My Little Mermaid

I may be a week late, but my heart is still full from all the love celebrating baby girl and her first birthday party. After months of planning, pinning, and shipments arriving from Etsy and Amazon I can't believe the day has come and gone.

I chose the theme of "Our Little Mermaid is Turning One" since girlfriend loooooves to be "splishy splash" at bath time and swimming in the pool. I didn't go full throttle with the Disney movie theme, just mermaids in general which turned out great with the lavender and teal color combo.

The cake was made by my very talented neighbor, and she even included a 4 inch smash cake that was made without eggs since Serena has a minor egg white allergy. If you're in the Central Florida area, and ever need a cake baker let me know and I'll send along her info. Her cakes taste just as great as they look! 

"Sand" was brown sugar


I knew I didn't want to just give away cheap dollar store trinkets that will go right into the garbage, and I also didn't want to fill up the kiddos with a bunch of candy with Halloween a few days after the party. So, I ordered some small beach pails and filled them with goldfish packets to keep with the theme.

*Silverware was of course appropriately named Dingelhoppers*

Menu was specified on the invite of finger foods and cake

Sea Shell Pasta Salad
Seaweed Dip (spinach dip)
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Shark Teeth (white cheddar cheese triangles)
Fruit and veggie tray
Sea Snails (pigs in a blanket)
Driftwood (pretzel sticks)
Peanut Butter Jellyfish (tried cutting them into stars using a cookie cutter, and that was a major fail)
Seaweed (green grapes on skewers)
Waves (wavy potato chips)
Mermaid Cous Cous
Under the Sea Cake
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Beer, Wine, Bubbles, various liquors and mixers, and Signature Cocktail for the adults
Water, Juice, and Soda for the kiddos
Cake by the Ocean - Signature cocktail for the adults

  • Cake vodka
  • Malibu
  • Blue Curacao
  • OJ
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Club Soda
  • Served in a punch bowl with orange wedges as a garnish

Cake Topper - Etsy Seller HBSouthernInspired
Monthly Ribbon - Etsy Seller ConfettiMommaParty
Personalized Onesie - Etsy Seller KennedyClaireCouture
Headband - Etsy Seller (my talented momma) NanaFaithCreations
Tutu - Etsy Seller NanaFaithCreations
Menu Signs - DIY with construction paper and MS Word
Fish Net Party Accessory - Amazon
Highchair Tutu - Amazon
One Party Banner with Mermaid Tails - Amazon


  1. How cool lovely idea dear!!!
    Mónica Sors

  2. Awww I love how you decorated it. Happy birthday to her!

  3. Somebody loved her cake!! Love the cakes and so many lovely details!!

  4. Wonderful post dear …………………keep posting!!!!!

    New Year Gifts

  5. You thought of everything!! Looks like Serena really enjoyed her smash cake & I love that you were able to incorporate your favorite color too! I also love that this theme was different from the usual ones for first birthday's! :) xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  6. What a creative and fun theme for Serena's party! You executed it perfectly & it looks like everyone had so much fun! What a sweet celebration!

  7. Ok I can't get over how adorable everything was for Serena's party! That cake was AMAZING and it looks like she loved it haha! So so sweet! Such a special celebration!

    Rosy Outlook

  8. seriously this is the CUTEST. you went all out on detail - right down to the food names and i'm impressed! the cake looks delicious and i just love the photos of her with the smash cake. what a fun day!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  9. I love how this turned out and I think I need to be invited to your next party! Everything is perfect and I love how you stuck to a theme throughout. Can’t believe that sweet baby is one! What a lucky gal she is to have such a creative and loving momma!

  10. Serena is so adorable and I love, love, love the party theme! You did it all SO well down to every last detail! She's a lucky little lady to have a mama who puts so much thought into her parties <3

  11. Everything looks SO adorable!! And that cake? Magazine worthy, girl!!


  12. what a fabulous party, friend. Love all the simple extra touches and the gift buckets are tooooo cute.

  13. I have no clue why, but the chips labeled as waves just made me laugh. Ha! You seriously thought of everything! Can you come plan my parties? Glad you and your little girl had a special day to remember. xx

  14. This is the cutest party theme! Love the cake and she looks beautiful! I think she enjoyed the cake lol

  15. You did such an amazing job decorating! Love the cake!

  16. Everything turned out so cute!!! That cake is amazing and I love how your menu was themed!!! I am still trying to put the final touches on Zoe's party right now. CAnt believe these kiddos are one.

