Mermaids are big again. So big in fact, that we can’t go anywhere without the little one thinking she’d like to be a mermaid when she grows up. We whipped up a mermaid party favor that will have all of the little mermaids raving!
The little one is seriously crushing on mermaids right now – this is her favorite thing to wear. Every. Day.
For a mermaid-themed play date, we made some sparkly, sweet popcorn ball mermaid party favors wrapped up in a 3 year old’s version of mermaid happy place.
DIY Chef’s Hat for Kids
In case you are in desperate need of a chef’s hat – apparently, we were – use this great video to make one for your kids. It took less than 5 minutes and the only supplies are copier paper, parchment paper, tape, and staples! Here’s my uber-tired little one in her chef hat craft!
Mermaid Party Favor Popcorn Balls (a.k.a. Mermaid Pearls)
This was the first time I used this popcorn ball recipe and they definitely taste great! If you like toasted marshmallow, this should be a much-welcomed addition to your treat box.
- 5 cups popped popcorn (no butter or flavorings)
- 1/2 c butter
- 1/2 c Wilton candy melts (I used white, but any color will work)
- 5 oz miniature marshmallows
- Colored sugar, Nonpareils, Decorating dust
Use a heavy pot and melt the butter over very low heat. Add in the candy melts (I melted mine while waiting for the butter). Add the marshmallows and stir until your marshmallows are mostly thinned out and melted into the candy and butter. Add in 5 cups of popcorn and lightly stir to coat.
Take it off the heat and let it cool for a bit. Butter your fingers and shape the mixture into just smaller than golf-ball-sized popcorn balls. This recipe made 15 balls.
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Mermaid Decorated Sugar Cookies
If you’re more of a cookie person, consider making these oh-so-tasty mermaid and ocean themed decorated sugar cookies. They went fast! Pro Tip: In case you don’t have enough time (or desire) to make cookies from scratch, use a mix or a refrigerated dough as a starter.
Mermaid Party Favors
When you’re going to make a mermaid party favor, it’s never a bad idea to add some tulle. My little one goes berserk for tulle, so it was no surprise to me that it was the wrapping she reached for.
I cut a square of light green tulle and had Elise cut a larger square of light blue tulle. It’s always good to work on scissor skills with the preschooler because you never know when they’re going to try and cut their own bangs.
Taking three popcorn balls, we wrapped them in the green tulle first and covered that with the blue to create a single mermaid party favor. I secured it with a bit of twine and an inexpensive ocean-themed charm.
So what do you think? Easy enough? I tell you, they went fast around here and Elise even made a necklace with her charm! Because we’re always adding to it, you can follow our Mermaids Pinterest board here.
If you have a party board or even an “everything mermaids” board on Pinterest, will you please share this with your followers?
If you’re looking to take things up a notch, you could even place these in the no-sew mermaid treat bag I made. Or, you could extend your mermaid delights with one of these: