Saturday, September 1, 2012

Last Minute Pool Party

My daughter LOVES the pool, and all summer she has been begging me to invite all her friends over for a pool party.  So...I threw together an easy last minute pool party.  It was nothing special, but I did some things I thought my readers might like hear about and maybe incorporate into one of their own parties...

Invite: I wanted to do an invitation with a beach ball that rotated.  I started searching the Web for a beach ball image, and I stumbled upon one on Living Locurto!  She had the same idea I had, and she had already done the work for it (thank you! thank you!).  The free printable is offered on her site.  After I printed out the beach ball on cardstock, I used my scrapbooking circle cutter to cut around it.  Then, I designed the inside on Microsoft Word to fit a circle the same size as the beach ball (approx. 4.7").  I glued the text circle to 5.5" x 5.5" squares I cut out of bright colors of card stock.  I then I rounded the edges.  I secured the beach ball outer circle with a small brad so that it could rotate.

I already had plastic tablecloths from previous parties ( family recycles), so I used these on the tables. Since this was a last minute party and budget friendly, I didn't want to spend money on centerpieces either.  I washed some of my daughter's sand buckets to place on the tables and cut up a pool noodle that already had a flower shape to place on the table as well.  The buckets I filled with chips for guests to snack on throughout the party.

I made these easy pool-inspired cupcakes as a little end of swimming treat.  Nothing hard about these...Just vanilla cupcakes with light blue frosting.  I spread the frosting a bit sloppily to make it resemble the ripples of a pool. Finish them off with a circular gummy candy in the center as a floatie, and a honey gram bear as your swimmer.

Happy Summer! (Or end of summer for us!)


Anonymous said...

Great Ideas! Thanks

Ashley T said...

How did you get the text to curve and follow the outline of the circle? I made the 4.7" circle in Microsoft Word but can't figure out how to format the text like you did. Thanks!

InviteandDelight said...

It does not curve at all, it is just the way I spaced it on Microsoft Word. I am not at home now, but I will try to send you my file if I still have it. Then you would be able to just put in your party info.


Sadie said...

Hi Carole,
I've been trying to get my word document to look like this for three days and have had zero luck! Any chance you might have that word doc still? I was hoping to have my invites out tomorrow :(