our little mermaid.

Our Little Mermaid  |  Kiki's List

A couple of weeks ago, our little Lou turned seven.  She wanted a mermaid party inspired by her last Halloween costume.  It was so much fun designing the details.

Our Little Mermaid  |  Kiki's List Melissa custom-made these invitations for us.  Our Little Mermaid  |  Kiki's ListLou was so excited for the day of her party to finally arrive.Our Little Mermaid  |  Kiki's ListLuckily, her theme matched our porch.  😉Our Little Mermaid  |  Kiki's ListMint is Lou’s favorite color, so it made things very easy.
Our Little Mermaid  |  Kiki's ListEtsy is my place for all things fabulous.  How fantastic are these tablecloths?Our Little Mermaid  |  Kiki's List

However, I had the brilliant idea of surprising the girls with goldfish thinking that they could double as centerpieces.  (I know, I am a maniac.)  I figured it was a great lesson in responsibility.  Much to my chagrin, my girls are far more responsible than I thought… I also learned that these goldfish can live up to 40 years.  Yowsa.Our Little Mermaid  |  Kiki's ListBut they love them.  Lou named hers Sparkles, and E named hers Lucky.Our Little Mermaid  |  Kiki's ListJust two more animals on this crazy farm… but back to the decorations…
Our Little Mermaid  |  Kiki's ListWe made the caramel starfish cupcake toppers out of a mold that I bought at Michael’s.Our Little Mermaid  |  Kiki's ListAnd were able to use a ton of beachy decorations that we already had.Our Little Mermaid  |  Kiki's ListOur Little Mermaid  |  Kiki's ListNaturally, all of the food resembled some sort of sea creature.Our Little Mermaid  |  Kiki's ListOur Little Mermaid  |  Kiki's ListPhish Food is Lou’s absolute favorite ice cream. Our Little Mermaid  |  Kiki's ListThe girls had fun making their own drinks with candy fish swimming in them.
Our Little Mermaid  |  Kiki's List Our Little Mermaid  |  Kiki's List Our Little Mermaid  |  Kiki's List Our Little Mermaid  |  Kiki's ListThe party favors were my favorite element of the party.  Our Little Mermaid  |  Kiki's ListI bought these bags, had them embroidered with each girls’ name and glued on these crocheted starfish.Our Little Mermaid  |  Kiki's ListOur Little Mermaid  |  Kiki's ListWe filled them with these wands and flower necklaces that we made with trim from our local fabric store.Our Little Mermaid  |  Kiki's List

The birthday girl had such a great time.. I love her little face so much!

Photography-  Afton Photography

Invitations + Tags-  Made on Eastern Avenue

Table Clothes-  Candy Crush Events

Favor Bags-  Amazon

Starfish-  Knelly Bean

Wands- Little Crafts 01

Ombre Tassel Banner- 3 Kids and Colors

Cupcake Wrappers-  Mooses Creations


Ha Det Bra.

(Meaning Goodbye in Norwegian.)  Next week, E and I are headed to Norway for three weeks with my Dad, stepmother, sister and neice.  We will be traveling through the Fjords for two and a half weeks and ending our trip visiting our cousins at their lake house on the island of Hvasser.  While I am wildly excited to have this amazing opportunity and special family time my heart is breaking at the thought of leaving my little Louie Taco behind.  Three weeks is a looong time for a seven year old to be away from their mommy— and it might be even longer for her mommy to be away from her.  But I know that she is in good hands with Daddy-  he’s got quite the agenda planned!

The other stress factor for me was what to pack?!?  We will be on a ship for two and a half weeks so we will need to pack lightly.  The average temperatures can be anywhere from 20 degrees to 80 degrees. Packing for this trip requires a serious strategy!  I think I’ve finally got it all figured out.

Packing for Three Weeks in Norway  |  Kiki's List

Field Jacket  |  Jean Jacket  |  Vest  |  Parka  |  Blazer

Heathered Pullover  |  Nautical Stripe Shirt  |  Chambray Shirt  |  Gingham Shirt  |  Tee

Sail Away Pullover  |  Striped Tunic  |  Mesh Sweater  |  Plaid Scarf  |  Panama Hat  |  Snood  |  Clutch  |  Swimsuit  |  Dress  |  Sandals  |  Red Sox Hat  |  Tote  |  Geometric Earrings  |  Hoops

Sarong  |  Sneakers  |  Flip Flops  |  Toms  |  Boots  |  Cross-Body Bag  |  Bangle  |  Bangle

Olive Jeans  |  White Jeans  |  Black Jeans  |  Denim Jeans  |  Leggings  

Ray Bans  |  Ray Bans  |  Fang Necklace  | Tassel  Necklace