Monday, April 29, 2013

Little Mermaid Birthday Party!

Honey Pot is turning three this week! Although I would have sworn that she would choose Sofia the First as her party theme, she shocked us all and chose Ariel, The Little Mermaid, despite only seeing it once very long ago. It's definitely a favorite for all of us, so I went with it.

I had to quickly send out invitations before I had chosen my party colors. So I just chose a simple design (with a pretty bokah background) and created it in Photoshop Elements. I sent them digitally again, to save on printing and stamps!

I found an adorable Ariel dress on Etsy, and it arrived just in time for the party. It comes from this lovely shop. I'm in love with it, and I know Honey Pot is too. She will wear it all spring and summer, I'm sure!

We also bought a Flounder shirt for Little M&M from Etsy. However, it didn't arrive on time. I'll post pics below once it does and we've gotten a proper photo shoot.

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Here are some pics from the photo shoot I did of the kids on Honey Pot's actual birthday. Little M&M's shirt came customized with his name under it, so please excuse the poor editing to remove it!

Photo Display
You always need one or more photos to celebrate the birthday kid! I went with something a little dramatic this year. I had seen this image from Martha Stewart and decided to make a giant number too! Er, three! LOL. Photos range from birth to present day...some of Honey Pots most memorable moments. I just loved reminiscing!

Remember the Elmo wreath I made for Honey Pot's second birthday party? I cut the red yarn off and made a simple blue wreath for the Little Mermaid party. I used stickers. Just a little something to hang on the front door so people knew where the party was!

Beverage Station - Ursula's Cauldron
I made this sign and matted it to display on the beverage bar. Partial quote from the movie! Also please note the beautiful straws that I finally splurged on. These particular ones came from They were a little too large for the cups I bought from Party City, so we cut them with a super sharp Shun knife. The display stand came in a pack of three for $1 at the Dollar Tree. Love these.

My husband created the streamer backdrop at the bar. They go all the way to the ceiling. Love how it came out! Also, I found the idea for the blue punch bowl at Apartment Therapy. All week we were making fishy ice cubes and then I didn't even get a good picture of them in the punch! Gah! See the link above to see what it looked like though. Cute fish!

And in addition to the "Sea Water" punch and the variety of rums, I wanted a few water bottles as a beverage option too. So I made some quick custom labels in Photoshop Elements for those.

Party Games for the Adults
Since we just moved to a new town, we had just a family party this year. And there were far more adults than kids. So I tried to gear some of the fun toward the adults this time. First, I had a shell guessing game. I called it Scuttle's Seashell Collection. The guests had to guess how many seashells were in the jar. Before the end of the party, I looked through the answers and revealed the correct number. The winner got a prize!

The second game offered was what I called Ariel's Pop Quiz. I know many of the guests are fans of the movie, and so we had some fun trivia questions for them to answer. It was twenty questions. It was fun to watch everyone so hard at work throughout the party. And I could see how much fun they all had with it too, trying to recall some of the little details from the movie. Toward the end of the party, everyone swapped pages and graded them. The person who had the most correct answers won a prize.

Here is what the winner of each game won: a gift card to They let you upload your own image too!

Food Table
The party began at 2PM. We didn't do dinner until 6 PM or so (we had a BBQ: cheeseburgers and hot dogs, potato salad and BBQ chips) so we offered a variety of munchies until then. Here is my Party City stash of matching table settings.

Most of the following clever food ideas came from a party at a blog called Bachmanville, with the exception of the shark teeth which came from Delia Creates and the blue seafoam dip which came from Allee Willis. Party planning is a hobby of mine. So as you can see, I do my research!

Flounder's Fish Craft
I offered one fun craft for the kids to do during the party. I called it Flounder's Fish Craft. I made up this sign and hung it near the outdoor kid picnic table, which held all the supplies.

Here are some of the kids hard at work! First they painted a sheet of bubble wrap, then they chose a fish cutout and pressed it against the bubble wrap. Lift and voila! They had created colorful scaled fish! Once they dried, we glued on a googly eye (or 2 or 4, as some of the kids wanted to do!) and hung it on our seaweed wall nearby.

