Parties & Celebrations Summertime

A Christmas in July Pool Party (in August)

August 10, 2015
Christmas in July Shower: We Heart ATL

I’m beyond excited for my friends Alli and Michael, who are finally gettin’ hitched in less than a week! If you knew this wonderful couple, I think you’d be pretty excited too.

The other bridesmaids and I wanted to throw them a couple’s shower that wouldn’t be too stuffy, girly,  or formal (considering the groom is quite the guy’s guy).

Well, the bride-to-be happens to be one of those people who’s obsessed with Christmas. This girl could give Buddy the Elf a run for his money. Seriously, I think her Christmas countdown starts on December 26.

Buddy the Elf

What better theme for their shower than “Christmas in July” (well I guess technically it’s Christmas in August, but who’s keeping tabs?). We could decorate using stuff we had in our attics. Since the theme is naturally corny, it helped keep the mood casual. And it would make for some great memories.

Location: The pool at our friends’ townhome complex (read: FREE!)

pool noodle candy cane

The Invitations:

We decided to send out Evites to save a little money. But to give it a personal touch, my friend Holly (clearly the artist of the group) designed the invitation, and by paying a little extra, we were able to customize the Evite with her image.

Christmas in July Party Invitation

Artwork by Holly Adams

The Delightfully-Tacky Decor:

  • Candy Cane Pool Noodles (see instructions here) leading to the pool entrance
  • Flamingo lawn ornaments (from Five Below) wearing tiny santa hatsflamingo wearing santa hat
  • Wreaths and ornaments (from our attic)
  • Light-up palm tree (procured from a bridesmaid’s parents garage)
    Light-up palm tree: Christmas in July pool party
  • A giant, lei-wearing Santa (also procured from a bridesmaid’s parents’ garage…apparently they have some killer parties, too!)Santa wearing lei
  • Paper snowflake decorations and cheesy santa headbands from Oriental Trading Coheadbands

The Refreshments:

  • The shower was at 2 p.m., so we decided to go with a light snack. A nacho platter from Willy’s! Can’t go wrong with queso and guac.
  • We made some margaritas using a recipe we’ve bee using since college (which includes tequila, beer, and frozen limeade mix). We re-named it “Grinch Punch” for this occasion.grinch punch
  • We ordered the cupcakes from Piece of Cake. They don’t do custom designs, so we customized them ourselves with snowman and umbrella toppers. They turned out super cute.

Snowman cupcakes from Piece of Cake



I personally am not huge on typical “shower” games, especially when it’s a co-ed shower. But we set up a cornhole and ladder ball which was a big hit with the guests.

This year is flying by so fast that before we know it, we’ll be celebrating the real thing!

What about you? What’s the wackiest party or shower you’ve ever thrown, or attended?

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