2016 Summer Party

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!

Summertime Fun! Snowballs and waterslide party for family and friends.

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!

Summertime Fun! Snowballs and waterslide party for family and friends.Summertime Fun! Snowballs and waterslide party for family and friends.

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.

Summertime Fun! Snowballs and waterslide party for family and friends.

Somehow, it became a boys vs. girls to see who can eat snowballs faster without a brain freeze.

Summertime Fun! Snowballs and waterslide party for family and friends.
Summertime Fun! Snowballs and waterslide party for family and friends.

For the ultimate cool down, some kids sat in the “splash zone” while enjoying their snowballs!

Summertime Fun! Snowballs and waterslide party for family and friends.

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.

Summertime Fun! Snowballs and waterslide party for family and friends.

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.

Summertime Fun! Snowballs and waterslide party for family and friends.

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.
Summertime Fun! Snowballs and waterslide party for family and friends.

What would your family want for the ultimate Summer party?

 

August 3, 2016

12 thoughts on “2016 Summer Party”

  1. Cathrine says:

    What a great post. Sound like a great party.

  2. Allison says:

    Wow! Looks like everybody had an amazing time.

  3. Brooke says:

    We host a Labor Day party every year with all our family and friends. It is my favorite weekend of the year where I get to be with all the people I love. Days like these remind me of how blessed I am.

  4. Tammy says:

    What a great event! I love that you had a snowball stand. No better way to celebrate summer.

  5. Chrisy says:

    That waterslide looks like fun! Bet your neighborhood had a blast.

  6. Michelle says:

    BBQ parties! Love them in the summer party with friends and family.

  7. Amanda says:

    Wow, I need to get a waterslide for my daughters birthday. That looks amazing.

  8. Vanessa says:

    My kids would love a snowball stand at their birthday party!

  9. Lexi T. says:

    I love summer parties where I can spend quality time with my family and friends all together.

  10. Laura Muller says:

    Hasta a mi me dieron ganas de deslizarme por ahí!! que padrisimo!!

  11. Alexa says:

    Awesome party! I love summer parties with the family and close friends. Good food, good company…perfect!

  12. Kim says:

    Snowballs and a water slide…no better way to celebrate summer!

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