This year, I had plenty of time, well at least more than 24 hrs unlike last year’s party, to prepare for C’s 7th birthday. But we all know that life always has us juggling, so with only three days left to scramble something together, it all came together pretty quickly once we figured out the theme. C originally suggested having another fruit party but then I remembered how a bunch of kids at school chose watermelon as their favorite fruit. I mean like, rows and rows of favorite fruit posters were posted in the hallway with different adaptations of watermelon pictures and drawings. And so the idea of a watermelon party came to fruit-ion!
Initially, the party was supposed to be one big ol’ arts and crafts party since we recently hustled our weekends to convert the office garage into a play/crafts room. Then out of no where, the weather went from mid 70s to mid 90s, as did our pool, so we incorporated swimming into the mix. Hire a great lifeguard, throw in some fun and snazzy pool toys (awesome watermelon pool floats options are abundant now!), and you’re pretty much golden.
There are tons of watermelon decor out there but I wanted to make it as DIY as possible. So we incorporated as many watermelon items we thought were fun (aka, a soon to be 7 year-old can make). Let me just say that piñata craftmanship is an under-appreciated art for putting so much work into something that gets beaten to shreds in a few minutes. So I opted to to have a sweets table and in lieu of having the candy in the watermelon. Also, there is always that one kid who darts out to grab the fallen candy while the other kid is still swinging at the piñata with a blind-fold. Always makes me cringe!
We were able to have an arts n’crafts element with tie-dye watermelon tank-tops. When it’s hot out and you give kids the option to swim or tie-dye, it’s a hard sell to get kids excited about wearing plastic gloves. None of the boys even gave it a second thought. Fortunately, only half of the kids decided to make them which amounted to the perfect amount of dye provided. Or else I would have had to sell them on orange and blue watermelons. It’s the new GMO watermelon, kids!! Phew.
Then there’s the next challenge of getting kids out of the pool to feed them. I was just planning to make heavy snacks (2 p.m. party) which eventually grew into a pre-dinner meal, always a paranoia of mine to run out of food. Heaven forbid!
- Sriracha Wings
- Laab Gai
- Sesame Peanut Noodles with Veggies
- Pineapple Chicken
- Brown Rice
- Watermelon Mojitos
I was overly ambitious and tried to make “watermelon” rice balls. Geez. I really need to reel in my own ambition since I was lucky enough to have some awesome helpers with party prep. You know you have really good friends when they are willing to go pick-up Krispy Kremes out of their way and THEN help meticulously glaze them to look like watermelon.
Now who can possibly not love watermelons? I just love seeing everyone enjoy the watermelon and birthday love that day. So sweet.