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Mermaid Party Party

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Mermaid Party Decorations
Mermaid Party Decorations
To make the party room should feel like an underwater paradise choose decorations in blue, green and every color in between. Hang the streamers from the ceiling for the under-the-sea look and drape gossamer in shades of blue from the walls and ceiling to simulate waves of water. Clear helium-filled balloons can be attached to furniture with fishing line to look like floating bubbles.

Blue, green, pink and gold are lovely colors for tableware, or find cups, plates and napkins with under-the-sea characters and designs. For the centerpiece try mylar balloons weighed down with stuffed or plastic animals or even mermaid Barbies. Liven up the rest of the room with plastic, stuffed, or inflatable creatures from the sea like fish, crabs, sea horses, dolphins, turtles and octopi. They can be strewn about the ocean floor or even hung from the ceiling to appear to be swimming.

If you'd like a wonderful way to make the party feel magical from the start, consider renting a bubble machine and placing it by the entrance. The girls can even join in blowing bubbles with bubble wands every time a new guest arrives!

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Mermaid Party Activities
Mermaid Party Activities
Everyone knows a mermaid's favorite activity is collecting treasures from the bottom of the sea. You can have a simple hunt for buried loot by burying plastic gems, beads and jewels, gold-covered chocolate coins and other trinkets in a sandbox or kiddie pool.

For a fun variation, let the mermaids fish for their treasure. Hang shimmery blue fabric across the lower half of a doorway to represent water, and have someone hide behind with treasure to hand out. Make a fishing pole from string, a stick and a clothespin at the end. When the girls toss the line into the water, the person behind attaches a small prize!

If you'd like to hold "Mermaid Races," have the girls climb in long pillow cases or bags up to their waists and see who can be the first to crawl and squirm across the floor to get the crown. Other fun games include "Pin the Tail on the Dolphin" and "Mermaid Limbo." For the latter, make a limbo stick from a cardboard tube or broomstick wrapped with streamers and flowers. Play festive calypso music and have two adults hold the stick as the girls line up to see how low they can go.

If you're an artist (or know one who will help out) paint a life-sized mermaid on foam core, with a cut-out circle just large enough for the girls to poke their faces through. The girls will love having their pictures taken as mermaids!

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Mermaid Party Crafts
Mermaid Party Crafts
Art projects are always a constructive and fun activity to keep your party guests busy. Try cutting fish and other sea creature shapes from construction paper before the party, for the girls to decorate with paints, marker and glitter. When they’re finished you can even hang them from the ceiling to add to the under the sea decorations.

Another fun activity is to make underwater paintings. Have your guests draw pictures in white crayon on white paper, then paint the paper with light blue water colors. The paint won’t stick to the white crayon, and the scene will look as if it’s under water.

Your mermaid princesses will love to decorate their own crowns and tiaras with glitter, markers and crayons. Cut the tiaras strips of poster board ahead of time, making sure they’re long enough to fit around their foreheads with room to spare. This is a good crafting activity to do early in the day so the girls can wear them throughout the party. Or, embellish a picture frame with glitter, plastic gems, sticker and paint. If you’ve taken pictures of your guests posing as mermaids, print them out before the party is over. Now you have a picture for the frame!

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