I have lost many friends over the years. A few were stolen by Death (may they rest in peace), but far more of them I have lost to life.
Some of those losses have been easy; a simple cease of communication was enough to loosen our bonds. Other endings have been sloppy & painful, leaving both parties scorned. Some are intentional, others unintentional. But the common thread among all of them is that they have been necessary.
See, I believe everyone comes into your life for a reason, but not everyone stays. Those exits happen for a reason, too. We cannot expect to be able to keep everyone. We are dynamic, as are what we need and what we want. Our relationships must ebb and flow, too.
So, to those friends who I have moved on from, or that have moved on from me, I wish you the best of luck in life. My absence does not mean I am wishing you ill will; on the contrary, I hope you are soaring. I hope whatever may have caused the gash between us to have healed when your wounds were less fresh. For, it’s true: we cannot find a place for everyone in our lives. But, we can always find a place to wish them well.
When little lady asked for a mermaid fifth birthday party I knew I had to go big. Not because I’m one of those moms who always has to go big, but because FIVE is big. In fact, it’s huge.
But you know what didn’t have to be? My budget. Yep, that’s right. All decor you see in this post arrived at a total of under $115. Photo booth, centerpieces, backdrops, and more, all for just over a hundred. Here’s a break down of all of the mermaid magic that I made from simple household items and inexpensive goodies from Amazon.
Bubble-riffic Photo Backdrop
– Scotch tape or doubled-sided tape
– 5′ x 4″ cardboard slice (I used the top of a display board which I also used for all the signs at the party – see below)
Tape randomized pieces of streamers in desired length all along the piece of cardboard, then drape over other side, and adhere with one more piece of tape. Blow up balloons in varying sizes and adhere to top of cardboard. Hang on the wall and viola, you’ve got a backdrop!
Item cost: $35 (although some of these supplies will be used elsewhere)
Mermaid Tail ‘5’ Centerpiece
– pencils & ruler
– 1 marker (to be disposed eventually)
Trace the desired number on cardboard, then cut it out. Also prepare a base to attach the number to. Cut each cupcake liner in half, then glue in a alternating pattern from the bottom to the top of the number. Glue the number onto the base and use fortification if necessary. Color the base blue, then cover with hot glue.
Coffee filter coral can be made from dyed coffee filters (open a marker and stick one end into water, allow all of the color to bleed in, then dip dye the filters). Other coral pieces can be made from pipe cleaners. Then glue them in!
Item cost: $5-$20 (depending on what you have at home already)
Fishnet Photo Display
– photographs of the birthday girl throughout the years
Hang, pin, and enjoy (this is a great way to add easy, themed decor!)
Item cost: ~ $15.00
– flowers from Trader Joe’s (optional)
Place sand in jar, and flame less candle on sand. Close the jar to avoid spillage. Add flowers for more fun!
Item cost: ~ $25.00
– blue sixlets (cheaper than M&M’s)
– serving spoon
Mix, pour, enjoy (this is a crowd favorite, for sure!)
Item Cost: ~ $15.00
Trendy Little Letterboard
I know, I know. It’s so trendy. Like, too trendy. But it’s little, cute, and it makes a statement, which is kind of my life mission. So, when I found this cheap one on Amazon I couldn’t resist.
Item cost: $16.95
Total Cost: <$115!
Relatedly, if you’re in the LA area and would like more information on the wonderful company we hired for our outdoor play, Pump and Splash, see their website.