I'm a January baby. V. is also a January baby. I have waited a long time to plan a summer birthday party.
We have a pool and a grill and a swing set. What else do you need?
Answer: cake and a bouncy house.
As awesome as the bouncy house was, we need to talk about the bubble table.
I'm sure this isn't an original idea. But it works.
When Miss V was a baby, we asked for a raised sand table as an amazing sensory bin. Her Papa and Nana sent one to her, and the fun commenced. We used it for water beads, for chopstick practice, and for a dinosaur habitat. This summer, I don't think anything but bubbles will go into it. It was that popular.
First, we went to the Dollar Tree and I let Miss V pick out whatever we thought would make good bubbles. She came up with all this:
Paper plate holders, a pool noodle we cut up. mega horns, bins, and fly swatters.
We fill the table with a few big containers of bubbles and go to town. Everyone ends up soaked in bubbles (fair warning given) and everyone plays until the bubbles are gone.
So this summer, fill your sensory bins or kiddie pools or tupperware with bubbles and go nuts.
FYI: The fly swatters are fantastic. Wave them in the air or hold them in front of a fan for a million bubbles.