This time last year, I was hosting a pirate and mermaid party for my twins birthday. Color scheme was pale pink, pale blue and black- which I love. The soft pastel was perfect for Charlotte but there was plenty of black for Luke. I divided the dessert table into a pirate side and a mermaid side and used burlap on the tables to create a sand feel. Candies included sea glass, tentacles, and sea foam. When I look back at they pictures now, I am still very proud of the party but I think I have learned a lot since then. First, I am a much better photographer (please excuse these photos). Now, I usually set up for photos then adjust the layout to work for the party. Second, the layout of the candy jars was a little off. I needed to create a little more difference in height between the cupcake stand and candy jars. Otherwise, I would do the same party again in a heart beat. We made mermaid necklaces out of “pearls,” wrote messages in a bottle and decorated treasure boxes. On the pirate cove side of the party, there was sword fighting, walking the plank and digging for buried treasure. Everyone participated in a treasure hunt where they earned mermaid money or pirate’s treasure. These type of hunts are one of my favorite party activities. They work for every age.