Backyard BBQ Birthday Bash


This past week was my daughter’s 10th birthday!
(on a side note, I just can’t believe she’s 10.  I mean I’m still 25 right?!)


I swore I would never have another birthday party hosted at our home,
but she really really wanted to have her friends here for her special day!
I couldn’t resist…if she still wants to hang out at home, I’ve got to go with it!
So what to do?!


10 is a tough age for parties…they’re not quite little kids anymore, but they’re not teens yet either.
This makes it kind of tough to plan activities – I didn’t want it to be too babyish, or too old for her either.
So we decided on a Backyard BBQ Birthday Bash!
Just simple food, simple fun, and a lot of relying on the girls being their own entertainment!



Here’s a little recap on what we put together:  
warning: picture-laden post!!  😉



Here are the invites!  We made little aprons!  So cute!



Loot bags of bubbles, glow sticks, bubble gum, salt water taffy 
and chocolate covered pretzel sticks.



I had the kids make their own sponge water bombs!
They seemed to really enjoy this activity, and since the weather co-operated with us, 
they were able to get into their bathing suits and have a water bomb fight!
Toooooo fun!



They painted each other’s toenails in rainbow colours!



Shirley Temples for sipping!
Overheard: “this is the best drink evah!”



Each girl had their own mason jar glass with their names on them!



Watermelon on popsicle sticks, because it’s cute and why not?!



Fun with details!  
You may have noticed I have a thing for bakers twine.  
It’s just SO pretty!



Neon pink cupcakes!
It’s hard to tell here, but these were electric pink!



BBQ hot dogs for dinner!



More loot bag fun!
I found these whistle tubes at Dollarama.



We put up the big tent and 
hung pretty no-sew pennant banners inside!
Very festive!



And last, but not least, the most favourite part…the S’more station!
We put out the ingredients and let girls put together their own S’more, 
then we cooked them on the BBQ!
– – – –
So I’d say this party was a great success!
My daughter said she had the best time ever, 
and all her friends screamed and laughed the whole time!
Overheard: “I don’t want to leave, can I stay all weekend?!” LOL!

I hope you enjoyed this!  Thanks for stopping by!


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  • Reply Tara June 18, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Thank you for all of the wonderful ideas. I also have a daughter turn 10 this year.

  • Reply Danielle June 18, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    What a beautiful party!

  • Reply Jennifurla June 18, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    I love the watermelons sticks!

  • Reply Catie @ Catie's Corner June 18, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    How fun! You definitely lucked out with the weather. Love all the details. She’s lucky to have a mom like you creating special memories she’ll always cherish. =) My oldest will be 14 at the end of August! She’s my stepdaughter, but I still feel like she’s mine and can not believe she’ll be starting 9th grade in September. Time sure does fly when it comes to growing kids, cause I’m still 25 too. ; )

    ~ Catie

  • Reply Ali Richardson June 18, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Awesome idea!!! I will definitely be pinning this for future party ideas 🙂

  • Reply Elaine June 18, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Awh! SO cute! What a great party. So glad your daughter loved it. Awesome details. Way to go!

  • Reply Randi~Dukes and Duchesses June 19, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    What a great party! It sounds like the kids loved it too! Love the watermelon on popsicle sticks.

  • Reply Lori McC June 19, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Wow. Gorgeous little shindig Jo! Way to be awesome! Love the details!

  • Reply Lindsay @ Delighted Momma June 19, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    Oh my gosh!! This is so so so cute. You really thought of every detail! I love the watermelon on the stick idea! I think I will have to do that sometime this summer for sure 🙂

  • Reply Lori June 19, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Great ideas. You have a knack for making everything so pretty!

  • Reply sjr June 19, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    fabulous photos, amazing treats and ideas … wow!

  • Reply Liz - Imageremix June 19, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    That looks like THE best party ever and I about died over those invitations! Wow, you get mom of the year in her book, I sure bet! I’ll pin some of these ideas to save for another time. I’m just loving all of this! Found you at The Winthrop Chronicles. Stop in and see me at Quirky Vistas!

