Last month, I had the opportunity to style a fun Pool Party Playdate event hosted by Huggies® Little Swimmers. As awesome as it was to hang out at a super cool beach house venue for a day and be treated to professional catering (I still think this is the cutest watermelon shark fruit salad ever!) – those probably aren’t the same circumstances that most of the pool parties and swim playdates will be held under, right? ;)
SO… I was very happy when they also asked me to “bring the party home” so to speak – and to share some creative pool party or playdate inspiration with you guys in a home setting, and with more of a DIY perspective.
All of the images shown here feature the same general look & feel as the event, but the set up is in my own backyard. Sonny (my husband) took the pics, and of course our kids were more than happy to jump into them as well, including our 2 year old, who was downright ecstatic to see Ariel prominently featured on her Little Swimmers diaper. Ah… the little things!
And speaking of little things, the color-blocked party favor bags filled with mini Swedish fish made me equally ecstatic, especially given how easy they were to make!
I’m not sure if it’s the bright primary colors, the happy “snorkeling” whales, or a combo of both, but as far as my own projects go, this has quickly become a personal favorite… I hope you enjoy it too!
Theme Design & Inspiration My goal for this theme was to keep it playful and fun, with a healthy dose of childlike whimsy. What I found in the process is that It’s surprisingly hard (if not impossible) to keep a backyard pool party from feeling very specifically “beach”… and there are definitely a lot of crossover beach party elements here – like the DIY beach balls (inspired by this adorable tutorial), sand toy snack pails, and of course the fish and whale graphics. (Hopefully neither of those are swimming in your pools!) I tried to get a good amount of “pool” specific elements in here too though, from pool-tile inspired patterns to the decorated wooden “POOL” letters and licorice “Pool Noodles”. Hopefully the result is a generous amount of inspiration that works for both types of parties and playdates. :)
DIY swim party plates (plastic square plates customized with printable plate liners spray-mounted underneath)
Wooden forks embellished with patterned paper
Mini milk bottles with colored lids + blue polka dot straws
“Little Swimmer Snack Pails” decorated with party circles & filled with fish crackers, applesauce, & fruit cups
Submarine shaped bath toy caddy spray painted yellow & filled with flowers + a printable “PARTY” flag
Printable “Let’s Eat” sign suspended from an open frame with natural twine
Blue cellophane used as “wave” filler for the red tub sign holder (actually a garden planter from Ikea)
Sliced Submarine Sandwiches decorated with straws + Goldfish shaped mac-n-cheese
DIY giant sun made from styrofoam & wooden dowels
Printable Treats Sign + beach towel runner
Colorful “Pool Noodles” (aka Rainbow Twizzlers)
“Make your own” Candy Cups with color-coordinating candies
Grocery store cupcakes displayed in striped baking cups (so easy!)
Party Flags used as cupcake toppers
Embellished whale bath toy caddy filled with polka dot balloons
Accent Decors & Favors
Wooden POOL letters, painted and embellished with blue tissue circles for a “bubbly” look
Wooden SWIM letters, painted white & embellished with patterned paper
Tissue fringe strung around the yard in “wave” form
Color-blocked muslin favor bags filled with Swedish Fish
If you have questions on where to find or how to make anything else, feel free to ask away in the comments section below. :)
Pool Birthday Party Printables
Printables are my favorite *secret weapon* for adding unique style to any celebration! Click here to customize my Swim Party collection for your own party – instantly, online. 🤗
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