BELMAR, NJ — Cupcakes and candy, dress-up and make-up, rings and beads … and “real-live” mermaids — their satin-scaled fins glistening in the daylight. It was a little girls’ delight at JB Couture Cupcakes, which hosted its first-ever Mermaid Day.

With two mermaids perched on a table outside the storefront, the event brought a splash of color to brighten an otherwise dreary Saturday afternoon along Main Street on August 12. They greeted young wanna-be mermaids who waited anxiously to get their jewels and other gifts from the sirens of the sea.

Once inside, more than 30 girls were treated to “mer-makeovers,” complete with stations for hair styling, face-painting and selecting assorted accessories, before it was time to party like mermaids. And that meant enjoying the festive treats and cupcakes by JB Couture Cupcakes owner Jessica Bucceri.

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“I first had a Unicorn Day and wanted to do something different, but something mythical,” she said. “So I decided on Mermaid Day. Everyone loves mermaids, especially little girls.”

Buccieri, who competed in the Food Network’s “Cake Wars,” is known for her creative flair — not only in the kitchen, but by staging private parties and events for the community such as these. Her Cupcake Camp is being held this summer for youngsters age 5 through 13 who learn how to flavor, cool and decorate cupcakes, as well as make candy and fondant. Each week of the five-week camp is designed for a different age group.

And Buccieri already is preparing for her next event: a Carnival Party, to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, August 25.


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