There’s nothing more fun than water play on a hot day… unless it’s a splash party! Our easy tips and tricks will help you beat the heat and enhance your cool party parent factor. From a brightly colored pool to creative jello snacks, read on for the scoop on stellar ideas for the ultimate splash party.
Let your party go-ers know how big of a splash they’re in for. Whether you use beach balls, pool noodles or signs, here’s how to make your party look picture perfect.
1. Hand Painted Welcome Sign
Whether you’re turning your pool party into a gathering for mermaids, pirates, sailors or Olympic swimmers, a friendly sign pointing your critters in the right direction always makes a pleasant welcome.
2. Beach Ball Garland
You can buy mini beach balls or make them on your own for this simple, but stellar garland. All you need is a little paint, styrofoam balls and string!
3. Balloons in a Pool
Make your pool extra color and fun by throwing balloons into the mix! It’s a super fun and affordable idea that’ll get kids rushing for more water play.
4. Pool Noodle Flowers
Really enhance your wading pool with a few pool noodle petals. Find flower shaped pool noodles at your local Dollar Store, and then cut them with a knife. And, in less than 10 seconds, you have beautiful decorations.
5. Inflatable Characters
All those cute floaties now have a permanent home on your snack table! We love this idea who enhanced this swimming party with lovely print outs.
Swimming after a full heavy meal isn’t ideal, so instead of making your kids wait an hour before play, why not provide a snack spread that they can nom on throughout the day? Check out all the clever, energy boosting treats you can have below.
1. Bear on the Beach Jello
Yum! For those with a sweet tooth, these jello pools topped with fancy umbrellas and cute gummy bears will be a hit. Kids won’t be able to get enough sweet delight. Guarantee a line of happy smiles with this dessert.
2. Snack Bar
Prepare a snack bar full of healthy choices to keep your kid’s energy up for the day. Let them load up on their dose of fibrous celery, fruit and wafer snacks. Crissy Crafts cleverly decorated her fruit platter to look like a beach ball. Amazing!
4. Tasty Popsicles
Cool down with kiwi pops or root beer flavored icicles. There are many drool worthy Popsicle idea that are healthy, fresh and down right perfect for beating the summer heat.
There’s more to water play than splashing and swimming laps. Whether your kids can swim in the deep end or like to float in the shallow end of the (wading) pool, here are some fun games that’ll have them hopping with excitement.
1. Photo Booth Station
Who doesn’t love an easy way to have fun and make memories? Let your kids pretend to be scuba divers as they smile for the camera. You can take an extra step and put her fancy props in jars of sand for an extra beachy feel.
2. Sponge Ball Toss
Move aside water balloons, there’s a new wet and wild game that’ll last much longer! Let’s learn how to make these squishy, fun-soaked sponge bombs.
3. Ocean Animal Race
Ready, steady, go! Race your ocean animals in a wading pool by squirting at them with a hose or a water gun. Kids will have a blast cheering on their friends or favorite animal. Use string to make lanes for a real Olympic race. See what other kind of ocean animal diving games you can play over!
4. Sponge Brain Teaser Toss
Let your kids show off their brain skills with this super amusing toss game. Write numbers on sponges. Then get your tot and his or her friends to toss the sponge on to the corresponding frisbees. Older kids who want to step their game up can try throwing sponges with math equations on them.
Send your party people home with fun reminders of what a great day they had. Check out these awesome party favors that’ll keep your guests warm and protected all throughout the day (and long after).
2. Grab Some Shades
Protect those big eyes from the bright summer glare.
3. Sun Protection Station
Parents are truly going to appreciate this favor. Put out all kinds of toddler friendly sunscreen that your guests can use at the party and even take home. SPF 50 for the face and a spray on one that’s waterproof?