Swimming Themed Birthday Parties Always Make a Splash  

by Pool Builders on 04-21-2007 in Articles

If you have children, one of the best ways to enjoy your pool -- and ensure that this year's birthday will
be one to remember -- is to plan a birthday pool party. With minimal planning, a swimming pool can turn any party into a splashing good time. Add some personal touches and your party just might go down in
neighborhood history.

Here's how:

Using construction paper or craft foam, make your own pool-themed invitations. Cut out fish shapes, boats, flip-flops or palm trees. Plan activities to match your child's age group. Classics like Splash Tag or Marco Polo are both sure to get the party started. Try a silly diving or cannonball contest. (Cannonball contests are particularly fun if you can get the adults to play along. Kids love to see adults acting silly, and cannonball or belly flop contests are sure to make a big splash.) Buy some water-guns or soft foam water balls and let the battle begin. Provide water- or tropical-themed snacks like sliced fruit, Goldfish Crackers and boxed fruit drinks.

Instead of a birthday cake, which can be especially messy around the pool, trying giving your guests
cupcakes. Top each one with blue icing and Gummy Fish or paper umbrella to stick with your theme.

For older children, or adept younger swimmers try these games:

Sharks is easy for older or younger kids to play, but its better if you can swim away. The rules are simple.
Two players are designated a sharks and the others are the swimmers trying not to get tagged (or eaten).
If your pool is too shallow for a diving contest, try diving for objects. Weighted rings are good, if you have them. If not, try pennies, keys, or some other small items that won't float. Just make sure there are no sharp edges to cut little swimmers fingers or toes.

So, what are you waiting for? Dive in!

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