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Marlowe’s 3rd Birthday Party

Eva Amurri Martino decorates the backyard of her Connecticut home for daughter Marlowe's 3rd birthday party with a Sharks vs. Mermaids theme

Marlowe’s 3rd Birthday Party was an absolute blast! Last year, we moved in to our home on Marlowe’s second birthday…so needless to say she didn’t get a party. This year I really wanted to host a fun blowout to make up for it– and asked the Birthday Girl herself to pick the theme.  When she told me she wanted her party to be “a Mermaids vs. Sharks Pool Party” I laughed for about ten minutes and then got to planning– I absolutely loved the idea she came up with and probably couldn’t have come up with something better myself.  It’s the perfect juxtaposition for my girl who loves princesses and mermaids as equally as she loves sharks, lions, tigers, and snakes.  I planned the whole party myself (one of my absolute favorite things to do), and made sure it was loaded up with lots of fun activities, yummy food, and a great cake.  What else do you need at a birthday?! Marlowe had such a blast with all of her friends and was a total social butterfly the whole time.  We had a face painter and a “Mermaid Braid Bar”, and she loved both.  She even got her face painted TWICE– once as a tiger and the second time as a monkey.  LOL.  I’ve never seen a cuter Mermaid-Shark-Tiger in all my life!  Haha. I even took advantage of the face paint and braid bar– it was so fun! I was inspired to host a little Braid Bar get together at my house again…maybe a Moms Night In? Stay tuned…

When the cake came, I was reminded that she and I really are related after all.  I used to hate when large groups sang me Happy Birthday, and to my surprise she covered up her eyes and refused to blow out her candles just like I did as a kid! She made me and my Mom blow them out for her.  We were laughing that the Mermaid doesn’t fall far from the tree.  Because it was her birthday, I let her have a piece of cake AND a cupcake.  When she asked for both and I said yes, it was worth it just to see the look on her face.  Total shock and surprise.  I wish I had a photo of that! LOL.  Overall, the party turned out perfectly– even the total turnaround from the thunderstorm forecast that was originally anticipated for the day! It was the first time I’ve thoroughly enjoyed a party that I’ve thrown at my own home.  In the past, I’ve always been so stressed during the parties. I think the difference here was that I truly did ALL the planning in advance, so once everything was set up I was able to enjoy the party like all the guests! I can’t wait to start dreaming up what to do for her party next year! I’ve put all of the photos below, so you can scroll through for a full view of the party.  For party vendor details, see my list at the bottom of the post! Happy Birthday, Marlowe, you sweet girl.  We love you through and through.

Eva Amurri Martino decorates the backyard of her Connecticut home for daughter Marlowe's 3rd birthday party with a Sharks vs. Mermaids theme

The pink and white shark invitation to Marlowe Martino's third birthday party

The pink and white shark invitation to Marlowe Martino's third birthday party

The pool floats at Marlowe Martino's third birthday party with a Mermaids vs. Sharks theme

The pool floats at Marlowe Martino's third birthday party with a Mermaids vs. Sharks theme

Eva Amurri Martino decorates the backyard of her Connecticut home for daughter Marlowe's 3rd birthday party with a Sharks vs. Mermaids theme

Eva Amurri Martino decorates the backyard of her Connecticut home for daughter Marlowe's 3rd birthday party with a Sharks vs. Mermaids theme

 

Eva Amurri Martino decorates the backyard of her Connecticut home for daughter Marlowe's 3rd birthday party with a Sharks vs. Mermaids theme

Eva Amurri Martino decorates the backyard of her Connecticut home for daughter Marlowe's 3rd birthday party with a Sharks vs. Mermaids theme

Marlowe Martino's Mermaid and Shark themed birthday cake sits on a table surrounded by cupcakes

Marlowe Martino's Mermaid and Shark themed birthday cake sits on a table surrounded by cupcakes

Marlowe Martino's Mermaid and Shark themed birthday cake sits on a table surrounded by cupcakes

A mermaid themed cupcake at Marlowe Martino's third birthday party

Eva Amurri Martino decorates the backyard of her Connecticut home for daughter Marlowe's 3rd birthday party with a Sharks vs. Mermaids theme

Eva Amurri Martino gets her face painted like a mermaid at her daughter Marlowe's third birthday party

Eva Amurri Martino gets her face painted like a mermaid at her daughter Marlowe's third birthday party

Eva Amurri Martino gets her face painted like a mermaid at her daughter Marlowe's third birthday party

Eva Amurri Martino wears a Mermaid Sercurity tank designed using the Happily App and greets guests at her daughter's third birthday party

Eva Amurri Martino wears a Mermaid Sercurity tank designed using the Happily App and greets guests at her daughter's third birthday party

A mermaid Braid Bar with glitter paint

Marlowe Martino gets glitter painted in her hair at the mermaid braid bar at her third birthday party

Marlowe Martino gets her face painted like a tiger at her third birthday party

Marlowe Martino gets her face painted like a tiger at her third birthday party

Marlowe Martino gets her face painted like a tiger at her third birthday party

Marlowe Martino runs around at her third birthday party wearing a silver monokini bathing suit

Marlowe Martino wears a birthday crown and tiger face paint at her third birthday party

Marlowe Martino rides on a shark pool float in the pool of her Connecticut home at her third birthday party

Eva Amurri Martino plays with daughter Marlowe Martino in the pool at Marlowe's third birthday party