  • Reply Amanda June 20, 2012 at 3:33 AM

    I am always in awe of those that can put together such great stuff for parties, this looks great! The watermelon wedges on a stick are totally BRILLIANT.

  • Reply Hubba June 20, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Love the watermelon idea!

  • Reply Julie June 21, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    O.M.G. Can I hire you for my next birthday party? No seriously. Seriously….!

  • Reply Tricia June 21, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Wow, look at all your great ideas! Sounds like such a fun party. I’m glad your daughter loved it 🙂

  • Reply Trisha @ The Sweet Survival June 21, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Oh love the watermelon sticks what a great idea!

  • Reply Danielle June 21, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    love the watermelon popsicles!! great idea! sounds like a plan for the 4th!

    your newest follower…Danielle

  • Reply Hydrangeas and Harmony June 21, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Great ideas! I love the watermelon pop idea. I agree, why not?? 🙂

  • Reply Erin from Australia June 22, 2012 at 4:36 AM

    Trying my hardest to get a hold of those tubes. Love your party 🙂

  • Reply Kelley @ Miss Information June 22, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    found you on Uncommon, what great ideas and what lucky girls!

  • Reply Printabelle June 23, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    Very fun! Love the toenails~!

  • Reply Anonymous June 23, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Great ideas for an outdoor gathering, my grandkids will be here next week might try this for one of the days. Just might keep the “I don’t have nothing to do” away…LOL

  • Reply patatenovelle June 25, 2012 at 7:10 AM

    Hi Jo-Anna, I’m new here..congs, I really love your blog, so many cute ideas..well done girl!
    love from Italy

  • Reply Kirsten June 25, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    You’re such a cool mom to host a fabulous party like this! Love the watermelon pops, the mason jar drink cups (with chalkboard paint!), and the cute apron invites! Thank you for sharing your ideas at our Summer BBQ Bash!

  • Reply Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon June 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Thanks so much for sharing your party at our BBQ Bash! It was incredible! I know that your daughter must have really loved it! We featured it today on our blog!

    Take care,


  • Reply Kimberly @ A Night Owl June 26, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Thanks for linking up at the BBQ Bash! Apparently it was a HIT because I also featured it on my blog today too!


  • Reply Noble Pig - Cathy July 2, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    What an adorable party!!

  • Reply Anonymous July 4, 2012 at 6:56 AM

    Very cute! I’m having trouble telling what all you have in the smore’s tray. Can you list that for me? Thanks!

    • Reply A Pretty Life in the Suburbs July 4, 2012 at 7:36 PM

      Thanks! The plate you are probably wondering about is filled with coconut crusted marshmallows, and caramel covered marshmallows!

  • Reply odetoinspiration July 7, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    Your party makes me want to have my own BBQ bash:D Love all the details.. and especially loving the watermelon on the popsicle sticks!! Popsicle sticks make everything more fun and cuter!!

  • Reply CSI girl July 8, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Love the watermelon on pop sticks.This is fantastic! I hope you will link this up to The CSI project this week starting Wednesday. The challenge is Frozen treats and Push Up Pops. You just might win.
    Each day we have a fun tutorial and on Wednesday you can start linking up!
    Come on over!

  • Reply Morena Hockley July 13, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    What a fun party! Thanks for sharing at the CSI Challenge!

  • Reply Laurel Stephens July 14, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    Hi! I love your watermelon on a stick idea and shared it on Friday Finds today. Thanks!

  • Reply Meredith July 30, 2012 at 4:00 AM

    Hello! I found your site via Pinterest! It had a pin about your watermelons served on a stick- very cute and YES, why not?
    I enjoy the simple layout and pictures of your blog 🙂 It’s very pleasing to the eyes. It makes me want to sit and read more!

  • Reply Paulina August 16, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    ciao! Tua idea di servire cocomero e fantastica 🙂

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