Today was "Mini Me's" 7th birthday. I can't believe how the time has gone and how much my little one has grown. He is a wonderful "crafter" and "helper". He loves to sit beside me and help with whatever I am doing whether it's work or chores. He is truly a special little boy.
So we had to plan a special birthday party for him.
Despite, or due to the fact that it felt like 110 degrees outside today, we planned a big pool party water bash for his birthday. We planned it in the evening so it would be a little cooler and there would be alot of shade from the big trees in our back yard for the adults.
I tried to tie the party around a pool and beach ball theme, so I hung 3 beach ball from the tree above the table. Then I carried the blue and red colors onto the table by layering 2 tablecloths on top of each other. The blue cloth kept blowing up until I used straight pins to pin it to the red. Then it stayed down perfectly.
On the front of the table I pinned this fun banner I bought on sale at Shindigz.com. Mini Me absolutely LOVED having his picture and wanted it in front so everyone could see and admire it all night long.
We had originally invited 14 families to come to the party, so we planned for LOTS of food. We had Lemonade Pool Water on one side of the table...
And "Ool Water" on the other. (Notice there's no "P" in it...)
Okay, I thought it was funny to have the Pool Water a yellow lemonade (like Pee) and the "Ool Water" a blue koolaid like a good pool. Funny right?! Okay, maybe it's just me and my weird sense of humor.
We had our Swimmer Cupcakes in chocolate and yellow cake on either side of the drinks.
They were so cute at the beginning of the party, but 10 minutes later, the cupcakes were starting to melt. We had to bring them inside to avoid pools of mush, but they were already so bad the candy was melting off the cakes.
It was pretty sad.
The middle of the table had a bucket of popsicles that melted to liquid despite a bucket of ice. The kids didn't mind and actually enjoyed drinking them.
All the food on the front of the table were labeled to be items needed at a Pool party.
We had Chocolate covered Nutter Butter cookie Goggles.
Goldfish cracker Pool Toys, Tostito chip Pool Umbrellas, and Dorito Toy Boat Sails.
A swimming pool filled with Swimmer Rice Krispie Treats.
I filled little pails up with candy including Marshmallow Floaties, Candy Lifesavers, Starburst Kickboards, and Peach Ring Pool Rings.
We also had Diving Board Watermelon (cut into rectangles.)
And I used my Cakepop maker to make cupcake balls filled with chocolate frosting and dipped in blue chocolate for Pool Bubbles.
My sweet hubby manned the HOT grill to make hot dogs for everyone since we had the party during dinner time. (Okay, I admit I stayed inside the cool house while admiring his grilling techniques through the window.)
I had a ton of activities for the kids planned, but once they saw the water slide, they didn't want to do anything else. They did make a trip into the pool every now and then, but the slide was the big hit of the party.
It was 18 feet high and a ton of fun! Even the big kids loved it.
I admit, I did go down it once before it was wet and am anxious to give it a go before we have to return it tomorrow. (Maybe when there aren't so many people around.)
We all had a good time and Mini Me was in absolute HEAVEN! I can still hear him screaming in joy outside my window playing on the slide at 9:30 at night. I think he had a GOOD time.