When you have children that are five years apart but their birthdays are only one day apart (June 28 and June 29) you have to put on your thinking cap to come up not only with a theme that can be used for a little boy and girl but also one that will work with a five year age difference. I wanted to make the party memorable for my six year old daughter who now had to share her family birthday parties with her new little brother but also wanted to add some special touches for my one year old. Then it hit me, we would have an under the sea extravaganza with a focus on mermaids for my daughter and pirates for my son. It was magical and so much fun to plan!
I wanted people to literally feel like they were under the sea when they entered our house and then when they were outside feel like they were on a pirate ship. I think the pictures speak volumes when bringing this idea to life.
My decorating style is elaborate yet resourceful. I try to make all of my own decorations, shop at the dollar stores and use items that I already have around the house.
Custom Cake Creations in Stow, OH created the darling mermaid and pirate ship cakes as well as the adorable pirate smash cake.
All of the balloons for the seaweed and bubbles were purchased from Oriental Trading.
The plastic fish and the tablecloths used for the water and waves were from RSVP Food and Party Supply.
My cake inspiration came from a cake I saw on Pinterest, but at my daughter's request we decided to do two separate cakes instead of one tiered cake.
The pirate ship mast was created out of PVC pipe using instructions found on Pinterest.
The beach towels used for the mermaid towels under the pirate ship mast were from Target and purchased on clearance.
The fishing net and plastic buckets turned upside down for cake stands were from the Dollar Tree.
The high chair birthday banner was made from an existing pirate banner at Hobby Lobby and then taken apart and pieced together with ribbon to match the overall theme of the party. The number one on the banner is a mailbox sticker purchased at Lowe's. I also used scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby to accent my cake table as well as the birthday banner with pictures of my son from birth to 12 months.
Definitely the pirate ship mast with the mermaid towels underneath it.
Start planning early so you don't feel overwhelmed by all of your ideas! You can also follow my Kids Party Ideas board on Pinterest for other party ideas that I have done over the years.