It is a given that families with inground pools are likely the most popular ones in the block, especially when the sun starts to make its presence felt. Are you one of those families and is your kid celebrating his birthday during the summer months?
Make the most out of the sweltering summer heat and turn it to your advantage. Here are five tips on how you can make your kid’s birthday party in the pool one of the most epic ones yet.
Go All Out with Your Decors
A big part of party planning is setting the mood. You want your visitors to feel the vibe as soon as they step into the party area and the best way to do that is by having the right decors! Think fun and festive streamers, colorful banners and maybe a bunch of beach balls for a pop of fun. You could employ a theme such as Hawaiian, Under the Sea, or the Mermaid Kingdom. If this is too much work, then just have a basic color scheme that you can stick to.
Keep The Food and Refreshments Flowing
If you’re going to have a bunch of kids running around the pool and playing under the sun all day, you’re going to need a serious spread of food to keep them energized. Think fun and easy appetizers such as sliced fruit, jello, ice cream, brownies, cut up vegetables, bite-sized sandwiches. The kids will probably be too amped up to sit down and have a full-course meal so keep things light, fun and filling.
Have A Lot of Water-Themed Games
It’s always a good idea to have a setlist of activities to round up the kids with. A pinata making use of water balloons, a cannonball dive competition, Marco polo, water basketball, a race using inflatables, pool volleyball or even a treasure hunt. The ideas are endless. The point is to keep the kids from becoming bored or restless or just to add a bit of fun to the proceedings.
If you’ve run out of ideas, you always just toss a whole bunch of blown-up balloons into the pool and watch the kids have tremendous fun with them.
Safety First, As Always
Safety is always a major concern whenever parents send off their kids to a pool party especially if their child isn’t a particularly strong swimmer. Make sure to assuage their fears early on in the game by indicating on the invitation that there will be lifeguards or chaperones present (with first aid training, of course). If you’re acting as the lifeguard, be vigilant and never let your guard down, even for a second. Have someone take your place if you need to use the bathroom or to take a break.
Don’t Forget The Party Favors
It’s always good to leave the kids with a special memento at the end of the day. Of course, you want them to treasure the day forever with some small token to remind them of it. Some ideas include a jar filled with small toys and candies (something else if you’re particularly health-conscious), water guns or squirt bottles, beach towels, cute shades, water canteen, beach ball, there are tons of gift ideas you can choose from. Don’t forget to hang a little card where you can put your kid’s name and the date of his birthday party.
Make it your kid’s best birthday party yet. These are all awesome ideas but throw in your kid’s personality and style into the mix as well. That will make for an even more special birthday to remember.