Little Mermaid/Ariel themed birthday party

Miss 5 is now Miss 6!

Since she turned 5, Miss 6 has been asking for her next party to be at a local-ish swimming centre that has this awesome equipment outside.

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I’ve had to use an image from Google as the play equipment was out of action on the day of the party which was very disappointing as it was the reason we booked the party there.  Despite this, the kids still had a great time!

She also wanted it to be Little Mermaid/Ariel themed.

I’ve been so busy with my studying, everything for this party was organised within a month.

I found these invites on Etsy. $13.41.  I printed them at home.

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We booked a table outside at the Swimming Centre for $40 and advised parents we would pay entry for the party guest and one parent.  Entry costs totalled $60.00.

To help Miss 6 feel her best at the party, we got her an Ariel swimsuit for her birthday. Only $6.64 on eBay!

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A trip to Big W saw us purchase an Ariel Happy Birthday sign.

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As we couldn’t get all that we wanted here, I visited an online party store and purchased a number 6 Piñata, loot bags, napkins and Ariel balloon.

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Food:

As we weren’t going to be at home, I wanted foods that were easy to get there and set up. We decided on a seaweed dip which Miss 6 loves and suited the theme, a fruit platter, veggie platter, chips, lollies, cheese and biscuits. I made Miss 6’s cake and a family friend was kind enough to make some cookies. We served water and juice.

For the cake, I made two round cakes.  I made ganache to put between the two cakes and around the outside.  I then rolled out the purple fondant, placed it over the top and tidied the sides.  I then used a seashell mould and teal fondant to decorate the sides.  I purchased an Ariel plastic decoration for the top to go with a number “6” candle and 5 purple candles.

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The kids had a great time, with the birthday girl telling me as we snuggled in bed on Sunday morning that she had the best time.

From my husbands and my perspective, this was the easiest party we have organised. Being from 2.30pm to 5.00pm it was clear we weren’t required to do lunch so only cold foods were required.  With it not being at home we didn’t need to clean the house before and after the party. I baked and covered the cake with ganache on Thursday.  I covered the cake with the fondant on Friday.  On the day we chopped the fruits and vegetables and put them in plastic containers ready to assemble at the pools on plastic trays.  I made the seaweed dip.  Hubby collected the balloons and ice for the drinks at 11.00am.  We left home at 1.30pm, arrived at 2.00pm and were set up by 2.20pm.  The party finished at 5.00pm.  We were packed up and out of there by 5.10pm.  Home by 5.30pm with the washing up, kids bathed and easy dinner prepared by 6.15pm.

I enjoy hosting parties at home, but this was enjoyable too!

What’s your preference? Home or out?  Do you have an Ariel/Little Mermaid themed party coming up?  You are welcome to our left over napkins, birthday sign and Ariel if you like – get in contact xx

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All About Women 2017

I spent a lovely day at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday with a long time friend (daren’t say old friend lol) for an inspiring day with other women (and some men too) to hear from the likes of Geena Davis (!) and journalist Lucy Clark. 


Our first session was with Geena Davis. I loved watching her in A League of Their Own growing up – a movie on high rotation in my childhood home. Yes – she is really tall. 

She brought to light the gender inequality in the film and TV industry in front of and behind the lens. 10 years ago Geena launched a foundation called the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. A study by the Institute in 2008 found that for every female speaking-character, there were three male characters. In crowd scenes in a film the ratio is less than 1:5 because apparently women don’t like to gather?!?! They clearly haven’t been in my office when a baby comes to visit!

And as she pointed out – whilst is could be 500 (!) years for us to reach gender parity in the real world (if things change as slowly as they are at the moment) it could happen overnight in the film/ TV industry, if the big wigs in Hollywood truly want it too. If they need to cast a judge in a film, cast a woman. If they need to cast a plumber in a film, cast a woman. If these roles are being shown as something possible in the fictional world, it transfers to the real world. When the animated film Brave came out the rate of female participation in archery rose by 103%! Why? Because girls saw another girl doing it and they knew that they could too. 

I took so much away from Geena Davis!


We then had a lovely long break and enjoyed lunch under cover at The Opera Bar. Delicious food, uninterrupted chatter. So good to finish a story, isn’t it?

Lastly, we saw Lucy Clark – Sausage Factory Schools. This was the one that my friend and I related to the most. Both former students. Both Mum’s to school-age children. 

Lucy is a journalist with The Guardian and the mum of a High School graduate who lives with anxiety as a result of going through a school system that is not fit for purpose. The beurocratic system demanding more and more data and putting our kids through test after test. She spoke about one school shaking up the homework they give children and to promote the mental wellness of our children

  1. Read just-right books every night — and have Mum/Dad read to you too
  2. Get outside and play — that does not mean more screen time
  3. Eat dinner with your family — and help out with setting and cleaning up. 
  4. Get a good nights sleep. 

I love the sound of this!

She also canvassed the need for us as parents to push back up at the corrupted education system to ensure our children’s confidence and well-being.

I got so much out of this last year and again this year. Keep your eye out for it next year – it’s a wonderful event! If you live regionally, there are venues around the state that link in so you can still attend the event. 

Were you there? Does this sound like something up your alley?