We moved to LA a few months after Rylie turned 1 and haven’t thrown a birthday party for her since. My girl’s birthdays are exactly 6 weeks apart so it can get pretty pricey to do two parties. Also, because they are also so close in age I have to make sure I always keep things even Steven (insert eye roll emoji). Hosting your party at an indoor play place or other party place can get pretty pricey so I usually avoid throwing parties at all costs. We had some family coming into town to visit so I figured I’d allow her to choose a theme and have a pool party at our community pool. To my surprise, she chose a mermaid theme birthday party as opposed to her usual obsession – unicorns. The entire party (including food and drinks) cost just over $300 too.
I decided to keep it simple with the food and served only assorted chips, a veggie tray, pizza, candy dipped cookies and of course birthday cake. A local grocery store was able to replicate a cake theme I found on Pinterest for no additional cost which also really helped to keep the budget in check. Of course, you can always use coupons for pizza too which is a plus.
To keep the party entertaining for our adult guests we also served beer and mermaid punch. This blue punch was a mixture of pineapple juice, blue Hawaiian punch and diet 7 Up! (I had Vodka on the side for those who wanted it which is only $12.99 for an extra large bottle at Costco). This was the perfect beverage for a mermaid theme birthday and the kids and adults all enjoyed it.
Total Cost: $191.24
Luckily, hosting at the pool didn’t cost us a thing and also serves as built in entertainment so it was a double win. I just ordered a few props for a photo booth and brought out some sidewalk chalk and hula hoops. We already had the chalk and hula hoops so no added cost for those either (score!)
Total Cost: $21.18
I was able to score all of my mermaid theme birthday decorations on Amazon and for a reasonable price. The only downfall was that it was all assemble yourself which ended up being pretty time consuming. However, being the control freak that I am, I’d almost prefer to do things myself anyways. I am also lumping in the dishes, napkins and flatware into this category which I was able to find at Walmart for pretty cheap.
Total Cost: $89.19
The grand total for the party came in at $301.61 and it was well worth every penny. Everyone had a great time too! And if you’re looking for affordable and flattering swimsuits to wear to a pool party this summer, be sure to check out this post.
Thanks for reading!