SUMMER PARTY THEME
Flip Flop parties are lots of fun!
When decorating for a our summer party theme flip flop mylar balloons are a great start to the decorations.
Tie color coordinating curly ribbon to them and hang them from the ceiling, tie them to the chairs and bunch them together using flip-flops for weights.
You can purchase flip-flops for next to nothing and also hang them from the ceiling with string or ribbon. An inexpensive helium machine is great if you want them to float.
Wall murals quickly transform your home into a sandy beach or tropical paradise. You can also tack blue vinyl table liners to the wall and add fish cut outs.
String up a fishing net and some sea shells and star fish. Kim used to have this in her room and it is a great addition to a nautical theme. Standees are great too and are available in inflatable palm trees and other sunny themes.
Lights, camera, action. Surprisingly there is even a flip flop light set. Flip-flop garland is available too if you are going all out.
Pinatas are always the big hit at our parties. There is even a Flip Flop Sandal Pinata.
You can easily incorporate other Summer Fun themes into your flip-flop party like Pool Party, Hula Luau and Shovel and Pail.
Spread out the lawn chairs and get ready for a great party, flip-flop style.
A really cute and easy idea for a Flip-Flop theme party is to decorate Twinkies like flip-flops.
SUMMER PARTY THEME CUPCAKES
All you do is frost the sides and tops of each with a generous layer of frosting. You can color the frosting if you wish. For bright and bold colors, we prefer Wilton cake coloring.
Stick candy on the sides for decorations. You can use Dots, M&Ms, Sweet Tarts or any other ones you like. Add twisted red licorice strips to the top for the toe straps and you have a delicious fli-flop mini cake.
You can also opt to make cupcakes and frost then top using flip-flop sugar shapes or this flip-flop cupcake kit that comes with nine polka dot sandals and sprinkles too.
SUMMER PARTY THEME SNACKS
Great snacks for your Flip-flop party are a shoe-in with our great recipes and ideas.
Both Pool Party and Hula Luau snacks go perfect with the Flip-Flop theme and we have some special ones as well. A foot cookie cutter shapes the perfect pizza or even fruit pizza. Use it again for sugar cookies too. A food decorating pen great to make a flip-flop strap.
”Foot long subs” are very appropriate for the occasion. Use any sandwich filling recipes to spread onto a sliced foot long sub bun. Use mustard or ketchup to make a flip-flop strap band on one end. When ready to serve you can slice it but not until so it can more resemble a flip-flop.
In much the same way you can take a Nutter Butter cookies or Twinkies and turn them into flip-flops as well. Just paint on the straps. You can use an icing pen but we simply mixed powdered sugar, butter and Wilton food coloring and placed in a small baggie. Then we snipped a tad off the corner of the baggie and slowly pressed the icing out, making the flip-flop strap and outlining the “shoe”.
You can even design flowers on the straps. The kids will really flip over them they are so adorable and delicious too.
Flip-flop shaped candies are fun snacks too. You can purchase them in a bucket, box or by the pack.
SUMMER PARTY THEME GAMES
SUMMER PARTY THEME
GAMES FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN
FLIP-FLOP BOAT RACES
This game will leave them breathless! Set up a wading pool and give each child a flip-flop to be his or her “boat”. Have the children blow their boat to the finish line.
Before the game, the children can decorate flip-flops that will be used for the game. See our easy flip-flop decorating page for instructions and ideas.
The youngsters will flip over this fun game. Hide flip-flops of all colors and sizes in a sandbox and make sure they are covered well with the sand. Give each child a flip-flop bag to hold their finds and let them do what kids love to do, scoop and dig through the sand.
Have the children sit in a circle and put on some fun summer music. Hand one child an inflatable flip-flop (or even a regular flip-flop will do) and have the child pass it to the next person as fast as he or she can, like it is hot. When the music ends, the person holding the flip-flop (or who touched it last) is out and sits in the middle of the circle.
SUMMER PARTY THEME
GAMES FOR ALL AGES
FLIP-FLOP HIDE AND SEEK
Hide flip-flops all over the yard or room and see who can find the most. Add a twist by using tiny flip-flops and huge ones too. Give each child a flip-flop bag to put them in and set a timer or play a song from a summer music CD. When time is up, count each player’s flip-flop collection and the one with the most wins. A pair of flip-flops or a flip-flop key chain makes a nice prize for this game.
DE-FEET GUESSING GAME
Hang a sheet six inches from the ground. Give each child a number and have them shut their eyes. Write all the numbers down on little pieces of paper and put in a bowl. Draw a number and quietly go to that child and have them pick a pair of thongs to put on. Then that child will stand behind the sheet. The children can only look at the feet, not to see who is missing. They must then guess who the feet belong to. Once the correct child is guessed, start the game again.
