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Summer is in full swing and we are heading into one of the biggest get together weekends of the year! Today I thought I would share a fun party and a great addition to your backyard if you have kids, so much fun for them buy and easy DIY anyone can put together in an afternoon or less! If your family is anything like mine, once summer comes we are constantly outside and this is a fun project to keep the kids entertained and cool. Check it out!
I am going to start with the pallet water and play station which can come together for anywhere from $20-$40 depending on what you have already collected around the house. I asked around if anyone had a pallet available and one of the mom’s in my class connected me with a business with a couple to spare- put a shout out on Facebook and I am sure you could find one just as easily! The first step once you have your pallet is to give it a good sanding, especially on all the sides.
Next, I did what I have done more than a few times lately, stained it with my favorite all in one stain and protective coating. I love this stuff and this quart made it through 4 projects! I just rub it on with an old rag (make sure you wear gloves) until is soaks into the wood.
Once it dries, I gathered up all the materials I picked up at the hardware store which included:
- clear tubing
- 2 hole straps in both 1/2″ and 3/4″
- plastic window box liner
- shower wall baskets
- 1/2″ screws
- 1/2″ pvc pipe (I had some scrap pieces in the garage)
There isn’t really any rule to where things need to go, I did however, put the plastic window box liner at the bottom to catch the water because we are in drought land here in California so this way the water can collect in the tub and then get re-used throughout all the tubes.
When it comes to the water station pieces, I started with a piece of the plastic tubing and stuck the funnel in one end, screwed it into the pallet and then added one of the 2 whole straps and screwed that into the pallet as well.
Each piece that I added to the pallet got two of the straps to hold it into place.
The shower baskets were the last thing I added and I just screwed the suction cups into the pallet and re-attached the baskets. These are great to hold different bottles, cups or other toys but also things like chalk and bubbles! Since this is on our cement, I thought it would be fun to add the different materials for her to draw on the ground nearby and so on.
That’s it! This is easily customized to whatever you would like to add and we will probably add more as needed but this is such a fun start!
Times like this, when she is happily playing, for a split second I worry about stains but only for a split second because our all® free clear detergent not only takes care of all of that, but it also helps with our reduce allergens and sensitive skin as well! Being that it is the #1 detergent recommended by Dermatologists, Allergists, and Pediatricians for Sensitive Skin, she can be outside, free to be a kid, and I don’t have to worry about her being uncomfortable or her clothes irritating her skin (sensitive skin and red hair walk hand in hand). I have honestly been using all® free clear detergent for years now (I have a stock pile of at least 6 bottles) but recently I have been really enjoying the all® mighty pacs to make laundry even faster and easier! There is always time to throw a load of laundry in the wash when you don’t have to measure! Just make sure that you follow the directions on the package exactly and you are good to go!
While she was playing, it gave me a chance to set up the table which was a fun combination of patriotic colors, which is perfect+ with 4th of July right around the corner. I love simple flowers in a painted mason jar for a centerpiece and I added a number of colored and patterned erasers that add a fun touch, were super affordable at around a dollar and I know my daughter and her friends will love collecting and sorting them after dinner.
For the place settings I thought it would be fun to dress up my favorite paper straws with some simple pinwheel stickers. They are so cute and at 4 for a dollar, I couldn’t pass them up! They just stick right on the straws and Avery and her friends were thrilled!
The rest of the place settings consisted of doilies as chargers, fun star napkins and snack bags that held the blue plastic ware.
I used the same type of snack bags to wrap around the hot dogs on the food buffet as well, I cut them into 2 inch strips and wrapped them around each hotdog and secured the ends with washi tape. Beyond simple and such a cute touch to tie everything together.
All the while, Avery was still happily playing with the pallet water station and she can’t wait to show her friends when they arrive!
What is your favorite addition to your backyard for summer fun? Let me know in the comments below! Also make sure to pick up all® free clear to help with your families allergy problems and make sure to continue the conversation by joining the all® free clear community and connecting with parents just like you! I grabbed mine (and stocked up again!) on one of my seemingly daily Vons trips where there is a great deal right now!