I asked my daughter Ava what she wanted to do to celebrate her 5th party. Without hesitation she said she wanted a beach party with mermaids.
It took a few weekends of projects, but together our family created a fun party with homemade decorations, party favors, games and cake on a very slim budget. Here’s a quick Mermaid Beach Party Overview from our day in the sun.
As” luck” would have it, my husband and I had to replace both our mailbox and our lawn mower in the weeks leading up to the big bash. Translation: Large boxes waiting to be recycled.
The first box had a natural tri-fold. I imagined a “Toss the Pearl in the Oyster” game. A set of ping-pong balls from the Dollar Tree made beautiful “pearls”.
The second box naturally divided into two. The sizes reminded me of the classic cutout photo boards that line tourist shops and boardwalks. Making one into a Mermaid was a natural choice. I hot glued a few sea shells to dress up our mermaid and then used some old torn tulle to give her tail texture. As a prerequisite to living in Southwest Florida we have jars of shells stashed away in every corner of our home. No out-of-pocket expense there.
So often as the hostess I am too busy coordinating the details of food, drink and games that I don’t chat with the guests until it is time to say good-bye. Taking on the roll of photographer gave me a chance to have at least a quick moment with everyone as they arrived.
Still on budget.
Even Florida has a summer-season. This past August, large fruit colored sand pails and shovels were on clearance at Micheal’s. I grabbed an arm full at 20 cents a piece! The pails lined the entrance to our party area to create a colorful walkway to welcome our guests.
We cut star shapes out by hand. Ava then wrote the names of her guests on each one. A great opportunity to practice those incredible writing skills she has worked on in preschool.
Total out-of-pocket expense at this stage $3.60.
Inside each sand bucket was a beach towel mermaid tail for the girls and a beach towel dolphin tale for the boys.This is the point where the party preps became a bit less simple.
Ava insisted the towel tails look real. We found relatively inexpensive bath towels at Wal-Mart in sage green and light blue. They met the criteria for both the realistic request and for the party budget.
From a budget standpoint the Mermaid Towels and Dolphin Towels were about $3.00 a piece.
This party took a few weeks of family projects to put together. In the end we saved a bundle, made the party personal and had fun working together as a family.
I’m sure there are some great life lessons that Ava learned from the experience that will revisit her later in life. For the moment though, she basks in the joy of celebrating her fifth birthday the way she envisioned it to be; A Mermaid Princess playing her friends in the surf and sun.
Find Mermaid Beach Decoration Ideas HERE.