesn't have a baking business but I bet she would do well if she ever did!

These incredibly beautiful ruffle cake pops were made by another talented girl named Frances of Peace Love Flour. I actually found Frances via craigslist of all places! She had placed an ad for her new business and I figured I'd give her a chance. Funny story was that when she hand delivered them she looked so familiar and it turned out we graduated high school together! We just didn't recognize our married names...what a small world we live in :) The cake pops were absolutely delicious!!

These beautiful starfish sugar cookies were also made by Frances of Peace Love Flour. They were moist, sweet and delicious! She got the cake pops and cookies spot-on to what I requested. I will definitely go back :) If you are local and need a special treat you should definitely check out all she has to offer!!

Picked up these adorable sequin crowns for $1 each in the novelty bins at JoAnns. They were perfect favors for each party guest!

Any beach goer will recognize these sweet little treats! They are sugar versions of sea glass that I made using a mold and a recipe I found here.

And of course I had to have some sea star krispy treats...one of my fave sweets!

I found these little Ariel rings at Target about a year ago and knew they'd be perfect party tokens. I set them up in a compote filled with sugar crystals to mimic the appearance of sand.

Each guest got to grab some pearl gumballs and make their own "pearl" necklace :) I made sure to pre-drill the holes using a skewer and pre-cut the ribbon lengths to make things easier. I also attached a toothpick to one end of each ribbon strand to make it easy to thread the ribbon through the "pearls".

Halle blowing out her candles :) This is always one of my must-have shots at each of my children's parties! I love the light and airy (enchanted) feeling of this one. It makes me smile :)

She allowed to me to get one picture of her in the wig...thanks sweetie!

We hired a face artist to come and paint whimsical designs on the girls' faces. It was a huge hit :)

Halfway thru the party Halle got a surprise phone call from a very special mermaid!! Ariel called and sang songs to her and chatted with her about her party...Halle could not believe it!! We had planned to have Ariel come to the party but there were unforeseen circumstances that kept her away. The phone call made up for it though :)

Ella getting her turn at the face painting :)


A group photo of all the special mermaid princesses in attendance :) I'm pretty sure they all had a great time!

Ariel sent 3 signed photos for Halle as well as a special tiara which I presented to her at the party! It was magical indeed!! (notice the dinglehopper stand...a $2 antique store find!)


  1. i just have to say, you seem like a wonderful mom! this is sure to be one she will remember forever :)

    1. Hi Kristina! Thank you for the sweet comment! I hope she will remember these parties!! They are so much fun to create! Thanks for stopping by to say hi :)

  2. hi Hana this looks like it was amazing my daughter is turning three on mothers day and we will be having her party then as well i was wondering about the ariel phone call and how i can set one up thanks in advance

    1. Hi Victoria!! There was a local girl here in NC who did princess performances and was wonderful. She had her 3rd child right after this party which is why she couldn't perform in person...too much belly for her Ariel costume ;) She did a personal phone call instead. However she has put her business on hold to raise her children. Maybe try doing a search for princess performers in your area...or if you know someone who can sing maybe they will pose as Ariel and do a singing phone call for you :)

  3. Hi hana
    Such a beautiful party you had. Quick question where could I find the white bowls you used?

    1. Thank you!! The white bowls are actually vintage milk glass pieces I picked up from local antique stores. If you have an antique store near you I'm sure you can find milk glass items as well :) Or you can shop at www.etsy.com and look in the vintage section for milk glass. Many sellers have various pieces! Good luck!

  4. Did the shower curtain come pre ruffled? Planning on ruffling 10 yards of chiffon and if I could find the shower curtain would surely save me a tonne of time!

    1. yes, the shower curtain came ruffled, I've seen them many places including beth bath & beyond.


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