Throw the Ultimate Kids' Party to Kick Off Summer Vacay
Let the good times roll, kiddos.
Well, friends, it’s that time of year again. The kids have crossed their T’s and dotted their I’s, school is out and a summer brimming with new adventures is here. It’s time to show those hard-working kiddos just how proud you are of them by inviting all of their besties over for a summer kickoff bash. Cool parents, where you at?
Would your kids fancy a crafting camp out, an outdoor movie night or a water war extravaganza on a sunny afternoon? Ask yourself what kind of party you would have liked to attend at that age. Pro Tip: When in doubt, just add water. Water balloons, sprinklers, whatever — water will always wow the crowd.
Deck Out Your Deck
Once you've got your theme tied down, it's time to move on to the real fun — decorating! Go ahead and stock up on bright and colorful decorations for the backyard. For that curated and custom look, check out our go-to online party supply shops. You'll find custom balloons, banners and pretty paper plates aplenty!
Stock up on sun-safety measures, such as sunscreen and bug spray so kids (and adults) can stay safe and play all day. For extra protection, DIY our mosquito-repelling cord bracelets and pass them out to everyone upon arrival.
Spread the Word
What better way to do just that than with some cute printable invites? This popsicle printable embodies summer fun and sets the tone for a fun-filled afternoon to come. Hosting your own glamping party? Perfect! Download our popsicle printable for free.
Prepare Healthy Pickings
Healthy Snack for Kids: Hummus and Veggie Flowers
April showers bring May hummus and crudité flowers. Use individual containers of hummus or spoon hummus into a small prep bowl to serve as the center of the flower. Slice an English cucumber on the diagonal (these are seedless and have thin, edible skin) and top each piece with a bell pepper strip. Make the stem with a celery stalk and leaf and “plant” the flower into a bed of whole-wheat crackers.
Jacob Blount; Styling By: Callie Blount
Whether you’re hosting a wet ‘n’ wild splash party or a craft-a-thon, snacks are a must. Keep your pint-sized party peeps energized all afternoon with a healthy spread of fresh fruits, veggies and dips to match. Pro Tip: Ask parents to pencil in their child's food allergies on the RSVP. This will allow you to create a menu that all your guests can enjoy without a cameo appearance of an allergy pen.
Sips 4 Summer
Hydration is key to any successful soiree, especially in the hot, summer temperatures. For an unexpected and, dare I say, cool drink station, take note from one of our many parent party hacks. Toss some H2O, seltzer and fresh juice into a baby pool and load up with lots of ice. Not only is this hack creative and fun, but drinks are easily accessible for kiddos and hosts are able to keep track of drinks and restock ice and refreshments as needed.
Keep the momentum going with one-of-a-kind lawn games and crafting activities. My favorite way to continue those field-day vibes into the summer? Our DIY (and low-cost) pool noodle games! Would it be acceptable for adults to crawl through a noodle obstacle course or...?
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Why wait on an ice-cream truck to roll by when you can whip up our kid-approved frozen treats? Take advantage of all the fresh fruit to create a dessert that satisfies the sweet tooth while still being healthy. My suggestion? Rainbow fruit and veggie pops. They're easy to make, jam-packed with fruit and vegetable juices and so, so tasty.
Create crafty, kid-friendly keepsakes to send home after a fun-filled day. These festive, fruity DIY bead drink covers and coasters are easy to make and will get mileage during the toasty months to come.
Pulling together a stylish and entertaining party doesn't have to be a headache.
Follow our must-know tips for keeping everone super cool and totally entertained.