Monday, September 27, 2010

Kate Landers Events, LLC {Signature Party}: Mermaid Party

The newest signature party by Kate Landers Events, LLC: A Mystical Mermaid Party!

I am thrilled to share that this party officially debuted over on Layla Grayce (hop over now to view a great post and learn of your chance to win a $500 Kate Landers Events, LLC, custom party design!)!

{The Inspiration}

A lovely client requested a mystical mermaid party design the beginning of the summer, and it was an absolute joy coming up with the party design details for her daughters' (two!) birthday celebration. She wanted a non-traditional mermaid party; mythical, mystical and imaginative--a dream come true for me! I loved it so much, in fact, that I just had to re-create one of my own!

The images in this post are from a re-creation of the mystical mermaid party I designed for my client. It was photographed by the lovely Andrea of Open Shade Studios (can't say enough wonderful things about her--she is FABULOUS! I am thrilled to say she is now a preferred photographer on our Preferred Planner & Vendor List). *There are a few images of my own, which are noted as such, but are obvious in lack of quality from Andrea's amazing work!*

 You will see details from the original mystical mermaid party design I created for the client along with a few unique "Kate Landers" additions.

The color scheme is natural sand tones, mixed with white and soft coral pinks. At the client's request, accents of a "sea weed green" were used throughout--love that idea!

What is unique to this post is that throughout it you will find links to many of the designers and resources for products used in this party--you can order them direct for your own event!

{Our Mermaid Story}

There are several amazing stories about mermaids. In my research I learned that they are beautiful creatures, often with long flowing hair, and sing the sweetest songs that lure captains of large ships right over to them. Mermaids often sit high on rocks, and when the ships draw near, they crash into the large rocky masses under the water, and sink. The mermaids then swim down and steal whatever beautiful treasures they can find. Mermaids adore pearls, silver and other treasures from both land and sea.

Based on this one account of mermaids, I decided to create a mystical mermaid party that takes place on the ocean floor, where the mermaids  (guests) would gather amongst their greatest treasures they stole from sunken ships.

This party is indoors--let's face it, girls can love mermaids 12 months of the year, and can't choose when their birthday is! Therefore, I designed this mermaid party that is as beautiful in January as it is in July-- no matter what the weather may be where you live!

{The Invitation}

The client opted for one of my favorite mermaid invitation ideas, a glittered starfish wand with a custom printed tag attached with flowing ribbon!

                                                                  *image by Kate Landers

When you have a smaller guest list, a beautiful 3-D object like this is an option well-worth considering.

                                                                       *image by Kate Landers

The actual size of the attached invitation is smaller; for the purposes of showing up in photographs, I enlarged it! The invitations are available through custom order in our shoppe! Starfish wands available as well, please inquire.

                                                                      *image by Kate Landers

{Setting The Scene}

It was important to create an experience for the birthday girls and their guests to feel as if they were mermaids, and real sand seemed like the perfect thing to help create the proper environment! A large brown tarp {from Lowes} was placed on the floor, covered with 250 lbs of play box sand (when the party is over clean up is easier with the tarp, and you can refresh your own sand box, or donate to a local school or church playground). One of the activities was for the girls to find treasures in the sand (pearls, sand dollars, sea shells) to collect and use to adorn their own beautiful hair comb and mirror!)

                                                                      *image by Kate Landers

Check out these gorgeous felt mermaid party favors exclusively made for us by the lovely Miss Jane; each with hand stitched details and pearl accents, available by special order now, and soon to be in our shoppe!}

{Kids Table Design}

With all the sand, it was important the children got to feel it. I used a low-lying coffee table placed over the sand, and chair cushions allowed the mermaid guests to sit comfortably on the "ocean floor".

The table was set with a gorgeous ruffle edged burlap table runner, created by the incredibly talented Carolyn of Sweet Tea and Linen.


The burlap runner gives a sandy color and texture, and the ruffled ends create mermaid tails on either side of the table!

Speaking of mermaid tails, I can't get over the most precious ruffle trimmed white napkins {by Pom Pom At Home from Layla Grayce}.

They are spectacular... I folded and pressed them so they represented ruffled mermaid tails at each place setting.

Little glass bottles of soft pink and white sea glass (only to look at and hold under adult supervision!) were lined down the center of the table creating a beautiful sea-inspired centerpiece.

