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… 

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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

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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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40Comments

16
suysel SAYS:

maureen and adria are so amazingly talented! they are so fun and easy to work with as well which makes everything so enjoyable!

Reply August 6, 2010 at 4:32 pm

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Maureen Anders & Adria Ruff SAYS:

(Blush)…. So honored to be on your fabulous site. (Jumping for Joy)…

Love,
Maureen and Adria
andersruff.etsy.com

Reply August 6, 2010 at 4:33 pm

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Adria Ruff & Maureen Anders SAYS:

Hey Everyone – we’ve had questions about the party logos/labels/graphics from this party… just want you to know that we designed all of it!
Check out our etsy shop for more designs!

Thanks for the sweet comments!!!
Adria

Reply August 6, 2010 at 7:25 pm

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claire SAYS:

you guys rock!!!

Reply August 9, 2010 at 5:23 am

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Teena SAYS:

Hi, Where did you get your cupcake toppers? I really LOVE them. I actually Love these colors im planning on doing the same for my son who is turning 4 next month.

Reply August 9, 2010 at 4:02 pm

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Jenn @ HWTM SAYS:

Hi Teena –

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

:)

Reply August 9, 2010 at 6:18 pm

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CHW Events SAYS:

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

Reply August 11, 2010 at 5:35 pm

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kimberly holly SAYS:

Coolest party ever!

Reply September 6, 2010 at 8:07 pm

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ellen bessette SAYS:

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

Reply September 12, 2010 at 5:51 pm

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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]

Reply September 15, 2010 at 12:25 pm

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Jackie SAYS:

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

Reply September 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm

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Laureen SAYS:

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

Reply October 22, 2010 at 2:33 am

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Brooke SAYS:

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

Reply March 9, 2011 at 1:23 pm

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Tiffany SAYS:

I love it how did you make the back drop

Reply June 6, 2011 at 10:39 am

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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?

Reply June 28, 2011 at 4:55 pm

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