Best Kids Parties: Wipeout

My Party: Carter (San Antonio, TX)

We love party themes that lend themselves so naturally to a party activity. Beth describes Carter's very participatory party: My daughter loves the show "Wipeout" and decided that she wanted that to be the theme for her birthday party this year! I was slightly stumped but decided to draw inspiration from the show's famous "Big Red Balls" and things took off from there.

Her invitation featured a large big red ball on a chevron background which set the tone for the party. They became a common thread in the form of giant red balloons and red yoga balls that we used to help create the obstacle course in our backyard. I used a lot of girly blue and red with a few splashes of other fun colors.

It was an afternoon party so we kept the food simple going with sure fire hits like pretzels, popcorn (in cute vintage red and white striped sacks), fruit and plenty of sweets (cupcakes, Twizzlers, lollipops, etc.) One of my favorite elements was her cake. It was simple and white but dressed up with a giant yellow flower, red ball trim, and sweet name banner.

The biggest challenge was how to set up a fun obstacle course that would have the kids feeling like they were in their own mini-version of the show. We started with a giant inflatable water slide, added a mini trampoline and our own big red balls (yoga balls that sat on tires), followed by a baby pool filled with plenty of bubbles and plastic balls, and ended the course with pool noodles grounded in pots to create an in and out weave. The entire course was set up on plastic tarps which were wet and soapy to make things even more fun! So many of the backyard elements are DIY and would be easy to re-create. As a party favor we gave each of our little guests silly putty to stick with our "red ball" theme.

Thanks Beth! Readers, see more of the obstacle course, food and fun at beth & company.

(Images: Beth Saxton)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.