Thursday, July 19, 2018

DIY Mermaid Crowns

Mermaid crowns are so fun and easy to make
for your little ones, whether you want to
throw a mermaid party, or for dress-ups.

Click here to see our Mermaid Party we
threw for the summer birthdays.

We are blessed with an abundance of 
little mermaids, so I made eight crowns
for their party, so that each girl could
take one home after the pictures.

I had purchased one for myself a while back, 
and it was made on a coated wire, but I decided
to make mine on a soft foam fabric.  I simply
cut out a domed shape from the foam and
started gluing.

The centerpiece with shells and jewels were the beginning.

My first one I created on a flat surface, and when I went
to bend it to fit someone's head, it wouldn't bend, so
I began shaping it over a foil covered can so it
had a slight bend to it.  Keeping it draped over
the can, I continued to hot glue shells on until
I had covered most of the foam band.

This one was a necklace I cut apart for the centerpiece.

You are going to have foam showing,
so I filled in the small spaces surrounding
the shells with small beads.

I finished them by gluing some ribbon to the ends
of the foam to tie them on the girls' heads.  This way
they were adjustable.  The foam made them soft for
the girls to wear.

Mermaid crowns can range fro $50 to $250
online and I made mine with leftover beads,
jewelry and shells I already had.  You can buy
very inexpensive shells from Wal Mart or craft
stores.  The foam fabric was leftover too.  I
made all eight of them in under 2 hours.

I did bring my glue gun to the party as I knew we
would have a lot of girls trying them on.  

They had so much fun choosing which crown they 
would wear for their pictures, and they fit all sizes.

This would be a fun craft project to do with
your little mermaids too!

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 and then reassembled.

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.

Fondant clam shells,

The biggest white balls are chocolate spheres,
the medium ones are gumballs, and the small ones
are candy.

The mermaid tails and small starfish are
fondant and the large starfish and shells
are chocolate.

Fondant sea horses painted with gold.

Their cakes make 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!

I will be sharing this with

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!

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