FLIP- FLOP HOPSCOTCH
This game has stood the test of time. Add a flip-flop flair to the old favorite and you’ll have them hopping in no time.Designate an area on the porch, sidewalk or on the driveway. Draw a starting line with a piece of sidewalk chalk. It should be about six inches behind the first square.
Then draw boxes, two that are side by side and then a single and repeat. To begin, the player tosses a flip-flop onto square one. The must hop over that square and land on squares two and three with one foot in each.
Then they hop on one foot only and land on four, then two feet on five and six and so on until the end when they must turn around on one foot and come back the same way but stopping on two and three to pick up the marker on one. The square that had the flip-flop is always skipped.
If the player was successful, he or she continues the game but tosses the flip-flop onto square two, then three, etc. Once the player has completed all squares or makes a mistake, it is the next players turn.
You can have the children wear flip-flops to play the game. Or even have them wear some really big ones. It will make it a little more difficult.
SUMMER PARTY THEME
GAMES FOR OLDER CHILDREN
FLIP-FLOP OBSTACLE COURSE
Plan the course prior to the party and if possible, set it up before too. The game can be played inside or out.Use baskets, boxes, crates, blankets, beach towels, chairs, lawn furniture, swim rings, swim noodles, trash cans, piles of flip-flops, pillows and whatever else you can find to create an obstacle course that the players must go under, over and through to reach the flip-flop.
Divide the group into two teams. Let one team go first and time them on the course. They must each wear only one flip-flop and successfully complete the course to retrieve the matching flip-flop then come back to the starting line where they will give the next team member one flip-flop to wear and will run the other one back to the finish line for the player to retrieve. Once the player has run the flip-flop to the finish line, the next one can go. They must not start though until the shoe is in place.
The team that finishes in the least amount of time wins.
FLIP-FLOP DECORATING CONTEST
Set an area up with supplies such as craft glue, colorful ribbons, bows of all shapes and sizes, fun buttons, foam decorations, paint pens and glitter paint pens, rhinestones, tiny sea shells, beads, and any other notions you can rustle up.
For boys, try camouflage decorations, sports buttons and boyish foam cut-outs.
You can even include stamp art supplies in fun summer themes. Put on some summer music and let them create. At the end of the art session, have each child display his or her flip-flops.
A low heat glue gun works best, but if you use one, the activity must be supervised by an adult.
WATER BALLOON STOMP
Have the children put on flip-flops, either their own or some you provide. Tie water balloons on to each players flip-flops (two balloons to each child). Use sturdy sting or yarn.
The object is to stomp other player’s balloons while protecting your own. Put some summer music on let the fun begin. When the music stops, everyone must stop. The player or players with balloons still intact wins. If there is a tie, let them have a face off.
Use a string to separate an area into two sides. Divide the group into two teams, one team to each side of the string. Use an inflatable flip-flop or flip-flop balloon for the teams to volley back and forth.
The object is to keep the flip-flop in the air and to get it to the other side. The players cannot hold the flip-flop though they can pass it once to a team member to get it over to the other side. If the flip-flop hits the ground or is held, that team gets a point. The first team to ten loses.
SUMMER PARTY THEME FAVORS
Send them on their way with a smile. Your guests will flip over the summer party theme treats we have in store for you.
With all the fun Flip-Flop favors available, you will need something to put them in. A bright beach bag is a great idea and can be personalized by painting the guests name on the bags with paint pens (they come in glitter paint too) or by ironing on decals.
Or you may purchase a flip-flop bag. It’s my favorite because it is already decorated and is very inexpensive. Flip-Flop shaped sacks are available too or make your own using our homemade Flip-Flop favor bag ideas.
Now for the fun part, filling the bags. You can purchase a pair of flip-flops for each child at a dollar store.
You won’t believe all the Flip-Flop themed items we found. Photo frames, candles, rings, playing cards, flip-flop roll tape gum,key chains and Flip Flop Magnet Craft Kit are just a few of the many Flip-Flop theme items available.
Birthday in a Box has the most complete package of flip flop items. You get most of the items you'll need for your party all in one box.
SUMMER PARTY THEME SUPPLIES
Buy Costumes has a flip flop kit that is nice at a good price. It includes most of the decorating items you'll need.
At Amazon you can find allot of random flip flop things. This store is best for the favors.
Celebrate Express also has some very cute flip flop plates. While they didn't have as many supplies, their plates shaped like a flip flop are worth checking out.