A Special Mermaid Birthday Party Table (Blakely’s 8th!)
Hosting a mermaid themed birthday party? Come along to get inspired for all things “under the sea” in pretty pastel aqua, lavender, sea green and lots of ocean decor with mermaid party touches for a special mermaid birthday celebration!
We celebrated my daughter’s 8th birthday this month with a family dinner around a beautiful Mermaid-themed birthday party table. It was absolutely perfect and so very “her” with a love of the color aqua and all things mermaid!
I can’t believe Blakely is 8 years old! So many of you have told me that you’ve followed along here since I was pregnant, and you know sharing my children’s birthday parties are always my very favorite posts to write! If you want to see some of her previous birthday parties… check them out below..
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Blakely’s Birthday Parties
Mermaid Birthday Party Inspiration
Scroll on down for all the details on the mermaid birthday party table, place settings, centerpiece ideas, DIY tips, links for mermaid decor and more…
Mermaid Birthday Party Table
I wanted her family birthday celebration to be super special with a table completely decked out in all things “under the sea” and mermaid touches from sea foam greens and ocean blues along with pops of lavender and pink. I incorporated lots of seashells and pearlized elements too. I absolutely love how it turned out, and Blakely was ECSTATIC!
Shop the Mermaid Party
tablecloth // gold and white flatware // pink glasses (similar) // seashells (clam, starfish) // pearl necklaces // clamshell napkins (1, 2) // scalloped iridescent plates // clamshell plates // place cards // sequin table runner // spiral candles // 8 balloon // pastel balloons // mermaid paper cups // iridescent confetti
Above is a quick glance for items I have links to if you’re doing some shopping and planning for an upcoming mermaid birthday party table! Below I’ve gone into more detail for how I styled everything!
Mermaid Place Settings
I had a “layer it on” approach with this place setting. Since I used a solid colored aqua tablecloth, I knew I wanted something fun to use as a placemat. I loved how my Frontgate beaded charger plates looked, they remind me of bubbles for this party!
The white ruffled dinner plates are from H&M but unfortunately out of stock at the moment. I hope they return online! Any similar white dinner plate would create the same effect, however.
Next up, I layered on iridescent scalloped mermaid paper plates with these gorgeous pearlized pink and gold clamshell plates. I LOVE how this duo looks together, the iridescent and pearl look is just so pretty!
Next, I added on cute clamshell napkins. I couldn’t decide between these pretty pink clamshell napkins and these lavender clamshell napkins, so I got both! With a toddler in the mix, one can never have too many napkins! It worked out perfectly for pops of pink and lavender color around the table.
At each place setting, I had a few glasses (one for water and one for “sparkling ocean water” – more on that festive drink below). I used my Mosser Glass Addison drinking glasses (here are some very similar ones) and turquoise fluted stemware glasses from HomeGoods a few years ago (they’re plastic and I’ve seen similar ones in their outdoor tableware section).
Lastly, for each place setting, I added in personalized mermaid tail place cards. The girls had Mermaid + Name aka “Mermaid Ivy” or “Mermaid Blakely” added on while the boys (just my husband and his father) had “Merman Chris”. A little silly, but Blakely LOVED this party detail! She had fun placing all the cards at each setting – teach ’em young!
Mermaid Birthday Centerpiece
I wanted to keep up the soft ocean blues and pastel colors for the mermaid table centerpiece so I started out by layering on this SUPER cute sequin table runner (I got 2 and used both to run the length of my table). I can see myself reusing it for New Year’s Eve!
Then I opted for two large floral arrangements and a big clam shell that I already owned set atop a big pink stand in the middle… let me show you how I filled out…
So like I said, I just set a big white clam shell bowl (similar to this one) on top of a large pink Mosser Glass cake stand. Then I had a few birthday gifts I wrapped up in this mermaid wrapping paper that I set right down in the clam shell. I also tucked in a few pearl strands and seashells too.
Growing up, we didn’t celebrate a birthday in our house without the chandelier all decked out with balloons and ribbon streamers hanging from it! Such a simple idea, but it makes a big impact in creating a party atmosphere.
For this party, I added on silver party ribbon, pastel matte balloons and these bubble garlands to carry out the ocean and mermaid theme!
Mermaid Party Flowers
Let’s talk flowers! My Mom and I did these ourselves, no fancy florist necessary! Truly, you can create gorgeous floral arrangements with the right vase, flowers and a few party touches.
I used simple white vases I already owned (find similar at HomeGoods, even Target) and we layered in different flowers in pastel hues like snapdragons, pale pink roses, peachy ranunculus, purple stock, and the prettiest rainbow pastel baby’s breath found at Trader Joe’s.
We added in a few more festive ocean-themed touches to the flowers. We grabbed a faux branch from Michael’s and spray painted it a turquoise ocean water blue and then cut it up to make little mini pieces of ocean coral to tuck down into the flowers. I LOVED how this idea turned out because it converted a pretty bouquet into a mermaid-themed bouquet!
We also added in some pretty lavender floral twirled stem branches (from the grocery store by the flowers) and pink dried pampas grass. Look for similar textures at any grocery store and spritz in sea-foam blues or pale lavender or pinks!
Floral Arranging Tip:
Always keep the flowers that stems break off while you’re arranging your bouquets! Use these in small bud vases scattered around the table. A full tablescape always looks better!
Mermaid Party Table Decor
I always think a few decor elements scattered around the table just brings a birthday party theme to LIFE! It takes it from typical tablescape to a celebration! To carry out the mermaid party theme, I scattered pearlized confetti, LOTS of seashells tucked around, silver party hats, purple and teal party horns, and scattered pearls!
More Mermaid Party Details
There are so many fun mermaid food and drink ideas, but we just opted for the birthday girl’s FAVORITE: pizza and a simple chocolate cake! I couldn’t let the theme get away completely, however, so I made up a signature mermaid party drink!
Sparkling Ocean Water
2 parts Hawaiian Punch in Polar Blast flavor
1 part Sprite
It was festive and the ocean blue color was perfect for a mermaid party!
We also reused an old gold treasure chest leftover at my mom’s house from a pirate party years ago to store a special birthday gift for Blakely! Wouldn’t a “pirates and mermaids” party be so cute?!
We had SO MUCH fun celebrating our girl! I can’t believe she is 8!
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Completely in love with ALL of it Courtney!! You should do a book of all your birthday parties! I have done some fun Parties with flamingos and Alice in Wonderland is a terrific theme. I’m on to Dr Suess this year. I also loved that it was just family 💗🧜🏼♀️ Thanks for all your wonderful and creative inspiration! -Pam
Thank you so much Pam! Love all the themes you have done too!
Its so great to be eight!!! What a beautiful color scheme and I love all of the ways you captured the beauty of the sea
Thank you so much!
Courtney! Oh my goodness! This is simply pastel perfection! I can only imagine how stunning this looked in person. Thank you for sharing this amazing tablescape. You’re such a sweet and super mom……blessings!
So sweet, Ann! Thank you for these kind words! I really appreciate it!!
Thought I was going to have to call 911 because this took my breath away! Absolutely gorgeous for a cutie pie.
This is absolutely the most gorgeous mermaid tablescape I have ever seen. Had me going back and back. Would love for you to add some long or medium shots of the overall of the entire room and not just close ups. For example, I would love to see the entire table and especially the floating balloons.