Summer is in full swing and the temperatures are rising-now is the perfect time to throw a pool party! Here are some tips for making your pool party one to remember.
Consider the size of the pool when inviting guests but don’t forget that not every one will want to swim. By factoring in not only the pool size but the other outdoor entertaining areas you can invite more guests than you might originally think.
Party decor will vary depending on the age of the guests and any themes. For a child’s pool party think bright colors-nautical motifs or primary colored beach ball themes are very popular. Shark or mermaid decor will always be a big hit will the kiddie crowd as well.
When planning decor for a teen or adult pool party think streamlined and simple…hanging lanterns offer easy ambiance. For adult parties consider using island or tropical themed tablecloths from Bright Settings’ Floral Print Collection or go retro with a 50’s beach party theme!
In addition to swimming consider adding some non-aquatic activities. Corn hole, horseshoes and other yard games are a perfect compliment to a pool party and offer some entertainment on dry land for those not inclined to swim.
Food and Drinks
Keep the menu simple at a pool party. Set up a self-serve drink station to guests can help themselves to refreshments. Teas, lemonades, and of course ice water are popular hot weather drinks. Consider adding a signature drink by incorporating a flavored lemonade or tea.
Grilling is a staple at many pool parties-kabobs, burgers, hot dogs, or chicken can all be prepped ahead of time and grilled during the party. Be sure to account for any vegetarian guests with meat free options like veggie burgers or fish. Salads, chips and salsa, and fruit and veggie trays are all light and easy to prepare ahead of time.
Desserts can range from ice cream and other cold treats, chilled fruit with whipped cream, to made-ahead pastries and other baked goods. Overall try to keep your menu items easy to grab on the go and low maintenance for you, the host.
Prior to your party be sure to inspect the pool for any safety hazards-be sure pool filter covers are securely attached, ladders and railings are secure and there are no trip hazards. Consider hiring a lifeguard or setting rules about the supervision of children in the pool area.
Planning a pool party is a fun way to turn the summer heat to your advantage. Taking the time to plan ahead and incorporating these simple tips your pool party will be a relaxing and entertaining time for all!