Category: Disney-Inspired Party Planning

Simple Little Mermaid- Inspired Cupcakes Tutorial

Little Mermaid Sea Shell cupcakes

“New Seashells?”

That famous line squawked by Ariel’s feathered friend, Skuttle, made my cupcake design decision simple for my daughter’s Little Mermaid-inspired birthday party. With the use of Wilton brand seashell chocolate mold, making these cupcakes were three-steps simple!

Today I’ll share a quick photo tutorial of how to make these yummy sea-side treats.

You’ll need the following items before you get started.

  • 24 cupcakes cooled and ready for icing
  •  white icing
  • Wilton large open star icing tip (I used tip 1M)
  • purple seashell chocolates (made from the above mentioned mold)
  • 1 box of cinnamon graham crackers
  • sealing gallon size storage bag
  • rolling-pin

Step 1: Using your over-sized open star tip, create an ocean foam-like topping by pointing your tip and piping bag of icing straight at the center of your cupcake, squeeze the bag and allow the large star to develop into a hefty amount of icing that resembles ruffles at the edges.

beach themed cupcakes

Step 2: Place half of your box of graham cracker sheets into a gallon sized storage bag. Zip close the bag and use a rolling-pin to crush the crackers, creating your sand. Once half the crackers are crushed, add the remaining crackers to the bag and roll away! Once all the crackers are crushed, sprinkle all of the cupcakes with the crumbs. Before moving to the last step, take a minute to shake off the excess crumbs.

Beach cupcake

Step 3: Add your purple seashell and starfish chocolates. That’s it!


Super simple and oh-so-yummy, the combination of graham crackers, vanilla icing and cake is delicious and the presentation is perfect for any beach themed get-together, including my daughter’s Little Mermaid inspired birthday party!

Looking for more Little Mermaid inspired party food? Check out my Little Mermaid-inspired party food post from last week.

Until next time, I hope your days are magical!



Little Mermaid Party Food

Little Mermaid Party Food

Today I’m continuing the recap of my daughter’s Little Mermaid-inspired birthday party by sharing the food menu….which, I think, has the perfect touch of “nautical nonsense.”

The party took place during a hot day in the middle of July, so although I originally wanted to offer a variety of seafood, I decided to offer food that wouldn’t spoil as easily. To keep with our theme, I gave each food option a fun Little Mermaid-inspired name.

Lunch Menu

  • Ariel’s Seashell Pasta
  • Under The Sea Sub Sandwiches
  • Skuttle’s Starfish Salad – red grapes, strawberries, blueberries and watermelon. Star-shaped cookie cutters were used to transform our watermelon into Starfish.

Skuttles Starfish Salad ~ Little Mermaid themed food

  • Sea Salt Chips
  • Pirate Booty snack bags

Little Mermaid Party Food

  • Sebastian’s Jumpin’ Jellyfish Sandwiches (Again, I simply used cookie cutters to make the shaped sandwiches.)

Little Mermaid Party Food


I offered the typical non-alcohol beverages- milk, grape juice, water and a variety of sodas. There was one themed drink- Flounder’s Blue Ocean (Blue Hawaiian Punch and Sprite.) I saw variations of this type of blue drink all over Pinterest, so I thought I’d try it.  It was a big success with the kids!

Little Mermaid Party Drinks


For the treat table I kept with the party’s color scheme of a variety of blues, greens and white when choosing treats that complemented our theme. Little Mermaid inspired treat table

Here’s a rundown of the treats available to the party guests:

  • Raspberry and Grape Salt Water Taffy
  • Gummi Blue Raspberry Rings
  • Shimmer White Gumballs
  • Blue and Purple rock candy sticks
  • Oyster Cookies

Little Mermaid inspired Treat

I used S-shaped store purchased cookies to make the Oyster-like cookies. Each S-shaped cookie I snapped in half, which I then connected the two halves with icing and placed a white Sixlet in the center as if it was a pearl.

Little Mermaid Inspired Food

  • Green Apple Licorice
  • Turquoise Wegmans Gems (M&M look-a-likes but cheaper)
  • Clam Shell Lollipops by Etsy Shop Candied Cakes

Little Mermaid Party Food

Last, but not least, is Victoria’s requested “Mermaid” cake.  Per her (everyday for a month) request, she wanted a Mermaid cake- “chocolate on the inside, green on the outside.” A bit less dramatic than I wanted, but Wegman’s bakery department did exactly as she wanted and Victoria was happy. That alone made the entire day perfect for me!

Thanks for visiting the Mouse Ears Mom blog today.  If you’re planning a Little Mermaid-inspired party, stop by the blog next week for a closer look at the vanilla beach and Ariel-inspired cupcakes I made to go with her chocolate cake.  The post will include a simple three step tutorial too! I promise it’s just a few simple additions to an average cupcake and… YUM!!!

