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Old 07-01-2012, 05:45 PM   #1
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Ariel Birthday Party ideas

Hi Everyone. I am planning an Ariel themed birthday party for my DD. She is turning 4 the end of July and each year she chooses her theme. Luckily I made her a disney nut like me.

Her first birthday (obviously not her choice) was Winnie the Pooh, 2nd was Mickey Mouse and her third was the cinderella castle. I bought the Ariel cake pan from wilton but was wondering if anyone had other ideas to help put together a magical birthday for her. We've had a few years of money issues (who hasn't in this society?) and I would like to make her birthday extra special.
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:01 PM   #2
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We had an Ariel party for my niece when she was four. It was so much fun. We got "sea" colored tissue paper (blues, teals, etc) and taped them over the windows to make it look like under the see. Then we cut fish shapes from construction paper and hung them from the ceiling. We also took pink balloons and taped crepe paper streamers to them to make look like jelly fish and hung them from the ceiling. For games we had mermaid tail races. We tapes garbage bags around their waist and knee and had like a sack race - fun. We also had a treasure hunt with a treasure map and a pinata at the end.
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:52 PM   #3
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Those are such great ideas. Thanks!
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Old 07-01-2012, 07:02 PM   #4
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My DD's bday is in January, &, for her 7th bday, we had an "Ariel" themed bday party at an indoor pool. I couldn't do as much as I normally do for decorations, but we had the following items for food (in addition to an "Under the Sea" cake):

Fish-wiches - finger sandwiches w/ the bread cutout in fish shapes

Seashell Pasta Salad - I made a cold pasta salad using seashell pasta

Strawberry Mermaids - chocolate-dipped strawberries

Goldfish Crackers

Sea Salted Potato Chips

"Under the Sea" Cookies - Sugar Cookies in the shape of fish & other marine animals

I think there was something else (maybe veggies?), but I can't remember what exactly...

I decorated the tables w/ blue tablecloths & fish netting & some blue sparkly netting & situated various "Little Mermaid" characters in various places on the table. I also used light blue balloons, of course!
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Old 07-02-2012, 01:03 AM   #5
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Those are such great ideas. Thanks!
You're welcome - it was a really fun party.
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Old 07-02-2012, 01:06 AM   #6
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My DD's bday is in January, &, for her 7th bday, we had an "Ariel" themed bday party at an indoor pool. I couldn't do as much as I normally do for decorations, but we had the following items for food (in addition to an "Under the Sea" cake):

Fish-wiches - finger sandwiches w/ the bread cutout in fish shapes

Seashell Pasta Salad - I made a cold pasta salad using seashell pasta

Strawberry Mermaids - chocolate-dipped strawberries

Goldfish Crackers

Sea Salted Potato Chips

"Under the Sea" Cookies - Sugar Cookies in the shape of fish & other marine animals

I think there was something else (maybe veggies?), but I can't remember what exactly...

I decorated the tables w/ blue tablecloths & fish netting & some blue sparkly netting & situated various "Little Mermaid" characters in various places on the table. I also used light blue balloons, of course!
What fun food ideas!!
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:03 AM   #7
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I decorated the doorways by hanging crepe paper streamers in blue and green shades so it was kind of like walking in thru water. I also taped fish shapes to the streamers.

I like the pink balloons with crepe paper as jelly fish but I would fill the balloons with helium and let them hover around the room. You could even turn it into a game by writing a number or symbol on top that would be matched with a prize for the goody bags.

We also had an old fashioned fishing game by stringing a sheet across a doorway. The girls fished with a stck with a string and clip attached to the end. My husband hid behind the sheet and attached prizes. Everyone got something else for their goody bag but he threw in lots of silly things also.

For the goody bags I found some cheap little treasure chest shaped boxes at Oriental Trading Company and let the girls decorate them by gluing on lots of plastic rhinestones.

Have fun! It is a great party theme.
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http://www.yourchildrensbirthdaypart...-tail-cookies/

mermaid tail cookies!
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This cake was a huge hit at one of our water themed parties (can't remember if it was the Ariel year or just an underwater one)

http://spoonful.com/recipes/pail-of-sand-cake

I did the pudding instead of applesauce and found seashell candles at a craft store.
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:30 PM   #10
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That bucket of sand is a great idea. I remember making edible sand years ago. I think it's very similiar. Thanks for the great ideas everyone!
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You could make dingle-hoppers. Get some cheap forks and let the girls glue pretty rhinestones on them.
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Old 12-14-2012, 05:56 AM   #12
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Here are some pictures from my middle granddaughter's 3rd birthday Little Mermaid party.

Swim on in.



Here's the birthday girl.



We hung inexpensive plastic fish from the ceiling.



There were treasures to find in the sand.



My then 5 year old granddaughter wrote the poster of what the little girls were supposed to find.






The food.



Cake (made by my daughter) and ice cream.



The ice cream was served in mini sand pails.



For a craft activity, they made tropical themed picture frames.



Mermaid friends.



Treat bags.



This was all very simple to do, and the girls had a blast. Hope the pictures may have helped with some ideas. Have fun creating your party!
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