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When our first son turned we five,
we invited several families to a local park for a low-key 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 party.
And by “spectacular”, I don’t mean hiring out a professional act and catering.
No, I mean carve aside $50 and get creative!
Seriously, this wildly fun birthday bash cost all of $50…
while hosting 10 children and their moms on a shoestring budget.
But the memories are priceless.
Knowing July would be really hot,
we decided a WATER party in our own backyard was the perfect way to save money AND stay cool.
And that we did.
The kids had so much fun.
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 the temps neared 100 that day!
Maybe we need squirt bottles next time for the moms to keep cool.
Thank goodness for a shade tree where adults congregated in comfy chairs while the kids ran around like crazy people.
Here are details from the party with some convenient affiliate links below.
Hope this helps you have a blast in your own backyard, too!
Fun Backyard Water Party!
Here are some cute water party invitations to kick off the festivities.
Then to start the party…
all the children got a pair of goggles with their names in Sharpie…good for the next thing.
The shaving cream pool!
I bought 4 cans for 8 kids, but we could have used a couple more.
The kids absolutely loved this and covered themselves over and over.
Then they cleaned off in the sprinkler.
Or on the slip-n-slide.
There was bubble-blowing.
We also filled water balloons…
for a water balloon toss game and water balloon fight.
Allergy-Friendly Finger Foods
Colored kool-aid ice cubes in Sprite totally impressed the kids.
Milk-free and egg-free cupcake cones
decorated as light blue water with gummy Lifesaver “floaties” were also 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,
made for a bright, cheery decoration.
We broke the colorful pinatas as the grand finale, and of course the kids loved 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.
Undoubtedly, it was a day we won’t forget!
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for featuring our fun, inexpensive outdoor activities.
We appreciate the shares!
If you are looking to plan something similar,
our party supplies are affiliate linked below for you as well.
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Original Post 7/19/12