Best Mermaid Party Ideas Around the Web!

If you’re browsing through this site then most likely your little girl is a mermaid fanatic who probably spends her nights dreaming of the sea. Once her birthday comes around let’s make all of those fanciful dreams come true. There are tons of whimsical and creative ideas floating around on the web, especially Pinterest! So rather than letting you get lost in the big sea of amazing ideas I’ve gathered up a few of my favorite mermaid themed parties and brought you a nice photo roundup of inspiration all in one spot! Read on to learn how to dazzle your little mermaid and her friends with these beautiful ideas.

The Invitations

Head on over to the PhotoGreetings shop on Etsy for this adorable mermaid graphic invitation. There are 3 cute styles to choose from and many other adorable invitations for other party themes so you’ll know exactly where to go for your next event. The invitation is then sent as a jpg or pdf file so you can print out as many as you’d like.

If you’re planning on having a joint birthday or inviting an even mixture of boys and girls then I would definitely suggest these Pirate/Mermaid invitations from the Etsy shop, LollipopPrints where they do a great job of bringing the two genders together.

The Decorations

There are tons of really great ideas out there but I think in the collage above you can see a nice variety of ideas to gather. Take a look at the sea-inspired decorations like starfish, coral, live fish bowls, paper plate octopi and ‘sea weed’ garland.

The Food

Applejack Apparel Summer Reading Challenge!

School is officially out for summer vacation! But while your kids are excited for sleeping in, going to the beach and hanging out all day let’s also get them excited for summer reading! We want your kids to learn about topics they’re interested in, without nagging or forcing it out of them. With summer being a pretty big chunk of time that gives plenty of room to change their minds about reading, and for some that may be easier said than done, but with this Summer Reading Challenge I’ll bet by the end of summer your kids will (could I dare say) want to pick up a book for the fun of it.


The Rules

– 1 page read= 1 point

– Bonus points= completing a book, choosing a challenging book, summer reading for school, etc.

– The book should be approved by Mom or Dad


Suggested Books

Now this can vary for everyone as you do want your kids to read things that would interest them but here’s a good list from Scholastic to choose from.

– Ages 3-5

– Ages 5-7

– Ages 8-10

– Ages 10-12

– Young Adult

 For all of those little mermaids out there here are a few fun choices to pick from.

 Barbie in a Mermaid Tale 2– Girls ages 2-5 will love this exciting full-color Little Golden Book retelling of the new Barbie Spring 2012 direct-to-DVD movie.

Mermaids in the Backyard– Lindy doesn’t want to move to the bug house. That’s what she calls her family’s new beachfront house on stilts. She misses her best friend and her life back in Chicago. Girls 6-9 years old.

Trouble at Trident Academy– It’s MerGirl Shelly Siren’s first day at a new school, and she is nervous from the tip of her head to the end of her sparkling mermaid tail. Girls 6-9 years old.

Aquamarine– Hailey and Claire are spending their last summer together when they discover something at the bottom of the murky pool at the Capri Beach Club. Girls 8-12 years old.

The Tail of Emily Windsnap– A young girl learns she’s half mermaid and plunges into a scheme to reunite with her father in this entrancing, satisfying tale that beckons readers far below the waves. Girls 10-12.

Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings– Girls 10-13 will love reading about a girl who goes from shopping to flopping in a newly discovered mermaid tail.


The Rewards

It’s important to keep the interest going all summer long so to have small weekly and monthly prizes leading up to a big grand prize at the end of summer is your best option. I’ve come up with some reward options but of course these are flexible since not all your kids could be interested in the same rewards.

Weekly Rewards: Get out of dishes free, sleep in, trip to the park, 30 min of the computer during ‘non-electronic’ time, invite friends over, Mom makes your favorite dinner, etc. To make it a family event as well you can go out for dinner or ice cream if each kid got at least a certain amount of points.

Monthly Reward: Kids can earn entries into the monthly drawing when they read 100 pages or finish a book. So even the third place weekly winner, four weeks running will have a shot at the monthly prize to keep things fair. The monthly prize can be drawings for toys, gift cards and other items valued at about $10 or so.

Grand Prize: For the grand reward have your kids each list 3 big prize ideas and if they win you can reward them with one of the things they were looking forward to. Of course money is always a good prize too. Plus, since all your kids did so well on the summer reading challenge make sure to celebrate all their accomplishments by having a pool party, pizza outing or beach day so everyone feels proud of themselves.

We can’t wait to hear how your summer reading challenge went!

(Contributed by Tiffany Gomez)

Great Gifts for Little Girls from $20-$40

Great Gifts for Little Girls from $20-$40

We celebrated the first birthday of a very special little someone this weekend, and I endeavor to be the “fun auntie.” SInce I have a little expertise in this area, I’d like to share my favorite picks for little girl birthday presents. Here are four awesome options that will put a smile on her face without breaking the bank.
All are available on Amazon, except the mermaid costume- and all can be delivered to the birthday girl in a few short days. Any gift buying tips? What has been a hit at your house?

How To “WIN” at Camping with Kids!

ImageAt Applejack Apparel, we’re all about imagination. Camping is an awesome opportunity for little minds to grow and for grubby hands to explore- my kids are so impatient to spend time dirty, wet, and happy with their cousins this summer! We are going to do our best to avoid adding “bug bitten” and “sunburned” to the list this year! Here’s a top-ten list of our favorite camping “things.” Can you add to the list?

  •  Campfires (with sticks.)
  •  Muddy beach sand- that will inevitably wind up getting onto and into everything.  (also with sticks.)
  •  Water (for canoeing, swimming, and splashing. Ideally in a mermaid tail?)
  •  Pudgy Pie Makers and awesome Hot Dog/Marshmallow Roasters.
  •  Good, DEET free bug repellant. (that really works!)
  •  Sunblock and cool shades.
  •  Campfire songs.
  •  Easy to make outdoor meals.
  •  Camping crafts with easy clean up!
  •  Comfy Chairs with cup holders, and a cold drink by the fire.

Please share whatever I’ve missed!  Go get ’em, campers!

“I Am A Mermaid” – Meet Carolyn Turgeon!

“I Am A Mermaid” – Meet Carolyn Turgeon!

I’m a book lover and a mermaid lover, so I was bound to cross paths with Carolyn Turgeon, author of the book “Mermaid: A Twist on a Classic Tale” (available on Amazon!)

This tale is a retelling of the classic story “The Little Mermaid,” but it’s definitely more for moms than kids. Carolyn hosts a blog at, and you can see lots of mermaid related posts over there, as well as my interview 🙂


Keep an eye out for Ms. Turgeon’s newest release, The Fairest of Them All, which is about Rapunzel growing up to be Snow Whites mother, due this August!  I LOVE new takes on fairytales, and I am really looking forward to this one!  You can pre-order here on Amazon now.  




The Big Sea Adventure of Nina the Mermaid

Nina has been the big inspiration that started it all over here at AppleJack Apparel. That fateful moment she discovered the magic of mermaid tails on YouTube nothing has quite been the same since! In a good way of course! So in honor of our founding little mermaid we’ve put together a short cartoon adventure that tells the story of Nina the Mermaid’s big sea adventure and the power of friendship. Hope you enjoy!
We’d love to see if Nina has other friends out there, comment below or send us a picture on our Facebook page!