Life is the Bubbles when you have a Mermaid Party!

The following is a post that I first wrote for the blog I founded: Picturing Disney
 My stepgirls and I made a whole lot of awesome under-the-sea-ness for their Uncle's girlfriend's baby shower!
Pictured above, is another great recipes me and the girls tried for one of their birthdays! It's so easy! Make some rice krispy treats, cut them into stars and while they are still gooey, coat them with crushed graham crackers! Add some fun candy eyes and boom! Don't miss the post below for more easy and adorable!

 Like most people party planning, when we found out we would be throwing a baby shower for my sister-in-law my tween daughter and I took it to Pinterest for some pinspiration! We nearly immediately decided on a mermaid theme! We pinned our hearts out and here is the result! 

Fisherman's netting is sold in most craft stores and paired with some color themed balloons made a great backdrop for our main table (used for food and favors
I took some of the netting, cut and glued it around mason jars, and then wrapped the tops with hemp (also hot glued on). Then I made tiny signs for forks (dinglehoppers), knives (whosits) and spoons (whatsits).
My daughter painted a mermaid with no scale details on her tail for the guest book. We put it out on our main table with ink and wipes so people could "sign in".  It filled her tail with beautiful scales and was a great keepsake for mama.
Party favors were mini bubbles. I tied a card on them with a beautiful image I found on Pinterest that says "We got no troubles, life is the bubbles under the sea" on one side, and on the other I put the date and shower information. I printed everything on card stock and tied the bubbles on with hemp.
Another awesome Pinterest find was this easy to make octopus! We decorated the living room (where gifting was planned) with under the sea touches like this. All we needed was a balloon, some cardstock, and pink streamers. We also used constructions paper to make fish swimming around the room (below) and green ribbon and streamers and twisted them up by the fireplace to create seaweed!
For our cake we had a small layer cake and some cupcakes. I followed this recipe for the turtles and my daughter found the cute crabbies on, but of course, Pinterest.
We also had sugar cookies (not pictures) with 5 sliced almonds placed on top to look like sand dollars and these little clams which only required Nilla Wafers, icing, and candy eyes to create!

Party Playlist
To the Sea - Jack Johnson
For the Summer - Ray Lamontagne
Pink Moon - Nick Drake
Kiss the Girl - The Little Mermaid
God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
A Drop in the Ocean - Ron Pope
Wonderful World - Iz
How Far I'll Go - Moana
Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride - Lilo & Stitch
Lava Theme - Lava
High Tide or Low Tide - Ben Harper
Bubble Toes - Jack Johnson
Bubbly - Colbie Caillat
Chasing the Sun - Hilary Duff
Sunshine - Matt Costa
Part of Your World - The Little Mermaid
Wouldn't it be Nice - The Beach Boys
Knee Deep - Zac Brown Band
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
That's How You Know - Enchanted
Under the Sea - The Little Mermaid