Thursday, March 8, 2018

DIY Mermaid Birthday Party Decor and Mermaid Birthday Cake Tutorial

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In our family, the day after Christmas begins the season of birthdays. We have about a total of 8 birthdays in 5 weeks. It's pure craziness. I had 5 birthday parties in a matter of 2 weeks alone, thus being, January is pretty nuts for me. :) I shared with you the Unicorn birthday party a few weeks ago. Today, I'm sharing with you a Mermaid or Under The Sea party. I went more along the mermaid lines, but my daughter really wanted an under the sea party, so I threw in some other things to make her happy. In general, I think they all work together and she loved it all. 

First off, let's talk about the cake. I made two similar cakes, about 5 days apart....I don't suggest ever doing this unless you are making money doing it :) lol
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 Technically, my intention was to do both of them like the first picture, but mommy/stress brain won and I totally forgot to make it domed shape for the first party. But, I do love how both of them turned out. 
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I'm just going to do a quick walk through of how I made the mermaid tail cake from the first picture. I used two boxed cake mixes. One placed in an 8 inch spring form pan and the other in a barbie dress mold...essentially shaped like a dome. You'll notice in one of the pictures below that I had somewhat of a cavern from the dome mold and filled that up with blue sixlets for a surprise middle. I then used some buttercream frosting for in between the two cakes. I shaped the bottom layer to the continuing angle of the dome. 
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 I then did a crumb coat on the outside with buttercream.
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 I cut out two mermaid tales on my Silhouette. You can find these in the Silhouette store. One is on glitter card stock, the other is just normal craft paper. If I did it again, I would do both on the glitter card stock. 
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 I then taped two sticks onto the back of the glitter card stock.
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 Then glued the other piece to the back.
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 I trimmed the bottom part a little to make it look good on the top of the cake and staked it in there.
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 I then used a marshmallow fondant recipe I have had for years (you can find these all over pinterest), and made 4 colors of 1 inch circles. I made about the same amount of pink, white and green and just few purples for accent.
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 I then started from the top by the tale and randomly filled in the cake with the circles.
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 When I got to the bottom, some circles were going to have to be cut to fit and it left a hot looking mess.
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 So, using a star tip and the buttercream, I just piped some frosting along the bottom edge to finish it off.
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 Here's a picture of the inside with the sixlets. 
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And the complete cake again. This is one of those cakes that you'll want to make the day before the party so you actually get a chance to enjoy all your hard work for more than just 20 minutes :) ...trust me, I've learned my lesson on that. 
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 And for the rest of the party decor and food. Here's the tablescape. 
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 I used a decorative net as my table runner and placed sea glass flat marbles all over it. 
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 I decorated the wall with mint streamers and balloon 'bubbles' on the ceiling line. The artwork says "Mermaid kiss and starfish wishes" which I found from Hobby Lobby. They actually had a lot of mermaid type decor. It was great!
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On the wall, I also made a giant mermaid tail out of tissue pom pom balls. I just taped these right up on the wall in between the water 'streamers'.
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DIY mermaid birthday party and decorating ideas. DIY under the sea birthday party and decorating ideas. DIY mermaid cake, mermaid tail cake.

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 For the favor bags, I went simple and used white gift bags and tied mint and pink ribbons on them. I knew there were going to be a few boys at the party, so I just did their's with mint. I should have taken a picture of the loot, but didn't. I used bracelets, rings, necklaces, fake colored clip-in braids, and nail polish in the girls. And for the boys, I went simpler and did bubbles and cars.
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 I was also going for a bubble theme with the favor table with the white lanterns if you didn't guess that already :) 
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 Now for the other food. I tend to go way overboard when it comes to food. My husband advised me to calm it down this time around. I went pretty simple and was so thankful that I did. These "clams" are made with vanilla wafers, store bought frosting colored purple, and edible pearls. I used a 1M tip on the frosting to create this look.
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 To go along with the under the sea them, I added fishies swimming in water...aka blue Jelly Bellies.
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 I wanted to put carrots out to try to be healthy :) So, I just called them coral...cuz, why not? :)
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 And I skewered green grapes onto white lollipop sticks to create "kelp".
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 As for the beverage. This party I used sparkling lemonade 'sea water'. This was a party full of kids and I could only image what my white house would look like had I given 15 kids blue water. :) lol. But, in my defense, during the first party that had mainly adults I used blue Hawaiian punch for this. But in truth, doesn't the lemonade resemble the murky sea water better anyway? Gross, but #true. :)
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 As for the rest of the decor, I always decorate my island and place the utensils, plates and cups on it. I also put a quote on my board that says "Always be yourself, unless you can be a mermaid". 
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My husband says I go overboard for decorating...but I just love the kids faces when they wake up and see all of it. It's the best! Plus, I would say I am not so bad, I've seen some crazy parties out there in blogland :) I hope a few of these ideas have helped inspired your next mermaid birthday party ..or under the sea birthday party :) 

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2 comments:

  1. Incredible! I love the idea you had made almost two similar mermaid tail cakes. You are really very talented.

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  2. Aww! What a sweet mom you are. This cake is so pretty. Looks to pretty to cut/eat. I love this theme, and the way you used different foods to create the rest of tge sea world, and most of its inhabitants. Excellent job! Simple, yet beautiful, appealing, and I am sure very yummy.

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