This year, our big purchase was a solar hot water heater for the pool. I’ve been saving for it for more than a year, determined that this would be the year I would see my girls jumping and splashing in their pool. And last month after all that saving and waiting, it finally happened – we have a warm pool!
If you aren’t from Florida (an even some who are), you will probably laugh at this dream. It’s Florida, how cold could the pool really be? (Yes, and I know we are extremely lucky to have a pool in the first place.) But I assure you it was COLD. Barely in the low 70s even in the height of summer, no one wanted to be in there – not the kids and not me.
Now hovering around a comfortable 86 degrees, it is the perfect temperature to splash and play. And the perfect excuse to host a pool party!!! (The first of many to come, I am sure.)
Remembering a party I threw last year with an ice cream sprinkles bar, K recently began requesting a pizza and ice cream party. So I set out to create a fun, colorful and delicious pizza and ice cream pool party. To celebrate the pool, I added a new spin on our ice cream bar – the Ice Cream Float. (Get it?!)
When party planning mode starts in my mind, it is never a simple party. Within hours I was dreaming of an ice cream topping bar that topped last year with custom printables, a cute craft and, of course, lots of toppings.
Over the top for a simple pool party? Probably. But a ton of fun to plan and attend? You betcha!
Deciding on a summer color scheme of pink, blue and green, I set off to shop for supplies including Edy’s Grand Ice Cream and Nestle toppings for sundaes and A&W Root Beer and Sunkist for floats. (Yummy!) Check out my entire shopping trip in pictures on Google+.
Oh how those toppings tempted young guests as they arrived, eyeing bowl after bowl of sugary goodness. Nestle’s Cruch, Nestle’s Butterfingers, Nestle’s chocolate chips, marshmallows, gummy bears, nuts, cherries, sprinkles and more. (I went all out.)
But the ice cream bar would have to wait because first the pool called. While the kids enjoyed splashing in the pool, moms and dads pulled up chairs poolside to relax and enjoy the perfect summer afternoon. (With afternoon thunderstorms common in Florida, I lucked out with perfect weather for the party.)
After dinner, it was time for ice cream and the kids clamored to the table to choose their ice cream (cookie dough, butter pecan or chocolate brownie fudge) and their toppings. It was sugar overload! K begged for permission to have some of each topping – ha, no way!
While the kids piled on the toppings at the ice cream bar, the parents helped themselves to floats. There was something for everyone.
Waiting a suitable amount of time before returning to the pool after eating (five minutes counts, right), the kids returned to the pool.
As I surveyed the destroyed table of goodies and listened to squeals of laughter from the pool it was clear all of my saving and planning was worth it. My dream of a heated pool has been realized and a pizza and ice cream party was the perfect way to celebrate the occasion.
Free Ice Cream Party Printables
I created table-tent labels and ice cream cone wrappers for our party. And everything turned out so well, I decided to share.
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