05 Aug

REAL PARTIES: Blue & Green Pool Party

modern pool birthday party ideas

Today’s real party feature is ridiculously fun!! It’s a birthday pool party created by Maureen Anders (and biz partner Adria Ruff) for her son Jeff’s birthday.

This refreshing take on the backyard pool party has great contemporary style and includes tons of creative details like cupcake “ice cream cones”, bagged lunches served in sand pails, and – my personal favorite – “don’t drink the pool water” water bottles!

modern pool birthday party ideas

modern pool birthday party ideas

Read on for lots more pics and all the creative party details, as told by Maureen… 


modern pool birthday party ideas

We decided to throw a pool party for my son’s 5th birthday, and instead of going with a traditional theme like ‘under the sea’ or ‘beach,’ we stuck to a strict color scheme of ‘water tones’ of blue and green, along with fun patterns like houndstooth, stripe and check.

I used lots of blue and green pinwheels and buckets, as well as translucent blue and green baskets made of beach ball material to hold snacks.

modern pool birthday party ideas

Fresh squeezed lemonade and ‘Don’t drink the pool water‘ water bottles were the drinks of choice!

modern pool birthday party ideas

We served bagged lunches that had a homemade croissant sandwich, fruit cup with his party logo on top, and a bag of chips. The lunch bags were placed in a blue (for boys) or green (for girls) sand pail that had a napkin hanging over the edge (Ikea).

modern pool birthday party ideas

I personalized each ‘lunch pail‘ with the child’s name. They could take their pail anywhere at the pool – the tables we had setup, under an umbrella on a beach chair, or wherever they decided to eat their lunch!

modern pool birthday party ideas

modern pool birthday party ideas

We featured a sweets table with various sweets and treats that were mainly blue and green.

modern pool birthday party ideas

I decorated a fabric covered canvas for the backdrop (seersucker fabric) and made a pennant birthday banner that used greens and blues with modern, fun patterns.

modern pool birthday party ideas

modern pool birthday party ideas

I made sugar cookie pops and cupcakes in ice cream cones and set out blue gummy sharks, colorful lemonheads that included green & blue tones, and old fashioned candy sticks with a blue swirl design.

modern pool birthday party ideas

modern pool birthday party ideas

modern pool birthday party ideas

We also had organic lollipop (Earth Fare) covers that we designed to cover the lollis that stuck out of a blue/green wrapped box.

modern pool birthday party ideas

Pinwheels adorned the table in large apothecary jars.

modern pool birthday party ideas

The tables also had these fun translucent blue containers filled with goldfish because all of our kids’ friends love those crackers. It looked like the fish were in fish bowls!

modern pool birthday party ideas

Tissue poms are a great DIY project. We used them to line the iron fence entrance to the terrace of the pool where our party was held.

modern pool birthday party ideas

Party favors were customized sidewalk chalk containers for the toddlers and a box of legos wrapped in ‘water looking’ paper that said ‘when it gets too hot to play in the sun, go back inside and build your own fun.’  (My son is obsessed with legos, so that’s how we tied them into the party without throwing off the blue/green scheme!)

modern pool birthday party ideas

modern pool birthday party ideas

modern pool birthday party ideas

We also had bubbles that had custom labels on them for the prizes for the games we played.

modern pool birthday party ideas

Games played: biggest splash contest, ping pong ball toss (toss into buckets like the old Bozo the clown game), and we threw 150 ping pong balls into the pool and several had ‘5‘ written on them.  The children who found the special ‘5‘ balls (they floated), won the prize.”

modern pool birthday party ideas


Credits &  Resources:
– Photography – Adria Ruff Photography
– Desserts – Maureen Anders
– Printables: Anders Ruff Shop
– Paper Products – IKEA
– Pinwheels – Hobby Lobby
– Tablecloths – Garden Ridge
– Buckets – Michaels

modern pool birthday party ideas

{biz partners & party gals Adria & Maureen}

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Hi Teena –

Maureen and Adria actually made the cupcake toppers! You can contact them through their etsy shop:


August 9, 2010 at 6:18 pm

CHW Events SAYS:

I love the Splish Splash theme! It’s perfect for summer birthdays!

August 11, 2010 at 5:35 pm

kimberly holly SAYS:

Coolest party ever!

September 6, 2010 at 8:07 pm

ellen bessette SAYS:

love the cupcakes and boxes you made for them. how did you make the boxes to hold the cupcakes?

September 12, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff Custom Designs SAYS:

Ellen! This is Maureen Anders (from Anders Ruff Custom Designs, designer of the party) – I got boxes at LOWES that were meant for sprinkler heads (Rainbird brand, to be exact) – they had the perfect size holes in them. I just covered them with wrapping paper and used an exacto knife to cut x’s in them in order to put the cones in.
Hope that helps! If you have any other questions, my email is [email protected]

September 15, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Jackie SAYS:

L-O-V-E this! I will def be using some of these ideas for my son’s first birthday!

September 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Laureen SAYS:

Does anybody know the name of the font used in the labels? Thanks!

October 22, 2010 at 2:33 am

Brooke SAYS:

This is SO cute! Where did you get the labels printed?

March 9, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Tiffany SAYS:

I love it how did you make the back drop

June 6, 2011 at 10:39 am

Maria Jaramillo SAYS:

How did you get the labels for the bubble jars and everything else so perfect? Did you use a program or a template?

June 28, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Allie SAYS:

Is there ANYWAY to get printables for this party?

August 2, 2011 at 8:09 am

romantic birthday ideas SAYS:

Oh wow! The decorations and set up looks really amazing. I’d love to have a party with similar decorations for my son.

November 6, 2011 at 9:34 am

Candace SAYS:

Ok this party is Perfect and EXACTly what I am looking for for my Son’s 4th birthday party next week! ahhhhh. Will you please let me know where/how to get all of the labels, banner, supplies etc?? Thank you soo much!

April 26, 2012 at 10:38 am

jenn s. SAYS:

Hi Candace –
You can buy everything here: http://shop.andersruff.com/birthday/boy/splish-splash-pool-party-printables :) Good luck with the party!

April 26, 2012 at 10:44 am

Joanna SAYS:

Hi Jenn- are these cute printables still for sale? I’m getting an error message when I clock on the link. Thanks!

June 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm

jenn s. SAYS:

Hi Joanna –
Yes – Anders Ruff actually has a brand new custom site – so you can purchase theme here now: http://shop.andersruff.com/birthday/boy/splish-splash-pool-party-printables Hope that helps! :)

June 18, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Carey SAYS:

Just wondering if you sell the ‘splish splash! birthday bash’ sign? We are doing a water theme for my son’s 6th birthday and would love this!!

July 16, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Coral SAYS:

Love the theme!! Having a swim party for my son in July! These are his favorite colors! Where dd you get the blue/white striped table cloths?

May 25, 2013 at 7:24 am

Ketki Raina SAYS:

what did you use to personalize the pails? where did you get the letters?

May 22, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Julia Rauscher SAYS:

I was wondering the same thing about the pail letterng?

June 20, 2014 at 5:15 am
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