I wanted a really fun, yet simple dessert display in the entry way to really bring to life the mermaid theme. Harper asked for lots of balloons & strawberry cake, so that is where I started. I thought a big bold balloon arch would be perfect, so I picked up a few different colors of balloons & Brandon and I got started blowing them all up after the kids went to bed Friday night. A true labor of love!! 🙂 Once they were all inflated, we attached a long piece of wire to the back of the small table I was using, and strung it up to two screws on the wall to give it shape. I used fishing line to attach a few of the first larger balloons, then filled the rest in just by taping them to the wire & to each other. I added a bit of greenery to give a little bit of a seaweed feel & love the way it turned out!!! We had gummy sharks & “seaweed” in candy jars, along with some mermaid tail cupcakes using sugar cones, these were my favorite! I purchased a set of cupcake toppers from Etsy (this could be a super easy DIY, but I always love supporting handmade shops & we are always pressed for time during bday planning) I used some the way they came, but the rest I cut the fins apart & hot glued them to new toothpicks, which were stuck into the ends of the sugar cones.
I made a three layer strawberry cake, frosted with blue buttercream frosting, surrounded by graham cracker crumbs (sand!) and topped with a DINGLEHOPPER. Harper’s reaction was just priceless, “mom, is that a dinglehopper cake?!”
We also had “under the sea” punch, made from blue fruit punch, lemonade & sprite, white “shells” and cheese, and “starfish” sandwiches (chicken salad sandwiches cut into star shapes), along with chips & pineapple/mango salsa and a veggie tray.