Blog Hop – Summer Splash & Swim Party

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Swim Party Decorations

Today we are having a virtual party, which means you can visit all of our blogs to get a lot of really great ideas from food to activities and decor to desserts! I’m going to share some really easy, but fun decorations to add to your summer party. Whether you have a built in pool, a slip n’ slide or are hosting it at a city Splash Pad – these will really add a pop of color and fun themed elements to your party!

Last month was my nephews 2nd birthday. My sister-in-law called me a few days before the party and we brainstormed some ideas. Time was the number one factor for her. She didn’t have a lot of time to run to a bunch of stores (so everything is from the Dollar Store, a party supply store or the grocery store), or time to order anything from the internet and didn’t want to put a lot of time into setting things up. I think what she came up with was fun, bright and really perfect for the Summer swim party theme!

Flip Flop Garland:

Over the grilling and food area (they served hot dogs, chips, fruit, drinks, etc.), hung a felt Happy Birthday garland (that she has on hand for all of her kids birthday parties) along with a second garland made of Dollar Store flip flops and scraps of fabric. Nothing says summer weather like flip-flops and I love the way this turned out!!

Swim Party Decorations - flip flop garland

Treats & Favors:

On a separate part of the patio were the treats and favors. The colorful lanterns (found at a party supply store) were hung using fishing line. Various treats were overflowing from the Dollar Store sand buckets. Each side of the table had one of these giant fish balloons (purchased at a party supply store) that were absolutely adorable!

**One additional idea is to fill a sand bucket with floral foam, top it with brown sugar (to look like sand) and then stick your cake pops or pie pops, decorated to resemble beach balls, inside of it. You could do gummy sharks, gummy worms and Swedish Fish kabobs. Wouldn’t that be cute?!!

Swim Party Decorations

Swim Party Decorations - Table display

I couldn’t stop eating the HiChews. They were my favorite! But I loved how the gold fish crackers and salt water taffy really fit in with the “water” theme of the party!

Swim Party Decorations - treats in sand buckets

Each child at the party got to take one of these giant fish balloons tied to a bottle of bubbles. They were squealing with excitement when they learned they each got one!

Swim Party Decorations - Fish Balloons

In our area there is a bakery (Lehi Bakery) famous for their square glazed donuts. Anything you get from them is super delicious, but you’ve got to include the square glazed donuts for nostalgic purposes.

Swim Party - Donut tray

I really love this tiered dessert stand (from Pottery Barn), but thought it was so fun that rather than have a cake, she just had a tower of desserts (including the iced ginger snaps on the bottom – yum!!).

Swim Party - Dessert Tower

Yard & Pool Decor:

In addition to fun animal shaped goggles and floaties, they inflated several of these large beach balls and the kids had so much fun punching, kicking and toppling over them! Here is my daughter Lucy all ready to swim!


So, by stopping at the party supply store, the dollar store and the grocery store (for the treats) she was able to quickly pull together some really darling party decorations!

Make sure to check out the other blogs participating – by the end you’ll be stuffed with lots of great ideas for hosting your own party!

Cupcake Diaries: Cookie Oysters
Not Picture Perfect: Summer Party Games
Dessert Now Dinner Later: Blueberries & Cream Pie Parfaits
Homemade Toast: Sea Salt Scrub
The Bucket List Girl: Tillamook Ice Cream Sandwich
Clarks Condensed: Summer Fruit Cobbler
Like Mother Like Daughter: 7 Layer Dip
Our Thrifty Ideas: Party Pleasing Potato Salad
Rae Gun Ramblings: Mermaid Cookie Pops

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    1. tfowles Post author

      She was on vacation in California where she hit up a party supply store and found them along with the other party supplies so I’m not sure. Sorry about that. They are darling, aren’t they?!

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