13 Ways to Have the Most Amazing Mermaid Party Ever + a Crazy Cute Mermaid Cupcake Recipe!

Looking for the perfect birthday party idea for little girls? Check out all the must-haves for the ultimate mermaid party, including a delicious mermaid cupcake recipe!

So your daughter comes up to you and says “mom, I want to have a mermaid party.” If you’re anything like me, you immediately think “a what party?” I mean, what happened to the days of easy-peasy Superhero parties? Sure, they weren’t the most original events, but hey, at least they didn’t require a whole lot of thought! Now it’s all unicorns and mermaids, glitter and glow parties.  Don’t get me wrong, I love original themes, but let’s be honest, they definitely require a bit more planning on our parts!

Fortunately for me (and for you), I happen to be pretty good at planning parties! Not “I’m going to make a living as an event coordinator” good, but I do love brainstorming party ideas! The great thing about a mermaid party: it’s perfect for kids of all ages, all the way up to teens and maybe even adults who are kids at heart. Let’s check out everything you need to make your party a smashing success, including one incredibly tasty mermaid cupcake recipe (with a handy-dandy printable recipe card)!

How to Throw the Most Amazing Mermaid Party Ever

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Looking for the perfect birthday party idea for little girls? Check out all the must-haves for the ultimate mermaid party, including a delicious mermaid cupcake recipe! Decorations

Decorations pretty much make or break a party theme, but that doesn’t mean you have to go crazy or spend a fortune. For mermaid party decorations, think about your child’s age. If you’re throwing a party for a very young child, you might want to go with a brighter, more cartoony style. Think Disney’s The Little Mermaid. For older kids, teens, and adults look to the ocean for inspiration. Subtle beachy colors mixed with shimmering pearls and a few bright splashes of coral can really bring together the theme. Check out a few of my favorite mermaid decor ideas!

Balloons

Use different shades of blue balloons to create an ocean feel for your mermaid party. Create one accent wall or put them everywhere for an under the sea feeling! I am crazy in love with the jellyfish look in the picture above!  You can also place balloons in nets for a fun look. Use pearl balloons to create a mermaid feel. Once the balloons are inflated, place them inside of a net and drape the net on the wall. Add starfish or fish cutouts to complete the look.

Paper lanterns and ribbons for beautiful hanging decor

Paper lanterns in pastel colors with matching ribbons make for a simple but super pretty decoration to hang from the ceiling! The finished product will look like jellyfish, which you, of course, find in the ocean!

Personalized Water Labels

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Personalized water labels add both a fun touch to the decor and work as a party favor. Check out the details on how to make them over at Just Me. She also has an adorable free printable mermaid coloring sheet that you can give away in goodie bags.

Super simple beachscape table decor

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How darling is this idea? Just fill a glass vase (get a bunch at the dollar store) and fill it with sand and shells. You can add the other decorative elements or just leave them as is.


Party Games & Entertainment

No birthday party is complete without games! Check out a few fun mermaid party game ideas!

 Pin the tail on the mermaid

A perfect mermaid game to play at your party is “pin the tail on the mermaid.” You can easily find and print out a mermaid graphic to use, just search Google Images and choose your favorite. Make extras so you can cut out the tail. Amazon also has a Little Mermaid version that you can buy if you want to go the easier route.

Other theme-perfect mermaid party games include:

  • a mermaid race (like a sack race, but with mermaid tails!)
  • ocean-themed scavenger hunt
  • sand castle building contest (if you’re not having the party at a beach, you can bring in play sand)
  • musical islands (think musical chairs, except with large rocks or paper “islands” instead of actual chairs)


Mermaid Party Food

Food is the best part of a party, don’t you think? There are SO many directions you can go in with a mermaid party! Here are our favorite ideas (including our promised mermaid cupcake recipe).