Until then, I hope your days are MAGICAL!

Little Mermaid Inspired Party: Decor, Activities and Party Favors

Little Mermaid Party Activities

A summer party that’s “Under the Sea” couldn’t get any better than this (according to Sebastian, of course!)

This summer my Little Mermaid Victoria celebrated her 4th birthday.  For months before the party Victoria told everyone she met that she was having an “Ariel Birthday Party – cake – chocolate on the inside and green on the outside.” That was the line she told EVERYONE! Of course she was often asked “Why green?”  And when this happened, very dramatically her response was repeated “That’s the color of Ariel’s tail.  It has to be green!” Each time I heard her say that I chuckled inside.  Apparently my themed-party-planning gene was passed along to her!

Using Victoria’s request of green as my starting point, the party planning for my princess went swimmingly.

I honestly had a blast planning, working with vendors and creating some of my own special touches for Victoria’s Little Mermaid themed birthday party.  I’m excited to share the details with you over the next week. You can expect to see a post on Little Mermaid-themed food, a sponsored post about the most awesome party favor you could give mermaid guests and even a tutorial on how to make simple beach-inspired cupcakes. Today, I’ll start by showing you an overview of the party’s themed decor, activities, and party favors. Those three pieces of a party are entwined together in theming, so this post will be a long one. My goal is to show you how a few simple and inexpensive touches can give a back yard party enough pixie dust to make your mermaid and her guests swim with glee!

Decor, Activities and Party Favors

Although the party was themed around The Little Mermaid Disney princess, Ariel, the majority of our young guests were boys.  After a quick discussion with the birthday girl, we decided to keep the themed accents nautical instead of princess.  I used shells and starfish to decorate everything and the color scheme was hues of blue, green, purple, white and touch of pink.

Little Mermaid themed party decor

This pretty starfish wreath was hung above the adult guest favor table.  It worked perfectly to draw attention to the table and could easily be duplicated by hot gluing three starfish to a wreath you may already have.

Little Mermaid-inspired Adult Party Favors

Placed below the wreath I used a small table to display the party favors given to the adults attending the party.  Inside hard-shelled milk chocolate seashell candies waited to be munched later in the day.  The blue tray held real seashells along with the thank you photo-cards from our little mermaid.

mermaid party table decor

Table decor I kept simple by using purple calla lilies and seashells. I love the shape of the calla lily leaves.  They remind me of sea weed or mermaid fins popping out of the ocean, ok, so maybe that’s a stretch but nonetheless, that’s why I chose them.

Mermaid party decor

It the food area I used additional touches of seashells and starfish.

The glass container set you see in the above photo I re-purpose for every party.  It’s so simple, a little hot glue and some Target $1 section ribbon or in this case rope and it adds a perfect party touch to the food table.  The sand dollars and starfish I made using Mod Podge molds.  They are so simple to make, I filled the mold with hot glue using my glue gun and painted a white shimmer glaze on them.  Once they dried, I hot glued them onto the rope on containers.  The best part is the glued items come off so easily when you’re done and leave no residue behind.

boys drink cups Mermaid partyThe pirates attending our mermaid party were given personalized drink glasses for them to use and then take home at the end of the party. I used the same molds and Target spot section supplies to embellish the pretty blue mason jars that I purchased from AC Moore Craft Store. The mermaids, who happened to be the younger guests at the party, were given Ariel plastic containers to use and take home as part of their party favors. The Ariel drink containers I also found in Target’s spot section.

Little Mermaid Party activity for boys and girls

We had a bubble blower set up at the beginning of the party and the kids loved running through it, but the activity that these pirates enjoyed the most was the treasure hunt. The boys we tagged as pirates and the girls, of course, as mermaids.  The boys were given their own pirate shirts to get soaked in as this treasure hunt involved two parts.  The mermaids went on their own hunt for Human Stuff and the pirates searched out their treasure. When they found their treasure a second map was with it, which lead them to a battle. The mermaids and pirates had a water balloon fight to defend their finds. Ok, I know you’re thinking- “Pirates? Where were they in the movie?” It’s a bit off the Little Mermaid theme but the kids loved it! Maybe Disney should consider this plot for another sequel…

Human treasure! Little Mermaid inspired activity

The mermaids found “Human Stuff!” (Ariel necklaces, change purses, pink chocolate coins and blue gummy fish) The pirates’ treasure was purple chocolate coins, green gummy fish and pirate rubber band bracelets.

