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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Stars & Stripes Pool Party

My sweet son celebrated his 10th birthday last weekend. Since it's so close to Independence Day, we went with a Stars & Stripes theme, using red, white and blue. After a few hours at a trampoline park, he and his friends came back to our house for a Pool Party.

stars and stripes party

After getting a bit carried away with his sister's Pancakes & Pajamas Party, my son was nervous his party would be too "little kid." But when he arrived home to this festive backyard, he was all grins.

the decor

I raided the Fourth of July section at Target and Dollar Tree for just about everything....rafts, pennants, paper lanterns, food baskets, and tablecloth. The centerpiece was clippings from our Yellow Belle bushes.

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I used these free printables to jazz up the juice bottles, and tying the plastic tablecloth to the table legs kept it from flying up. The striped table runner I made here.

Picnik collage

Boys aren't too picky, so the menu was simply hot dogs, watermelon, chips and veggies. They loved being able to double dip in their own cup of ranch dressing, and I kept them chilled by serving in a shallow pan of crushed ice.

the food

The boys thought the plastic food baskets were "really cool...like a restaurant!" The napkins and flatware stayed tidy in paper-covered soup cans.

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They were starving after jumping on trampolines for two hours, but I made them wait an extra minute so I could take pictures. There was definitely some blog resentment going on! Once I gave the okay, they attacked the food table.


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Five minutes later, it looked like this. 

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Finally full, it was time for more fun. And these boys are so sweet, they even let little sister in on it.


the fun


I had a side table set up with more fun stuff....suckers, pop-its and temporary tattoos. We sent the boys home with flip-flops and s'mores as party favors.


favor table

My son initially nixed the s'mores favors, but after my begging seeing them assembled, he conceded. His friends loved them, which only made him roll his eyes at me as I gloated.


s'mores

The party was so fun, and I was able to enjoy it too since everything was so easy to put together. Thanks again to DimplePrints for the perfect invitation!

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42 comments:

  1. How fun! I love all of the red, white and blue accents!

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  2. AMAZING!! Your party favours are killer...especially the smores.

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  3. that looks like such an awesome and fun party!

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  4. So many GREAT ideas here! Love the individual cups of veggies and ranch and the s'mores take home. Looks like the perfect celebration!

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  5. I am loving this theme, everything is so festive!! My birthday is on the second so I always have a very festive day as well! :) Hope your son had a great day!

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  6. Great job with the party! All the decorations and favors were too cute!! And I'd like a s'more please! :)

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  7. what a fun theme! love all the decorations and banners. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

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  8. OK, this was and is my favourite July 4th party I have read about.The layering of decorations from the ceiling down to the table is really effective and so artsy!I want you to plan my birthday party :)

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  9. Happy Birthday to Jackson! That was a great party!!

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  10. Super cute--I love the s'more goodie bags!

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  11. Cassie - I wish my birthday was near the 4th of July! This is so cool. I love the red, white & blue and love how you used the printables.

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  12. This is just too cute! What a perfect party!

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  13. Wow! What a great birthday party! My daughter's b-day is on the 3rd so her friends are always busy around her bday. You did a great job, might have to copy some of your ideas. I love the banners...and the red, white, and blue

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  14. how fun! great job on putting this together - looks like a great party!

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  15. I LOVE it! Such a fantastic job, Cassie. Love the idea of having it elsewhere and then back for the food and pool party. Genius. My creative friend does it again!

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  16. Wow what a fun party!!!! Love all the decorations.

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  17. oh my goodness! what a super mom you are! he is one lucky boy to have such a fun creative mother!

    www.natyouraveragegirl.com

    ps if i have a son i have always loved the name "jackson"

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  18. Seriously AMAZING!!! Everything turned out so festive, fun , & awesome! Great job!

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  19. LOVE the little s'more kits (and label). And the fact that he rolled his eyes while you bask in mom-was-right glory :D

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  20. I love that he ended up loving the favors...and that you got to gloat! SCORE! Chalk one up for team mom (c: What can he say but mother knows best, right? The whole thing was absolutely adorable...and looks like a blast! Happy 10th Jackson!

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  21. What a great birthday party! Will you please plan mine next year :) It's a week before Valentines Day so I think you could have a lot of fun with that theme... just saying :)

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  22. Great party ideas! Love the red, white, & blue! Boys are so much fun!

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  23. ooooh. squeezits! you just made my day, i LOVE those things. give me one of those & a cupcake... i'd float around your pool like a happy kid.

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  24. Girl, you rocked it! great job! I esp love the flops as pfavors and the smores too- great, now I'm craving one and its all your fault! xoxo shel

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  25. That looks incredible!! What a lucky kid :)

    Hope he had an awesome time, I feel like I missed out!

    We had our own, very British, Independance day, breakfast on Sunday. Blueberry and strawberry panckaes, with blueberry juice in red cups! Even had red, blue and yellow (i dont have a white one) plates!

    Good effort no?

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  26. Hi there...I LOVE your parties. The pancakes and pajamas and this one are adorable. Can I use them for the blog? Please email me: dimpleprintsinfo@yahoo.com

    Thanks,

    Abbey @ Dimpleprints

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  27. flip flops = party favors... cool! you seriously need to start an event planning company. pam

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  28. Cassie, you could win momma of the year. I'm so inspired by the effort and love that you put into your children's rooms and parties. At the same time, you stay fanfreakingtastic too. Love you girl. Congrats on another party well done!

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  29. It looks like so much fun! Love everything you did for the party (and it looks like the boys did too!). Thanks for sharing! I might have to use the smores idea for my son's birthday in September.

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  30. this is so much fun!!! great job on everything!!!

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  31. You do the BEST parties Cassie! I love how the invite turned out too. I can't believe you became a mom when you were 12! ;)

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  32. Cassie, this party was super fantastic! I love all the attention to detail you included and I especially love the flips to go! So clever for us Texas folks! I hope you are having an amazing summer!

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  33. Hey hot stuff . . linked this up on my facebook {I think I have 3 followers on facebook . . but all three will see it!}

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  34. This is the cutest party I have ever seen! You are so cute! We love everything on your blog. We would love for you to come share this at our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday" link party! http://sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com/2011/07/strut-your-stuff-saturday-week-2.html

    Love,
    The Sisters @ sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com

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  35. What a fun party! Everything looks great! :) I "lol'd" at the "blog resentment" remark... I TOTALLY understand that! My fam gets that way too sometimes, but hey, we bloggy-mummas have to capture the moment! ;)

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  36. how cute! You did such a great job! The party looks awesome! I found your blog through a link party and LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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  37. AWESOME! Our anniversary is the fourth of July! I might have to steal some of these ideas...of course we'd need a pool first ;)

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  38. That is awesome! Thanks for giving me all the inspiration for our party! And thank you for linking up!!

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  39. Wow! That looks like a super fun party! LOVE all the decorations! What cute party favor ideas as well!

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  40. Such a great party theme! Love the flipflops as party favors. Too cute!

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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