                                                                      *image by Kate Landers

Later, each guest could take home their own bottle as a party favor and use as a decoration in their room {bottles and sea glass both from Michaels}. Please note these are glass and are not toys; they require adult supervision at all times.

One of my all-time favorite home decoration staple: a pair of white "Dauphine" candlesticks by Rosanna, Inc, from Layla Grayce

They are absolutely stunning in real life--photos do NOT do them justice! They are tall so on a low-lying coffee table, I knew candles would be too much.

Therefore, I topped each candlestick with vintage ruffled milk glass saucers, each holding three petite sea anemone cupcakes {these spectacular coral sea anemone cupcake toppers, edible of course, were crafted by the incredibly talented Olga of Sweet Bouquet}.

Here's a "pelican's view" of the mermaid table!

Anyone who knows me and my events, understands that for me it is crucial to provide that experience for the guests. Therefore, I wanted to create something romantic, feminine, mystical and sea-inspired to create the illusion the girls were under water...beautiful ivory tulle was just the thing! Wedding tulle {wider} was draped from above...oh, and because I couldn't resist, a vintage-inspired chandelier was hung above the table to add more "Coastal Shabby Chic"-inspired charm and beauty. {tulle from JoAnn Fabrics}

Each place setting featured a "bubbled" vintage milk glass bowl on top of a ruffled vintage milk glass saucer. What about the menu? Shells (the pasta variety) and cheese, of course (No time to cook? I recommend the shells and cheese from Panera Bread)! We printed darling place cards at each setting {available through custom order!}.

You will also notice the darling child-size goblets.

                                                                     *image by Kate Landers

These are plastic, child-safe, and a new item soon available for purchase in our shoppe--I adore them!!

Mini starfish cookie wands were also at each place setting, tied in cellophane with a gorgeous raw silk cream and pink ribbon {these stunning cookie wands were hand crafted by Renee of  Bee's Knees Creative}.

                                                                   *image by Kate Landers

A bowl of pearls was on the table--pearls were used throughout the dessert table, part of a craft (decorating their own hair combs) and activity (searching in the sand for pearls, shells and other treasure), and as they are a beautiful adornment from the ocean itself, they had to be part of this mystical mermaid party! {pearls from Michaels and JoAnn Fabrics}

 Other activities included decorating handheld mirrors (Mermaids are said to love mirrors and their own reflections) with jewels (with an adhesive back), pin-the-tail-on-the-mermaid (felt game) and a game where the girls swim in their stomachs on the floor to the music, and when it stops they must stop--whoever doesn't stop on cue is out--continue to play until there is one swimmer left!

For entertainment, hiring a person trained to make extraordinary sea-creature balloon animals is fun for the little ones, and a singing coach to teach the mermaids to sing like sirens is better for the older ones.

{Mermaid Dessert Table}

The mermaid dessert table was specifically designed to feature sea-inspired desserts; the backdrop served as white ocean waves, and the burlap tablecloth made for an "ocean floor" base. These very neutral colors allowed the vivid corals in the desserts to pop, and allow the desserts to have a stage in which to really show off their beauty!

{Table Covering}

I knew I wanted a simple yet spectacular base, and a gorgeous gathered floor length burlap custom-made-to-order tablecloth, by none other than the amazing Carolyn of Sweet Tea and Linen, was perfect in every way.

                                                                  *image by Kate Landers

I am in love with this tablecloth, and will add it as a regular item of Shabby Chic-inspired decor to our home (and for other events, of course). It provided the texture and look of the sandy ocean floor, and tied in with the burlap table runner on the mermaid's table perfectly!

A chandelier over the dessert table adds a spectacular element, and when it is done in the same shade as the backdrop, it blends in as to not overpower the desserts, but still has a striking appearance.


I originally designed and created a backdrop of white ruffled muslin with hand-stitched loose ruffles for a whimsical look (very, very homemade!). Then, a much prettier idea was presented to me in August to use a ruffled shower curtain as a backdrop (via a facebook post by The TomKat Studio--thanks for the great inspiration Kim!), and I went on the hunt for a stunning *white* ruffled shower curtain.

