What?! August already! I can't believe it. There is still time for a pool party however, so I am giving away these new Pool Party Printables for the month of August. (After that you can find them in my shop.)
In the midst of my wedding sewing, my sister, Sarah, called to ask about some ideas for her son's birthday party. She was looking for cupcake wrappers in red, yellow and blue. Of course I cannot resist party concepting, and she is so enthusiastic about parties (remember this one we did together?), so I told her I would quickly do some printables. I made her wait a few days but once I got started one idea led to another--I think I sent her four different files--and now I have a whole suite of things for a pool party, or any party in red, yellow and blue.
Sarah used these for her son's fith birthday: a pool party at their home. But, I think these printables would be fabulous for just about any age, and even without the pool. I love the primary colored polka dots.
Our deal was that Sarah would send me some photos of the party. She is such a fabulous stylist! I think she may have spent way too much time on this, which makes her my sister! I love how she used round paper pinwheels with a the cupcake toppers in the middle (tutorials here and here--just tape or glue the topper). Would look great with star shaped pinwheels too (tutorial for making them here). Or in the center of paper bunting triangles, which Sarah also used.
The gumball filled vases are great too. We did something similar at this party. The "ribbon" around the vases is strips of the patterned paper included with the printables.
Of course she used the cupcake toppers on top of cupcakes too.
Squirt guns make the perfect party favor! These were tied with "thank you" tags and piled in a big bucket. Simple and cute.
It's no coincidence that the printables coordinate with the standard beach ball. Sarah filled her pool with them. Would be cute dangling from the ceiling too, or even deflated as part of the invitation.
I love how Sarah incorporates wood trays and shelves, like this one above which held pool-side snacks: goldfish crackers. It's amazing what you can find on hand if you look at things differently!
My invitation design wasn't in time for Sarah's party, but I've got it in two versions for you--with and without the pool reference. I've also included a thank you card for those who hold to this old-fashioned tradition (is there anything cuter than receiving a thank you note from a child?). I'm happy it isn't a completely lost art, though I have to say I could do better!