Toady I did something that I have not done for a very, very long time. I did something just for fun, with the sole purpose of being the type of person I want to be. You see, I host a lot of parties and do a lot of projects on this blog, but I’ve gotten to the point where I feel a little glum about it. A lot of pretending happens here and while it can be really fun (and it truly fuels me, if I’m being honest!) sometimes I really want to have actual fun. I see a lot of other people going out to real events, with real people. So, while it can be fun to create my own events, actually having someone to celebrate them with is even better.
So, when my husband suggested we fill up the pool and take a dip with Hailey, I got super excited and decided that I didn’t need a huge pool or a bunch of friends over to enjoy a tropical/ flamingo pool float/ colorful adventure. I just had to grab my supplies, set them up, and enjoy a tiny party all for myself.
Our flamingo pool float, that my sister and I named Javier, was blown up as a chair to lounge on after a dip in the pool. It also provided a great photo op! Hailey wasn’t really in the mood to be in the pool for very long, so it was nice to have Javier for her to sit on and still have the pool party fun.
I used a small folding table next to the pool to hold the essentials- cell phones, glasses of water, and mini flamingo pool floats. I also dressed it up with some tassel garland (left over from Hailey’s half birthday party!) plus mini flamingo ornaments and tropical leaves from my baby shower. I’ve had these mini flamingo pool floats for so long- I’m not even sure when I first got them, but they came to my bachelorette party, Mexico, and even my wedding! I love keeping them in my purse and then blowing them up when the need arises. Which for me, is anytime!
We don’t have a pool in our backyard, so I had purchased this mini one from Target that holds 3 adults. It was perfect for us and Hailey! I love the fun tropical pattern too. We keep ours inflated and store it in the shed, so it’s ready to go for the next pool party.
Hailey and I put on our fun, tropical bathing suits and added some festive accessories, like a big flower headband for Hailey and earrings and sunglasses for me. Everything was super easy to set up- it only took a few minutes to gather up all my supplies and then a few more to decorate the space. I was super happy while we splashed around in the pool- it was really fun to make an ordinary experience like hopping in the inflatable pool just a little but more festive.
I know that to some having so many pictures of the impromptu pool party seems like I wasn’t in the moment truly having fun, but for me that’s how I celebrate! I love to look back and have nice photos of events. I could snap a few cell phone pictures but then I wouldn’t feel that moment of being back there. Hailey’s getting SO big and so quickly that I want to preserve every single moment with her.
While an amazing, huge, Pinterest-worthy party can be fun and envy-inducing, it’s also important to enjoy the less noteworthy, everyday things that happen. By adding a little bit more fun to the everyday, you’ll be able to enjoy every minute instead of waiting for something important to happen. Well, my friends, YOU are important and that is worth celebrating!
What type of mini party will you be celebrating? Is there anything you want to see for inspiration? Perhaps a Christmas in July party? Halloween tea party? Face mask party? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll try to make it happen!