 It was none other than the amazing Layla Grayce that had the most beautiful one I had ever seen! Much prettier than my hand-made muslin backdrop (and more even rows of ruffles, too!)! So I loosely pressed the layers and up it went to provide a feminine ruffled, Shabby Chic-inspired background for the dessert table, resembling beautiful waves of the ocean for all the mermaid guests to enjoy {On a personal note: I have a cozy white bathroom with white marble floors, white subway tiles, an old porcelain bathtub and pedestal sink--this shower curtain would be PERFECT!}

{The Cakes}

 The birthday cake was a simple, smooth white fondant cake with 3 spectacular hand crafted (and edible of course) sea "flower-inspired" anemones, in shades of white, pale pink and a soft coral pink {created by the amazing Sweet Petal Bakery}.

The base of the cake was adorned with a camel colored velvet ribbon. Below it, to give the cake more height, was another larger clear glass beaded cake stand, loaded with raw sugar "sand" and beautiful white and light pink sand dollars and sugared pearls.

My dream for this party was to have beautiful sea stars, anemones, urchins, and other beautiful things you might find on the ocean floor. One of the most spectacular of all of these desserts was the sea urchin cake.

 These phenomenal (edible) sea urchins were also hand crafted by the illustrious Sweet Petal Bakery , and made for a striking appearance (note: I did not make ensure the cake was strong enough to hold up these beauties, therefore the cake did "sink" inward!--lesson learned).

{The Desserts}

Raw sugar {by Domino Sugar} made perfect "sand", clear glass bead-rimmed containers {from Home Goods} served as vessels for most of the treats, and I tied raw silk ribbons {from The Paper Source} with generously streaming "tails" around some of the pieces for a whimsical, flowing look.  Sweet Petal Bakery also created these beautiful clam shells with sugared pearls!

Look at the spectacular detail!!!! I am in awe. These would be perfect on a cake or cupcakes, I just let them stand alone on sugar "sand" for effect.


These sweet pale pink octopus cupcke toppers, custom created by the amazing Two Sugar Babies, keep the dessert table child-friendly, and look sweet atop white frosted cupcakes in white ruffled baking cups.

I can't help but smile when I look at their darling faces, so precious these octopi are!

Beatuiful swirled pink and white chocolate dipped pretzel rods {by CocoaConfections} were whimsical beauties and delicious--they served as "sea spike" seashells, in gorgeous chocolate/cream and light pink/cream designs. Chocolate dipped pretzel rods by CocoaConfections really added perfect height to the dessert table.

The candy sea-glass was one of the desserts I was most excited about. I love sea glass (it is used in our home as decoration in clear glass apothecary jars), and the idea of "edible sea glass" astounded me.

This beautiful coral pink and caramel tan sea glass candy was beautifully created by Jessica of Nothing Bakes Like A ParrotI do recommend this as a dessert for the adults only (which is GREAT because dessert tables at children's parties I design are always enjoyed by parents as well, and it is terrific to have something just for them!).

Sea sponges have always been fascinating, and they come in so many varieties. These "sea sponge" sweets were created out of the most amazing melt-in-your-mouth handmade marshmallows by Asian Inspired Desserts and Cookies Baked by Fusion Sweets. These are the grasshopper ones (chocolate and mint, yummmm), which I dusted in extra powdered sugar, and added "bubbles/holes" by poking them with the wider and pointier edge of a toothpick. {Exclusive dessert feature later this week will show you how gorgeous they are BEFORE I turned them into "sponges"}.

Speaking of sponge-like sweets. These brown-butter madeleines by Sparkles Kitchen made perfect edible "scallop shells".

                                                                        *image by Kate Landers

The sweet aroma is delightful, and taste is lovely.

Pearlized white gumballs are a perfect traditional take-home sweet for this dessert table!

Mini sugared pearls were used all over the table, sprinkled about and mixed in with the raw sugar sand. They were served as "Turtle Eggs" (these are SOFT sugared pearls, be careful you know which you are serving!)

A huge hit are the stunning pearlized pink candy sea horse pops by Leslie's Likables {sweetleslie540} (complete with sugar pearl accents to match the party--these are spectacular in person!). I love Leslie's candy on sticks for height on a dessert table.

