The epic 1st/3rd birthday party for the Kidlets was a success! Here's a recap.
Location: Evelyn absolutely loves everything about swimming, and once I let it slip in her presence that I was thinking about doing something involving a swimming pool for her birthday party, it was all over. She was SO excited to have "birfday at the swimmin pool?" that we just decided to go all in this year. After some scouring, I found the Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center in Raleigh. It was perfect because it's an indoor pool but also a sort of mini indoor water park. Beach-entry toddler pool with splash park stuff, perfect toddler-sized slide, lazy river and whirpools, and a big curly slide for big kids and adults. Not only that, but they have a special party room for rent! It was meant to be. So we got it all set up, and it was time for step 2.
|Exterior of the Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center|
|Party Room at the Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center|
Invitations: Of course I had a whole Pinterest board full of ideas for the party, and I loved the idea of an invitation with little waves so I could stick additional information there. There's a good deal of fine print/reminders to communicate for a pool party! I printed these on white card stock on our home printer, and the waves were small strips overlapping one another, cut out of a variety pack of blue cardstock. I made my own stencil and hand-traced and cut out the polka-dot goldfish. Then all it took was some Elmer's glue and bam! Invitations. (I should also note that at one point, the invitations involved the use of "O- FISH- ally" and Jonathan vetoed that brilliance.)
|Goldfish Pool Party Invitations|
|Evelyn and her new swimsuit!|
|So many goldfish.|
|So many cupcakes.|
|The flags were fun to make.|
|Gideon approved of the food.|
In the end, we had about 20 kids and 20 adults in attendance, with kids ranging in age from just a few months to five years old. As the hosts, Jonathan and I didn't get as much time as we would have liked to swim and catch up with friends and play (and take pictures, and so on...) but that's how it goes when you're hosting a crazy party for toddlers! It was really fun and I'm glad that we did it. I think it's a special treat sort of thing that definitely won't be something we do every year, but this should tide us over at least until Evelyn's in Kindergarten before we do another big birthday bash.