It was a very last-minute party with us not even sending out invitations until Thursday for our Saturday event! Sometimes that works well and sometimes it doesn’t. We didn’t have a huge turnout but we ended up with 6 middle school boys, 2 elementary school-aged neighbors, and one preschooler plus my two boys. In some ways, the crowd was more than large enough! There aren’t any pictures of the actual water balloon war because I’m fairly certain the digital camera is not waterproof.
We bought our supplies on Thursday after we sent out the invitations (I
wasted some time created an Evite invitation as well as making a quick Facebook event).
We bought 900 water balloons (100 count packages) and 25 regular balloons. The yellow circle is a place-mat but we used it as a bulls-eye target.
We wanted to do water balloon pinatas on the swing-set with wrapped candies. Thankfully, we did test our idea out ahead of time. Turns out it was Pinterest pretty picture that was not all that practical. First, popping the water balloons pinata style proved pretty much impossible. Secondly, even wrapped candies get icky when submerged in water. We opted to simply decorate the swing-set with the water balloons. One of the water balloons sprung a leak and I thought it would be fun to try to turn the balloons into a sprinkler system for the swing-set but managed to simply pop all the balloons. I would like to try it by poking holes in the balloons ahead of time in the future.
I had G create some signage in word for me so I could clearly mark areas that were off-limits and dry zones. By the way, marking areas as dry zones works only if the water balloon warriors can read.
I also employed him to make some green piggies for an Angry Birds water balloon game. We had an assembly line with J filling the balloons while I tied them, and then he drew the pig face on them. I didn’t see the game in action but I think they all enjoyed it. I also think it went very fast. I can’t take credit for the idea. I found it here via Pinterest and we adapted it a bit (meaning we ran out of time and desire to actually draw the birds!). This was one of those rare “not borderline insane” Pinterest finds.
This is the part where I would be writing how all the kids had such a great time and if I had thought about it showing you a picture of our completely trashed yard (I did make all the boys clean up and exchange their bags of trash for some candy). However, I will tell the truth. J went inside before the water balloon had hardly begun. When asked about it, he stated it was because our party was “lame” and we did not have enough water balloons. He was upset that they weren’t filled prior to the party. In fairness to my 8-year-old son I did completely under-estimate the massive amount of time it takes to fill a large quantity of water balloons. G came inside to avoid getting wet and had to be coaxed back outside. J finally came outside but insisted he did NOT want to get wet. SIGH. My husband congratulated me on having a party where he thought he had seen every kid crying at one point or another (this is not true, our 3-year-old preschooler neighbor and the ONLY girl held her own and never shed a tear! I think a few of the middle school boys also did not shed any tears). I do think MOST of the kids had a good time although both my boys said they did not want to do it again next year.