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How to have a Great Splash Party Birthday Party

Updated on May 14, 2015

How to have a Great Splash Water Birthday Party in your Backyard

My daughter wanted to have a water party for her sixth birthday. She wanted a pool party, but we don't have a pool. So we decided to throw a splash birthday party in our backyard. With a slip and slide, a kiddie pool, water guns and some great games, we had a great party. It was very easy to have a water party. This party works equally well for girls or boys or a co-ed crowd. Invite your guests to wear a bathing suit and bring a towel. Read on to find out what games and activities can make your splash party a big success!

(All pictures in this lens were taken at our splash party, please do not copy or use any of them.)

Okay, I've got a backyard, now what do I do?

Here are the games and activities that I planned for our Splash Party. I have included a photo and description of each one further down the lens. Here's a quick list to get you started, then you can read more to find out how to do each one.

  • Make Your Own Sun Visor (a great activity for the guest to do as they arrive)
  • Pin the sunglasses on the Swimmer (a twist on the classic "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" party game)
  • Ping Pong Ball Squirt Gun Challenge
  • Water Bomb Toss
  • Pinata (What's a birthday party without a pinata?)
  • Face Painting
  • Balloon Pop in the Pool
  • Slip and Slide
  • Free play
  • Pool Cake and Ice Cream!

Craft: Make your own Sun Visor - This was my "Coming in" Activity

I had the kids make sun visors as they arrived at the party. I got plain white foam visors and a pack of letter stickers and a pack of sea creature stickers. They could make a visor to wear and take home. These were great for keeping the sun out of their eyes during the party too.

Game: Pin the Glasses on the Swimmer - My 6 year old daughter drew this one herself

This is a take on the classic party game--Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Kids seem to love this game. This one was easy to make. I got a piece of poster board and some black construction paper. My daughter wanted the draw the swimmer herself, so I let her. She did a great job. I'm a big believer in letting the kids help! I cut some sunglasses from the black construction paper and put tape balls on the back. To play, I just used a handkerchief as a blindfold and the kids loved it!

Game: Ping Pong Ball Squirt Gun Challenge - This one was the favorite

For this game, I gave each girl a water gun. Then I threw 12 ping pong balls into the pool. I lined half of the girls up on each side of the pool. They had to shoot the ping pong balls with the squirt guns to move them toward the other side of the pool. They loved this game and played it for a long time. They started by squirting the balls across the width of the pool and then moved down to the end to all work as a team to squirt them the length of the pool. I sent one squirt gun home with each kid as a party favor too.

Game: Water Bomb Toss

I got a pack of water bombs and 3 inflatable pool tube floats. I strung the inner tubes up from our swingset and put a bucket of water full of the water bombs a few yards back. The kids had to toss the water bombs through the tubes. They also tossed some ping pong balls from the ping pong ball squirt gun game through the tubes too. Good clean (cheap) fun!

Game: Balloon Pop in the Pool

The kids enjoyed this game. Even the birthday girl's two older brothers wanted to play! I blew up enough balloons for each guest to have one. Then they had to sit on them in the pool to pop them. I'd recommend having enough balloons to play this twice, since everyone wanted to do it again.

Game: Pinata - I make my own and save money!

I made a beach ball pinata. All of my kids want to have a pinata at their birthday parties, but the cost can add up. So I have come up with a way to make my own frugal pinatas that I can adapt to any theme. For the pool party, I used a beach ball as the pinata decoration. My daughter drew and colored the beach ball all by herself. You can read how to make this simple pinata here: How to make a quick homemade pinata

Activity: Slip and Slide - This was also great for free play time at the party

The kids all enjoyed the slip and slide. I turned it on at a specific time so everyone could participate, but I kept it off during the other games. Near the end of the party, I turned the slip and slide back on for the party guests to use during free play time. During free play time, the guests could use the slip and slide or play in the pool or play any of the other games or add decorations to their sun visors or get their faces painted.

The kids love the Slip and Slide!

Wham-o Surf Rider Slip N Slide 16 Ft. Slide
Wham-o Surf Rider Slip N Slide 16 Ft. Slide

The slip and slide was a big hit at our splash party. After the organized games, many of the party guests chose to spend the remaining time using the Slip N Slide. We had an Ariel (Little Mermaid) slip and slide for my daughter's splash party because Ariel is a favorite of my daughter, but the regular slip and slide appeals to all kids, boys and girls alike. My kids spend hours using the slip and slide as soon as the weather gets warm enough. If you have someone with a summer birthday, the Slip N Slide makes a great birthday gift too.


Activity: Face Painting

I enlisted the help of my teenage daughter to do face painting. We got a face painting kit and she set up a table under a tree in the shade. This worked out well, as I had a few girls who did not want to play certain games. So they had their face (or arm) painted instead. This was also a popular site during the free play time at the party. We offered very basic choices such as hearts, rainbows, balloons, smiley faces and flowers at the choices. My daughter drew out the choices on a paper ahead of time, so the girls could see them and choose which one they wanted painted.

Make a Pool cake - This cake is easy to make and so impressive

To make the cake, I simply made 2 9 inch rounds from one box mix of cake. I tinted a container of icing blue with food coloring. Then I iced the cake in blue. I used chocolate sugar wafer cookies around the outside of the cake. I did need to cut the sugar wafers down a bit as they were a bit too long for the edge of the cake. For the swing rings, I used peach gummy rings. I used a sugar wafer wrapped in a fruit roll up as the diving board. I cut other fruit roll ups to make floats, and I used string licorice as pool noodles. Then I put teddy grahams in and around the pool. I used icing to stand one teddy up at the end of the diving board. Another cake alternative is the Under the Sea Cake which is featured in Birthday Cakes for Kids.

Everyone had a splashingly good time!

Everyone had a splashingly good time!
Everyone had a splashingly good time!

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      Debbie Mullin 

      3 years ago

      You are such a great mom & so creative!

    • neotony profile image


      6 years ago

      great party for the kids and us adults too!

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      6 years ago

      The Backyard Splash party is so popular that we have dedicated this entire section to Backyard Splash birthday party ideas.

      Read through the Backyard Splash party ideas and incorporate the best birthday party ideas into your party. Create your own party plan and remember to include invitations, decorations, games, activities, party food, beverages, party cake, party snacks, gift bag favors, costumes and gifts.

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      6 years ago

      Such an energetic mommy you are, I only have 4 children and feel flat and tired before I start most of the time.

      I love these ideas, they are uplifting and so fun.

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      Monica Ranstrom 

      6 years ago

      How fun! I want to come next time!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

      6 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Some really great ideas! Nicely done ~~~Blessed~~~~

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      6 years ago

      You folks must have written the book on having fun and this party was a big, happy SPLASH from start to finish and you have the smiles to show for it! I love your pool cake, what a simply wonderful idea to finish off all the fun. I had never seen the Pin the Glasses on the do it all so very well!

    • dahlia369 profile image


      6 years ago

      Actually, you should ask that question your little guests... ;)

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      6 years ago

      I love this!

    • homeschoolmomof4 profile image


      6 years ago

      cute girl on the slip and slide....she had a great time.

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      Shelly Sellers 

      6 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Love how you had a Splash Party and shared your wonderful photos and ideas here!


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