 

 Ocean water drink

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Since mermaids live in the ocean, you’ll want to bring the beach to you! Create a fun drink called “Ocean Water.” To make this drink, you will need water, lemon-lime soda, coconut extract and blue food coloring. Mix together and you’ve got a fun and tasty drink! Another fan favorite, our Mermaid Mocktail for kids!

Rock candy as party favors

Rock candy can be purchased in all sorts of colors. For the sweetest party favors, rock candy can be used to portray coral. Light blues, pinks and purples fit in perfectly at a mermaid party.

Ocean-themed snack bar

Snack bars are a fun way to entertain your guests with food! Snacks such as goldfish, blue candy, fruit cut into stars, salt water taffy, and even pearl gumballs will fit perfectly into the assortment. You can provide your guests with mini-beach buckets to fill with their favorite foods.

Mermaid Cupcakes!!

Looking for the perfect birthday party idea for little girls? Check out all the must-haves for the ultimate mermaid party, including a delicious mermaid cupcake recipe!

Ready for that mermaid cupcake recipe we promised you? You’re going to love them! Don’t let all the ingredients and supplies scare you, they’re actually pretty easy to make! This recipe makes 24 cupcakes.


Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 ¾ C flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 C sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temp
  • 2 tsp
    vanilla bean paste
  • 1/2 C vegetable oil
  • 1/3 C whole milk, room temp
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Candy and decorations

  • 1 package of mini plastic forks
  • 1 package of edible pearls
  • 1 package of
    edible purple pearls
  • 1 package of edible pink pearls
  • 1 ocean life fondant molder (michaels)
  • 1 container of white fondant
  • 1 container of
    pink fondant
  • 1 container of teal fondant
  • 1 can of gold cake spray
  • 1 bag of
    green edible grass

Vanilla Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 C of unsalted butter (softened)
  • 4 C powder sugar
  • 4 TBSP heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 3 bowls
  • teal, sky blue gel coloring
  • 1 piping bag with a large star tip


MOLD FONDANT PIECES BEFORE YOU BAKE CUPCAKES

 

Cupcake Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line your cupcake pan with paper liners.
  • In a bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
  • Whisk well.
  • Set aside.
  • Now in a second bowl , mix together with your electric mixer sugar and eggs beating until well combined.
  • Add the oil, whole milk, and vanilla bean paste to another bowl, stir to mix.
  • Add this bowl of ingredients to the second bowl with sugar and eggs, again mixing well to combine.
  • Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients stirring just enough to blend all of the ingredients together.
  • Using a medium ice cream scoop fill each cupcake tin 2/3rds filled. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 minutes.
  • Remove cupcakes from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes.
  • Next transfer to a wire rack allowing them to cool completely.

Frosting the cupcakes:

  • Cream powder sugar, vanilla, and butter until mixture is light and creamy. If for some reason it doesn’t cream you can add a few drops of heavy whipping cream until it creams.
  • Test to see if the frosting can form and hold a stiff peak by getting a spoonful of frosting and turning the spoon upside down to see if the frosting stays on the spoon or falls off. If it stays on the spoon, you’re in good shape if not, add more powder sugar 1/4 cup at a time and mix well.
  • Once the frosting is ready split into 3 bowls
  • Add the teal color to one bowl
  • Add the sky blue color to the second bowl
  • Leave the 3rd bowl white
  • Using a spoon, scoop some teal frosting into 1/3 side of the frosting bag
  • Add the sky blue frosting to another 1/3 side
  • Add the white to the last 1/3 side
  • Twist the open end of the pastry bag and squeeze the frosting to the tip, Start at the outer edge of each cupcake moving in a circle inward to the center of the cupcake.

Decorating the cupcakes

  • Place the white shells onto a piece of paper and spray with the gold spray
  • take a pair of scissors and cut about 3-4 inches of the grass
  • place the grass into the center of the frosting
  • Place the fork on the right side of the grass
  • place some shells randomly onto the cupcakes
  • top the decorations off with some pearls

Looking for the perfect birthday party idea for little girls? Check out all the must-haves for the ultimate mermaid party, including a delicious mermaid cupcake recipe!

