Little Mermaid Parties
 
Start with invitations (see separate section below): You can roll them up, tie them with some pretty aqua ribbon, then slip them into empty plastic water bottles. You can also put in some sand and sea shells. You can hand-deliver some of them, but the post office actually mails these for around $.83 each.
Decorations: get huge rolls of aqua-colored plastic table covering from the party store, and cover walls from floor to ceiling with it. Put blue, green, aqua, and purple streamers on the ceiling. Use the Little Mermaid Print Studio and print out different fish characters and tape them to the wall covering. Have your child help color them and put glitter on them. You can also buyhelium-filled balloons, as well as several Ariel and Disney Princess mylar balloons. For even more effect, also add some regular air filled blue balloons for the floor. Outside the house, hang a huge banner (again, from the Print Studio software) that reads "Mermaid (Your child's name) Party." You can use pretty aqua netting to make an archway for the front door, and maybe a Little Mermaid bubble machine right at the door too.



other places to find ideas for the party:
Little Mermaid Party


Little Mermaid Cake

The Wilton Little Mermaid Cake Pan has been discontinued, but you can find those on Ebay also:

 

Little Mermaid Stuff at Ebay

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Invitations
 
People have raved about how perfect The Little Mermaid Print Studio is for making your own invitations and decorations for your party. You can find it for ~ $3 plus shipping at Ebay:

Activities
Decorating jewelry boxes (treasure boxes from Oriental Trading for the boys). You can purchase the jewelry boxes from the Disney Store on sometimes on clearance. The girls will love them because they already have graphics of the disney princesses on them. You can personalize each box with the child's name, and they can decorate them with stickers, jewels, beads, ribbons, etc.

You can play "Pin the Fin on Ariel," using a poster-sized print of Ariel, which your daugher can decorate with glitter. Each child had his/her own fin with their name.
You can play "pass the treasure box." First have the kids find the hidden treasure box (a styrofoam cooler decorated to look like a treasure chest), then they sit in a circle and pass the chest around to the music (Little Mermaid Soundtrack music, Under the Sea) until it stops. Whoever has the box can open it and pick a prize. Inside have Little Mermaid cling sheets, foam fish-shaped balls, squirty fish, swim goggles, swim rings, beach balls, pretend gem-stone rings, Little Mermaid coin purses, and some glow-bracelets or other such small items.