Polar Bear Plunge Winter Swimming Party

The cool weather is finally here, so I’m excited to share photos from my daughter’s last birthday party! Fall and winter birthdays can be hard to plan activities for because of the holidays and weather uncertainties, but the birthday girl and her guests could not have been more pleased with the novelty of a dip in the pool this time of year.

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Here is the front and back of the invitation I designed. We went with blue (her fave) and red and a Polar Bear Plunge theme–you know like the crazy folks who jump in the freezing water and swim for cause-based fundraising during the winter? Brrrr.  It was a balmy 84 degrees inside by the pool though.

I ordered this awesome furry polar bear, and my mother knitted her a bikini so we could use her as a table centerpiece.

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Seriously, look at this. It’s a bear. In a bikini. Can you stand it?

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 The seating was simple with blue tablecloths and faux snowballs sprinkled around. These were readily available in stores around Christmastime, and the girls all wanted to take them home.

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Because it was mid-afternoon, we served small bites–ham and turkey sandwiches, sprinkle-rimmed cones filled with fresh fruit and white cheddar cheese balls.

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The drinks were blue Hawaiian punch to look like icy water, and we dialed up the cuteness with these fun thermometer stir sticks. These were made with red-tipped appetizer picks from Pick on Us inserted into a coffee stirring straw. I printed the scale on labels and wrapped the straws to look like thermometers. During a test run, we realized these floated, so we weighted them on the other end with maraschino cherries. Yum!

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The birthday girl made a special request for a cookie cake, so I sent a photo of my invitation, and the place did a great job of matching the artwork. I made plates  to match on Zazzle.com.

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The kids had a great time splashing around and parted with these mugs filled with hot chocolate mix, marshmallows, chocolate spoons and peppermint sticks. I used blank white mugs from Dollar Tree and designed these cute vinyl labels to make them a souvenir for “surviving” Polar Bear Plunge 2016.

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This was a fun gender-neutral, cold weather theme. If you’d like to throw your own Polar Bear Plunge, I offer the invitations, thank you notes, favor tags and stickers in my online store–www.PinkPeppermintPaper.com.

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