Leslie's Likables {sweetleslie540} also created a fabulous chocolate shell box {not featured} that makes a perfect party favor or cake topper.  In my case, I took all the amazing chocolate starfish, seashells and mini seahorses out of it, and served them as "Mermaid Delights"!

Here's a closer the colors, too!

                                                                  *image by Kate Landers

I always love old fashioned rock candy sticks, and the pale pink ones served as "geode crystals" for the mermaid dessert table. They always great texture and sparkle to a table!

You may be wondering what these next goodies are. They are bottles of vanilla cream soda, that I adorned with burlap and raw silk ribbons, creating "Siren Sips".

Sugar and cinnamon coated donut holes {Dunkin Donuts} make "Sandy Sweets".  This idea was inspired by one I saw on Save The Dake For Cupcakes (Thank you Tanya!)

A truly delicious and always popular dessert table treat are custom decorated sugar cookies.

These cookies by Bee's Knees Creative are above and beyond--taste is incredible, and they were all decorated to my specifications, turning into beautifull sand dollars, starfish, mini sea stars, scallop shells, and sea horses. Renee always creates the perfect cookies for me!

The stunning candlesticks were used here as well, with the anemone cupcakes (anemones/sea flowers by Olga of Sweet Bouquet), really bringing that splash of coral that pops against the white backdrop!

{Costumes and Birthday Attire}

As you know it is always important to me that the birthday child (or children in this case) and their guests wear something to help fuel their imagination and "become" a character. I created this mermaid tail skirt with a shiny caramel tulle, layered over a white vintage skirt, and completed with a "burlap" ribbon bow at the waist {burlap ribbon from Michaels; caramel shiny tulle from Jo-Ann Fabric Supplies}.

The tail trails the birthday girl (and of course, you can do these for each guest as well) in the back!

I was ecstatic to find this sweet tulle dress, which I adorned with a pale peachy-pink wide double-faced satin ribbon sash, which had a variety of my own vintage and custom tulle-and-pearl pins attached, perfect for the birthday girl to wear at the party (I love the mermaid tail to be used in the dress up chest long after)!

{Party Favors}

The glass bottles of sea glass, sweets from the dessert table, mermaid tails, starfish cookie wands, their sea-inspired hair combs and mirrors all serve as perfect party favors. I drilled holes into scallop shells, tied on personalized tags {available by custom order} and these are intended to be used in the guests' rooms as a catch-all for their favorite treasures on the night stand, or a paperweight on their desk!

And of course, their glittered starfish wands they were handed as invitations, may be one of the most coveted party favors of all!

Many thanks to Layla Grayce for featuring my Mermaid Party, and for all of the *AMAZING* Artisans, Designers, Stylists, Bakers and Retailers who helped create this party! You are truly inspirational in all that you do!!! I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to work with you.

Stay tuned for a special blog feature later this week, with *new images* and more details on each of the spectacular sea-inspired desserts and those who created them!

I am offering a spectacular giveaway over on Layla Grayce's blog, so if you wish for me to design your party (MUST be at LEAST 4 months away) please enter as per instructions on their blog!

I am ALSO offering a special giveaway here too, for a set of 8 custom starfish wands, and a burlap table runner like the beautiful one shown from this party!

 To enter, leave a comment on this blog post or my facebook page, letting me know what your favorite detail is from my mermaid party, and how you would use the items if you won!!!


Cari @ Socially Circled said...

You have done it again! This party is nothing short of amazing!! Simply phenomenal, Kate!

Carta Custom Designs said...

This is one of the most amazing and beautiful ideas! You are so gifted and inspire me to thing further on the parties I throw. Thank you!

Jennifer Birkhead said... have TAKEN MY BREATHE AWAY!! This is pure class and elegance and you have just reaffirmed why you are my to detail!!!!

remarker/fcffollower said...

My favorite element has to be the wonderful nametags you made for all the treats, though I love everything you did. It all looks magical.

I would use the wands as part of my decorating Christmas gifts. Would be wonderful. Not sure what the runner would be for but it's so versatile I'll find a use :)

CHS Creative Productions Blog said...

Absolutely gorgeous details!!! What a great take on a mermaid party, love it!

Brandi Brown said...

Beautiful, Kate! Well done, my friend. You almost made me want a girl! ;-) Brandi

Unknown said...

