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Mermaid Tea Party Birthday

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Celebrate your favorite mermaid with a fun mermaid tea party birthday!

It took us a minute to come up with a party theme that both me and my baby could agree on. She wanted a princess theme again, we did that for her 3rd birthday, and she really loves princesses. However, I really wanted to encourage her to do something new.

She had so much fun at her bros Carnival themed birthday party in the Spring and told me that’s what she wanted for a month.

So I pulled out all my best tricks and told her all the amazing things we could do if we did a mermaid themed party.

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To really make it amazing (and cause I really love tea parties) we decided to make it a mermaid tea party. And it was perfection!

The food for a mermaid themed birthday party.

Sometimes I think that I love making these fun girl themed parties so I can live vicariously through my daughter. Now my mom did amazing birthday parties, we always had such fun things.

She was super creative before the internet was around. But when I get to be in charge of the party, I get to do everything that I could ever want (in my budget).

Lilie was so happy with her party, she told me “Thank you for my awesome party” multiple times today.  Love this little mermaid!

Toddler in a mermaid costume during her little mermaid birthday party.

Tea parties are one of my favorite things to do.  You get to make lots of delicious and beautiful little finger foods and treats, then sit around sipping tea and eating those treats!  Who wouldn’t love that?

Lots of snacks on the table for this mermaid themed tea party.

To start the party off with the theme, we needed invitations that screamed mermaid.  So I made a simple scales pattern with some beautiful blues, turquoises and grays.  Then added accents of purple and a mermaid silhouette.  

I love how it turned out so much, I made a blank one you can use for your own mermaid tea party. Or you can use the mermaid scales digital paper and mermaid clipart to make your own invitation.

They are available in my shop.

Printable invitation for a mermaid themed party.

Mermaid Tea Party Food Ideas

Tea party serving dishes:

For our mermaid tea party, I started with the food. The food is my favorite part of a tea party. 

Because it’s still been so hot, and we’re dealing with little kids, I opted for 2 iced teas: mint and an herbal tea that was supposed to be passion fruit but my sister accidentally gave me a citrus one.  

It was still delicious, but not the beautiful pink it was supposed to be.

Printable sign for mermaid themed tea party

For the mint tea, I used a couple tea bags and then added lots of fresh mint.  I left the mint on the stems so it looked like seaweed.  

And we called it mint seaweed tea! The kids were worried that I was actually feeding them tea made of seaweed 🙂

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The cake was my favorite part, not because it’s amazing, but because it’s so easy to make a cake when you have an ocean/beach theme because you can just top it off with graham crackers crumbs.

mermaid themed birthday cake

I started off just planning to make mini cupcakes because I wanted everything small for the tea party, but then I baked 2 trays of mini cupcakes (for 48 total) and still had a ton of batter.  

I didn’t really want to make 100+ mini cupcakes that I would then have to frost and figure out how to plate, so I dumped the rest of the batter in a round cake pan and then just went with it.  

I’m so glad I did, because then I could have a cake with candles for Lilie to blow out.  And it turned out pretty adorable.

Cupcake with mermaid birthday party themed signs

For more fun food, we had sand dollar cookies. I used a basic soft sugar cookie recipe, then pressed 5 pieces of sliced almonds into the top before baking so they looked like sand dollars.

Sugar cookie with almonds to look like a sand dollar for delicious mermaid treats for party

I also made little clam and pearl cookies.  I used Nilla wafers and piped some frosting on top of one, placed the second one on it at an angle and put a candy pearl in the middle. These were the kids favorite cookies. They ate them all super fast and were asking for more. And who could blame them?  They’re adorable.

cookies that look like clams with oysters are a great mermaid birthday party food idea

To add a little savory to our tea party, we made some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and cut them with a star cookie cutter (sorry no picture, not sure why).

 And made a seashell pasta salad. My kids love pesto, and it is delicious cold without the need to be refrigerated, so it was perfect for our little buffet style party.

bowl of pasta with a sign is a great mermaid birthday party food idea

For decorations, I hung a blue plastic table cloth behind the food table (and it helped hide the mess in my kitchen since the table was in front of my kitchen island).  Then used a little bit of green crepe paper to make seaweed streamers up it.  

Super easy, but effective.  And I got the blue table cloth and crepe paper for $1 each.  I used some decorative fish net to drape over the tea jugs and cake stand, that I bought at Michaels with a 40% off coupon.

Table full of mermaid themed food

I made some cute little food signs with the mermaid scales pattern. If you want to use them for your own mermaid tea party, the files are available in my shop.

This includes the signs I made for Pink Passion Tea, Mint Seaweed Tea, Sand Cakes, Sand Dollar Cookies, Pearl Cookies, Starfish Tea Sandwiches, Sea Shell Salad, and blank labels too!

