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I cannot believe it's been over a month since my son celebrated his tenth birthday with an Emoji Pool Party! As you may know, kids with winter birthdays sometimes feel like they get left out in the cold. An Emoji Pool Party is a fun way to celebrate and add a bit of cheer to a winter birthday! Here's what you need to make a splash with an emoji pool party and get your kiddo (and their friends) smiling with these fun faces!
Emoji Pool Party
Reserve the Venue
Of course, to throw an Emoji Pool Party, you're going to need a pool. Of course, if you're throwing your emoji pool party in the summer and have your own pool, you're set. If you you don't have you're own pool or are throwing a winter emoji pool party, you may need to reserve your venue. Check your local hotels, community centers, and fitness centers for pools that you may rent for the occasion. We are fortunate that a local community center has a FABULOUS indoor pool area that is kid friendly and fun. The fact that it's so fabulous means it often books out months (even up to a year) in advance, so don't leave reserving your venue to the last minute!
Invite the Guests
After you've set the venue, you need to invite your guests. In years past, I've slaved over creating invitations for my kids birthday parties. Not this time. I found this amazing emoji pool party invitation from the HappyBarn shop on Etsy that I paid to have customized. The invitation was a great price and the shop owner, Chelsey, was easy to work with. I'd messaged her and asked her if she was able to remove the OM* on the last line of the text messages and have it just say “I'm so excited!” She did, and the turn around time was great!
We have a laser printer, so I just printed mine at home. You can also have them printed at your local photo printer.
Decorate for the Party
An Emoji pool party wouldn't be complete without Emoji toys and party supplies! We headed straight to Oriental Trading for ours. Our venue had pretty strict guidelines for decorations (no confetti, no table scatters, no tape on anything) so we had to rely on decorating the tables. I used Emoji party plates and napkins, along with yellow plates, napkins, and plastic ware for the tableware. I had a couple Emoji tumblers that I used to separate the plastic ware.
The party room was smallish (it could only seat 25 people), so we had our Emoji beach balls pull double time as decor and pool games. Our party favors were also on display, but more on those in a minute!
Here's the beauty of an indoor pool party… you don't have to do much by way of pool games. A few Emoji Beach Balls, a race or two, and the indoor slide are sure to keep them busy for a while. If they start to lag, you can always play Marco Polo.
It's best to let the kids swim and play in the pool before serving food. After all, an unfortunate upchuck event could result in pool closure– don't be the reason the pool closes! Our party time was between lunch and dinner, so we went simple and served nachos, sausage queso, and lemonade. I ordered cupcakes from Sam's Club bakery and printed these super fun emoji cupcake toppers from Paper Trail Design. Of course, we had ice cream, too. :P
Kids love party favors, and I do, too. I especially loved themed party favors and found a score of them on Oriental Trading. We packed our Emoji Pool Party Favor Bags with inflatable mini emoji beach balls, emoji stickers, emoji lollipops, emoji notepads, emoji pencils, and emoji mini buttons.
I have to say, the Emoji Pool Party is likely the simplest birthday party I've ever had for one of my kiddos and everyone enjoyed themselves!