Under the Sea- Emily's 5th Birthday

There is no way that I have a 5 year old!  Although I'm in total denial our first daughter, Emily turned 5 earlier this month.  We celebrated with an Under the Sea-Little Mermaid Party as she requested seriously 6-7 months ago.  She never changed her mind and she reminded me almost weekly about the party she wanted.  Sounds like a mini-me to me, lol.  I love planning and throwing parties but as my life gets busier it gets harder to execute them.  Even though I knew months in advance what the theme was I didn't get around to the nitty gritty of planning until much closer to the event.  Life is just speeding by.  Luckily I found the perfect solution at Shindigz.  I was literally able to find everything I needed outside of food and drink for the party on their website.  Shindigz covered everything from paper goods to banners to decor.  It was a life saver to do all my shopping from the convenience of the couch and all on one site.  I didn't have to run around town or even several websites; it is a one stop shop, which is right up my alley.  I was so impressed with the variety of items you could choose from.  Thanks to Shindigz I was able to turn our dining room into an under the sea adventure.

I used paper lanterns and streamers to make jelly fish.  The tissue paper pom poms added extra pizazz. Using the same streamers I made seaweed and the paper cut outs of fish and mermaids turned our wall into an ocean.  I loved how I could personalize so many items from Shindigz including a birthday banner, lollipops and photo stand in.  I think having a few personalized items at any party makes it just a bit more special.

I made mermaid tails with sugar cones and glitter card stock which I added to each kid's cupcake.  Each child not only got a yummy cupcake but they also took home personalized lollipops that read, "Thanks for coming to my Shell-ebration. Love, Emily."  The cake was designed to look like a mermaid's tail and I think it turned out perfectly.

I love the extra little details in throwing a party.  So I try to continue the theme into the food & drink as well. The food table I covered with a fish net and served Driftwood, Fish & Chips, Seaweed Salad, Sebastian Dip, Sebastian Sandwiches, and Peanut Butter & Jellyfish.  The drink bar included Sea Water and Spiked Sea Water both in electric blue.

Of course the birthday girl was Princess Ariel and her feisty little sister was Sebastian the Crab (she's crabby so it fit perfectly!).  I was dressed as Ursula but I think our guests just thought I went a little nuts with my makeup.  I made a shell necklace, wore all black, sported teal eye makeup and red lipstick.

The birthday girl with her amazing godparents.

We ended the day with opening gifts; I loved seeing her joy and enthusiasm.  Emily is 5 going on 15 or maybe even 25.  She's outgoing (with recent bouts of shyness), social, confident, full of life and energy, EXTREMELY empathetic, my mini-me, kind, organized, a total klutz, a willing helper, and just an amazing little girl.  I can't believe she's 5 already and yet I don't remember life without her.  Emily tells me all the time she's so happy she made me a mommy and I couldn't agree more.  We will always have a special bond as my first baby.  I can't wait to see her grow and mature although I'd have no problem if time slowed down.

A huge thank you to Shindigz for making Emily's party just perfect and very memorable.  Shindigz saved me so much time and I'm so grateful for that!

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