Names: Nick & Gabby (11)
Location: Spokane, Washington
For my twins' 11th birthday party, we decided to throw a "Summer Bubble Splash Birthday Bash" ! We were inspired by Summer, Gabby's love of bubbles, and both kids' love of water and swimming.
We held the party at a local park and pool. We filled a wading pool with homemade bubble solution and had a large supply of bubble making gadgets on hand....some purchased, some we made ourselves. The kids loved creating all sizes and types of bubbles. Their favorite bubble tools were so simple to make. We cut the bottoms off empty water bottles and then slid a sock over them. The kids dipped the bottoms into bubble solution and then blue into the top of the water bottle, creating a flood of little bubbles. This idea was found on Pinterest.
Of course, we couldn't have a "splash" party without water balloons! We had a water balloon relay race where the kids ran to a finish line with a water balloon on a serving spoon and a race where teams of two balanced a water balloon between their backs. They also tossed water balloons high up in the air with their beach towels and eventually we had a huge water balloon fight.
They used squirt bottles to spray white crepe paper tails off each other (the last one with a tail won!). We also brought two huge beach balls and several smaller ones to the park so the kids could bounce and kick them around. The public pool provided them all with a chance to cool off, splash, jump, dive, and frolic in the water.
I decorated the picnic tables with plenty of water inspired blue and beachball shades of red, yellow, and blue. We provided lots of fruit, cheese, pretzels, popcorn, goldfish crackers, juice and water throughout the day. For a little treat, I made blue jello with red swedish fish dropped into each cup. For dinner, we grilled sausages and hotdogs and served them with macaroni salad, skewers of iceberg lettuce, carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes drizzled with dressing ( a fun way to get kids interested in salad!), potato chips, and lots of fruit. For dessert we had cupcakes and mini sundaes. I frosted half the cupcakes in blue and piped waves on them with sparkle gel frosting and the other half were frosted in white, sprinkled with graham cracker crumbs and topped with a piece of flat sour candy (for a towel), a gumball (for a beach ball), and a little paper umbrella. I found both cupcake ideas on Pinterest.
Each guest left with a goodie bag filled with a bottle of bubbles and various 'bubble' inspired candies (dubble bubble pieces, gumballs, a package of gum, etc) and little squirter rings. I printed tags for each goodie bag and attached the tags by punching holes through the tag and bag and then threading 3 water balloons through each hole. The kids all had a blast!
(Images: reader Michelle)