You probably can’t believe your child is turning another year older! Seems like the years go by so quickly. While they’re young, you want to give them the best of the best and make their life fun and magical. When it comes to birthday parties, you probably love to go all out if you're reading this article!
There are so many different birthday party themes to choose from. I’ve had a luau party, a 70’s party, a pirate party, but surprisingly not a mermaid party! But I can still show you how to put together a grand mermaid party.
Mermaids are the magical and beautiful creature that most little girls (and a lot of boys too!) are enamored with. They make for the perfect theme for a kid’s party.
A mermaid party works best if it’s in the summer and takes place outside and includes activities like swimming. One can be held during any season, though.
Here are 5 things to make your kid’s birthday party stand out as the best mermaid party ever!
Have the party be a costume party, with kids dressing up as a mermaid, a pirate, or as their favorite ocean creature. I recommend providing some costume accessories so no one gets left out of dressing up. You could even have a prize for the best costume!
Dressing up provides scope for imaginative play and makes for a great photo op. If you aren't able to buy a costume, consider making your own. Check out this tutorial on how to make a mermaid skirt.
Kids love snacks, and they’ll be running around playing, having fun, and maybe swimming in the pool, so they’ll build up an appetite. Here are some easy and kid-friendly foods to serve up at your mermaid birthday party. Be sure to include a little sign to indicate each food’s relevance to the theme.
Goldfish crackers (gold fish)
Star shaped finger sandwiches (starfish)
Pretzel rods (drift wood with sea salt)
Macaroni and cheese with shell pasta (shells and cheese)
Treasure chest full of chocolate coins or candy
Popsicles for summer party
Sandwich cookies with pearl inside (oysters)
Sliced apples shaped like fish or stars
White candy coated chocolate balls (pearls)
Hot dog octopuses
White chocolate seashells
Veggies and dip: carrot sticks (crab legs) and cucumber slices (sea cucumber)
For the drinks get some crazy straws with mermaid accents.
Get a special stand for cupcakes or cookies.
Have cold water labeled as “fresh water” and some blue fruit punch labeled as “ocean water.” You can also have a jug full of iced tea labeled as “lake water.”
Along with festive food, you can also get mermaid themed plates, napkins and cups.
The main colors associated with mermaids are blue, green, teal, and purple. Keep that in mind for balloons, banners, streamers, and table cloths, and remember to make things sparkle!
Everything should be under-the-sea related. Decorate the food and drink table and the present table with fishnet and add some shells.
Have a birthday banner with the birthday child’s name on it, or just the words “happy birthday”.
Get a big inflatable shell float for the pool. It is perfect for lounging on or for a backdrop for photos.
Have lots of bubbles for the kids. Get some bubble wands that make really big bubbles, which is always fun for little ones. Even I can’t resist giant bubbles!
You can get bubble machines that look like marine animals to better fit the occasion.
A sandbox is a good way to channel beach vibes while also providing something fun for the kids. For a fun game, bury little objects in the sand and have the kids dig to find treasure with little shovels. Place some seashells in it as well.
For a summer party, have water activities such as a kiddie pool, sprinklers, slip n slide, or if you have an actual pool, that is perfect! A pool is part-decoration and part-activity. You can take fun pictures with the pool as a glistening blue background. Or just take pictures while posing on pool floats. Even better if you have mermaid tails! *Mermaid tails are intended for children who are strong swimmers, and adult supervision is a must.
You can’t have a party without music! Here is a list of music to match the mermaid/under the sea theme.
Little mermaid songs
Theme songs of Mako Mermaids and H20
Somewhere over the rainbow, Israel Kamakawiwoʻole cover
Pirates who don’t do anything
Somewhere beyond the sea
Ocean waves sounds
Underwater photoshoot- Get an underwater camera. It can be the disposable kind that you print photos at the pharmacy or a digital one like a go pro. Kids love posing for pictures and filming themselves underwater. It creates unique souvenirs and tons of fun in the pool. Don’t forget at least one pair of goggles, so it is easier to aim at your subject for underwater photos. Here are a few challenges for the best photos underwater: Try to smile while showing your teeth, open your eyes, don’t blow bubbles to hide your face, do an underwater dance or lip sync, keep your hair outside of your face, sink to the bottom of the pool. It is a fun challenge to try and capture the perfect shot.
Photo station- Get an ocean backdrop and have little photo props and accessories like hats, masks, and crowns. Have someone there to take pictures of the kids as they have fun posing while all dressed up. Take nice pictures with big smiles, or make some silly faces!
Mermaid hair/braids- Learn some different braids to try out on each other. French and fishtail braids are great looks. There are many video tutorials you can find on Youtube. Add mermaid hair accessories to complete the mermaid look. For more on mermaid hair check out our article on that topic.
You could also get colored hairspray or hair chalk in pink, blue, purple, and green and have kids get colorful mermaid hair.
Mermaid karaoke- Buy or rent a karaoke machine to have the kids sing songs. They could learn how to sing the Little Mermaid songs. The Pearl Princess from Barbie has great songs to sing along and dance to. Check out the song Mermaid Party.
Facepainter/mermaid makeover- You can hire someone or try your hand at face painting to give the kids makeovers to look more like mermaids.
Mermaid temporary tattoos- temporary tattoos are a great activity. An adult could apply them, or have children apply them for each other.
Here are some great craft ideas
Games are always a fun addition to any party. Some games can be just for fun, but you can also include prizes.
Plastic diamond rings
Here are some fun mermaid party games!
Walk the plank- This game would work for a pirate aspect of the party, if you decide to go that route. Set up a board on top of cinder blocks and have a tarp underneath with water on it. Make little shark fins that will stick up and have kids walk across it like a balance beam. You could also set the plank up to go overtop of a kiddie pool.
Guess how many shells- Get a fishbowl full of shells and have slips of paper so the kids can write down their name and their guess, which would go in a separate container. Kids can add their guesses at any time during the party. At the end of the party see who has the closest guess and give them a prize, or they could win the jar of shells.
Pool games- There are many fun games to be played in the pool. Try having swim races, playing beach volleyball, and marco polo. Other activities include practicing tricks like underwater backflips and handstands, swimming through hula hoops, jumping off the diving board in creative ways, and throwing pool toys to the bottom of the pool and having to swim down and collect as many as possible.
Treasure hunt- Hide things all around the yard and give each kid a checklist. They have to try to find as many things as they can.
Musical chairs- Play musical chairs and use songs from the music list mentioned earlier. Have a circle of chairs with just one less than the number of kids. While the music is playing they walk around the chairs and when the music stops they have to quickly try to sit in a chair. Whoever doesn’t get one is out. Make sure to take away a chair each time someone is eliminated. Last person to get a chair wins!
Freeze dance- Turn on some music and have a little dance party. Have someone tend the music and every thirty seconds they pause the music. The kids have to stop dancing when the music stops and try to stay still as a statue. If they move before the music starts again, they are eliminated.
Pinata- Get a mermaid tail or fish pinata from your local party store, find one online, or make your own. Fill it with candy necklaces, chocolate coins, Swedish Fish, and Sixlets (a candy that looks like pearls). Kids take turns hitting it to break it open. Make sure before the kids start smashing at the pinata that everyone is well out of the way. Give them each a little baggy so they can collect their candy when it breaks.