I am always so excited to feature client parties! I don’t care if the photos aren’t professional quality. I just care that I’ve been able to help a busy mom pull off the birthday party she has in her mind. This is the third time I’ve been honored to help Angie plan a party for one of her children.


Angie came to me with the idea of an “under the sea” party for sweet Violet. (You can see Violet’s first birthday “flower fairy party” here).


I was able to help Angie with a Custom Party Plan. The plan helped Angie narrow down her ideas and build a cohesive style for the party. We also worked together on plans for decorations, food, activities and a day of the party schedule.


One of the most fun parts of creating a Custom Party Plan is that I get to pretend shop for the party! I always have a blast helping Angie chose a printables designer, sweet treats and decor items. (Don’t you love how the fondant on the cake matches the Anders Ruff party printables?)


The dessert table featured oyster cookies (inspired by these found on Pinterest), mini sugar cookies, cupcakes topped with ocean critters by Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe, gumballs and candy covered chocolates that resembled pearls, salt water taffy, and of course the cake. Angie had each guest fill a popcorn box with goodies from the table before they departed.



Angie says, “The highlight of the decor was definitely the paper plate ocean! I tied fishing line around the mermaid and hung her from a hook on the wall, so it would look as if she was swimming in the sea.” I found the mermaid on vacation at one of my favorite shops: Nuance Living. See my tutorial for making the paper plate backdrop here.


Angie says, “Our little mermaid loved her “Under the Sea” themed birthday celebration! She spent most of her time splashing around in the wading pools we had set up outside. In addition to the wading pools, we had a Slip ‘n Slide, a sprinkler, two giant inflatable sea creatures, and water balloons.”



Angie says, “When children arrived, we gave each a sand pail filled with sunglasses, shark tooth candy necklaces, fish-shaped ring pops, and various under the sea ‘treasure chest finds’ such as beads and plastic coins.”


Decorations inside included jellyfish and goldfish made from paper lanterns and ocean-colored streamers with cupcake liner “barnacles” framing the patio door entryway.



Vendor Credits

Cake: Carl’s Cakes
Mini Cookies: A Cookie Jar (Etsy)
Octopus Cupcake Toppers: Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe (Etsy)
Crab toppers: Sugar and Stripes Co. (Etsy)
Violet’s outfit (you only see the top because she refused to wear the rest) Too Cute Designs By Jeanette
Printables: Anders Ruff
Large inflatable whale and sea turtle: Oriental Trading

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