Marlowe Martino gets her face painted like a tiger at her third birthday party

Marlowe Martino gets her face painted like a tiger at her third birthday party

Marlowe Martino gets her face painted like a tiger at her third birthday party

A party guest gets her hair braided at Marlowe Martino's third birthday party

Party guests get glitter in their hair at the mermaid braid bar at Marlowe Martino's third birthday party

Marlowe Martino gets her face painted like a tiger at her third birthday party

Guests get their hair braided at Marlowe Martino's third birthday party

Guests get their face painted at Marlowe Martino's third birthday party

Marlowe Martino gets her face painted like a tiger at her third birthday party

Marlowe Martino gets her face painted like a tiger at her third birthday party

Marlowe Martino swims with friends in the hot tub at her third birthday party

Eva Amurri Martino and Major Martino wear "Mermaid Security" shirts, designed using The Happily App

Eva Amurri Martino and Major Martino wear "Mermaid Security" shirts, designed using The Happily App

Guests enjoy a hot dog truck at Marlowe Martino's third birthday party

Guest enjoy a hot dog truck at Marlowe Martino's third birthday party

guests enjoy hot dogs and fries at Marlowe Martino's third birthday party

Eva Amurri Martino enjoys a cocktail at Marlowe Martino's third birthday party

Marlowe Martino gets her face painted for a second time at her third birthday party

Marlowe Martino gets her face painted for a second time at her third birthday party

Marlowe Martino plays by the pool at her third birthday party

Guests sing happy birthday to Marlowe Martino at her third birthday party

Guests sing happy birthday to Marlowe Martino at her third birthday party

Guests sing happy birthday to Marlowe Martino at her third birthday party

Guests sing happy birthday to Marlowe Martino at her third birthday party

The whole family helps Marlowe Martino blow out the candles at her third birthday party

Marlowe Martino tastes the cake at her third birthday party

Major Martino holds a shark figuring from his sister's birthday cake

Guests enjoy the chocolate birthday cake at Marlowe Martino's third birthday party

A half eaten chocolate cake at Marlowe Martino's third birthday party

Marlowe Martino digs in to a birthday cupcake at her third birthday party

Marlowe Martino digs in to a birthday cupcake at her third birthday party

Goodie Bags at Marlowe Martino's third birthday party

Goodie Bags at Marlowe Martino's third birthday party

Mermaid and shark floats fill the pool at Marlowe Martino's third birthday party

 

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Party Details:

Hot Dog Truck: Super Duper Weenie

Birthday Cake & Cupcakes:  Cake Box Westport

Paper Goods: Meri Meri

Garland: Meri Meri

Pool Floats: Sharks, Mermaid Circular

Marlowe’s Bathing Suit: Nununu

My Bathing Suit: Adore Me

My Shorts: Levi’s

“Mermaid Security” Shirts: Custom, made using The Happily App

Marlowe’s Floatie: Puddle Jumper

“3” Birthday Crown: Etsy

Cupcake Toppers: Etsy

Face Painter: At Your Service

 

 

Photographs by Laura S. Wilson Photography

 

 

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15 Comments

  1. Mel G says:

    Happy 3rd birthday Marlowe! I love the photo of you and your mum either side of the cake blowing out the candle for your precious girl…. 3 generations of women right there!

    08.21.17Reply
  2. Christina says:

    Anazing post. Such fun ideas and joyful photos.

    08.21.17Reply
  3. Christina says:

    Super fun post per usual. Wonderful ideas and such cheery photos. xx

    08.21.17Reply
  4. Elizabeth says:

    This was the most perfect party! The details are so sweet. I kinda want a braid bar and face painter at my next girls “book club”.

    08.21.17Reply
  5. Jordy says:

    This is hands down the CUTEST party idea! Such an adorable theme and so sweet that Marlowe came up with the idea herself.

    08.21.17Reply
  6. Carol says:

    Happy 3rd birthday Marlowe. Everything looked great and it seems like you haf a great time. Loved the photonof you covering your eyes when they were singing happy birthday. The theme was a great one and everything look so pretty.

    08.21.17Reply
  7. Lisa says:

    What fun, everything looked so cute!

    08.21.17Reply
  8. Izzy says:

    I just turned 34 and would have loved this for MY birthday party! SO FUN!

    08.21.17Reply
  9. Lucia says:

    The party looks amazing!! So glad all of you -specially Marlowe- enjoyed ir so much!!!

    08.21.17Reply
  10. Joanne says:

    Absolutely adorable!!!!! You mama have an amazing taste for decoration! 😍😍😍

    08.21.17Reply
  11. Jessica says:

    Happy birthday beautiful Marlowe! What a great party theme, All of the photos are gorgeous! Beautiful memories!

    08.21.17Reply
  12. Audrey Munroe says:

    Hey Eva! I dont have kids, and legitimately never ever comment or post on anything on Instagram or blogs but I wanted to send one to you because I think you’re rad. Everything is so shamelessly curated today and you seem genuine, which is a breath of fresh air. You living outside the city with your kids and throwing backyard pool parties reminds me of my childhood and it was the best! Keep doing you 👊🏻

    08.22.17Reply
  13. Julia Nagle says:

    Hey! Where did those invitations come from? So cute!

    08.24.17Reply
  14. Rhonda, California says:

    Oh to be 3! Parties have come a long way since I was a girl. I loved planning parties for my kids, just such fun. What a fun and creative theme!! Loved the face painting and braids!! I also love how you kept it simple.

    08.25.17Reply
  15. Lisa says:

    What a fun party! Those pictures will become treasures for her!

    08.25.17Reply