We invited the whole class to our home on the last day of school, since school ended at TEN (10 am). The party could start at twelve and end around four. I made the invites with the Hang 10 1/2 theme - surfboards and hibiscus flowers. The party favors were brightly colored buckets which I used a paint pen on and wrote each child's name and drew some flowers. Filled them with Frisbees, Hawaiian purses for the girls, plastic jelly fish thingies, goggles for the boys, and some candy. I made tags to go on the outside and a prayer on the other side of the tag.
Wrapped them in cellophane and tied them with a brightly colored striped ribbon. Lauren drew chalk feet up the drive way for the "Hang Ten" theme and to show the party goers how to get into the party. I snapped a picture of each guest in front of a blue background with Palm Trees holding a Boogie Board. (When Lauren turned ten I used a pink Surf Board - this year I could not find someone who owned one). The kids dropped off their towels and clothes bag at the "Beach Check In Station", then off to the pool! I also had a "Wipe Out Station" which had band aids, sunscreen and dry towels. And a "Sweet Station" for refueling - Cawabunga. The Sweet Station was full of candy, rice krispy treats, butterscotch brownies, sweet tarts, lemonade, skittles, etc...
We had water guns to play with and we found these blow up water boats with water guns on either side at Costco. We bought four. The kids had a blast sailing around an squirting everyone. While others chose to shoot the guns and run around the pool. The girls congregated in the jacuzzi pool. We played the Limbo, Hula Hoop - who could keep the hoop up the longest, water balloon toss in pairs - then the kids had a water balloon fight with the left overs afterward. Great pictures! I wish I could share these. The kids were getting pretty smacked. Pow!
We also played the toothpick game. Drop a toothpick in the pool and have them search it out. They loved this! And a game that involved colors, called COLORS, where guests choose a color in their mind and then get into the pool so they can swim up to the designated "it" person who has their back to the pool and they try to make it all the way without having their color called out. Another fun game! I had alot of help that day, Lauren had a friend over (thanks Alexa), who helped with the games. Many parents stayed to help keep an eye on the kids in the pool. Plus my parents were there as designated Life Guards.
Jack's cake was a beach themed cake. The sand was crumbled graham crackers. Easy to decorate and the figurines I picked up at A & J Candies in Glendora.
It was a great birthday for boy who was so patient in finally getting a birthday party! Oh, did I mention that it was overcast and windy, and sprinkled in the morning so I could not set up anything right away! Holy Toledo! That is two for two! The Thank You's should be representative of the festivities. Since I am a scrapbooker I made each guest a mini scrapbook album (four page accordion card) with pictures from all the fun we had. The cover of the album was the picture I snapped at the beginning of the party with the guest and the bogey board. It was the last day of Fourth Grade so these made for an added memento for everyone. Happy Birthday Jackson!