Below are five tips for hosting an easy poolside birthday party:
2. No need to get fancy. There are 101 creative Pinterest ideas for birthday party snack food. Skip it all and order cheese pizza. The kids will thank you! Consider baby carrots and ranch as a simple-healthy side. Start a carrot crunching contest and enjoy the laughter.
3. Bring-on the balloons. This decoration also serves a child’s imagination. The kids will inevitably use the balloons to play volleyball in the pool, to float on as beach balls, and to play hot potato on the deck.
4. Keep your guest list small.
Keep you guest list small to ensure you are able to keep track of the children at all times. *Check to ensure your facility offers certified lifeguards. Many birthday parties held by classmates (after 1st grade) are drop-off. When hosting a swim party consider inviting parents to stay if they wish to ensure they are comfortable with their child attending.
5. Skip the gift opening. Consider a gift-free party so the children can focus on enjoying themselves. Think your child will come unglued at the idea of no presents? Pop on over to Let’s Lasso the Moon for tips on how to to get your child on board with this alternative idea.
How do you get your little guests to volunteer to get out of the pool and dressed on their own when it is time to leave? I’ve got three words for you my friend: Beeposh Lounge Pants.
This year we hosted a Giving-Back Birthday Party. Click here to read more about this alternative idea. One part of this tradition is to teach your child the joy of giving. We used the money normally spent on party-favor bags, candy, and trinkets on a simple useful gift.
We decided to give each of our guests a pair of Beeposh Lounge Pants. As mentioned in the post Raising a Little Fish our girls love throwing on their Beeposh Pants after swimming lessons. The birthday girl picked out which style pants to give each guest received and also decorated the wrapping for each friend.
This gift is the perfect way to get party guests out of the pool and ready to leave!
About 15 minutes before the party is scheduled to end, notify the children that you have a gift for them. Let them know they are welcome to wear their new cozy pants home. I’ve never seen kids change so fast! They were literally giddy as they giggled over all the cool styles. My girls’ favorite patterns are Hope & Razzle. Check out all the styles available for boys and girls here:
Do you have any additional birthday party tips or tricks to share? Let’s chat below.
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Zina is the author of Let’s Lasso the Moon, where she inspires parents and children to interact creatively and enjoy the beauty of everyday moments.
*Please use your best parenting discretion. Melissa & Doug, LLC and Lasso the Moon, LLC are not liable for event plans based on this blog post.