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Thomas’ Third Birthday Splash Party

For Thomas’ third birthday we hosted a splash party in our backyard! For sure, this was his most fun birthday party yet!

So, not only was this one of of our most fun parties, it was also one of our most simple parties too. A few weeks before the party I purchased all of the birthday decorations on Amazon and ordered a water slide from a local party rental company (Now It’s A Party). A few days before the party I ran to Total Wine for booze and Harris Teeter for all the snacks. And just before the party I had pizzas delivered. Easy.

The party rental company we rented the water slide bouncy castle from was really awesome. Even though we rented it only for a few hours, they dropped it off the day before the party and picked it up the day after, so we had 3 days of water fun — so amazing.

For all of you who messaged me asking how Helicopter Matt handled the water slide — yes, when he arrived home from work to the inflated slide in our backyard I thought he was going to have a full on panic attack. He was like “oh, no, no, no, no.” Thankfully, he had a solid 24 hours to calm down before lifeguarding 15+ wild kiddos.

Anyway, the water slide was a huuuuuuge hit. The kids (& adults) had the absolute best time going down the slide over and over and over again. And all of the kids left the party absolutely wiped out.

A huge thanks to our photographer friend Taylor for capturing our party and a few family pictures too! She is the best!

For snacks we served goldfish, animal crackers, pretzels and popcorn in sand pails. Lemonade and fruit punch was served in beach ball cups for the kiddos. And Publix made our delicious cupcakes.


Previous Birthday Parties: Fire Truck 2nd Birthday Party // Pizza & Popsicles 1st Birthday Party


Photographer: Taylor Stading Photography

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Wednesday 21st of February 2024

Such a cute party for the littles! I really want to do a water party for my son's summer birthday! How was it for kids to change and get dry etc? Lol this is the stuff I worry about.


Thursday 22nd of February 2024

The parents took their kids home wrapped in towels straight from the backyard. :)


Monday 14th of August 2023

Where did you make the drink labels?


Saturday 3rd of June 2023

Hi! Such a fun theme. Where did you get the tablecloth?


Thursday 25th of March 2021

Do you mind sharing what time of the year and weather? I’m thinking of doing this for my sons 3rd birthday party, but we are in FL and it’s in May, probably pushing to June.


Saturday 27th of March 2021



Thursday 16th of August 2018

Another gorgeous party my friend - love all the beach balls and those water slides are always a huge hit!! x