Mermaid tails, sand and bubbles make for a fantastic shellabration (the first of many under the sea puns...sorry not sorry) fit for any little girl, baby sprinkle or bridal shower. Party planning can sometimes get a little overwhelming if you feel the I-don't want-this-party-to-be-a-#pinterestfail pressure mounting on top of the normal busyness day to day life can bring. So get your clam shell bra and flipper ready, because this is going to be a party prep breeze with easy DIYs and even a genius party supply rental box that does the decor work for you!
I know it sounds awful, but I have a really hard time doing parties with popular characters in the theme. I mean, I have done them before and have no ill opinions towards them, I just love to be creative and make something my own. I feel like you can do things simply without going overboard. For this party, I combined my own creativity in making the desserts plus the help of Ship Party Return for this fin-tastic affair.
no-fail, pinterest worthy party in a box
I may just still be a little baffled by the amazingness that exists in the genius idea of Ship Party Return. I know, that was a bit over descriptive, but for real, genius in a box. Here's the idea...pick a party theme (or customize), get a box full of decor and tableware, party, send back. Mind. Blown. I told the gals of Ship Party Return that I loved everything about their unicorn themed box, but really needed to make my mini mermaid float-in-the-bubbles happy. They came through big time with one of their custom boxes for me and we are officially BFFs !
What came in this custom box? Banners galore with pom poms, mermaid scales and Ella's name(a keep sake in the plus pack). You can't forget netting, a sparkly sequin table runner, clear acrylic tiered cupcake stand, and starfish to set the tablescape waves. The box arrives with a return label, so all you have to do is drop off at a UPS location by the date they provide on your box info sheet.
There's more though...all the dinnerware is included for 12, 24 or 48 people. You keep those of course, but it includes dinner plates, dessert plates, napkins, cups, forks and cupcake toppers. In the plus pack, you get a personalized invitation, straws and a few extra added detail goodies. Ship Party Return is pure genius as it saves you time and money that you can spend on other party details plus saves you your party planning sanity. Plus packages run 139.00 and basic packages run 69.00. Here's some additional themes: Unicorn, Whimsical Woodlands, Pineapple & Palms, Donut Shoppe and more.
diy party favor
A make ahead DIY favor the kids loved, were these bobby pins. I bought some gold bobby pins from Target and then used a hot glue gun to attach these cute mermaid, sea creature and sparkly heart buttons. I put them inside a mini treasure box from a craft store and filled with pearl necklaces, chocolate coins shells to match the details.
cake & cupcakes
Before I had all my munchkins, I used to decorate cakes for fun. I was a little rusty with this one because it's been a hot minute, but went for it anyways! I used fondant for the mermaid tail, twisting together the purple and green colors I mixed, and then covered a shaped piece of cake for form. The reef-like drips are colored chocolate morsels melted down and applied in layers. Depending on the look you're going for, you can also use a drip icing or silky ganache. Extra details: clams made of Nilla Wafers and pearl gum balls, brown sugar sand, cake-filled pearl with silver dust and under the sea chocolate bark (DIY info below).
under the sea chocolate bark
This under the sea chocolate bark really pulled everything together with it's sparkly whimsy, but coral-like feel. From start to finish, it took about 20 minutes, but the most time was spent melting the chocolate.
For one cookie sheet sized portion, I got two bags of white chocolate for the base. Once melted, poured, and spread out, I warmed the other colors in the microwave. Important: this is only recommended for certain chocolate brands as chocolate is super heat sensitive and can burn easily. You may have to use a double boiler method if microwaving isn't an option. I added the bright colors in little spoonfuls and then used the same spoon to drag and swirl the colors. You want to try to do this below surface level as it will allow for the colors to be seen on the sides once you make your broken pieces.
Must. Have. Sprinkles. I think this is a pre-requisite to making this. It adds dimension, sparkle and extra sass to this treat. We bought a combination pack with pearls and sprinkles and thenone extra bottle with larger, colorful pearls. If your chocolate starts to settle quickly, you may need to grab a toothpick to help press items down into the bark more so they hold their place when dry.
I let the chocolate bark settle over night to ensure when ready to break the pieces it would do so crisply. Instead of taking a hammer to it (which may have been fun), I just used my hands to control the angles it broke. I knew I wanted some triangular shapes to stand tall on the cake, so guided it to do so, but I love how all the shapes are varied. Side note: don't forget you're handling chocolate, so keep your movements quick to avoid any unwanted finger prints that would be added to the decor.
So the moral of this mermaid filled story, is you can have your clams and eat them too minus the have-to-be-Pinterest-perfect pressure. With the help of Ship Party Return, the big stuff is handled and you can focus on other parts that you enjoy and may normally be too much added to the to do list.
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