|The view as you enter the front door - where's Nina?|
|Top Picture is Audrey (and Nina) in front of the water wall.|
Huge Ariel plastic panel in the living room.
|An under the sea plastic wall film - these things are great.|
|Pool noodle Seahorse - one of the party favors|
|Audrey's favorite blanket - hung over some sports stuff|
|Stairway Art Gallery - each child colored an Ariel picture for the gallery|
|Top of the stairs, transition to up on the shore|
|A couple of pink plastic grass skirts dress up the dining room light.|
|Ocean View plastic panel in the living room|
Under the sea became a first floor theme. Up on the shore became the upstairs theme.
My original idea was based on some pinterest boards. The twisted crepe paper in varying shades of blue were perfect for creating a cheap and easy water wall. We added some fish in the background - to add to the under water feel. Audrey wanted to hang her Ariel blanket on one wall. Then I wanted to do an art gallery up the stairway - where each of the kids brought a picture that they had colored that Audrey had given to them with the invitation. That was the extent of the original decorating. Plus we picked up the big pool noodle animals at Walmart - at a super discount - as favors for the kids, so we hung those from the ceiling.
I invited my MIL over to help us decorate (and/or hang out with Meredith so that Audrey and I could decorate) and she brought over some decorations she had - all of the up on the shore stuff and a couple cool plastic panels. Then Audrey bent her ear about how she really wanted more Ariel stuff - so Grandma found a great big plastic Ariel wall panel for the living room and some more little fish to hang up. Seriously, the house looked as awesome as it ever has for a party.
The party started with water games for the kids in the backyard. After the kids changed, we had dinner for everyone, fish and veggie sticks with marshmallow fruit salad for the kids, kalua pork and pineapple fried rice (served in a pineapple ) for the adults. The adult food turned out awesome. I was worried because both of the recipes were new to me, but they turned out great - especially the pork!
After dinner it was cake and present time. Audrey wanted a pink sparkley ice cream cake. Plain ice cream cakes were expensive and I didn't even want to imagine how much the extra food coloring and sparkle would cost us, so I decided to make Audrey's cake myself. It turned out very pink, very sparkley, and very delicious. The other kids at the party said it was the best icecream cake they ever had - high praise indeed. After presents and play time, the kids watched a movie (Hook, Audrey's choice) and had mermaid's munch (snacks).
The party was great. Audrey loved it, but I tell you, I was one tired mama by the end of it. :)