The Little Mermaid Ariel Birthday Party ~ Ideas, Food, Crafts & More

My daughter fell in love with The Little Mermaid the day she found her sister’s singing necklace. She was 13 months old and she toddled around the house singing Ahhh, ahhh, ahhh… So it was only fitting that her second birthday should be The Little Mermaid themed. I had so much fun creating the perfect under-the-sea party. 

First, it was all about setting the mood for our “under the sea” Little Mermaid Birthday party. Playing on the color themes of purple, blue and green, I designed my own Birthday Invitation and matching thank you notes. Then I had my invitations printed by Shutterfly.

Money Saving Tip, you can order plain picture cards from Shutterfly and upload your own image for the front of the card and the inside page. That gives you two invitations per card, then when they arrive just cut them apart. I used a coupon code for 10 free Shutterfly cards, which resulted in 10 invitations — all I paid was shipping.

Little Memaid Ariel Birthday Invitation

When the guests arrived, they were swept away into a magical world filled with trinkets and bobbles and fishy themed treats. 

Little Mermaid Ariel Birthday Party Decorations

The Little Mermaid party food ideas:

  • Pirates Booty
  • Fishes
  • Oyster Cookies
  • Under the Sea (Jello cups)
  • Nautical Nuggets
  • Tritons of Fruit

To match my invitations, I also designed a silhouette poster of Ariel and matching food labels. The Ariel poster and labels are available for free download here

Little Mermaid Birthday Party Food

Little Mermaid Party Themed Food

Little Mermaid Birthday Party decorations

Ariel presided over the lunch table, keeping close watch on her bobbles.

Shopping list: The Little Mermaid plates, lime green and blue paper straws, plastic cups with lids (I bought 50 two years ago, and we are still using them up!).

Little Mermaid Ariel Birthday Party Table Decoration

Jellyfish Decoration

I seriously love how these turned out. Find out how I made these (super easy) with my Jellyfish decoration tutorial.

DIY Jellyfish Party Decoration Craft

Decorations also included treasures from Ariel’s Grotto scattered about by the sea. (Ordinary beach shells turned sparkly with glitter spray paint.)

Little Mermaid Birthday Party Decorations Details

Activities included The Little Mermaid coloring pages – Download The Little Mermaid Coloring pages

Disney Little Mermaid Ariel Coloring Pages

Little Mermaid Cake

The pull-apart cupcake cake was from Walmart. Not only was it adorable, it was delicious!

Little Mermaid Ariel Birthday Cake

Mermaid Tails

No mermaid party is complete without mermaid tails. So my big project for the party was designing and making mermaid tails for all of the little girls. Completely my own design, they turned out perfect.

They are actually fairly simple to make. For instructions, check out my Mermaid Tail Tutorial.

   Little Mermaid Tails

Little Mermaid Ariel Tail

All of the little mermaids were enchanted with their tails, but none more than the birthday girl.

Little Mermaid DIY Tail

Happy 2nd birthday baby girl!

Little Mermaid Birthday Shirt

The Little Mermaid Birthday Party Supplies:

Comments

  1. Super cute! My daughter wants an Ariel party! Her birthday is next month! I can’t wait to attempt the Mermaid tails :)

  2. I would love the mermaid printables, adorable

  3. This is beautiful you did an amazing job. You nailed the theme and the tail – perfection.

  4. Do tell…how did you make those jellyfish??

  5. Christina Hanvey says:

    I LOVE your invitations! Did you make them yourself? Where did you get that template?

    • I designed them myself – it isn’t a template :) I will be sharing the poster and labels this week. Hopefully I will get the invite posted the following week.

  6. Where did you find the little people Flounder and Sebastian? We’ve been searching for them!!

  7. I came across your Little Mermaid Party and just LOVE it. It is the PERFECT amount of Ariel. Not too overdone: beautiful!! I think I will use some ideas for my little mermaid’s birthday party! Thank you for sharing your awesome party. I was just wondering if you have a copy of the invitation that you used? Thank you :)

  8. Love this party, you did a fabulous job! I was hoping you would have the jellyfish tutorial up soon? My daughter’s party is in a week. If you are busy, totally understand:)

    • Oh… in theory I’d love to get it up this week. But I just don’t know if it will happen. If it does, I’ll email you a link!

  9. Oh my goodness, how amazing! You really need to start a kids’ birthday business!!

  10. Julie Lewis says:

    I am THRILLED to come across your site and am beyond excited that you’ve been so generous to share printables! My sister is obsessed with Little Mermaid and has begged me to do my little girl’s 1 year old party with an “Under The Sea” theme but I didn’t want too much Ariel. This is just perfect and I’m going to copy you on every detail! Is there a tutorial for the jellyfish?? I’m looking forward to seeing the invitations as a printable as well. You have literally made me so happy and taken such a huge load off my plate. Thanks for sharing!

    • And you made my day Julie!!! I put these things up and I wonder if anyone will ever like/use them, so messages from people who love them make me SOOOO happy. I haven’t done the jellies yet – I am SO slacking because people keep asking me. Oh maybe Friday I can work on the tutorial… Have a great party!!!

  11. Melissa Verhagen says:

    Hello!
    Amazing party! I hope I can pull something off that is even a fraction of this. I only have two weeks! question. What is the pearl, inside the oyster cookies? And is there anything inside the under the sea jello?

    • HI Melissa – Thanks so much!!! You can do it!!! The pearl is a yogurt covered raisin. And inside the jello is a swedish fish. Tip set your jello first, then on the morning of the party use a knife to slice into the jello and insert the swedish fish. If you try to put the fish in when the jello is setting the color will run. Have fun!

  12. Melissa Verhagen says:

    Any way to get a copy of your Ariel invitation? It is so much cuter than anything else I have found on line! And I am horrible on a computer.
    thanks!
    melissa

    • HI Melissa, Yes, I am now making my invitations available on Etsy. It will be personalized for you, then all you have to do is print it or take it to have it printed. I don’t have the Mermaid one on Etsy right now, I but I do have an Octonaut one. If you want to purchase it, you can purchase the Octonaut one and put a note that it is you and I will prep the Mermaid one for you :) https://www.etsy.com/your/listings?ref=si_your_shop

  13. LIZ SPICER says:

    Thanks so much for the free printables….can’t wait to do this Little Mermaid party for our sweet girl, Raylen.

    Thanks so much!

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