DITTO JENNIFER....I was sitting here o wow o wow!!!! This is definitely your calling! LOVE LOVE LOVE EVERYTHING!


Rach said...

So adorable! Love the soft natural elements.

Petite Marie said...

Adorable party Kate! I love the colors and the fine details! Also agree with Jennifer...pure class and elegance (I think that is really your signature!).

Liss said...

GORGEOUS! So elegant. I think I love the table decor and the edible sea glass. Just beautiful.

Kori Clark said...

KATE!!! Are you kidding me with this? AMAZING! I love every detail, you are truly remarkable at what you do and you prove it over and over again!

Kristen said...

Wow! I am speechless! Amazing! I love the dress! I want it for myself!

BarronFlores said...

Everything looked AMAZING! Love the soft colors, dainty and elegant.

Could use the burlap runner for a pirate party- either as a runner or may even use it as a banner backdrop - the wands wld be used for favors

Posh Little Parties said...

Truly amazing!! Every detail is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!!! You really outdid yourself!

the candy tree said...

Simply stunning! Every detail is just gorgeous...starting with the starfish wand invitations, through to the colour palette, the sand on the floor, the ruffled runner and napkins for the party table and the sea urchin cake and clams at the dessert table, and the dress ups are just gorgeous are amazing! x

Loralee Lewis said...

I absolutely love this. It is so beautiful.

star said...

This is one of the most beautiful parties I have ever seen! Everything is amazing, so detailed and super elegant!

Our Sweet Life said...

Wow! This is absolutely stunning! The Mermaid table is my favorite. The pearls, the burlap table runner, the sand, and the napkins! I would use the burlap table runner for holidays and birthday parties. The wands I would use as party favors at my little girls birthday in Nov.

Melissa C said...

This is one amazing birthday party! Love every little detail. The cupcakes are fantastic! WOW!

Gwynn @ Gwynn Wasson Designs said...

BREATHTAKING!! As usual your creativity for the details is beyond inspired and your eye for composition and innate sense of elegance guides this party to easily transcend the expected. Just superb!!

MomOnTheEdge said...

I am in love with the party favors, especially the sea glass. I can't believe how creative you are. This in one impressive party.

If I won, I'd use the starfish wands and table runner to have a tea party for my girls and a couple of their friends.

Pamela Smerker said...

Words can not begin to express how stunning this party is. WOW WOW WOW...picking my jaw up off the floor!

Tardevil said...

Wow! That's my kind of party! Makes me want to be a kid again! Love the wands and the seahorses! I've never seen pink sea glass, but that will be on my Michael's shopping list!

Jenni said...

Beautiful, Beautiful party!

sweet bambinos said...

I am speechless! Amazing, unique and beutiful! You are the best! Congratulations!

Unknown said...

completely over-the-top gorgeous. No detail missed. AMAZING!! My favorite detail? The oyster & pearls. WOW! And I love the use of RAW sugar to mimic sand. LOVE it all Kate. You are so talented.

Courtney @ Pizzazzerie said...

WOW great job, Kate, such a darling party! I love the color scheme, so sweet and gorgeous.

Katy said...

Kate, you are a truly talented woman, pulling together a theme and executing all the fine details is a fabulous talent! You are a cut above when it comes to styling a party. I'm so very impressed with every single detail! As for taking someone's breath away... I can not even imagine how impressed your client was and how very thrilled the birthday girl was with her fabulous party! Exquisitely done! Congrats on another magnificent party!

Christi Bennett @ pisforparty said...

Kate! The party is absolutely stunning and full of so much inspiration. Thank you for sharing so many amazing pictures with tips and hints!! You always inspire me!

Christina D. said...

Absolutely gorgeous party! I'd use the wands and runner for my little one's next birthday, she loves marine life! :)

Linda Vandermeer McCubbin said...

Those soft colours are so lovely one of the prettiest parties I have ever seen.

Lorena @ sueniosencantados said...

Oh Kate!
This is absolutely gorgeous!
Love the soft colors!

Squeaks said...

You never cease to amaze me. What a beautiful party!

Squeaks said...

Oops, was so carried away with the stunning party, I forgot to say what my favourite item is! I love the mermaid dress and tail. I'm creating a dress-up box for my children for Christmas, and that would certainly be the most treasured centrepiece of the dress-up trousseau! I would use the wands as accessories for pretend play - enough for a whole troupe of mermaids!

