Jennifer Collins Photography

Jennifer Collins Photography

Why wait for a reason to celebrate to have a fun fete this summer? School is out and temperatures are perfect for some poolside fun, so grab your kid/bff/man and some ice cream and let the good times roll!  Paper Meets Pearl and I styled up some of our favorite things to bring you this round-up of what you'll need to have a memorable impromptu party, and everything can fit right in your pool tote!  

Pool Party Attire

Mom & Daughter lovelies, Cassidy and Laylah,  helped us demonstrate how to have some summer fun while looking pretty darn wonderful. One pieces are the new black, so I guess you just can't go wrong with a black one piece!  The details on Cassidy's Dandy suit make it a fun summer staple; the contrasting white bow and super flattering back cut out are just fabulous.  What else should a 5 year-old wear to an ice cream party but an ice cream swimsuit? This one from Pink Chicken on King Street is just darling, and while there we found lots of fun accessories for any age, like the super fun Eliza Gran pom pom basket.  Skip the pricey caftan and opt for a Turkish towel that will easily tie as a halter cover-up or flatter your figure around your waist.  Everything you'll need for your day-o-fun (giant floats excluded) will fit in this cool "ESCAPE" canvas weekender, which is perfect for the pool, beach, or airport.              

Jennifer Collins Photography

Jennifer Collins Photography

Decor On A Dime

Why keep your fabulous floats confined to the water? A giant swan makes a cute party accessory which doubles as the perfect place to stash an ice bucket filled with ice cream or champagne.  Plain old paper ice cream cups are out, and Dandy Boutique's pale pink reusable plastic ones are in. They resemble waffle cones and come with dainty long handled spoons so you can get down to the very last bite of ice cream without getting your fingers sticky.  Where ice cream's involved you'll still probably make a mess, so if you can still get your hands on Good Vibes napkins by Design Love Fest for Target they put the fun in functional decor.  I'm also loving SunnyLife's watermelon napkins that I've seen at Dandy Boutique as well. Lastly, nothing screams party better than a banner. This yarn tassel one made by The Tiny Tassel was super fun and will definitely be used over and over again!  If you opt to make your own tassel banner, you can get everything including the swan for under $100.

Treats for Any Age

Summer is the perfect time to "Treat Yoself" (as my former favorite show Parks & Rec taught us).  Ice cream is the perfect way to do that, and Jeni's on King Street will definitely make you feel like a kid again. After initial resistance that we weren't having Laylah's favorite flavor (vanilla), she definitely changed her tune after one bite of Bramble Berry Crisp!  Besides ice cream, party guests of any age can all agree that you need some great tunes to get the party started. I'm glad the SunnyLife waterproof radio is around for another summer in lots of fun colors.  It's resistant to splashes and ice cream drips and hooks up to your phone.  My current favorites are the navy or yellow ones.  I'm also obsessing over these mini felt "hooray" pennants that just scream "celebration"!  They are also available in a big-girl version that reads "hells yeah". 

Jennifer Collins Photography, Nectar Sunglasses

Jennifer Collins Photography, Nectar Sunglasses

Cheers to a summer full of fun times and plenty of ice cream parties!

Photography: Jennifer Collins Photography | Styling: Charleston Weekender & Paper Meets Pearl | Adult suit, Ice Cream Accessories, Radio: Dandy Boutique | Child Suit/Sunglasses & Pom Pom Basket: Pink Chicken NY | Ice Cream: Jeni's Ice Cream | Earrings & Tassel Garland: The Tiny Tassel | Adult Sunglasses: Nectar | Turkish Towels: Charleston Weekender | Swan Float: Manor Home Decor

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