  17. How fun! Sounds like it was the perfect theme for your sweet little girl, and it looks like you were the perfect party planner. She looks so cute in her high chair with her cake!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  18. Oh how cute!!! That cake looks so good!! What a cute party!!

  19. Oh my gosh look at how cute she is!! Her little outfit!! :-) That cake is amazing, your neighbor is very talented! I also love the theme and the decorations. I am glad that Serena had a fun time at her birthday party too!

  20. Such a darling theme! I love the colors and how creative you got. She looks so cute!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  21. Oh my gosh what an adorable theme! I love that cute cake, I love the gorgeous colors! Glad it was such a good time and your daughter is so adorable!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

  22. This turned out so amazing, I'm so sad I missed it! She looked adorable and I LOVE the theme you guys did (of course!) I'm so happy that all your planning was worth it and little miss mermaid had the best 1st bday! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  23. Adorable post, thanks for sharing! The party looked like so much fun :)

    Camille xo

  24. I love the theme and how you carried it through the menu and decor. Everything looks fabulous! Love the colors too. Happy birthday to the littlest mermaid!

  25. Happy birthday to her! You did a great job, everything looks great!


    Tamara -

  26. I absolutely cannot believe that she's one already!! Happy birthday to your sweet girl! Everything was just darling. I love the theme and her cake was AH-mazing! Those different colored layers on the inside were to die for!

  27. Just adorable! I am sending this to my sister s she can get some inspiration for my nieces's first birthday which will be here before we know it. I love the theme, all the details and that there was cocktails for the adults. I want some wavy lays and buffalo chicken dip asap!

  28. OMG party goals!!!!! You totally nailed everything! Looks awesome :)

    Brittany ;)

  29. Everything looks absolutely adorable for Serena's first birthday party! I love the idea of the theme and the colors were perfect. That cake is a showstopper though. And it looks so delicious, too!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  30. Such cute decorations and fun food names! The cake was absolutely gorgeous and Serena sure enjoyed it!

  31. Her party came out so good! I love the theme and that didn't you go overboard with the Disney side of things. That cake is so amazing and your neighbor is so talented! I'm so glad you had a fun time celebrating! xo, Sierra ~Beautifully Candid

  32. What an adorable theme and great decor and food- you knocked it out of the park Mama. I'm sure baby girl had a wonderful time and will love the pics in years to come!

  33. What a cute theme for a birthday! Love!
    Stylin In St. Louis

  34. Ohhhmmy this is so cute.
    She looks adorable!

    Much Love,
    Zarrah | The Bandwagon Chic

  35. Congratulations! Seems like a great party! Kisses

  36. You did such an amzing job ! Everything looks so adorable !

  37. really beautiful baby

  38. Omg this is just the cutest thing I have ever seen!!!

    Enclothed Cognition

  39. ha! So Adorable! I love the food titles! lol


  40. You did SUCH an amazing job on Serena's party! The mermaid cake is soooo pretty!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  41. Oh my goodness, what a perfect 1st birthday!! Those cakes look amazing! Such attention to detail!!

    xx, Elise

  42. Love the theme! How adorable and sweet. She looks so precious!

  43. Every single detail is just perfect! You did such an amazing job!

  44. Oh my goodness. How cute was her party!!! I think you did a great job with all the details.

  45. first off, absolutely love the theme! everything goes together so well and it really looks amazing. secondly, that cake? i want to smash my face into it. looks so good. lastly, HOW is she a year already? you lie! jk. time flies!

  46. You did fantastic! Love everything and all of the food names, so smart. I love throwing parties too, even if it is a lot of work, it's just fun.

  47. She's so cute. Anyway the cake and decorations are super cute. Love the idea.

  48. Oh my gosh! The sweetest birthday celebration! I can't believe she's one!

  49. How exciting! HPD to your little cutie!

  50. Aw, such a fun party! I love the theme and the color combination. Your neighbor makes some beautiful cakes. :)


  51. Oh my gosh! Everything is adorable! You did a great job!

  52. This is such an adorable theme! The cake is really lovely too.

    Jessica |

  53. AHHH I can't believe I'm just catching up on this! You did an awesome job!! I LOLed at the peanut butter jellyfish. LOVE. lol. The tulle and the gold details are perfection!!