We had a pool party for my son's 5th birthday. Instead of going with a theme like "under the sea" or "beach", we decided to stick to a strict color scheme of "water tones" of blue and green with fun patterns like houndstooth, stripe and check.
I used lots of pinwheels that were blue and green and chose to use blue/green buckets and clear blue and green baskets made of beach ball material to hold snacks.
We served lunch in bagged lunches (which were then put in a personalized lunch pail) that had a homemade croissant sandwich, fruit cup with his party logo on top, and a bag of chips. We had several children with allergies, so this was very helpful! Fresh squeezed lemonade and "Don't drink the pool water" water bottles were the drinks of choice.
We served the lunch bags in a blue(boys) or green (girls)sand pail that had a napkin hanging over the edge (Ikea). I personalized each pail with the child's name on it. Then they could take their "lunch pail" anywhere at the pool - the tables we had setup, under an umbrella on a beach chair, or wherever they decided to eat their lunch.
We featured a sweets table with various sweets and treats that were mainly blue and green. I made sugar cookie pops, cupcakes in ice cream cones, and we also had gummy sharks that were blue, lemonheads that had greens and blues, and old fashioned candy sticks that were blue swirl. (Cracker Barrell)
We also had organic lollipop (Earth Fare) covers that we designed to cover lollis that stuck out of a blue/green wrapped box. (see photo)
I decorated a fabric covered canvas for the backdrop (seersucker fabric) and made a pennant birthday banner that was greens and blues with modern fun patterns like houndstooth, stripe, polkadot and tiles.
Pinwheels adorned the table in large apothecary jars. (Hobby Lobby)
A great DIY project is making tissue poms. We used these to line the iron fence entrance to the terrace of the pool where our party was held. Blues and greens were the tissue pom colors.
Here is the tutorial we used:
The tables also had these fun clear-blue containers filled w/ goldfish b/c all of our children's friends love those crackers. They looked like the fish were in fish bowls.
Favors were customized sidewalk chalk containers for the toddlers and a box of legos wrapped in "water textured" paper that said "when it gets too hot to play in the sun, go back inside and build your own fun". My son is obsessed w/ legos, so that is how we tied that into the party w/o throwing off the blue/green scheme.
We also had bubbles that had custom labels on them for the prizes for the games we played.
Games played - biggest splash contest, ping pong ball toss (toss into buckets like the old "Bozo" the clown game), and we threw 150 ping pong balls into the pool and several had "5" written on them. The children who found the 5 balls (they floated), won the prize.
I included a flickr set link below. Let me know if it doesn't come across. I also forwarded the email link below in the FW.
Life of the Party
Adria! (My business partner and photographer)
What People Ate
Bagged lunches served in personalized sand pails. Ham, turkey and provolone butter croissant, a fruit cup and chips.
What People Drank
"Dont drink the pool water" water bottles and fresh lemonade
When the kids played the pingpong ball game. I threw 150 ping pong balls in the pool (5 of them had a "5" written on it). The kids who found the "5" balls got a prize. They were all so excited!
Random Act of Kindness
We had so many leftover cupcakes (cupcakes in ice cream cones!) that we let the kids go hand them out to other people at the pool (lifeguards, etc). They were so thrilled!