This Ariel-inspired mermaid birthday party is one of the most lovely girls’ parties I’ve ever seen! It was styled and photographed by the very talented Hana of The MomTog Diaries and Feathered Nest Photographie. Hana says, “My daughter Halle picked this year’s theme even before we celebrated last year’s birthday… she’s a little overzealous when it comes to her birthday, lol! With the help of a little Pinterest inspiration mixed with some ideas of my own I was able to create an enchanting tablescape perfect for my Ariel loving princess. I wanted this party to give a nod to the famous under-the-sea princess (hence the “dinglehopper” and spoon detail) without screaming ARIEL everywhere (no themed cups and plates here). I chose a soft color palette in varying shades of aqua and coral to help tie everything together. Halle loved everything about her day!!”

Ariel-inspired mermaid birthday party

I love how sophisticated-yet-girlie the food table looks! The pale aqua ruffled backdrop hints at the sea, and the neutral fabric and lace tablecloths are a nod to the sand.

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The ruffled backdrop is a shower curtain from Bed Bath Store (Hana says, “at $19.99, it was much cheaper than the same style curtain at Urban Outfitters, which was $79!”). The party poms are from Pom Pom Sale. And the “dinglehopper” and spoon displayed in candlesticks are the most charming detail!

Ruffled cake pops for a mermaid party

The ombre blue ruffle cake pops and starfish sugar cookies were made by Frances of Peace Love Flour. Hana says, “They were moist, sweet and delicious! Frances got the cake pops and cookies spot-on to what I requested. If you’re near Greensboro, NC and need a special treat you should definitely check out all she has to offer!”

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The stunning ombre petal cake was made by a family friend, Rachel. (Hana says, “Rachel doesn’t have a baking business but I bet she would do well if she ever did!” – I definitely agree!!)

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The sequin crowns were a dollar bin find at JoAnn’s. The photo banner was a last-minute addition to the decor – Hana says, “I threw that together at the last minute because I totally forgot to make it. Good thing it was an easy project!”

Sea glass candies for a mermaid birthday party

The sea glass candy was homemade using this recipe.

Starfish Rice Krispie treats for a mermaid birthday party

Rice Krispie starfish are an easy and true-to-the-theme treat! The Ariel rings were from Target. I love how they look presented in a milk glass serving piece! It was filled with raw sugar crystals that look like sand.

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Each guest made their own “pearl” necklace from gumballs and ribbons. Hana says, “I made sure to pre-drill the holes using a skewer, and I pre-cut the ribbon lengths to make assembly easier. I also attached a toothpick to one end of each ribbon strand to make it easy to thread the ribbon through the ‘pearls.'”

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The face painter was a huge hit with the girls!

Mermaid birthday party - a phone call from Ariel!

During the party, Halle got a surprise phone call from Ariel! Hana says, “Ariel called and sang songs to her and chatted with her about her party. Halle couldn’t believe it!!”

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Hana says, “Ariel sent 3 signed photos for Halle as well as a special tiara which I presented to her at the party! It was magical indeed! (Notice the “dinglehopper” photo stand… it’s a $2 antique store find!)”

Ariel-inspired mermaid birthday party

What an absolutely stunning party!! Thank you so much for sharing, Hana! Happy 7th birthday to Halle! : )

Photography – Feathered Nest Photographie, Greensboro area, NC
Cake – Rachel Fleming
Ruffle cake pops and starfish cookies – Peace Love Flour, Greensboro, NC
Ruffled shower curtain used as a backdrop – Bed Bath Store
Party poms – Pom Pom Sale
Sequined crowns – JoAnn’s
Sea glass candy – Homemade using this recipe. Or try this recipe.

Mermaid theme party paper goods & printables from Chickabug

Shop for personalized Mermaid party paper goods and printables here.
Or, check out more Mermaid party ideas on Pinterest or here on my blog!


