This weekend my family and friends sailed away and celebrated my little brother's, girlfriend's 21st birthday party. She is the epitome of the saltiest mermaid so naturally my love of mermaid themed things meshed perfectly well with creating a fun, shipwrecked mermaid theme party. I used old frames I refinished with gold spray paint to put the signs in and created the scale look by tracing a jar top and cutting circles out of construction paper, layering, and gluing together. I used foam board from the dollar tree as the hard base for the scales which helped the sign stay firm inside the frame. I have recently fell in love with using poster board with my Cricut machine because it comes off of the grip board cleanly and doesn't curl or rip like construction paper, or even some card stock, tend to do. I draped fishing net around the corners to give it a "shipwrecked" look and added fun giant sunglasses for cute photo opts.
I used poster board for all the wording, even the Happy Birthday glued onto cake dowels, which stayed upright all day. I found this over sized margarita glass from Target in the dollar section and printed "Mermaid Drank" on outdoor vinyl and placed it in the middle of the cup. Of course no 21st birthday party is complete without a delicious bottle of champagne and strawberries!
The star of the party was definitely the beautiful mermaid crown made by my oh-so-talented mother shown in the second photo above. She is sooo creative and inspiring to me she seriously keeps me motivated to create things everyday. She followed this super simple DIY and tweaked it a little to her own liking. You can follow the DIY here. Definitely make sure the base crown is flexible because the shells do make it rather heavy and if the crown doesn't stretch around the head to fit firmly it may not stay on very well. This special little baby even came in her own box my mom found at a thrift shop and screwed drawer handles into! How creative right?! It's the box shown in the first picture behind the bottle of champagne.
Our cutie-patootie birthday girl in her adorable off the shoulder top from Forever 21! It comes in pink too! I'm looking to get it this week it's so perfect for summer. She paired it with tan wide leg linen pants which went seamlessly with the beachy/mermaid theme!
Mekayla's (the birthday girl) friends made her that SUPER cute mermaid body from cardboard and glitter construction paper to make her sign with the "21 challenges" she had to complete the night she turned 21! She wore it around her neck all night while she checked off each challenge when it was completed. Next to it is the theme of the sail away, "MerKayla's Hot Mess Express" sign which moved throughout the boat at least 5 times over the course of the weekend. And to top off the girly feel of all mermaid all the time, another crew member created the fun garland that we strung throughout the salon and the galley. She used tissue and tulle, folded, cut into strips, and tied with twine to create the string of party decor. It went perfectly with the purples and blues with pops of pink I used in the signs! This is the only picture I got of the inside with the garland, say hello to Logan the morning after party time!
All girls love a good fruit platter so make sure you have a lot of fruit for the morning after party to have a healthy recoup! And there you have it! If you need to plan a mermaid party and don't have a lot of free time then consider these items of decor and tidbits of suggestions for food and favors. And as always, make sure you take lots of pictures! Life is the bubbles when you turn 21 this way! :)