The Garners said...

What was my favorite part? That's like asking, "which sip of your partially frozen Diet Coke was the best?" Are you kidding? IT'S ALL PERFECTION!!!

The sodas made me giddy. That burlap covering is amazing. And I'm loving the muted tones with the pizazz of the sparkles everywhere. I kind of adore rock candy sticks in ANY form.

And don't get me started on gooshie little creatures like "sea urchins" that are now turned into pink treasures. And something about the modern lines of the urchins with all the frills of the decor is just stunning!!

The seahorse pops are delightful as well.

I could go on....

You are a master, and I love to live vicariously through your out of this world parties. One day I'll have a party that has a budget of over $100. (Probably not...but a gal can dream)

Bravo to you Kate!! Bravo!!

Sharnel said...

I have to enter because the prize is on the my favourite elements. Oh Kate, this party is just so mystical and magical.
The colour palette is perfection.

kim @ the celebration shoppe said...

Kate, this is stunningly beautiful. Congrats on the feature too!

MrsKT said...

A gorgeous, pretty party, I am amazed at all the finer details. Love it all :)

Cristina Rosa-Remy said...

Wow...absolutely breathless! You are AMAZING! I thought only a dream could produce such beauty, but you did it.

Pink Velvet Mommy said...

Oh my goodness is all I can say!!! Stunning, take your breath away kind of event!!!

Every element was so important for the overall look and feel, thank you for sharing all of the details.

I loved how you used the pearls and sea glass in so many ways edible and not!! I love sea glass too so that quickly caught my eye.

I loved using the shower curtain as a backdrop and the burlap for the tables!

We celebrate my daughters birthday every year at the beach , so I would probably try to use these things and ideas to recreate a soirée similar!


Anonymous said...

This is absolutely AMAZING. You did such a beautiful job. I want to be you when I grow up.

Leanne Stamatellos said...

Truly the most precious and beautiful party ever - wow!

The Savvy Moms Guide said...

This is Absolute Perfection. Every detail is breathe taking. Thank You for sharing such a beautiful masterpiece. Smiles~

The Savvy Moms Guide said...

This is Absolute Perfection. Every detail is breathe taking. Thank You for sharing such a beautiful masterpiece. Smiles~

H is for Hillman said...

The starfish wands are my favorite and I love the Cake- Stunning, absolutely stunning!!!!

Soggy Cereal Mom said...

My favorite element are the sweets! I love the super cute octopus cupcakes and the seahorses!! I would use the items for my daughters' next birthday party. I'm planning a pirates and mermaid party for them!

A Blissful Nest said...

Kate- this is truly spectacular! The colors are so soft and sweet. AMAZING!!!

Carey C. Bailey said...

Where would one even begin with listing a favorite detail. I have looked at this post multiple times today just so to take it all in. If I have to pick one detail I am loving the felt sea creature party favors. Crossing my fingers for the BIG giveaway. It closes on my bday, Oct 1st and would make the BEST b-day present! :)

Anonymous said...

I was glued to this for an hour, looking at all the beautiful detail...and the one thing that I can't get over is the most simple, Raw sugar! Huh! Inexpensive, yet in this particular instance looked a Million dollars. It totally ties the 2 elements of the vintage white platters and glass to the and rustic drift wood and runner.
I got lost...and felt like digging for the pearls too. :)
Amazing and inspiring

Angela Scott

Julie Gallagher said...

Kate, I nearly fell of my chair when I saw this party, it is by far the most gorgeous thing I have seen for a long, long time, in fact I tempted to say EVER! Everything about the party is 100% original - when I saw the title Mermaid party I had images of the typical turquoise blue and pink overload, but this is sublime! There are so many details that I LOVE LOVE! but I have to agree that my heart strings were tugged at when I saw that ruffled burlap runner I would love that for my Christmas table! The desserts are amazing, and I think the idea of the "sand on the floor" is genius, and now I have to get my hands on some of those candlesticks! Kate, I know many people say this but believe it - YOU REALLY DO HAVE AN AMAZING TALENT, and are clearly born to do this! Thank you so much for the the most incredible inspiration!

Lizzie said...

Gorgeous! I love the wands they are so pretty and the sea urchin cake is amazing!

