Ahoy! A Nautical Birthday Party Idea in San Francisco

Last night I performed in a fantasy world of pirates, mermaids, buried treasure, and a beautiful old ship. But, this birthday party was not for a child; it was tastefully remade as an adult fairy tale.

Mermaid belly dancer

San Francisco mermaid and pirates

To arrive at Forbes Island, a half island, half boat restaurant venue in San Francisco, guests rode a private water taxi amongst barking sea lions. The island was complete with a light house, white sand beaches, palm trees, and a Tahitian thatched beach hut serving as a dance floor with DJ Alex. Below the island was an elegantly decorated nautical themed dining room. The portholes gave a view of the underwater scenery and the large central fireplace kept guests warm on a chilly San Francisco night.

The birthday boy was surprised by two pirates who entertained the guests as they dined by telling salty sea stories and demanding to know where the treasure was.  At the end of the meal, the birthday boy found a riddle that told of where the treasure was and that it was guarded by a siren. The pirates handed the sword to the birthday boy for protection as he and the guests rushed upstairs to the beach where the long haired sea maiden was waiting for him.

Forbes Island

Forbes Island

In a rhinestone-covered seashell top and mermaid tail decorated with shells, sequins, rhinestones, and starfish,  I performed a mermaid themed belly dance show while the birthday boy nervously held onto his sword. The wind blew my hair all over the place for an unexpected special effect that made me look like I was dancing underwater. The birthday boy was a good sport (after a couple of Mai-Tais and some encouragement by me) and showed off his belly dancing skills to his friends and family during the show. During his belly dance debut, I stole the sword from him and performed a sword balancing routine to end the performance.

After his final bow, a beautiful birthday cake was presented to the birthday boy by his beautiful wife and the night continued on with DJ dancing, a fun photobooth, drinks below at the galley bar, and trips up the lighthouse to marvel at the beautiful view of downtown San Francisco, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge. A fantasy-filled birthday party indeed!

View of San Francisco from the lighthouse.

 

• Meet the Author • Nyla Crystal


Dr. Nyla Crystal holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry and performs family-friendly shows for weddings, birthday parties, and corporate events in the Silicon Valley portion of the San Francisco Bay Area. She also co-directs the international award-winning Troupe Scimitar and the Dangerous Beauties Belly Dance show. Learn more about Santa Clara belly dancer, Nyla Crystal.


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  • You must have had loads of fun there. Was this the first party of this type that you attended?

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    • I’ve been hired to dance on a boat before and I’ve been hired to perform as a mermaid, but this was the first time as a mermaid on a boat!

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    • I can say that I’ve never performed at a party on a boat before! It was a ton of fun and I loved incorporating the mermaid theme into my performance.

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  • Wow what an incredible birthday idea! A great way to surprise someone which is what I love to do. Love the mermaid in the picture, I take it that’s you?

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