crabby kids pool party {under the sea}

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Quaker Oats for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I’m not sure where the first half of the year went to, but it’s June already! For us desert-dwellers, June means really high temperatures and lots of time spent in the pool. Desert life is synonymous with pool life so I have been replenishing our pool supplies: toys, games, suits, rafts, towels and everything else that goes along with spending long summer days in the pool. It is the place our family gathers almost every day to #keepplaying together!


June also means lots of pool parties on the horizon – for summer birthdays and other celebrations. You don’t realllly need a reason at all to throw a pool party though, so we had one when we got back from Las Vegas Memorial Day weekend. My daughter invited 3 of her girl friends and their families over and when I asked her what theme she wanted, she shouted “under the sea! under the sea!” Crabs came to mine first because I love them, so they were the initial inspiration! I kept the menu super super simple, the main dishes being:

crabwiches. I love this easy lunch idea and have seen them in a few varieties. My way: crescent rolls buttered or filled with any sandwich ingredients, carrot stick legs, olive eyes and strawberry claws!

crabwich croissant sandwich #KeepPlaying

octopus seashell pasta. A kid-pleaser in my house for years, no crabby kids party is complete without the octopus seashell pasta dish. It is so simple and all you need is seashell pasta, white pasta sauce, blue food coloring hot dogs. Simply slice the octopuses legs, leaving about an inch and a half for the head. Drop them in boiling water and watch their tentacles curl! Serve over dressed pasta.

octopus seashell pasta kids food #KeepPlaying

sand dollar cookies. Sand dollars hold special memories for me so these easy sugar cookies topped with slivered almonds are a favorite of mine to make, and of course, kids love them!

sand dolla sugar cookies #KeepPlaying

clam cookies. These no bake cuties are one of my favorite creations for under the sea or mermaid parties. I used packaged shortbread cookies, premade strawberry frosting and yogurt covered cranberries. Not only can you whip these up in just moments, they are quite tasty too!

clam cookies with pearls #KeepPlaying

candy bucket. The candy bucket is a must for any kids party tablescape. For the crabby kids party, I went with large sugar “pearls”, “lost treasure” chocolate coins, “seaweed” rock candy and some light blue lollies.

under the sea mermaid party ideas #keepplaying

That’s it folks, so let’s take this pool party out to the pool!


Out at the pool, we keep snacks simple and hassle-free. For this pool party I set out a bucket of Quaker® Chewy® Granola Bars, which contain 8 grams of whole grains in every bar – fuel to keep the party rolling! Kids love them and they have familiar flavors like chocolate chip, s’mores and oatmeal raisin – as well as some fantastic newer flavors like caramel popcorn crunch and chocolate & salted caramel.

No backyard pool party is complete without bubbles, of course, so we keep plenty of wands handy!


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A Chewy Playdate invitation pack, classic Bocce Ball set, Gazillion Bubble Monsoon bubble machine, sidewalk chalk, puzzle, red storage bin for storing your family’s favorite toys, NERF Bash Ball and a variety of Chewy Granola Bars to help fuel family play, including, Big Chewy Sweet & Salty Bars and Chewy Granola Bars Variety Pack

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  1. Lauren
    June 3, 2015 at 5:58 am — Reply

    My family plays at the pool, in our backyard, and at the park.

  2. Jessica To
    June 4, 2015 at 1:06 pm — Reply

    We have a big yard that we like to play in but we also go to the park.

  3. yuliana arriaga (lovely love)
    June 4, 2015 at 5:23 pm — Reply

    love play football with my boy only one hour per day

  4. Jessica Beard
    June 6, 2015 at 7:54 pm — Reply

    We love to play anywhere that we can be together. Our backyard is one of our favorite places. The kids love to play in the sandbox, swingset, and do simple activities like kicking fun balls.

  5. angela lazo
    June 8, 2015 at 4:10 pm — Reply

    we love to play at the beach

  6. Laura J
    June 9, 2015 at 10:05 pm — Reply

    We play alot in our backyard…but also love going to all our local parks, and love to take scavenger hunt walks!

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