Hope's birthday isn't until mid September but we wanted to do a pool party this year, so we went ahead with the celebration before school starts. It was a low-key event, with several of her closest friends. Immediately after last year's Cake Boss extravaganza, I told Hope, "This was really fun, but yeah, next year it's a pool party." ;)
The birthday girl before the fun began -- the "nice" picture & the "crazy face" ones. She is turning 8, after all.
I couldn't resist one little Pinterest inspired detail -- I used sand buckets & shovels as containers on the snack table:
At the end of the party, in a very UP-esque manner, the balloons were caught by the wind & sailed off, high into the sky: