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Birthday Party Planning Guide

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BirthdayExpress.com is every host's secret for making birthday wishes come true! Our Splashin’ Pool Party planning guide offers step-by-step instruction to help you plan, prepare and execute a memorable day at the pool for the birthday guest of honor. The helpful checklist ensures that no detail is forgotten, while the themed games and recipes take the guesswork out of finding treats and activities that complement your décor. And we know you're busy, so the entire guide is printable – keeping you organized on the fly, from balloon blow-up to confetti clean-up!

Party Checklist

4-6 Weeks Before the Party

  • Select Date:



    Plan a safe, inviting place for kids to have fun. Set time to 2-3 hours for young children, and 3-4 hours for older kids.

  • Create Guest List

    Brainstorm a list of relatives, classmates, neighbors and other family friends.

  • Order Splashin' Pool Party Birthday Party Supplies and 
Splashin' Pool Party Favors

    Try one of our all-inclusive Splashin' Pool Party Party Packs or buy your Splashin' Pool Party napkins, plates, toys, activities and other supplies a la carte.

  • Order Birthday Costume/Outfit & Gifts

    BirthdayExpress.com has lots of fun choices that fit the theme. Check out our costumes, T-shirts, hats and special birthday gifts!

  • Book Entertainment (optional)

2 Weeks Before the Party

  • Order Cake

    Schedule to pick it up one day before the party.

  • Mail Splashin' Pool Party Birthday Invitations

    Let the birthday child help by affixing the stamps and putting the invitations in the mailbox.

  • Create List of Parent Phone Numbers

    Keep on hand in case of emergency.

  • Plan Party Menu

    Check out the recipes in this guide. Ask parents if kids have any food allergies.

  • Choose Party Games & Collect Party Supplies

    Check out the fun suggestions in this guide. There’s no limit to what you can do!

2-3 Days Before the Party

  • Prepare Cameras

    Check batteries. Charge video camera. Buy film or video cards. Get disposable cameras for the kids to use.

1 Day Before the Party

  • Make Food & Drinks, Bake/Get Cake, Buy Ice

    Set out chilled/heated foods just before kids eat.

  • Childproof & Decorate Party Area

    Remove breakable items and objects that could prevent guests from moving freely. Decorate with balloons, crepe paper, and other items included in your Splashin' Pool Party party pack.

  • Set Up Party Games, Fill Favor Boxes & Decorations

    Invite your party child to help!

Party Day!

  • Fill Birthday Balloons with Helium

After the Party


Note: For an overall beachy look for all food items, lightly dust the trays with brown sugar.

Pez Flip-Flops

  • Pez candies
  • Flip-flop favors
  • ½ cup white frosting
  • star candy sprinkles
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 package dessert party pastry cups
  1. Open Pez candies. Set out pairs of flip-flop favors.
  2. With a fine frosting tip, dab a spot of frosting on the top of each Pez candy.
  3. Set a star sprinkle directly on top of frosting.
  4. Fill pastry cups with peanut butter.
  5. Sprinkle top with brown sugar to get a sandy look.
  6. Set a pair of flip-flops on top of each cup.

Mike and Ike Popsicles

  • 1 box of Mike and Ike candies
  • wooden toothpicks

Cut toothpicks in half with a wire cutter. Push the toothpicks into the candies to look like Popsicle sticks. Set the popsicles out in pairs.

Sandy Pails

  • oatmeal cookies
  • red licorice
  • vanilla icing
  • Goldfish crackers
  1. Fill a 9 oz. clear plastic cup half full with Goldfish crackers.
  2. Set a cookie on top of the fish. You may have to cut the cookie a bit to fit into the cup.
  3. Bend the licorice piece and set in the cup to be the handle to the sand pail.

Watermelon Shark

  • oval seedless watermelon
  • wood toothpicks
  • cantaloupe
  1. Cut the bottom off of the watermelon so the shark can stand on a flat surface.
  2. Cut a V-shaped wedge out for the shark’s mouth.
  3. Using the white part of the rind from the cut-off pieces, cut triangles for the shark’s teeth.
  4. Fill the shark’s mouth with watermelon and spread some on the tray, adding some cantaloupe to it as well.
  5. Cut wood toothpicks in half using a wire cutter. Attach the teeth using the toothpicks.

Nautical Napkin Wrap


Roll the silverware in napkin. Using thin decorative string, loop it through a Life Saver or Gummy Saver and tie in back of napkin.

Top Tier of the Cupcake Stand

  • Peachie O’s gummy candy
  • Teddy Grahams

Stand the Teddy Grahams in the Peachie O’s candy to look like swim tubes.

Print This Party Planning Guide Now

Open this free party planning guide as a PDF document for printing. Keep it handy to help make your party planning easy!

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