You don’t have to spend many months (or many thousands of dollars) to throw a party fit for a princess. Ahead of Mylah’s fifth birthday, mom DeAnna Acklin spent a month planning a mermaid-princess party for her Capricorn goddess with help from Pinterest and some clever thrifting. Six of Mylah’s closest friends and 10 parents came to celebrate with her at Flea Style in Deep Ellum.
“Shell yeah!” read the party invites. As the guests arrived in the recommended party attire (sparkly mermaid dresses, of course), they received light blue denim jackets that Acklin had thrifted and used a Cricut to apply “Mermaid Vibes” on the back. Pampered like true mermaid princesses, the girls got their hair braided and glitter-fied courtesy of a hair and body glitter kit from Sephora. To add to the princess look, the girls decorated plastic crowns with real seashells from Galveston and pastel jewels to take home as souvenirs.
The decorations were mostly created by Acklin, who pulled inspiration from Pinterest. What she saw online was a mix of green and purple—Ariel’s well-known color palette—but she opted for a multitude of pink tones, from blush to dusty rose, that were incorporated into everything from the streamers on the wall to the flower arrangements to the vintage glassware Acklin found in Canton.
The vintage vibes continued thanks to a rustic metal cart that held the gifts and desserts. While the littles munched away on seashell, starfish and mermaid-tail sugar cookies and a berry Chantilly cake that Acklin and her mother had decorated, the adult guests were treated to pink “mermosas” made with grapefruit juice instead of orange juice.
When it was time to pop the confetti, the girls grabbed traditional poppers filled with gold, pink and blush sequins and gathered for a photo. But the poppers were pulled too early, so they made do and threw the confetti up in the air. As it turned out, the confetti was Mylah’s favorite part of her big day—c’est la vie!