Our family's love of the beach was a big inspiration for our daughter's mermaid themed first birthday. I began gathering items and ideas soon after she was born (discovering Pinterest was a big help).
The menu had an "under the sea" theme including sushi rolls (ham sandwiches), stuffed shells (sausage pastry shells), octopus dip (hummus with octopus bell pepper), goldfish, and low country shrimp boil for the adults.
Activities included "Atlantis" - a pack n play and play mat with sea creature baby toys and "Mermaid Bubble School" - bubble solution in the party colors with different bubble blowing tools
Party favors were small sand pails, bubbles and pipe cleaners to make your own bubble wand
Pink and white chevron and beach love inspired our theme and menu.
preppy, traditional, vintage
Banners, cupcake toppers, etc - m. elizabeth design
Chevron Fabric - FabricsfromIndia
Poms - PomLove
Mermaid Birthday Shirt - West Point Stitches
Invites - andersruff
1 birthday pinata - jenloveskev
Printables - macadoodle designs
Cake, cupcakes - family friend
I love the pink and white chevron fabric and plan to use it for pillows after the party. I also loved the cake and cupcakes (made by a family friend).
Start planning and gathering early. Leave yourself plenty of time for DIY. Search the web for best prices on party supplies, utensils, etc.