This summer, I decided to throw the ultimate summertime block party – New Orleans style.
The block party included a stand for homemade snowballs for our friends and family as well as water play. If you are going to beat the July heat in Louisiana, water play is a must! So why not a gigantic water slide and the whole neighborhood? That’s what we did, and it was awesome!
Once a year my husband and I love to host a neighborhood party, where we invite our neighbors and friends. It’s an open-door invite, if you hear about it, you’re invited! This year, we went BIG! Check out this waterslide! We could not get the kids off of it.
Overcast or not, 100-degree heat requires all the cool assets you can bring forth when entertaining; so unlimited snowballs for the kids and adults was the perfect sidekick to the waterslide!
My kids were so excited. They almost didn’t believe us this was happening so they kept asking: what are we celebrating?
We are celebrating summer, I told them. And we did. The kids and their friends went up and down the slide carefree from the minute it was fully set up after delivery.
Somehow, it became a boys vs. girls to see who can eat snowballs faster without a brain freeze.
For the ultimate cool down, some kids sat in the “splash zone” while enjoying their snowballs!
I couldn’t help myself and had to join in the fun. As the ice was being shaved for the snowballs, I pitched in and started making them for the kids.
No kitchen? No problem. Put me to work making something that makes people happy, and pretty soon it felt like I was running my own snowball stand. To see the joy on my kids faces as I handed them the perfect snowball was delightful.
And… When you just simply cannot choose which flavor you want, the rainbow becomes the most popular, as Gabriel decided, not once, but twice! Good thing they had kiddie-sized cups.
Summer parties mean more to me than just getting family and friends together. It is a time where I can sit back and watch my kids be kids with their friends and smile all day long.
Each of my kids is unique and as I watch them grow, socialize, make decisions, and just be kids, it reminds me of how fortunate I am to have a family like mine. It’s not perfect, but it’s perfect for me.
What would your family want for the ultimate Summer party?