It seems that the mermaid theme is a popular one amongst five year old girls! With Immy’s birthday falling in the height of summer on this side of the world, I thought her chosen theme of mermaids would work well from a water play activity perspective – providing lots of fun to keep the kids cool whilst also wearing them out 😉
As I shared in Friday’s post, the party planning got a little out of control thanks to the visually inspiring smorgasboard of Pinterest and probably the most time consuming element of preparation was the sewing of eleven mermaid (and merman) tails from bath towels, after all what is a mermaid party without tails??? As the guests arrived they were invited to choose a tail which they were welcome to take home to keep.
When it came to the water based activities, the star of the show was the bouncy castle water slide…
We also included a paddle pool with water play toys and a clam shell with sea animal figurines.
The trampoline, cubby house and sandpit were also put to good use, a benefit of partying at home.
If they got tired of splashing about, the mermaids were welcome to visit the nail painting salon at their leisure,
or to get munching at the lolly and cereal threading station. A game of pass the parcel rounded out the activities for the afternoon.
The swim up buffet was watched over by Sally the shark (the party food will be featured in a follow up post soon).
And Ariel made a star appearance thanks to a very talented kindy Mum (the inspiration for which was found on Instagram thanks to Olivia’s Kitchen – for those based in Adelaide, be sure to check out Olivia’s marvellous cake creations).
Our mermaid and merman guests each swam home with a beach bucket and spade and a few party trinkets (lollipop, a few lollies, curly straw and balloon), labelled with a spray painted mussel shell that I wrote on with permanent marker pen.
And just like that, weeks of planning and preparation were over in the blink of an eye as our big girl celebrated turning five!