If your daughter loves Disney’s The Little Mermaid, no doubt she has already been spending a good amount of time prancing around the house singing “Under the Sea” and brushing her hair with a fork. And with summer weather finally here, her beachy, ocean pretending games can easily come to life! Summer is the perfect time of year to help your daughter take her imagination outside. Whether it’s her birthday, a special family occasion, or just for fun, here are our top favorite tips on how to take the magic outside and throw a Little Mermaid themed beach party!
- Choose the perfect setting near you.
Are you lucky enough to live near the ocean? Then get thee to the beach! Of course, an ocean or island setting will provide the most authentic Little Mermaid atmosphere, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use your imaginations a little. Lakeside or even riverside beaches will also give your party that fun tropical feeling. And you know what? Nobody has a better imagination than your daughter. Thus, a poolside party or even a backyard kiddie-poolside party will work as well! So, find any body of water, put up a sun umbrella, lay out straw or bamboo mats from the dollar store, and start your ocean adventure!
- Serve tropical snacks.
Serving food to a crowd can get rather messy on a sandy beach. So here are some easy ideas for mess-free Little Mermaid-themed snacks. Nothing says tropical life like fresh, ripe, delicious fruit. You can cut pineapple into chunks and serve on skewers, or try carving watermelon into long, bite-sized spears with a rind handle. We also love this recipe for easy ocean-themed snacks that you can make ahead and bring to the beach. Just use blue Jell-O, gummy fish, clear plastic cups, and serve!
- Build a sandcastle as a team.
There’s nothing like a fun group project to get a theme party going! So, if you’re in a sandy locale, get the adults and kids together and build a big sandcastle like the one Prince Eric lives in. Or if you’re feeling extra creative have your group gather as many sticks and shells to make their very own secret grotto. If you’re not on the sand, gathering as many “precious treasures” as you can at home and create your own collection of dinglehoppers and snarfblats.
- Make your own mermaid crafts.
You want your kids to feel like mermaids themselves then what better way to do that than by decorating their favorite things with shells. We love the idea of taking plain sea shells and painting them to create vibrant colorful decorations that you can string onto a necklace, or paste onto a mirror or picture frame to create the ultimate mermaid accessory. Use nail polish from Townleygirl’s cute, non-toxic collection, for a glossy and glittery finished product.
With these ideas for Little Mermaid inspired setting, snacks, and crafts for your party, no one will be hungry or bored. All you need to do is add friends and family and get ready to have the perfect Little Mermaid beach party!