Mermaid Shark Party Decor
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Our twins recently turned five. And prior to the big day, for about a few months, I knew we would want to throw them a big party. I was probably just as excited at they were because it was marking a moment in time to where we made 5-years!
I remember their first birthday party which we also hosted at our house. It was Mickey and Mouse theme and I created my own Balloon Art for the party to greet our guests as they came in the door.
So for the big five, I wanted to do something as equally fun and cool all the same time. The only problem is that our twins are a boy and a girl. And they do not like the same things.
So what’s a mama to do right?
Well, after some thought, I had the idea of throwing a barnyard party, with a full-on petting zoo in the back yard. But in the middle of summer – that just seemed too hot!
Our kiddos love swimming and I wanted to incorporate swimming into the theme somehow. Thinking of things that were water-related, I landed on Mermaids and Sharks!
Perfect! My son love sharks, and my daughter mermaids! So a joint Mermaid Shark Party theme came about.
Now, all I had to do was plan it. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it is at no additional cost to you)! Read my full disclosure here.
Planning A Mermaid Shark Party
I started planning long before school was out for the Summer. About two-three weeks before the party I started ordering my decorations.
Yes, I ordered most of them. I am crafty, but this is one time, I did not craft every single decoration. And in case, you would like to create the same party for yourself or children, I am highlighting the decorations I found and used.
The good news is that most of them came from the Amazon Handmade section and even Etsy.
Mermaid Shark Invitations
First on the list was the invitation. In the past, I have ordered invitations from online and I have also made my own. This time around I decided to go with an Etsy shop Owner called Funny Bunny. Her graphic design work is really good, and she had a few designs that had the look I was going for.
Once the invitations were ordered it was time to get busy on everything else. Food, Decorations and Games of course for a bunch of 5 years old and their parents.
Mermaid Shark Party Decorations
In our home we decoration the Kitchen nook areas for any one-day celebration such as birthdays. It is the central area in our home and it is usually the place most people gather around. We take our pictures in this spot.
I apologize for the dark photo. Live photography is not my greatest strength.
Since both Sharks and Mermaids are water creatures, I was able to pull in a mix of blue shades for both. Then I added the red for the Shark side and the pink and purple for the Mermaid side.
I saw a few ideas on Pinterest before I came up with this backdrop idea. You can see how I easily pulled in the inspirations from these other Mermaid and Shark parties.
I purchased plastic table cloths to act as the fabric backdrop along with the balloons.
And I purchased the balloons and tissue paper balls along with the felt glitter banner all from this one kit. I was really happy with how it turned out. It really made throwing this together super easy.
Creating Mermaid Scales
Paper plates to create the mermaid scales on the wall. I hot glued the plates in a single row first times three rows and then hot glued all three rows together. Once I had my entire piece put together I then thumb tacked them into place on my wall.
For the Shark side, I purchased a net form the Dollar Tree and placed a balloon shark inside the net to look like the shark was caught in the net.
I was really impressed with this kit because it had the felt cutouts that I could use as a banner or place in different locations. For the balloons, I blew them up using a hand pump and then thumbed tacked them to the top of each section.
For the shark side, I did the same thing using a kit. I can’t tell you how many compliments I got on the decorations. These kits make it really simple. I also added two mylar balloons. One large shark and one large mermaid.
You can easily get these from a local balloon store, but I found it was easier to order them, and get the small helium tank from Walmart to blow them up along with a few other balloons we tied off outside.
Mermaid Shark Party Food
For the party food I went a little DIY on. Once again, I didn’t recreate the wheel for this. I went to Pinterest, my favorite place for ideas to see what others had done.
My kiddos love pizza, so we did order pizza as the main food item, but I also filled in with pre-party snacks and treats to have out for people to snack on.
My mom actually hand-cut this watermelon into a shark head and used two olives as eyes. It was super cute and everyone loved it!
I also created some tuna fish sandwiches and called them “crabwiches” for people to have an option over pizza.
People thought they were super cute! I hot glued googly eyes, to a few toothpicks and placed them on the top few sandwiches.
Then I laid out a ton of other snacks like pretzels, carrot sticks, Cheetos, veggies chips and even some mac n cheese. The display was super cute and the night before, I got the idea to label everything in a Mermaid Shark Party theme name.
Looking back, I should have made some cute labels on my computer, but I ran out of time.
Mermaid Shark Party Games & Fun
Lastly, for the fun part of the party, our guests had the option to of course swim in the pool or slide down a giant double blow up waterslide. I rented the slide from a local party rentals company, and it was a blast!
The kids slide down that slide for hours! And they slept so good that night!
The waterslide was an ocean wave slide which was perfect for both Mermaids and Sharks. I even slid down the slide myself a few times!
Turning 5 Years Old
Of course, after everyone ate and enjoyed some of the water activities, we sang Happy Birthday to our twins and cut the cake and passed out ice cream.
I order two of the same cakes with ocean waves colors on the cakes and used these toppers to personalize the cakes. I loved how simple and easy this was, plus also very affordable without having an over-elaborate cake and expense that goes with along with it.
Here is the same Shark Cake Topper I used for the Shark Cake. And the Mermaid Cake topper.
The mermaid cake topper also included cupcake toppers which were perfect, because I picked up some additional cupcakes and placed these toppers right into them the morning of the party. It couldn’t have been easier.
And they really enjoyed the party!!
Mermaid Shark Party Favors
Lastly, as the party started to wind down, our guests were able to pick up party favors on their way out. I ordered mermaid dolls for the girls, and shark squirters for the boys.
They loved them! We also passed out treat bags to guests, both kids and parents to fill up a loot bag of goodies to take home. I special ordered mermaid and shark cookies from a local friend who bakes some of the best cookies.
I even had to hold a few out for my self for later because they were so good!
Celebrating our twins turning 5 was a huge success and lots of fun. This party was super fun to create and put together. Hopefully, I have inspired you to create your own Mermaid Shark Birthday Party.
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