When my daughter said she wanted to have a mermaid party for her fourth birthday, I went into planning mode. Outfit, decorations, snacks, we talked about it all. When I heard that you could get a real life mermaid to come to the party, I couldn't believe my luck! I contacted Waggle Dance and luckily she was available the weekend of the party.
Waggle Dance – Mermaid Tarielle
Mermaid Tarielle is available for both in water and land parties. As my daughter was turning 4 and most of the guests would be her age and younger I was unsure how they would be able to participate in the water activities, but still thought it would be a wonderful experience to have a mermaid swimming in the pool!
Izolde from Waggle Dance was fantastic to communicate with and reassured me we could have the mermaid in the pool, with parents involved and improvise on the day.
We thought if the kids weren't keen on hopping in they could still sit with her by the pool. Both Mermaid Tarielle and Izolde from Waggle Dance gave me a call in the days leading up to the party to check in and make final arrangements. It was important to keep the “mermaid magic” alive and make sure she can enter and exit the pool unnoticed to the children.
Once I heard our special guest had arrived I kept the children around the front of the house playing pass the parcel so she could slip into her tail and in the pool. At the agreed time I told the children we had a special guest swimming in the pool. We lined them up to walk down the path to the pool. The looks on their faces were priceless as they entered the pool gate to see a mermaid swimming laps in the pool. They were in absolute awe and it was the first time there was silence amongst 13 under 7s!
After a little performance in the water, Mermaid Tarielle swum up to the children and they crowded around to see her. Her tail is exquisite, with sparkling “scales” all over that feel just like a real sea creature. She certainly looked enchanting with her hair in braids and glittery make up, which kept the sense of wonder truly alive.
Tarielle was so friendly and approachable the children warmed to her straight away. They compared toes and tails, they all had a feel of her fish scales, and asked her all their burning questions (can you stand, where are your legs?) It wasn't long before they were hopping in so they could have a swim. It wasn't a hot day but the chill didn't bother them at all! Mermaid Tarielle engaged so well with all the children in the pool, catering to their ability and confidence in the water.
The older and more experienced children swum on her back up and down the pool, she even took my little 20 month old for a little ride on top of the water. Those who weren't keen for mermaid rides were still very happy to be in the pool with the mermaid, chatting and playing around. We even got Mermaid Tarielle to pull them around on a little boat. She did not stop smiling the entire time, and neither did the children!
To finish off the time in the pool the children all sat on the step, learnt a special mermaid dance and the birthday girl was crowned with a flower tiara. It was such an amazing experience for all – even the Mums and Dads!
After the party I was flooded with messages from the Mums at the party. The children wouldn't stop talking about what a wonderful time they had with Mermaid Tarielle, she made such an impression on them! It was universally agreed as the best party they had been to.
And the Birthday Girl, well she can't stop telling everyone she sees that she had a real mermaid come to her birthday party. This is one birthday that is going to be hard to top!
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