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When our first son turned we five, we invited several families to the park for a treasure hunt party and it was a great time had by all. So for our second son’s big #5, the pressure was on to host another spectacular get-together.
Knowing we would be dealing with some major heat in July, we decided to invite friends over for a WATER party in our own backyard. With enough water we would stay cool enough, right?!
And that we did. The kids had so much fun that they didn’t even complain about the heat and actually begged to stay longer. Although, I do think the mamas were getting a little hot as temps reached near 100 that day! Maybe we need squirt bottles next time for the moms to keep cool.
Thank goodness for a shade tree where we adults congregated in our comfy chairs while the kids ran around like crazy people.
An incredible tidbit about this event? It cost me just $50 to host 10 children and their moms. I was tickled that it was the same success as big brother’s fifth birthday, and on the same shoestring budget.
Features of Our Backyard Water Party
Not that we were inside much, but I displayed pictures through the years along with a little banner.
All the children got a pair of goggles with their names on them (Sharpie)…good for the next thing I will show you.
The shaving cream pool! I bought 4 cans for 8 kids, but we could have used a couple more cans.
The kids absolutely loved this and covered themselves over and over.
Then they would clean off in the sprinkler.
Or on the slip-n-slide.
There was bubble blowing.
And the children finger painted on a roll of art paper attached to a fence.
We also filled water balloons…
for a water balloon toss game…
and a water balloon “fight”.
Watermelon wedges, finger PBJ’s, and Lay’s chips were served for snacks.
Use sunflower seed butter if there are peanut allergies to consider.
And remember to clean watermelon before cutting.
Colored kool-aid ice cubes in Sprite totally impressed the kids.
Delicious, allergy-free cupcake cones decorated as light blue water with gummy Lifesaver “floaties” were a huge hit.
Kids always love cake in a cone, and we didn’t need one single utensil for this party!
Thoughtful gifts from family and friends were opened outside.
And my personal favorite, the water balloon pinatas, made for a bright, cheery decoration.
We broke the pinatas last as the grand finale. Of course the kiddos were so excited for this!
Since the pinatas weren’t actually filled with candy, we handed out allergy-friendly Swedish Fish as the little guests left. They also got to take their goggles home. It was a fantastic day!
A big thank-you to All You Magazine and Buzz Feed for featuring our fun, inexpensive outdoor activities.