Jackson's birthday party was a splash! Literally! I was a little worried all morning because it POURED down rain all morning, which left me scrambling for plan B just in case it didn't stop. Fortunately, the weather cleared up just in time for the big event. We'd rented a bouncy house/water slide as the main event, but we also had sprinklers going in the backyard, water balloons to bust, and visors to decorate.
I stuck with the water/beach theme for the decorations, so I used sand buckets and shovels to serve the food and made the cupcakes like a little beach with a fish swimming in the water. We had flip-flop nutter butters, peanut butter and jelly-fish sandwiches, and fruit under an umbrella. The party favors were also sand buckets filled with goggles (to wear while playing if desired), visors (to decorate at the party), and fish food (gummy sharks and goldfish).
The water slide was so much fun! I loved the expressions of pure joy as each kid landed in the pool of water at the end. Here are a few of those happy faces that made the day so much fun!
Eventually, we took a break and brought everyone inside for some snacks, cake, and presents! Jackson loved every moment and every gift.
After the party wrapped up, we weren't ready to be done! Our friends, Emma and Chris, grabbed their suits, and we all joined in the fun. There was a little splash competition, which I believe Chris and Ross tied for the biggest splash. The kids would line up at the bottom to get soaked by one of the dads. Then they'd run back around for their next turn. The giggles and laughing were endless!
We ended the evening with some pizza in the driveway while we soaked in the last few moments of sun for the day. Then everyone crashed! This party was definitely one of the most fun things we've done yet!
There are lots more pictures in the album!