Mermaid pool party

On Monday, I shared with you a few of the details from my niece Sofia's fifth birthday party.
If you missed it, you can go here to catch up.
Today, I want to share with you the rest of the details of this special day.
I can't take credit for making the cake.  
My sister in law hired someone to make this three tiered ombre cake.
I did however, make the cake topper.  
I used the mermaid image from the birthday party invitations (thanks Emily!) and made custom print and cut shapes in my silhouette software.  Since the cake was in the middle of the banquet room, the topper was double sided.  I used embroidery floss for the shell detail and shimmery glitter to make the whole thing stand out.
The cake stand was custom made from an aqua colored plate and a large white candlestick.
You can see more of my custom cake stands here.
I bought yards and yards of fabric at JoAnn's to use as draping.
You can read more about my custom mod podge sandcastle here.
Tissue paper pom poms and lots of grasses, lanterns and fishbowls decorated the mantle.
Along with this custom birthday banner (that had a hard time staying in place with the wind blowing in from the large patio doors).  
The most talked about detail of the party were these two custom pineapple palm trees.
I saw the idea on pinterest and had my engineer husband draw up a plan for making the base to hold the pineapples.  My brother in law had the tedious job of coring the pineapples to fit the base.
At the top of the pineapple palm tree, some palm fronds were inserted to make them look more palm tree-esque.  Each palm tree fruit platter flanked the ends of the two buffet tables.
There was lots of yummy food catered by Bitterroot.
Thankfully, there were lots of people (over 100!) to enjoy all of the yummy food!
What's yummy food, without yummy drinks?
Here are some of the kids selections
Even a wine with the guest of honor's name!
No child's party is complete without a mermaid margarita bar!

There were four different combinations offered, or you could make your own specialty!

There were several different kids activity tables including custom mermaid stickers and tattoos.
Kids could color their own mermaids, decorate a drawstring bag, make a mermaid crown or merman sword, and color their own fish cup.
The kids really enjoyed all of the activities!

And what's better, we had a gorgeous day of sunshine to celebrate Sofia's party with a swim in the pool!
Here's the birthday girl enjoying a swim with her Uncle Steve!
Happy birthday Sofia!
I hope you had a wonderful day!


lisbonlioness said...

Uncle Steve looks like a young Jackie Chan, and I think I might just have drooled a little.
Yep, the palm trees are positively show- stoppers, unlike anything I've ever seen before.
Glad the little mermaid has had such a great day to remember!

Adorned From Above said...

The cake is beautiful and this looks like a great party. I have a link party, and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party.
I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
Debi Bolocofsky
Adorned From Above

Tamsyn said...

Wow!! This party is so gorgeous! I bet Sofia absolutely love it :) said...

The cake is gorgeous and the pineapple tree so very clever!!! Most of all your niece look like she had oh so much fun!!!

Meaningful Mama said...

Absolutely amazing. I love, love, love this cake. I do cakes as a hobby, and I am just absolutely in love with the effects you created. I also love the pineapple palm tree with the fruit display. Fabulous work. Jodi@

Liz said...

Such a beautiful cake! I also love the pineapple palmtree!!! Liz

Jennifer said...

Amazing party! Thanks so much for linking up to our Pretty Things Party! I hope you'll be back next week!

Elise Engh said...

That cake is so gorgeous...and I love love love the pineapple tree!

Mimi said...

The cake is beautiful! I LOVE beachy stuff!

Baked In The South said...

Love this! Would love to have you link up to our party!

Michael said...

What a fun party idea. I LOVE IT!

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