Category Archives: Summer Fun Ideas

Cookouts, pool parties, campouts – there always seems to be something fun going on in the summer, and these summery invites will help you spread the word about whatever awesome summertime shindig you have planned.

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Summer Party Invitations: 1. Sip Something Cool by Pear Tree Greetings | 2. Beach Ball Bonanza by Sarah Hawkins Designs for Tiny Prints | 3. Splish Bash by Sweet Street Gals for Minted | 4. S’mores Under the Stars by Sweet Street Gals for Invitation Consultants | 5. All Things BBQ by Pear Tree Greetings | 6. Big Burger by Tallu-lah for Tiny Prints | 7. Grill Out by Invitation Consultants | 8. Campsite Carving by Wiley Valentine for Tiny Prints

Ideas by Kristen Magee.

Summer vacation is here. If you have young children you know that entertaining them while traveling can be almost as exhausting as getting ready for the vacation. Whether it’s a long road trip with kids, the first airplane ride for your kids, or even a weekend vacation, this busy bag will help organize and entertain everyone for those endless miles of road.

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You will need: “don’t open until” printable, Avery labels 1-1/3″ x 4″, tote bag (this one is from Target),  various glassine and favor bags, small activities, such as: puzzle, book, coloring book, markers, stickers, small figurines, small treat, sunglasses, coupon for a treat, etc.

Directions: Print the “Don’t open until” labels on to the Avery paper. Take each activity and stuff it into a bag. Fold over the top and seal it with a “Don’t open until” label. Once you have all the activities stuffed into bags, go through and write a different time for each activity to be opened. For example, if you are traveling by airplane, have one activity to be opened once you get to the gate. One activity for once the airplane has taken off. One activity for once you’ve gotten to the rental car, etc. If you’re traveling by car, have actual times listed, based on estimated travel time.

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Summer Vacation busy bag on #summervacation

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Having some fun activities spread out this way keeps kids entertained longer, and keeps their mind off of the travel time. So maybe you won’t hear, “Are we there yet?”

Photography, design + styling by Sara Schmutz.

If limeade isn’t a staple in your fridge, it will be after reading this. Guests coming over? Thirsty kids? This will be your new summer go-to drink. The best part of a Limeade Drink Station is its simple versatility. Pair flavored limeades (think peach limeade, strawberry limeade and mint limeade) with a few yummy mix-ins for a crowd pleaser.

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Setting up this drink station is easy. Gather your old mason jars (or a buy a new case at the grocery store), a few drink dispensers and some tall bottles. You’ll want a lime-filled tray for the mix-ins, and small white bowls for the berries, peaches and mint. Add striped straws and a few printables and you’re set. (For a grown-up, adults only event you can add shots of tequila, rum and vodka.)

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Add these things together and you have a refreshing drink buffet–perfect for summertime.

Photography, design + photography by Kirstin Gentry.

While on vacation with the kids, every once in a while you might want some quite time–a moment to sit by the beach and relax. Those rare times can be hard to find without thinking ahead. Plan now and take some printable postcards for the kids to color and send to everyone at home.

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You will need: summer vacation postcard printables (see download buttons below for two versions), markers

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Directions: Print out the postcards on thick cardstock paper. To be considered a postcard by the USPS, the paper needs to be as thick or thicker than an index card. If you don’t have paper this thick, you could always bring some envelopes to mail the postcards off in. Cut out the postcards and hand them off to the kids. The kids can pick their favorite one and draw the surroundings of their vacation. Let them add a little heart felt note on the back and mail away to their friend, cousin, or grandparent! A perfect way to add a little personal touch to a vacation moment.

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Photography, design + styling by Sara Schmutz.

These entertaining printables and project ideas from the One Charming Party archives will keep you and the kiddos busy with fun activities all summer long!

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Summer Fun Ideas with Kids: 1. Free Printable Summertime Coloring Page | 2. Sponge Balls | 3. Free Printable Summer Fun Foldover Tags | 4. Dangling Sun Mobile | 5. Free Lemonade Stand Printables | 6. Strawberry Plant Party Favors

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