Jamie Walker said...

how can you even pick a favorite detail, everything is so magical! I love the octopus cupcakes and the ruffled napkins...what a perfect "theme" party without being literal at all, perfection.

Nichcole said...

I honestly can not pick ONE detail as I LOVE them ALL!!
You did such an AAAmazing job, I would use the wands/runner to host an under the sea spa day for my little girls!!

Jane said...

Kate, I'm just so glad I found your website and blog - it's almost as of you were born to do this! I would feel so proud if I were you! I love all the activities that the children did for the mermaid party, especially the craft activities. Jane:)

Hillcrest Acres said...




The delicate colors make it so sophisticated.

Candy and Cake Sugar Designs said...

Wow!!! Simply beautiful!

jamie@giggledustparties said...

This absolutely stunning Kate! I am certain that the party guests truly felt like magical mermaids!

The Hip Hostess said...

This is hands down flat out the most charming party I have ever seen!! I will be hosting a baby shower in Nov (it's a girl) and these are the colors I planned to use. How lucky for me I came across all this lovely today!
It's simply magnificent!!!!

Jennifer Mc said...

Such a beutiful little girls party! I was so excited to see this. I am planning a , Molly Mermaid, party for my daughter.

I need the burlap table runner for her party!

Save the Date for Cupcakes said...

Stunning~ every little girls dream!

Nicole-Lynn said...

I absolutely love all of this! Very creative and love how all the sweets are sea inspired! My fiance and I are planning a beach wedding with sea inspired decor as well... loving the ruffled burlap runner. We're doing burlap table runners, and I think it'd be fun to do our sweetheart table with the ruffle edging to stand out. Very cute ideas. Thank you!

Rebecca said...

WOW! What a dream party for any little girl. I am trying to think of my favorite idea from the party and I am having a hard time choosing. WOW!!! SO much creativity!!! The mermaid tails were just darling. I love the idea of using the raw sugar as sand on the dessert table. I adore the dessert table. I would use the wands as invitations just as you did. ADORABLE!!!!

Unknown said...

My wife is a fan and an admirer - she is even interested in taking your course, which is why I came to know your blog. Her birthday is coming up and I would love to surprise her with the table runner. She loves burlap (upholstered chairs, benches, etc) - she has been wanting a burlap runner for our farmhouse table. Of course she would also LOVE the wands for the fairy birthday party she is planning for our daughter's 4th b-day (BTW, our daughter is just turning 1). Thank you for being an inspiration to my wife.

Onika McDonnell said...

I am blown away by your creativity! Simply beautiful beyond words. I have perused your website over and over and would hope that one day I am able to afford your services. I truly love every detail and would be honored with either prize...of course I LOVE the the runner.

Fusion Sweets said...

What an amazing party! There's just simply no words to describe the beauty of every last detail. I'm so in awe of the transformation of our grasshopper marshmallows into sea sponges! Better than anything I could have imagined.

Mariah said...

Wow, this is such a gorgeous party! I love all the details, the sand, the soft colors and lovely treasures! My daughter requested a mermaid party and this is just the inspiration I needed. If I won, I would certainly use them to help create her party. Thanks!

LittleSnowflakes said...

Adorable meets Elegant! Your work is very inspiring.

Andrea said...

This party is amazing - I love every.single.detail.

Unknown said...

Everything looks so wonderful, every detail exactly reproduced. Pearls, shells, sand, sea stars all ... no words ... beautiful ... congratulations.Rent A Car Sibiu

kids birthday party ideas said...

I love birthdays oh so very much. and I'm happy that it is almost yours...because I love birthdays.
that being said, every year since I was 13, I've had gummy salad on my birthday (which is comprised of lots of gummy goodness mixed into one bowl) and since I was a freshman in college, I started having Paloozas. which last the whole week of my birthday because I could never get anyone organized for my actual birthday or it fell on a school day or something. It makes my birthday week pretty awesome.

Victoria Mische | Your Chair Covers said...

Though this party was created a very long time ago but I can't help but express what I feel on this party. It was awesome to see how every single details were captured perfectly and shared with us. You don't know how much you inspire me.

Alice And Wonderland Themed Birthday Party said...

What a beautifully planned party.Girls really loves these kind parties.nice sharing