Print this recipe for later:

8 Must Haves for a Mermaid Birthday Party

  • Cupcake Ingredients:
  • 1 ¾ C flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 C sugar
  • 2 eggs (room temp)
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1/2 C vegetable oil
  • 1/3 C whole milk (room temp)
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Candy and decorations
  • 1 package of mini plastic forks
  • 1 package of edible pearls
  • 1 package of edible purple pearls
  • 1 package of edible pink pearls
  • 1 ocean life fondant molder (michaels)
  • 1 container of white fondant
  • 1 container of pink fondant
  • 1 container of teal fondant
  • 1 can of gold cake spray
  • 1 bag of green edible grass
  • Vanilla Frosting Ingredients:
  • 1 C of unsalted butter (softened)
  • 4 C powder sugar
  • 4 TBSP heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 3 bowls
  • teal (sky blue gel coloring)
  • 1 piping bag with a large star tip
  1. MOLD FONDANT PIECES BEFORE YOU BAKE CUPCAKES
  2. Cupcake Directions:
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Line your cupcake pan with paper liners.
  5. In a bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
  6. Whisk well.
  7. Set aside.
  8. Now in a second bowl , mix together with your electric mixer sugar and eggs beating until well combined.
  9. Add the oil, whole milk, and vanilla bean paste to another bowl, stir to mix.
  10. Add this bowl of ingredients to the second bowl with sugar and eggs, again mixing well to combine.
  11. Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients stirring just enough to blend all of the ingredients together.
  12. Using a medium ice cream scoop fill each cupcake tin 2/3rds filled. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 minutes.
  13. Remove cupcakes from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes.
  14. Next transfer to a wire rack allowing them to cool completely.
  15. Frosting the cupcakes:
  16. Cream powder sugar, vanilla, and butter until mixture is light and creamy. If for some reason it doesn’t cream you can add a few drops of heavy whipping cream until it creams.
  17. Test to see if the frosting can form and hold a stiff peak by getting a spoonful of frosting and turning the spoon upside down to see if the frosting stays on the spoon or falls off. If it stays on the spoon, you’re in good shape if not, add more powder sugar 1/4 cup at a time and mix well.
  18. Once the frosting is ready split into 3 bowls
  19. Add the teal color to one bowl
  20. Add the sky blue color to the second bowl
  21. Leave the 3rd bowl white
  22. Using a spoon, scoop some teal frosting into 1/3 side of the frosting bag
  23. Add the sky blue frosting to another 1/3 side
  24. Add the white to the last 1/3 side
  25. Twist the open end of the pastry bag and squeeze the frosting to the tip, Start at the outer edge of each cupcake moving in a circle inward to the center of the cupcake.
  26. Decorating the cupcakes
  27. Place the white shells onto a piece of paper and spray with the gold spray
  28. take a pair of scissors and cut about 3-4 inches of the grass
  29. place the grass into the center of the frosting
  30. Place the fork on the right side of the grass
  31. place some shells randomly onto the cupcakes
  32. top the decorations off with some pearls

 

Would you consider a mermaid birthday party? What other summer themes are fun and exciting this season?

6 thoughts on “13 Ways to Have the Most Amazing Mermaid Party Ever + a Crazy Cute Mermaid Cupcake Recipe!”

  1. Super cute ideas! I’m in love with the jellyfish lantern balloons. The shades of blue make me smile, and I’m sure any little girl would love to have this for their party!

  2. That would be the coolest party evah! It looks so beachy. That’s the type of party that I would like to throw. I like some of the crafts that you have for this set up. I really do like this.

  3. Aren’t these awesome! I think it’s great that mermaids are trending these days because I love them and so do my girls. I would love to have a party like this!

  4. Travel Blogger

    Oh my gosh! I would have loved a mermaid party when I was a kid! Those cupcakes are so cute. So many great ideas. My niece would love this.

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