Hands up who has a daughter who loves Disney's Ariel and wants a mermaid birthday party. Yes I know! Who doesn't? Long-time Bondville reader Donna created a dream mermaid party for her daughter Tora's 5th birthday, featuring beloved Ariel with a colourful red, green, blue and purple colour palette. Read on for lots of tips and tricks from Donna, who made nearly everything herself.
Party: My eldest daughter, Tora's 5th Birthday Party
Organised by: Mum Donna
Location: Wodonga VIC
Theme: Mermaid. Tora chose her theme and requested I make her a mermaid outfit.
Cake: I am the kind of mum who just HAS to make my children's birthday cakes myself. For me, it's the start and finish of all birthday party celebrations. It means so much to me to be able to create what my girls wish for. I started a week before the party, creating all the little figures and the mermaid tail on the Ariel doll. It was so much fun and I was really happy with the end result. The cake itself was layered with green and chocolate brown layers inside. The true delight of all though was when Tora saw the cake all pieced together... she said, "Oh Mum, you are so amazing to make that for me." That's all I needed.
Party food: I created the mermaid fin vanilla cupcakes using a mould from a playdough kit. It was really a whale fin, but i think I got away with it. The vanilla cupcake recipe came from taste.com.au.
Decorations: Treasure chest filled with treasure. I bought the chest raw from Spotlight and then went to work covering it with gorgeous paper. I was really happy with the final result. I filled it with stones and shells from my wedding treasure box, playful jewellery and chocolate coins. The girls each had a turn at choosing a necklace and a ring from the chest to dress up in whilst at the party. They absolutely loved this idea and so did I.
Birthday Girl Wears: Outfit made by me, no pattern BUT a lot of patience. I saw something similar on the internet once and thought "sure, I could do that if I tried". The top kept falling down over the course of the party but Tora loved it and never complained. Three of Tora's friends had their mermaid outfits made by a family member and it was amazing how similar they were to the one I created for Tora. They had the same sparkly fabric but each had their own colour....I should have made straps for Tora's mermaid top like the other girls had as it kept it from falling down. Tora was so excited that her friends had the same sparkly fabric as she did. It was such a fluke that they had a different colour each. Fabric sourced from Spotlight. The headband Tora wore was also made by me, she requested a starfish on it so I created one out of felt. I loved it. It also acted as the blindfold for Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Mermaid game.
Thank you so much Donna for sharing Tora's birthday with us - what a special day that I know she will remember forever.
Images: Donna Bosch for Bondville