Little Mermaid party favorsThe party activities concluded with lots of splashes in the pool! Each little mermaid dried off in their very own personalized mermaid towel.  The towels were made by Kim Osborne, owner of Etsy shop ~ Sewjob. She did a wonderful job making them and I’ll share more about them later this week.

If you’re planning a Little Mermaid-inspired party this summer, I hope this post gave you a few ideas to help you along!  If you’ve already hosted a Little Mermaid-inspired party, please share the details!  I’d love to check out your party too!


Thank you for stopping by the blog today.  Until next time, I hope your days are magical!


101 Dalmatians Inspired Treats

Happy 54th Anniversary Walt Disney’s 101 Dalmatians!

Last night my family and I celebrated this classic family friendly movie during our weekend moving night. Watching fashion-forward Cruella and the adorable spotted puppies, on their wild adventure through London, brought so many smiles and laughs (some of them full belly, I might add) that it’s hard to believe this film was release to theaters over five decades ago!

Of course, with every Disney themed movie night, one MUST have character-inspired treats! Should we go Villain or Hero?

Cruella de Vil cupcake

These Cruella de Vil and her captured puppies cupcakes are super simple to make and I think, look fantastic!  Want to see how I created Cruella’s infamous hair? You can find my tutorial here.

Here’s a healthier alternative to cupcakes and they pay tribute to Dalmatian heroes, Pongo and Perdita! Dalmatian Tails (white chocolate covered bananas) are so easy to make!

101 Dalmatians Tails

To make this tail-waging treat, you need these three ingredients:

  • Bananas
  • White chocolate melts
  • Candy sticks

Dalmation inspired treats

  1. Cut your bananas in half and insert sticks in the bottom.
  2. Place the bananas on a wax-lined cookie sheet.
  3. Put the cookie sheet with bananas in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
  4. Melt your white chocolate in a shallow pan that you can roll your banana in or a deep enough cup that you can dip the entire banana directly into cup.
  5. Take the bananas out of the freezer and dip or roll each one in the bananas in the melted chocolate until their covered.
  6. Place them back on the wax-lined cookie sheet and place them in the refrigerator until the chocolate hardens.
  7. Enjoy! If you’re not ready to eat them, keep the “Dalmatian Tails” in an air-tight container in the refrigerator until later that day.

Have you watched Walt Disney’s 101 Dalmatians with your family? Why not pull the DVD out this afternoon, whip up a batch of “Dalmatian Tails” and enjoy the movie!

You have to admit, Cruella sure looks great for 54!

DIY: Winnie-the-Pooh Inspired HUNNY Pot Cupcakes

Hunnyt Pot Cupcakes

 Today’s National Winnie-the-Pooh Day!

On January 18th, in the year 1882, A.A. Milne, the creator of our beloved “Silly Old Bear” was born. Across The United States, we honor his birthday as a celebration of his most cherished character, Winnie-the-Pooh.

Is there a better way to do that than with a “Smackeral” of HUNNY Pot Cupcakes?

This weekend the kids and I are watching a few of our favorite Winnie-the-Pooh movies (Pooh’s Heffalump Movie is my personal favorite!) and celebrating his birthday with not just any old piece of cake. Victoria and I baked Honey Cupcakes with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting!  Sounds yummy, doesn’t it? The recipe is by Lauren Kapeluck and can be found on The Cake  Here’s a link to take you directly to her recipe for both the cupcakes and the frosting!

Honey Cupcake Recipe

With any good party, you need to have a fun activity! The kids and I made “HUNNY” pot cupcake wrappers to give the special treats a proper presentation.

I came up with the idea to make them with Victoria (my 3 years old daughter) while her big brother, Gavin (7 years old) was at school.  I was thrilled when he came home, saw what we were doing and wanted to make a few cupcake wrappers too! Being a “big” school boy now, I wasn’t sure how our latest theme for family weekend movie night would go over. Surprisingly, he enjoyed it as much as his baby sister!

 Here’s a template for you to design your own “HUNNY” pot cupcake wrappers with your children!

blank cupcake wrap template

Cupcake Toppers

Stacy, the author of the Fancy Shanty blog, created the adorable cupcake toppers we used on top of our cupcakes.  She has a full line of free Winnie-the-Pooh party printables that are PERFECT for any Pooh Bear party!  Visit her blog to check out the adorable movie tickets, banners, cupcake toppers and honey pots!  Here’s the link to her printables:

Fancy Shanty’s Pooh Printables

Hunny Pot Cupcakes

Before you run off to start baking your own honey cupcakes and planning an adventurous day full of smackerals and such, I’ll leave you with a bit of wisdom from our friend, Pooh.

“When you go after honey with a balloon, the great thing is not to let the bees know you’re coming.” – Winnie the Pooh

Happy National Winnie-the-Pooh Day Everyone!