Here is the final product. I am SO in love with how this craft came out!

Making their best fish faces!

Pretending to be sharks!

And finally up from his nap to join the party, Little M&M!

Sebastian's Sand Search
Also from Bachmanville came the idea for a sand hunt. It is called Sebastian's Sand Search. Here is the sign I made.

We filled a bucket with play sand (about $3.50 a bag from Lowes!). And we hid 34 sea creature figures inside (purchased from This game was a huge hit! And thank goodness we had such beautiful weather.

All the kids (and even some adults!) got really into this.

A few were hard to find; and actually, there are still five creatures missing in there somewhere!

I made some cupcakes for dessert. It was just a plain white cake, but I divided the batter into three sections and tinted them in gradient shades of blue. I don't have a picture of them though! D'oh! Also, I created the cupcake toppers in Photoshop Elements.

Honey Pot enjoyed the frosting. Only.

Sand dollar cookies made simply from a Pillsbury Sugar Cookie dough and slivered almonds. The idea came from a blog called Completely Coastal. These were yummy! Wish I had made more, and displayed them on crushed graham cracker crumbs. Would have been a marvelous display!

Cookie Pops! I make these at every party and everyone always raves about them. Just swap the party colors as needed. Though I have made them in the shape of Elmo (see that here) and Minnie Mouse. Displayed on a cake pop stand that I treated myself to last year from Cake Pops Stands on Etsy.

Goody Bags
I love putting together goody bags! All items must be relevant in some way to the party. I included a custom Go Fish game that I made with Little Mermaid characters, a mermaid shimmer box of crayons (the boy guests received and ocean one), bubbles with a custom label and a bag of Swedish Fish. I almost made homemade crayons using my ice cube tray (a craft I have been itching to do with Honey Pot) but apparently it destroys the tray and I wasn't willing to part with it yet.

Close-up of the bubble wrappers.

Close-up of the Go Fish cards. There were four of each of course.

Thanks for checking out our Little Mermaid party!! We had a blast!

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Friday, April 19, 2013


Theme: Spring
Honey Pot is 2 years and 11 months old


We have a couple of libraries very close to our new home! We went to the smaller of these, and it was quite nice. Looking forward to exploring the bigger one before our next unit. Apparently it’s pretty amazing. Since we are still learning our way around, we only borrowed three springy books this week, and combined them with three from our own collection. What a refreshing group of stories! Springtime, you were long overdue!

Do-A-Dot Art

We began our unit with this simple activity. The printables came from a great Spring Pack from 3 Dinosaurs. Honey Pot had no trouble with these, and seemed to really enjoy getting back into craft mode! She completed two of these. First a butterfly:

Then a blue flower.


Sponge Prints

In my tot school stash I have a group of sponges in various shapes, purchased from the Dollar Tree. I thought we could create a pretty spring picture with these and hang it up all season long. I taped two pieces of cardstock together, and got out a few springy colors of paint. Then I showed Honey Pot where we should put the green rectangle stems.

Then I asked her to stamp some flowers on top of those stems. We used the circle sponge in addition to the flower sponge.

Love how this came out. And we have it hanging right above the kitchen sink.


This is another printable from the 3 Dinosaurs Spring Pack. We haven’t done too much of this type of thing yet. Honey Pot had a bit of difficulty understanding which picture should come next. I'd say she got about half of them right by herself. But I think it was a successful introduction to this concept. 

Flower Path

Here is another printable we found in the 3 Dinosaurs pack. Honey Pot and I just loved this activity! First I asked her to follow the pink flowers with her finger.

Then she picked up a crayon, and followed the path again.

It’s hard to see here, but she actually did pretty great. This is great writing practice. We’ll definitely be doing more of these!

Button Flower Math

I found this neat idea on Pinterest, originating from a blog called Sixty Second Parent. I drew some flower stems on a piece of printer paper, and wrote the numbers 1-6 along them. Then I supplied Honey Pot with a bunch of buttons from my old scrap booking stash. I asked her to identify the numbers, one at a time, and place that many buttons atop the stems. She had fun with this!

Being silly!

She counted as she added each button. But with number six, she had to go back and make sure she had enough!

The final product. Great number review!

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