Saturday, October 3, 2009

Mermania! (But, Sadly, Not the Kind Involving Ethel Merman)

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So, here's another installment of What I Did With My Summer Vacation, wherein I threw a Mermaid Birthday for my big five-year-old girl.  Her demands were simple: "I really want a mermaid cake and then we can throw water balloons."  Done and done-er, pal:

Pat Pat
water balloons
I don't know how many years I have left of sweetly simple requests like those, but I'm going to savor every single day that goes by without a demand for a texting device or premium denim or some product endorsed by a Cyrus child.  (By the time Ellie's tweeny, it will probably be this one, GOOD LAWD.)

Other highlights included a mermaid snack bar:
mermaid snack platter

Including oysters:
cute little bastards

Splashy mermaid tail cupcakes:
Jimmy cannot believe his good luck: CAKE PLUS FIRE = WIN!

And general shenanigans:
...and cheese

Happy Birthday, old girl. You're a whole hand (and a whole handful) now, and I love you to pieces.
my birthday girl


(More photos on Flickr.)

27 comments:

ShackelMom said...

What a fun Mama you are! I love the oysters!

The Green Stone Woman said...

You sure are a nice Mom to have around. What nice birthday parties you give!

Kelly said...

So sweet!

Did you make her dress? I recognize the Heather Ross fabric. It's gorgeous.

Geekgrl64 said...

How sweet! I loved the oysters!

J. said...

I now want an Ethel Merman birthday cake for my birthday next month.

What sweet pictures! Ellie is one lucky girl. : )

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

You NEED to start compiling these into a book of children's birthday party ideas. I'm so not kidding.

Emily said...

That is one wonderful, wacky trio... oh, how the time is flying!

planetnomad said...

Don't despair: after several years of complicated parties involving elves, orcs, light sabers, etc., Elliot's 13th was a marvel of simplicity--pizza, cheetos, root beer, cake, 3 friends to spend the night, and unlimited time on game cube/boy/nintendo/playstation/whatever it is they have. My point is, it may get more complicated for a while, but it will get simpler again.

smalltownmom said...

Wonderful!

Blogless A.R. said...

Here's what I like about you: creativity mixed with economic simplicity, with a splash of sass and panache. Realistic and fun. I like that--keep it up!

My Crazy Beautiful Life said...

Zach asked for a cake of Barad-dur, the black tower from LOTR, for his birthday. He didn't get it. Your mermaid cake was beautiful!

Mrs. G. said...

I hope you had a little Ethel playing softly from the outdoor speakers.

Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt said...

Could not be any cuter.

kelly said...

If my daughter is still into mermaid stuff when her birthday comes around, I'm totally pulling a Martha and stealing this. Although March may still be a bit chilly for water balloons.

My favorite is the clam cookies. Those are so cool.

Did you make the mermaid aprons or buy them somewhere?

Melanie said...

Thanks, all!

The oysters were adapted from Family Fun: http://jas.familyfun.go.com/recipefinder/display?id=52196.

And, Kelly, I made the no-sew mermaid tail aprons out of some cheap tissue lame from the fabric store and fusible web ribbon. I just free-handed the tail shape.

Roz said...

Oh, my gosh these are delightful! Glad I found your blog--it's a day brightener!

I Am Very Mary said...

I would like a birthday party with a hunky man cake and then we will all go shoe shopping. Can you pull that one off for me, please?

Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

Do you cater for mamas like me? Because I have simple demands and you are simply the best party thrower.

(Is thrower a word? Don't know. It stays.)

Magpie said...

Awesome looking party!

JessTrev said...

I'm with Lisa...I have very simple demands... you're hired!

Hay said...

My birthday is in a week, can you fly over and give me an awesome party? You choose the theme. x

Jenn said...

How cute ...love the oyster idea !

iCarrie said...

I think I'm going to MaRtha this too and throw a totally random party...as both my girls' birthday's just past. I love the sheer happiness little Ellie shows in these photos.
Oyster cookies? The humanity! They are the best.

Stu said...

Very cool. I suddenly feel like getting some seafood for lunch.

-Stu

heidi said...

Are you posting this just to torture poor Martha? If you must know, it makes me love you even more :-)

Serial Mommy said...

i love the party!! her outfit is adorable!!! i wanted to add that i made your shoshyu chicken the other night for dinner and it's a keeper! hubby said he'd like a little more spice added to the sweet, is there a pepper that you would recommend that would compliment it well? i was thinking just ground pepper or maybe some cumin, but i'm not sure

Dawn in CA said...

Those oyster cookies are genius. And that last photo of your little mermaid? Priceless.