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Backyard Summer Party With Water Balloon Pinatas!

Backyard Summer Party With Water Balloon Pinatas!


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We never dreamed this post would go viral,

but it’s been a pleasure sharing our special memories and popular water balloon pinatas with so many of you.

Thanks for stopping in!

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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.



And finger-painting on a roll of art paper attached to a fence.



We also filled water balloons



for a water balloon toss game and water balloon fight.



Allergy-Friendly Finger Foods

Watermelon wedges, finger PBJ’s, and Lay’s chips were served for snacks.

Perhaps 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.



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,

the water balloon pinatas,

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!

A big thank-you to 

All You Magazine

Buzz Feed

Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons

Quirky Mama

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.

Have so much fun!

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Friday 17th of April 2020

Was the piñata episode like normal ? Or did Each kid get to hit one and get wet ?


Wednesday 15th of April 2020

You should definitely consider using eco friendly balloons. Alot of ppl don't realize they're a thing. Loved all the ideas. We will def check these out!

Jamie Kaufmann

Thursday 16th of April 2020

Great idea, Michelle! I'd be all for that. This party was 7 years ago, and we sure did pick up all the pieces. I'm excited to look for an eco friendly option!

Vicki Piper

Friday 23rd of March 2018

I don't understand what the shaving cream was for. Do kids like rolling around in it?

Jamie Kaufmann

Saturday 24th of March 2018

Vicki, yes, they just love playing in it. Ha ha!

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