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  1. 1
    Friday, March 22nd, 2013 at 12:01 pm
    Mindy says:
    That cake is gorgeous (not to mention by a non professional!?) and what a perfect Joann's $1 bin find!!
    • 1.1
      Friday, March 22nd, 2013 at 9:23 pm
      Heather says:
      Yes! She REALLY needs to go into business, don't you think?!
  2. 2
    Friday, March 22nd, 2013 at 8:48 pm
    Lisa @hoopla palooza says:
    oh this is GORGEOUS! is this 40 something yr.old too old to have an Ariel party?
    • 2.1
      Friday, March 22nd, 2013 at 9:23 pm
      Heather says:
      Um - heck no!! Not one like this! ; )
  3. 3
    Saturday, May 25th, 2013 at 5:35 pm
    Cecelia says:
    I'm planning to make the sea glass candy for my granddaughter's mermaid birthday party using the recipe you referred to. How did you get yours to have what appear to be more rounded edges, and truly looks like beautiful sea glass?!
    • 3.1
      Monday, May 27th, 2013 at 8:39 am
      Heather says:
      Hi Cecelia! I didn't make the candy that's shown in the party, someone else did. But, I do have an alternate recipe posted on my blog: http://www.chickabug.com/blog/2012/08/how-to-make-sea-glass-candy.html
      • 3.1.1
        Thursday, May 30th, 2013 at 7:31 am
        Cecelia says:
        Thank you Heather...what a beautiful party!!
  4. 4
    Monday, September 23rd, 2013 at 12:13 am
    Beth says:
    LOVE LOVE LOVE this party! Where did you find the shell bowl and the other white dishes? Thanks for posting this party, you've given some great ideas! Thank yoU!
    • 4.1
      Monday, September 23rd, 2013 at 11:35 am
      Heather says:
      Hi Beth! I'm not sure where Hana found those specific bowls but you can usually find similar products at stores like Home Goods! : )
  5. 5
    Saturday, October 12th, 2013 at 11:41 pm
    Vanessa A Coulter says:
    Absolutely GORGEOUS!This is one of the best Birthday party designs I have ever seen. You have a true talent. Love the picture frame idea. Would make great Christmas gift idea.
    • 5.1
      Monday, October 14th, 2013 at 12:30 pm
      Heather says:
      Hi Vanessa! All praise goes to Hana of The MomTog Diaries. She conceived the idea for this party and executed it perfectly. I'm sure she'd be touched by your kind praise. Thank you! : )
  6. 6
    Saturday, October 26th, 2013 at 1:24 am
    Monica says:
    Hi:) this party was beautiful! How did u get signed pics from Ariel n the phone call?
    I'm having a little mermaid party for my daughter in dec. would love to add that to her special day!!:)
    Also do u have any thoughts about boy things being added to this party theme.. I'm having trouble with
    this concept?:-/ thks!
    • 6.1
      Saturday, October 26th, 2013 at 8:55 am
      Heather says:
      Hi Monica! I'm sorry, I don't know how Halle's mom arranged the phone call or pictures from Ariel.
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    Sunday, December 1st, 2013 at 4:59 pm
    Courtney Andrews says:
    I couldn't find the Ariel rings at Target but I love them, any idea where in Target they would be? Or another store maybe? Party Fair didn't have them. Thank you!
    • 7.1
      Sunday, December 1st, 2013 at 5:47 pm
      Heather says:
      No, I'm sorry, I have no idea where to find these rings. I wish I could be of more help!
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    Friday, January 17th, 2014 at 1:57 pm
    Caren says:
    The spoon and fork in the candlesticks is genius! I may have to steal that idea! It is the small touches that really set apart a fantastic landscape. Great job!
    • 8.1
      Saturday, January 18th, 2014 at 3:13 pm
      Heather says:
      Hi Caren! I'm happy you like it! All credit goes to Hana. She's amazing at getting the little things right! : )
  9. 9
    Saturday, April 19th, 2014 at 6:08 pm
    Marie says:
    Beautiful party! What kind of fabric did you use for the tablecloth? I've been going back and forth whether to do a linen, burlap, or organza for our upcoming party. Love your ideas!
    • 9.1
      Monday, April 21st, 2014 at 9:34 am
      Heather says:
      Hi Marie! I believe it's linen with a lace overlay.
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    Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 12:52 am
    Francesca says:
    Beautiful!!!! Any ideas on what to get for the boys coming to the party?
    • 10.1
      Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 9:29 am
      Heather says:
      Hi Francesca! You could always incorporate some ideas from a pirate party! : )
  11. 11
    Saturday, May 17th, 2014 at 5:58 pm
    Tiffanie says:
    Sorry if I missed it but where's the coral reef from on the cake?
    • 11.1
      Monday, May 19th, 2014 at 9:28 am
      Heather says:
      Hi Tiffanie! The cake was homemade by a friend of Halle's Mom, Rachel Fleming.
  12. 12
    Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 at 5:22 am
    marifer says:
    Hello, I could tell where I can buy the ariel rings
    • 12.1
      Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 at 10:04 am
      Heather says:
      Hi! They were from Target.
  13. 13
    Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 at 2:31 pm
    Jenny says:
    Oh my goodness! As a kid, Ariel was my favorite. I would have loved this party. So many special, thoughtful details!
  14. 14
    Thursday, June 9th, 2016 at 1:52 am
    Ruby Lopez says:
    Everything so gorgeous i would like to know where to find those little mermaid toys !
    • 14.1
      Thursday, June 9th, 2016 at 10:07 am
      Heather says:
      I'm sorry, I don't know where they're from!
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    Sunday, July 31st, 2016 at 6:32 pm
    eveline says:
    Hello. This is beautiful. I am wondering if you're selling the ruffle curtain. I went to Bed Bath Store you referenced but it doesn't have that mint green. It has another green. I'm wondering if it's the same you bough and just looks different becuase of the lighting. Kindly let me know. I appreciate it. Thanks.
    • 15.1
      Monday, August 1st, 2016 at 8:56 am
      Heather says:
      Hi Eveline! Sorry, I don't sell curtains. It's been a few years since this party happened so it wouldn't be surprising if that exact curtain is no longer available, unfortunately.