Easiest party by the pool

Start of the term has brought the ‘party by the pool’ birthdays upon us after a few months lull. When it was our turn, we wanted to spare our friends from the noisy indoor playgrounds and soggy fries and ourselves from a project involving complicated logistics and zero enjoyment. Luckily, we managed to convince our 4-year old to-be (again) that she wanted a pool party with only the friends she regularly plays with (and those that mum and dad do).

party by the pool

Party by the pool: crafts

Since the birthday girl is into arts and crafts, with little help from Pinterest, we engineered an easy craft activity that consisted of garden stones (bought in Sungai Buloh for MYR 10 for a sack of 20kg), paints and a black marker. It would have been smart to buy washable paints but hey, you just can’t think of everything.

birthday party by the pool

The kids took it more like painting Easter eggs (mental note to save the remaining 15kg of stones for Easter) and did not share my artistic vision of oh-so-seventies Barbapapa but at least they had fun and covered themselves in (the non-washable) paint.

Painting barbapas

To cut down on cooking, we ordered some Vietnamese baguettes and fresh spring rolls from a restaurant nearby for the adults while the kids were more than happy with hot dogs.

The otherwise serene party atmosphere was disrupted only when the birthday girl realised there was ONLY BOOKS in the party bags – as she put it with a piercing howl. Here I was, with my fantastically self-righteous anti- party-gifts agenda. Luckily I hadn’t been a complete idiot and had slipped in a few sweets and managed to avert the catastrophe.

I’m thinking now is a perfectly good time to start talking about party ideas that you can do when you turn 5: maybe a day out in a craft workshop, cooking school or cinema. Lovely activities – with minimum parental involvement.

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  1. Loved your post here. Do you have any suggestions or recommendations for hiring bungalow with pool in kl or selangor?

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