Mermaid Tea Party Decorations


I had this brilliant idea to make helium balloons look like jelly fish instead of using paper lanterns like I saw on Pinterest.  This was a great idea in theory, but didn’t work out exactly how I wanted.  

The problem was, I waited until the day of the party to buy the balloons so they would be floating great for the party, so then I didn’t have a plan B, or time to improvise.  

I had to make it work, and kids love balloons no matter what, so it worked out.  But I learned that the helium balloons cannot hold a lot of weight before they start to fall.

Balloons for a mermaid themed party

I had planned on adding a few different ribbons and strips of crepe paper on the bottom with a little ruffle.  My first one started to sag really bad.  I shortened the crepe paper streamers and it was better.  So I had to choose between the crepe paper or ribbons instead of both.

For the rest of the decorations, I let the games be decor as you will see below.

Mermaid Tea Party Games

For the games we started by making necklaces with fake pearls and some sea shells that my sister was getting rid of.  I was able to easily drill a hole in the sea shells so the kids could thread them onto a necklace.

Next we played pin the pearl on the clam.  To make the game, I used a picture of a clam and printed it out.  Then printed out some pearls for the kids.  

I made a bed of sand for the clam to rest in by cutting a paper grocery bag open, then covering the inside with sand.  

I used spray glue at first to secure the sand to the paper bag, but it didn’t hold very much sand so I got out the Elmer’s glue and spread it all over then sprinkled the sand on top of that.  

This wasn’t the cleanest project I have ever done, it made a huge mess, but was very pretty.

Pin the pearl in the clam backdrop for a mermaid themed tea party

Then for the final game, I created what I called a mermaid piñata. We filled “bubbles” (blue, turquoise and white balloons).

I filled them with candies and sticky hands. At the time, there weren’t a lot of things that I could easily fit into the balloons.  

We blew them up and secured them to the ceiling in a net.  I found this particular string net at the Dollar Tree in the Halloween section.  

When it was time for the piñata, I dropped the corners of the net and the balloons tumbled over the kids, then they had to pop the “bubbles” to get to their prizes.  

The mermaid piñata was a huge hit!  The kids weren’t afraid to pop the balloons after they saw there were treats inside.

Balloons in a net for mermaid party decoration ideas

And we were done!  The kids were running around screaming and laughing and having fun, so apparently it was a successful party 🙂

Now I am tired.  I just got the house put back together but don’t have energy to do much more, so I’m going to binge watch some Netflix and relax for a day!

All the printables you need to throw your own Mermaid Tea Party were available until 9/27/2018 in the Subscriber Library. They are now available for purchase in the shop. Make sure to subscribe so you never miss out on new freebies.

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Tuesday 26th of June 2018

I love this party. I just signed up to the mailing list so I could have access to the free food tent printables from this mermaid party and it's saying "page not found". How do I get these printables? Have they been removed? It was a beautiful party! Thanks.


Thursday 28th of June 2018

So sorry, my link was messed up! The printables for this party are in the subscriber library. I updated the link in the post now. Let me know if you need any more help Caitlin!


Friday 16th of June 2017

Everything here is so creative and well done! Thank you so much for sharing, I joined your subscription. I'm throwing my adorable 4yo a mermaid pool party and have been so inspired by your ideas!! I plan on using your invitation template if possible, but do you know where I can get the font to change the word "tea" to pool? I would be SO SO grateful. I'm working on a tight budget.


Monday 31st of July 2017

I used a font called Pea Ellie Bellie. Have a wonderful party!


Wednesday 7th of June 2017

I love your mermaid invitations! I wanted to use the template for my daughter's party... but I can't find them in your library of downloads. Can you help?


Wednesday 7th of June 2017

In the library, you will want to scroll down to the Entertainment & Parties section. You should see a picture of the pearl cookies and a bunch of links below it. Click on the word Invitation to download the invite.


Monday 10th of April 2017

This is a very cute idea! We are having a baby shower with a nautical theme. Could you please give me the recipe for the Sea Shell Pasta Salad? I would like to fix this for our party. Thank you!

mae Antkievicz

Saturday 2nd of September 2017

Do you have a recipe for the sea shell pasta?


Monday 10th of April 2017

Hello Brenda! For the salad, all I did was add defrosted frozen peas to cooked shell pasta and toss it with pesto. Super easy and so delicious!


Monday 9th of January 2017

Hi, I signed up for your emails. You have such great ideas. I would love to have the templates for the mermaid themed party.



Wednesday 11th of January 2017

Jamie, you can access all the printable files in the library of free downloads. Check the weekly newsletter for the link and password in case you forgot ;)

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