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Time to Bust out the Squirt Guns and Water Balloons! Stay Cool this Summer with some Fun Water Themed Party Ideas from Windy City Novelties!

You don’t have to have a pool to have a water-themed party this summer!  Stay cool with great ideas for a wet and wild water party from Windy City Novelties!  Whether you’re throwing a birthday party for your kid or need some ideas to keep your guests from melting in the heat at your next summer cookout you’ll be able to have a splashing good time!

Everyone knows to keep kids happy, all you need to do is hand them a hose on a hot day and tell them to have fun!  While letting the little ones loose with the hose may not be an ideal option when you’re expecting a house full of people, there’s still plenty of ways for them to have a wet and wild good time even if you don’t have a pool to throw them in. 

- Create your own slip and slide using a tarp and the hose.  Add a little dish soap to make it extra slippery! 

- Unleash an ultimate water balloon war!  Fill as many latex balloons as you can with water and let the kids go to town.  For an extra element of fun, arm them with plastic forks to try and pop the balloons before they land! 

- Add a twist to a traditional game of catch by using splash balls that have been thoroughly soaked in water (the colder the better!).

- If you’re feeling ambitious or are extra handy, use some PVC pipes to create your own water park; or, call it a bike wash and let the kids ride their bikes through your new water features! 

- Arm the kids with squirt guns and water cannons and let them know it’s war time! 

While the kids are busy getting soaked, the adults can be enjoying your no-pool pool party!  Choose bright colors for your paper goods and decorations to keep the carefree summer feeling alive.  Adorn the yard with pretty pastel lanterns hanging from the trees or porch railing.  String flower lights through the trees for some extra illumination.  And our summer table decorating kits are the perfect way to add some color and character to your party space!  Deck your tables with one of our neon pink or kiwi green vinyl table covers, which will make clean up easy at the end of the night—and make it easy for everyone to find the food table!  Coordinate with our Summer Love plates and napkins and you’ll be all set to keep the buffet table stocked and set. 

When you’re planning the menu for your wet and wild summer party, there are plenty of fun, delicious options to choose from.  You can stick with the traditional summer favorite of burgers and hot dogs on the grill, with simple sides like potato salad, deviled eggs, fresh veggies, and pasta salad.  Or, if you’re expecting a big crowd, you can go whole hog and hire a catering company to roast a pig for your party.  There are also plenty of options in between the basic burgers and the extravagant pig roast though.  Roast some fish or chicken breasts, serve simple subs from the local deli, go for a seafood theme and serve crab legs, shrimp, and lobster bisque, or order up some fried chicken from the grocery store.  Your menu choices are varied and plentiful; you just need to determine how much work you want to put into the food prep, both before the party and during! 

And you’ll want to be sure you have plenty of refreshing summer drinks to keep your guests cool when they’re not partaking in the water fun you have planned for your party.  Serve up pina coladas, daiquiris, margaritas, good summer beers, wine spritzers, and of course plenty of water and soda for those who aren’t partaking in alcohol.  And add a little extra sparkle and shine to those drinks with glow drinkware! Whether you want just a few glowing ice cubes for your drinks or plan to go all out with glow tumblers, glow martini glasses, and glow margarita glasses, your guests will love these special touches for your summer party! 

So just because you don’t have a huge pool that will accommodate all your friends and their kids, that doesn’t mean you can’t plan a fabulous wet and wild summer party!  All you need is a hose, your imagination, and a few simple supplies to keep the kids happy and the adults laughing all night long! 

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