Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Make a Splash Mermaid Party

Summer brings out the mermaids in
all of us at Purple Chocolat Home,
so we decided to have a Mermaid Birthday
Party for all of the little granddaughters this

Three of them have birthdays within a week of
each other, and we have celebrated big in the
past with combined birthday parties - 
Frozen, Cinderella, and Unicorn parties.

We had it at our pool at Tuscan Villas
so all of the kids and families who were
invited could swim.

I wanted to create a balloon arch,
so I made it the night before and tested
it at home.  I purchased the arch kit on
Amazon, and an electric balloon pump
Both were around $20 each and were great
investments.  I also found a green sequined
tablecloth and a mermaid table runner- green and purple.

The arch took me about an hour to blow up
the balloons and assemble.  I had purchased 20 - 12
inch balloons online for under $20.

  The balloon arch was carried
over to the party in the back of my Denali
in two pieces.

The arch clipped to the ends of a 6 foot folding table.

I had painted the mermaid sign last
year at a craft night with my SIL.  It was to
go down to the houseboat, but I brought it back
for the party.

I made cookie pops with Oreo Cinnamon Bun 
cookies - yummmmmy!  They were dipped in
white chocolate and covered in disco dust.

My glass shell bowl had a piece of foam placed
in it and it was covered in brown sugar for sand.

My DIL made signs for the treats.

My daughter made the sea water.

I created eight mermaid crowns for the party goers
to choose from, and purchased mermaid hair and
a mermaid necklace for them to wear.

The blow up clam shell was the setting for their

The cake was purchased from Sam's Club.
They make a 3 tier cake for $65!
I then embellished it with chocolate and
fondant shells, fondant mermaid tails,
gumballs, sugar crystal suckers
for seaweed, cotton candy for seafoam 
and chocolate spheres.

It makes for an impressive yet easy
cake for a party, and it tastes really
good too.

It was topped with a cute mermaid birthday

I only included the birthday girls and their
sister's pictures, but all the little girls got their
photos taken.  We had over 40 people attend.  It
was a huge hit for all of the family members.
Of course the kids had to put the clam
shell floatie in the pool!

Thanks for swimming by to visit
our mermaids!

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Lake Powell Menu June 2018

Welcome to a week at Lake Powell with our adult children.
(This gigantic flamingo joined us this summer - from Sam's Club.)

Every summer we spend several weeks houseboating
at Lake Powell, and a few years ago I decided to
share our menus for others who wanted inspiration
on what fun foods they could whip up.  

These posts have been one of my popular posts, 
and I hope people have taken their food options 
up a notch or two by this inspiration.  

Everyone takes a day and decides on their 
menu, purchases their food, and prepares and 
cleans up.  This takes a lot of burden off of 
me, and we get a lot of fun variety, as people 
choose something new and exciting to share, 
or an old favorite.

Bajio Shrimp Tacos (copycat recipe)

Chicken and Bacon Alfredo Gnocchi

Wedge Salads

Burgers and Deep Fried Pickles

Chicken and Beef Tacos

Korean Beef Bulgogi with Deep Fried Potstickers

Peanut Butter Balls

Ham, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches

Smoothie Bowls for Breakfast

Raspberry Meringues with Sorbets and Passion Fruit Sauce

Needless to say, I have to do a little cutting back
when we return home, but we always have
a lot of fun with food besides fun with boating
and swimming.

Obviously cooking on a houseboat with full
kitchens, freezers, large and small appliances
and a grill make creating anything possible! It
is not the same as cooking while camping or

We have a couple more trips planned, and there should
be a lot more great food.

I promise I will post the recipes for the Alfredo Gnocchi
and Meringue Desserts, which were recipes I made.

Until then, enjoy summer!  It is almost half over - sigh!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Seas The Day Mermaid Table

There are mermaids everywhere at Lake Powell,
just in case you didn't know!  They joined us for
dinner, despite the sign saying not to feed the mermaids!

My sister in law wanted to have a craft day,
and she was making wooden signs.  She has
a little wood shop in her garage.  It was so
fun watching her cut, sand, and drill the wood.
I decided to make this mermaid sign.

At Lake Powell we have a huge table that
Hubby's company made - Tyvarian.  It can seat 12.

I found these adorable plates on Overstock this summer.
I had seen some Mermaid plates in Hawaii, but
they were one of a kind and cost-prohibitive, so
I started searching online for some plates.

These are the dinner plates.  Isn't she just adorable?

The salad plates feature a different mermaid.

A similar mermaid decorates the bowl.
I was able to buy 16 of each.  Since
 we have limited storage on a houseboat,
I gave away a set of taupe plates that I had.

I found this pineapple flatware last year.  It is heavy and 

Having a great love for mermaids, I am
thrilled with these new plates.  They can
swim up to eat with us anytime.

I also got a new shell chandelier this year.
The old one was worn out.  I love how the
breeze creates such a beautiful sound as
the shells tinkle.
I found it on Pottery Barn Teen.  My son
went down early to set up the houseboat,
and he assembled the chandelier - I was
amazed at his skills!

Some new Flamingos also joined us at Lake Powell 
this year.  I found these at At Home.  I just
love their sassy, mysterious look.  My granddaughter calls
them "Mingos"!  My son 
thought they were so cute, he was afraid someone
might steal them!

Thanks for joining me and the mermaids and
flamingos today.  

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