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Preppy Pool Party :: Celebrating Tommy's 7th Birthday

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As you may know, we recently celebrated our sweet boy, Tommy’s 7th birthday party! It has become tradition for us to throw a big pool party each year for his birthday since we live in Arizona and it’s usually over 100 degrees by mid June. We were excited that our pool and backyard were finished just in the nick of time! The party colors and style were inspired by the fabulous navy and green cabana stripe pillows and umbrellas that I recently ordered from Pottery Barn to add some color to the backyard decor. Vicki from Vicki Lynn Photography captured all of the details of the party!

Our paper lanterns in dark blue and kelly green were a must for this outdoor party. I used them both inside the house and in the backyard!

My fabulous friends at Pottery Barn Kids sent these perfect green/navy striped turtle towels and camping lanterns in navy and green. They perfectly matched the party decor!

The day before the party, I spotted the navy/white striped cabana on a postcard from our local pool supply store! Though it ended up being quite hot in there, the kids loved it.

Our green polka dot umbrellas from Tommy’s party last year were perfect to use this year, along with a family sized towel and navy adironack chairs from Pottery Barn Kids.

I created a simple dessert table in our dining room which leads right out to the patio.  Giant, round balloons were a perfect and easy backdrop!

What’s a party without cupcakes? I baked chocolate cupcakes (Tommy’s fave) in our green and blue striped baking cups and topped our new Printable Pool Party Designs! I ordered decorated sugar cookies from Mandy of Sugar on Top and she did an incredible job. Everyone was so impressed with the designs! I have no idea how she can recreate the exact font from the invitation in frosting. So amazing.

Stripes, beach balls and monogram cookies….perfection!

My mom made chocolate cake pops in green and white and we filled the white vessels with our blue gumballs. My BFF, Kristi always makes fruit pizza and when I spotted this beach ball idea on Pinterest, I asked her to make it in blue and green (blueberries and kiwi). Didn’t it turn out fabulous?

I bought large cookies and placed them in our new green rugby striped favor bags lined with glassine bag liners (to prevent grease), and topped with twine and custom printable tags.

We just got fabulous blue and white striped popcorn boxes in stock (coming soon to the shop!) and I designed green monogrammed party circles to add to the boxes.

Our navy and green plates, cups, napkins and straws were perfect for the theme! Gumball tubes are festive favors for the guests to take home and the kids love them!

Tommy requested an ice cream cake (yum!) so I ordered a simple one from Baskin Robbins and topped with printable flag bunting and one of the amazing cookies! I ordered custom rugby striped wooden forks to serve with the cake and they were adorable! (coming soon to the shop!)

Our sweet boy….and yummy cake! Don’t you love the “fudge crunch” in between the layers of ice cream cake?

Fun with friends….

 Happy 7th Birthday to our amazing boy, Tommy!

:: sources ::

party styling :: kim stoegbauer, the tomkat studio
party supplies/printable designs :: shop tomkat
photography :: vicki lynn photography
striped towels, lanterns, adironack chairs :: pottery barn kids
umbrellas, outdoor pillows :: pottery barn
cookies :: sugar on top

The new Printable Pool Party Collection is available in our shop!

To find all of the supplies used at this party, click here to shop!

June 22, 2012

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  1. oh I love the colours and I so want that towel now.

  2. Jenny D. says:

    Such fresh and fun colors– the beach ball fruit pizza steals the show. It’s fabulous!!!

  3. erin b. says:

    As always, adorable! What a fun summer party idea!

  4. Jana Maciag says:

    What a party! I loved everything! I’m sure the kids, and adults, had a lot of fun.
    We are hitting the 100 F here in NJ, perfect weather for a pool party.
    Great design, as always!

  5. Melissa says:

    Hi Kim! Would you please share your tips for displaying the large balloons?! Are they filled with helium or blown up with air and how are they attached? Any information is appreciated! I love the colors you chose for this party and also love the new style bunting 🙂

    • Tina Dahl says:

      I was wondering that myself Melissa!

    • Toni K. says:

      I was thinking that maybe she taped them with ribbon to the back of the table? I was wondering the same thing. 🙂

      • The balloons were filled with helium and I anchored them with filled mason jars on the floor behind the table. (Probably not the best idea to have glass on the floor, but I was in a rush!) Maybe anchor them with standard balloon anchors from the party store?

  6. Tina Dahl says:

    Happy (belated) 7th Birthday Tommy! Just love this Kim! I think my favorite part may just be the balloon backdrop…I love it! And those cookies…..and the fruit pizza…..and the printables (awesome!)…and all the PB goodies….just wonderful Kim! I am crushing on the navy and green combo as well as my favorite pink and green. Good thing I have a boy and a girl!! 🙂 Just love this Kim, great job and Tommy is such a handsome young man!!

  7. Tina Dahl says:

    BTW…..the backyard and pool look so great…can I come live with you 🙂

  8. Brantcookies says:

    Absolutely beautiful! I miss those birthday party days, now all my 12 year old wants is to go paintballing. Enjoy these days!! Great job!

  9. Becky Howard says:

    You did an awesome job!

  10. Love it all Kim! Fabulous as always!

  11. Jill says:

    Super cute! I’m in love with the beach ball fruit pizza! Smiles, Jill

  12. NICHCOLE says:

    This is probibly the silliest question, where did you find the blue/green beach balls and inner tubes?

  13. Looks like such a fun day! Beautiful styling as always Kim!!

  14. Caryl Lyons says:

    Super cute party. Just love navy and green together. xo

  15. Andrea says:

    Beautiful party! What a fun theme, and the color are gorgeous together!

  16. Monica Brown says:

    Great Job! All is perfect (as always)! : ) Are those the 36″ round balloons you used? Are those in your shop?

  17. Stephanie Vercoe says:

    Such a great party! Looks like everyone had tons of summertime fun.

  18. Toni K. says:

    I love how stylish yet simply you make it all seem. Great job, the party looked like a lot of fun and the yard turned out beautiful. I love that your shop is adding so many new things.

  19. Angela Evans says:

    Everything looks AMAZING!!! Is that a 12″ cake stand in the middle? If so, will you be getting that size in your shop? Love your new pool . Oh, I too would love to know how you did the big balloon backdrop 🙂

  20. Love it, as always! That cabana is too cute, and the fruit pizza is absolutely perfect!

  21. Angela says:

    What I’m wondering about is the blue/white striped table runner/cloth. Where is that from? Trying to find one for our Lemonade stand.

  22. Denise Schulz says:

    Would you be able to post Sugar On Top’s contact info? Thanks!!

  23. Love it Kim! So simple, colorful and fun! Looks like a blast 🙂

  24. irene says:

    Where can I buy the chaise loungers…I love the all weather wicker look. Thanks!

  25. Brianna says:

    Absolutely amazing! Happy belated birthday to Tommy.

  26. Kim, your backyard looks like a resort!! I want to come over 🙂 Happy birthday, Tommy! (And I love Kate’s dress!)

  27. dg says:

    What a cool looking party, really love the cabana

  28. AL says:

    This is so adorable! Love the colors! Would you mind sharing where your dress is from?

  29. Kim says:

    Thank you for all of your sweet comments!! I’m so glad everyone liked the party! It was so much fun. 🙂

  30. Angie says:

    Love it!!! By the way, I also love your fire place (sorry, I know is off topic :)).

  31. ChattyPinay says:

    All I can say is AWESOME! So well-prepared and so organized, no wonder all you can see are happy faces!

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