Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Design: Pool Party Printables

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!

Happy 5th birthday to my nephew!

If you are interested in the Pool Party printables, the PDF file comes with numbers 1-10 so it works for any child's party--or even two children of different ages.The invitation file can be easily customized by typing your party information into fields in the PDF, or you can print it and write in the information. The file also includes templates for cupcake wrappers and hot dog trays, multiple cupcake toppers in two sizes (2.5" and 3") to use with standard circle punches (some of the toppers can be customized as well!), as well as a set of polka dot patterns papers to use in a variety of ways (line trays, cut up for "ribbon", make pendants or flags, cut out wrappers and trays...).

This suite of printables is a free download through the month of August! After September 1, it will only be available in my shop.


GGBunnie said...

Something about Summer and polka dots...they just seem to go together. Crisp and clean, great colors!!! This is so ADORABLE, really like how it is gender neutral. Thank you so much for this great download :)

craftytammie said...

just in time!! we are having a pool party this coming weekend for my son's 1st birthday. I'm making beach ball cakes and cupcakes, with squirt guns as favors - great minds think alike! I will definitely be printing some of these to decorate with! thanks so much!

Dmarie said...

oh, how cute. I'm a huge polka dot fan myself. well done!

Valentina@baby quilts said...

Such a great idea; I can see using it even for an adult "end of summer" pool party. Only excluding the squirt guns perhaps :D

Lisa Crockett said...

Anneliese! This is just what I needed. I'm throwing a huge 8th birthday party for my son in about three weeks and needed something cute. The theme of the party is Legos, so we won't use the beach ball things, but the primary colors on the invitations and other things are just PERFECT.

Muchas gracias, my friend.

CBH said...

I love (LOVE) your blog. I loved the Golden Books party you hosted, the decorations were spectacular. I'm a new mum (I'm Aussie, hence mum) and reading your blog while doing late night feeds keeps me awake and alert! Thanks for the printables, I'm now always thinking about and looking for ideas for hosting future birthday parties.


Anonymous said...

These are so cute. I clicked on the link and it says that it has been deleted. Is it still available? Thanks so much. Email is nlrayess@hotmail.com

craftymommajess said...

Hi Annaliese! These are adorable! I was hoping to use them for my daughter's 4th birthday. Is the printable still available anywhere? Thank you!


Anneliese said...

@Jessica: Thanks for your comment! You can find the printables in my Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/79160709/diy-party-printables-polka-dot-pool?ref=shop_home_active_13

craftymommajess said...

Thank you! And sorry I spelled your name wrong :-)

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