My daughter loves all things mermaids. For Aurora’s fourth birthday she requested a mermaid party. I made a lot of Mermaid Under the Sea Party Food for it as we had 15 kids and 5 adults attend…
Yes, I went above and beyond. For whatever reason, I just kept adding more and more mermaid and under the sea party themed food to this table. Actually, one table became two. As our guest list grew to 15 kids plus 4 adults to help me out (thank goodness), I knew most of it would get eaten, and it did!
The kids absolutely loved this table of Mermaid Under the Sea themed food.
It was fun to see them so excited about each thing on the table.
We had a treasure chest with chocolate coins and ring pops. Ring pops were the hit of the table. Note- if you do a treasure chest, make sure to have enough ring pops for everyone.
Coral reef candy creation.
To make this, I stuck green licorice (seaweed) into a halved styrofoam ball (bought at an art store) using toothpicks. Then I used half of a toothpick to stick Swedish fish into the licorice. This gives it the effect that the fish are swimming in the seaweed.
Next, using a skewer stick I folded Fruit Roll Ups onto the skewer to resemble coral.
I let the fruit roll ups ‘cure’ overnight so they held their shape nicely before displaying it. Finally, to weight the foam down and make it look like the ocean floor, I covered the base with graham cracker crumbs.
Sand dollar cookies
Using a pre-made sugar cookie mix (Pillsbury), I made these beautiful sand dollar cookies in just a few minutes. I baked them with pre-sliced almonds slivers in the shape of sand dollars. Easy and delicious! Note- bake until 1 minute until done, remove and add almonds, finish baking for a minute, or if you want them very soft just let them cool.
I found corn puff roll things at the Dollar Tree that looked just like seashell sticks. Added to those seashell sticks, we had gold fish crackers, sea cucumbers, seashell crescent rolls, carrot and celery reefs, and coral ball oranges.
I told the kids this was “Mermaid Food”
The kids learned that Mermaids also eat coral popcorn, salt water taffy, and graham cracker fish for dessert.
…and of course Mermaids prefer eating out of a sand pail.
The table also had Jello seascapes. I used blue jello, Swedish fish, star candy (cake sprinkles in the form of yellow stars), and shredded carrots to look like coral. I then topped it with waves i.e. whipping cream. They looked pretty neat, but were time consuming.
Honestly, the Jello seascapes weren’t that good. If I were to skip one thing from this food table—it would be them.
I made Pillsbury crescent rolls as seashell crescents. I had everything ready in the kitchen for sandwiches. I.E. lunch meat and cheese in the fridge but the kids preferred them without the meat and cheese and fixings.
Seashell and Garden Eel candies
Clam cookies with pearls
I bought clam-looking Dollar Tree cookies and simply pipped in pink frosting from this recipe.
For the pearl, I used a decorative candy ball (a white Sixlets would work too).
For the centerpiece of the mermaid food themed table, I made a mermaid cake.
See my post on, ‘How to Make a Mermaid Cake‘ if you’d like to see more photos and how this was made. It is simple—most anyone could make it.
Because it’s so much easier serving kids cupcakes than cake, I made some of those too.
I decorated the cupcakes almost like a coral reef look and added some mermaid cupcake toppers and wraps I got on Amazon here. Instructions on how to make these cupcakes here (coming soon).
As if that wasn’t enough sugar…when we had our cupcakes the kids also got playdough/coral colored ice cream.
Non Edible Decorations
My husband helped me remove the living room furniture so that we could set up two 6′ tables and have plenty of room for the activities.
For Non-edibles, I started with dollar tree table cloths in blue.
I got sea shells and colored glass from Dollar Tree and sprinkled those around the table.
I found some sea animals at Walmart (also on Amazon) and sprinkled those on the table too.
Then I added the gorgeous Jelly fish glass artwork which we had already (it came from a local aquarium).
The backdrop with the mermaid and clam shell can be found on Amazon here.
The shimmery party curtain backdrops were also bought on amazon.
I cut the rose gold ones to size for the table skirt and the remainder of what was cut off was used as filler on the tables.
My husband made the octopi out of paper lanterns and streamers.
I made the blowfish out of a party decor ball.
After the kids snacked awhile, we began the activities.
Click here to see the Mermaid Under the Sea Party Themed Activities (coming soon).
As you can see, there are a ton of ideas for Mermaid Under the Sea Party Food. I hope these ideas help with planning your party!