DIY mermaid crown

YAY! It's mermaid week here at Happy Soiree! (we totally made this up & we don't care!)

As I countdown to my 30th birthday I just decided that I'm done adulting and I'm ready to just be a mermaid!

Girls let's be mermaids! Who's down??

To help you get your mermaid on we are kickin off the first wave with a DIY mermaid crown! because what's a mermaid without her crown?

Best part is....I made this for less than $10!

here's what you need:

  • a headband
  • seashells
  • foam hair rollers
  • gems or necklaces you can cut up.
  • A glue gun (or really strong glue)

I bought all of this at dollar tree! (minus the glue gun)

Step 1:

If your headband comes with extra fabric on it- just simply cut it off.

step 2:

Take your roller and bend it against the headband and glue (with a glue gun or really strong glue)

step 3:

Glue one behind the one you first glued

continue layering hair rollers and gluing them on top of each other.

Keep in mind the shape, this is your base to hold up the seashells. I knew I wanted mine to be tall and pointy at the top so I stacked a few, using shorter rollers at the top and bending the final roller to a point at the very top.


step 4:

Plan out where you want your sea shells to go. (when choosing a bag of shells at the store be sure to grab one that has a bunch of different shaped shells) my favorite shells are the ones that look like unicorn horns duhhh!

step 5:

Glue the shells on! I glued the bottom ones to the headband and the rollers. Moving upwards I glued them on the rollers and on some parts of the shells that touched. You really want to make sure you put a lot of glue, because girl- you don't want shells falling of your crown while you slay.

step 6:

Cut up beads and glue on as embellishments. Be sure to cover up most of the rollers.

I did end up covering up that last piece on the bottom left with more beads, because I couldn't find the perfect shell for that part. Plus I knew my hair would cover that part.

Later on I also ended up adding little sticker pearls on some of the shells.

*also if you love color as much as I do you could totally paint the shells to make it even more awesome!

step 7:


Become a mother f*ckin mermaid & have fun!!!



The most important step is to slay and have fun babes!!! Never give up your daydreams and make waves!!

If you try this DIY please be sure to share with us on Instagram! We would love to see your magic! 



DIY, Parties

PINEAPPLE B-day brunch soiree

This past week my grandmother turned 86 - yes 86! I know she looks amazing right? Not only does she look amazing, this woman has more of a social life than me at 29! She still goes to music concerts, parties, shopping with her friends, you name it she's down to go! Minus like a keg stand- (I bet she would try it -err awkward). Everyone is always talking about how she's hilarious and they love having her around. She's the life of the party. OK you get it, she's wicked cool and a beautiful young soul.

My grandmother is the closest thing that I have to a mother. Most people have this naturally sweet relationship with their grandmothers, just like my sons have with her. But to be honest, we are so much a like we tend to but heads a lot. So we argue a lot like mother and daughter. Up until recently, I finally grew the f*ck up and realized hey she's not going to be around forever so maybe you should chill out and just enjoy her while you've got her. 

So this year I decided to do something a little special for her birthday. I have never done anything for her birthday before. Plus I really wanted to create a memory that we can always remember, especially with all the great grandchildren. 

So I called up my sister, told her to come over with my little Liah, and cut up some pineapples! 

Here are the pics for the mini soiree brunch we had for her, a little plant / pineapple themed party:

We spent most of the brunch on Snapchat, she was in tears with all the funny filters, but I'm only going to share this cute one with you :)

I didn't just choose pineapples because they're trending. Most of my memories of my grandmother are of us sitting down enjoying some fresh fruit together. Oh and FYI she is the OG plant lady. She loves flowers & everything green. It's like a rain forest in her house. So the theme was an easy choice.

This day was so great. I am so grateful to have these beautiful moments to always remember. Pictures the kids can look at when they grow up and remember this beautiful soul. She had a great time, and I couldn't have imagined a better morning than one spent with my family just laughing and eating cake for breakfast. 

Little parties are my favorite, they are so much more personal. I hope that this little party inspires you to make time to create special moments with the people you love. 



P.S. her name isn't Abee... we just stole someone's birthday banner.... just kidding. Abee is a nickname that just stuck with her after my oldest son started calling her that when he was a baby. He couldn't say Abuelita (Spanish for Grandma) so he called her Abee, and ever since then she has requested that we all call her that. 


Party Details:

Plates & tissue fans: Shop Sweet Lulu

DIY, Parties

Puppy Party

I couple of week's back I had the pleasure of collaborating with some pretty awesome creative ladies, for a wicked awesome Puppy Party! 

Bonus: I got to party with some really cute pups! 

One of my good friends Vicky recently adopted a sweet little puppy named Bailey. Vicky has always loved baking. She's also really good at it, I make her bring me goodies all the time, her zucchini lemon bread- YUM! 

Well, now that she has Bailey; she was inspired to combine her to loves into delicious puppy treats. 

To celebrate both these awesome events we had a puppy party. We invited my Godson pup Nixon, and Vicky's Goddaughter pup Juno. 

I was so excited to work with her on this project. 

Another awesome treat, was collaborating with a great Boston Wedding & Pet Photographer named Lauren Dobish. I met Lauren a few months back, and just loved her work. I knew that she loved dogs so I knew this would be a perfect match!

Here are the amazing pics from our fun little puppy party, featuring my friend Vicky's Treats.

Welcome to the party! featuring: Darling Dog Treats 

I could not be happier for Vicky! Everyone knows I'm a sucker for starting a creative entrepreneurial journey. 

The pictures came out amazing, Lauren is truly talented. Listen, you thought kids were tough to photograph? Try dogs. These pups were going crazy with excitement. They had a blast. Lauren really captured all the fun. I am so thankful she hopped on board for this party. 

Here's where you can find everyone, because you really should be following these awesome women!

Lauren Dobish: // IG: @laurendobish 

Vicky: You can follow her personal IG: @vickmm86 account, so you can be the first to know when her Darling Dog Treats account is up and ready for ordering. 

Eliane (Nixon's mom, who is an amazing designer) : // IG: @dlace 


Goodbye Summer Backyard Dinner

We love a good dinner soiree, so this year we decided to have a goodbye to summer outdoor dinner party. 

Check out how we pulled off this last minute dinner party, with some doors, cinder blocks, Christmas lights, food, and great company! 

All we did was grab some large doors that were laying around in the  basement, placed them on cinder blocks, this was our large dinner table. 

We attached Christmas lights we already had, to set the mood. We set the table with some candles, plants, and decor. Laid down some blankets for seating. 

Because the party was last minute we asked some of our closest friends and family to bring one of their favorite dishes to share. 

We poured some home made sangria, and the party was on!

Do you think this is something you would try? What kind of dinner parties do you love? Let us know in the comments below :)


-Mel & Cris