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Mermaid Inspired Party Ideas for Adults

Who says that mermaids are just for little girls?


Photo credit: Anne Ryan Leavitt Cavin.

We think adults should get to enjoy the theme, too! With gorgeous greens and blues and classy sea-inspired decorations, it’s no wonder mermaid-themed parties are trending right now. Whether you’re planning a bridal shower or birthday party, there are plenty of ways you can throw a mermaid-inspired party that is anything but girlish.

In this blog, we show you an example of a chic, mermaid themed party, planned and decorated by professional event planner, Anne Ryan Leavitt Cavin.



Photo credit: Anne Ryan Leavitt Cavin.

Trying to decorate an entire room can seem overwhelming, but it really only requires a few different pieces.  Anne Ryan used a combination of our balloons, flutter balls, and garland in coordinating colors  to make a bold statement in her space. Think lots of teal, purple, aqua, and blue! You could even throw in some sea foam green or white pieces.

Start by making flutter balls (or hanging tissue fans) the main element in your decorations.







72600_seafoam_crepe_streamerNext, accent with smaller pieces, like garland, pennant and flag banners, and streamers. We particularly love the teal garland used in the picture and this sea foam green streamer.

Finally, add the finishing touch with balloons. They’re a staple at any party, and when used the right way, they look elegant, not juvenile. Tie them to chairs or hang them from doorways with streams of coordinating curling ribbon.

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Tableware & Buffet Ideas

Coordinating your tableware and buffet table is simple, and all it takes is the right supplies to take your tables from childish to stylish.

For your dining and buffet tables, start by adding a base layer that will streamline your decorations. Recreate Anne Ryan’s look by adding layers of sparkly tulle over a plain table or on top of a white or colored table cover.  We love this aqua blue sparkle tulle.

57246-aqua-blue-sparkle-tulle.jpg.thumb_250x250 Clear plasticware adds a classy touch to your tables. Try arranging these scalloped containers on your buffet table. Serve chips and other snacks, or fill them with colored candies and treats. You could even fill these containers with clear and colored confetti gems to make a unique centerpiece! 





Try adding flowers  in coordinating colors to your tables, like Anne Ryan did, or use under-the-sea inspired decorations like shells or starfish for a touch of sophistication. 

Serve up your scrumptious snacks on our clear plastic lunch plates and your tasty drinks in these plastic wine glasses or martini glasses!





Finally, turn your desserts in to a work of art. Bake your goodies in these vibrant cupcake liners, top with some colorful icing, then arrange on a pedestal in the middle of your buffet table.

Planning a mermaid-themed event is simple with Birthday Direct and the help of a party pro like Anne Ryan. We’ve got all the tableware, hanging decorations, and party supplies you need! So check us out, and remember that qualifying orders receive FREE shipping!


Photo credit: Anne Ryan Leavitt Cavin.

Bumble Bee Baby Shower Ideas

Throw a shower everyone will be buzzing about with a Bumble Bee themed baby shower! The color scheme offers a unique twist to humdrum pink and blue decorations, and the gender-neutral colors are perfect for a reveal party. Coordinating even the smallest details is easy with the selection of tableware and decorations Birthday Direct offers, and is what makes party-planning fun!

Throwing a shower, whether for a friend or on your own, can be stressful; but it doesn’t have to be! With a bumble bee theme, you have a simple color scheme to stick to, and with a little creativity, you can easily coordinate your decorations.  Let’s start with the basics: tableware.


Plates, napkins, and cups are essentials at your shower, and mix and matching  patterned and solid colored tableware will make an impact. If the shower is intimate, put in a bit more effort with your place settings.  Create bold ones by layering lunch plates, dessert plates, and napkins, and finishing off with a cup to the side. If you’ve got a larger group, save your creative ideas for the buffet table. The products below are functional and visually appealing!










Having enough cutlery on hand is important and we made it easy with our yellow 8 piece setting that matches the plates and napkins.  A table cover not only pulls together all of your decorations, it also protects surfaces and makes clean-up a breeze!

Food Buffet

Now that you have your essentials covered, dressing up the food table is the next step for your shower. Try filling tall glass jars with striped paper straws  or with  colorful candies and placing on the table. Add a playful touch by scattering tissue sunflowers and confetti along the table! 

Make typical party foods fit the theme by adding honey!  You could serve chicken fingers with honey mustard, have honey-glazed nuts to snack on, or divide up honey buns into bite-size portions for the dessert table.

Coordinating food with the color scheme is easy, too!   Lemonade’s sunny hue will blend right in, and adding food coloring to icing will make your desserts pop!  Try cake pops, white chocolate pretzel sticks, bee-shaped cookies,  or cupcakes in tones of yellow and gold!  Bake cupcakes in coordinating cupcake liners, and set up a cupcake display in the middle of your table. We love the idea of placing them on these doilies so they pop against the table cover.


Add visual height to your party by incorporating balloons, lanterns, and customizable party banners! You could say “Momma to Bee” or “What’ll It Bee?” for a gender reveal party; or hang the banner behind the dessert table and say “Sweet Treats”.

A fun and practical decoration to set out on tables are these adorable Bumble Bee Diaper Cakes, which come with 23 premium diapers and an adorable stuffed bear!

Creating a bee hive lantern is super easy, and will look great hanging behind tables. Find the tutorial here. 
















To wrap up the shower, send the guests home with a little token to show your gratitude. Arrange a basket of  jars filled with honey for a sweet touch! Or, you could fill treat bags (in coordinating colors) with small treats, like chocolate candies and nuts, and pass one out to each guest!



Check out the rest of Birthday Direct’s fantastic selection of party supplies, including drink labels, crepe streamers, and ribbons!


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