Mishka: A Mermaids vs. Pirates Theme


When Gen approached me about her baby girl’s party, I knew it was going to be something special. We hit it off right from the start of our client meeting! Gen at the onset had a special request from me. She wanted to hire 3 separate inflatables and so, given this plus her 200 something guests, I knew that we needed a really large venue with a ceiling height of around 7-8 meters (around 20-24 feet!).

And so I recommended to her the Dance Vision Arena. The venue was sparkling brand new, had a generous lobby area, was spacious enough to fit 400-500 guests, and had about an 8-meter ceiling height! The place is also located along N. Domingo St., not so far from New Manila, Hemady St., and Robinsons Magnolia mall, so the location was quite convenient as well. But best of all, we got the venue at a steal, since it was on 30% discount!

Here’s a long shot of our set-up:


Looks good doesn’t it? It may seem like well-put together, but trust me, it was one of the hardest parties I’ve EVER set-up. Gen’s theme was Mermaids vs. Pirates. The juxtaposition was more of to accommodate another special detail: the party is actually a double celebration, for the birthdays of both Gen’s daughter and husband!

For the Mermaid side, I decided to work with the shades aqua and lavender to simulate the colors of the ocean and the undersea. One element I was very excited for was the jellyfish umbrellas though!

Remember I mentioned how hard this party was to set-up? To give you an idea, here’s a shot of the venue before we set up the decor:

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A completely, blank canvas, with volumes and volumes of empty space to fill up. The main challenge for this particular event was the EXTREMELY HIGH ceiling height. In order to dress this up, we had to use HUNDREDS upon HUNDREDS of lanterns and jellyfish umbrellas –

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What a mess! We had to work until the wee hours of the morning. In the end though, everything was worth it. One of the most rewarding moments for me in event styling is when everything is already setup, and I can just stand at the back of the venue and just drink in the vision and the atmosphere:

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 Isn’t that a sight to behold?

Now, I couldn’t just leave the Pirates empty-handed though, so I created a special section for them:

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Captain Mitch, you are wanted for smuggling joy and countless acts of piracy! Just love that line.

‘Til the next party!


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Michelle Lao


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