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Charlie’s Mermaid 2nd Birthday Party


Last year's Carnival 1st Birthday was a huge hit but the San Diego sun practically melted all of our guests so this year we decided to take our celebration (or "Shell-ebration") to the pool and since our Charlie is a fan of "The Little Mermaid" we felt like a Mermaid party was the perfect theme to celebrate our little one turning 2!

Design Inspiration

Cool blues and light purples were colors I have never used for my daughters' parties (it's usually pink!) so I really wanted to do something I hadn't done before.

Decorating Style

I like to do it BIG while staying on a budget! I DIY everything I can to achieve the vision I dreamed up yet I make sure to use what I have or opt for cheaper materials so I don't break the bank.

Project Details

  • Invitation: I browsed Pinterest for weeks and saw many different styles I liked but I wanted something different and I ended up creating something I really ended up loving which I tried to carry through with some of the other details in the party.
  • Decor: I have a huge stash of streamers at home and I knew that that would be the cheapest way to get the backdrop style I wanted. I used different shades of blue (Spritz brand Turquoise & Light Blue from Target and another shade of Light Blue from Party City), Lavender, and Light Pink. I cut shimmer circles taped to fishing line to make "bubbles". I traced and cut out the silhouette of the mermaid on posterboard then painted it using watercolors. On the dessert table, I made sure to have a treasure chest (found it at a Goodwill store & will reuse for an upcoming party) which had toy rings, necklaces, and pirate eye patches for the kids + candy coins and rolos. For added umph I splurged on a $7.99 Betta fish & fish bowl…it wasn't necessary but I was able to gift the fish to my mom since she wanted a new fish anyway.
  • Dessert table/desserts: I mostly used things I already owned or borrowed from friends to fit all the desserts I wanted to serve. I love cooking & baking so I baked the cupcakes and cake, made the jello cups, dipped the marshmallows, and made edible seashells from a mold. The ombre cake was decorated by my friend who has more experience with icing cakes. The other desserts were Krispy Kreme, Vons cookies, pecan tarts (made by a friend), Madeleines from Costco, and candy.
  • To go bags & sticker labels: I made seashell sticker labels for the baggies so our guests could take home desserts. I also put stickers on sunblock for our guests to use before they swam.
  • Chalkboard: I have chalkboards I made from plywood which hang in my house and sometimes use for parties. On Charlie's actual birthday, I wrote out a greeting for Charlie just to take her picture on her birthday at home then realized it would go great on the sunblock/floaties/drink table.

Favorite Items

I really love how the entire dessert table came out. I was worried that the cinder block wall would be hard to work with…but nothing some clear command hooks and fishing line couldn't fix! ;)


I used to stare at BEAUTIFUL, elaborate parties and think "I could never do that! It is way too expensive to pull off something like that!" Don't think you can't -- because you CAN! I learn to do things myself and I am very happy with the outcome! Plus everyone enjoyed the food, the desserts, the pool, they loved the decor and Charlie had the time of her life.


Saturday 18th of August 2018

Can you tell me where you found the mermaid cut out? I have been searching and can’t find it anywhere!

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Sunday 17th of January 2016

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Tuesday 16th of September 2014

[…] Charlie’s Mermaid 2nd Birthday Party by Jenny Sabrina, of Project Nursery, says, “While mermaid-themed parties are a popular choice because of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” there is always an original spin to each celebration. I love the DIY spirit that went into planning this beautiful under the sea setting.” […]


Thursday 4th of September 2014

Adorable! I like all your parties. Your baptism was one of my inspiration parties for my daughter's birthday.


Thursday 4th of September 2014

Thank you, Kate! I'm glad you found some inspiration here..hope you had a wonderful celebration for your daughter!