Infuse Happiness into Summer With Beautiful Pool Floats
I love beautiful pool floats. They’re fun, festive and stylish. They have a delightful way of adding happiness to an ordinary hot day. When my girls were in elementary school I was always dreaming up ways to infuse fun into both the summer and the the school year. I volunteered in their classrooms and was a PTA VP and later the PTA president. When involved parents team up together incredible ideas become a reality. Our group of dedicated volunteers planned Fall Festivals, Ice Cream Socials, Silent Auctions, Pancake Breakfasts, May Carnivals, Spaghetti Feeds, Garden Planting Days, and more! I also loved planning special events for the girls’ classrooms. Because our home is right around the corner from the elementary school, I was able to get approval for a few fun field trips to my home.
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Several years in a row I planned fall cooking events for my daughters’ classrooms. This involved a small army of parent volunteers and having the children walk to my home. I would set up rotating food prep stations inside my home and in the backyard. The children would learn to prepare and bake all items from scratch. Our usual menu included minestrone soup, buttermilk biscuits, homemade pie crusts, mini apple pies, mini pumpkin pies, corn bread, mashed potatoes, vegetables and stuffing. Parents would volunteer to cook turkeys in their kitchens at home. The prepared food was stored until the following day and rewarmed in the school cafeteria. Parents were invited to the school site during lunchtime to enjoy a festive Thanksgiving meal with their children and the classroom teacher. It was a lot of work but so incredibly worth it. If I could turn back the hands of time I’d be ready to do it all over again!
Celebrate Summer in Style | Adorable Pool Floats
My favorite field trips were two back-to-back EOY BBQ & Swim Parties held the last week of school. I’d schedule one on a Wednesday for Ashley’s classroom, and then rinse and repeat the following day for Brooke’s classroom. Parents would make donations for the party and I’d head to Costco and load up on BBQ essentials and drinks. Then I’d stop by a party store to select special decorations and pick up cotton candy. An order would be placed for large drums of ice cream from a popular neighborhood ice cream parlor. Just before the fun began two Red Cross certified lifeguards would arrive, and a speciality company would set up a large inflatable jumping structure. My husband would pull out the air hockey table, lay out blue tarps for the children’s backpacks and towels, set out pool noodles and a few large beach balls, blow up a dozen colorful pool floats for the kids, put on festive tunes, and heat up the BBQ.
The morning of each party I’d rush to the party store to pick up two dozen helium balloons. Then I’d start icing down drinks and check on all the little details. Chafing dishes were ready for the food, 10 folding tables and dozens of chairs would be set up under large pop-up tents. Big batches of popcorn would be popped in the PTA’s giant machine. Four bubble machines were filled to capacity. Two blew bubbles toward the entrance where the kids would be coming in, and another two would blow bubbles out onto the swimming pool. These were the memorable first days of summer! Life was fun back then and it’s still fun now! You too can make life festive by infusing excitement into ordinary hot summer days. Go to the state fair or a beachfront boardwalk. Create a custom Margarita bar in your backyard. Invite friends over for a BBQ. Celebrate summer with adorable pool floats! What are your plans for summer? Which adorable pool float do you love best? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.