If you have a pool, you might think you’re prepared to have a pool party. While you are halfway there, remember that you’ll also need some careful planning to ensure that your guests are safe, fed, comfortable, and entertained.
Get ready for an unforgettable summer bash with these ten pool party dos and don’ts.
Do Provide Practical Food
Give some thought to your menu before sending out the invites. Light offerings are often best for an outdoor party like this one. Choose options that can stand up to the heat, such as veggies with dip, fruit salad, and simple sandwiches that you can make in advance.
Don’t Forget the Decor
No matter what your theme is, the right decorations will go a long way toward establishing ambiance. Think brightly colored beach balls and floats, tiki torches, and string lights for a luau theme. You can even provide your guests with leis to wear as they arrive.
Do Keep the Pool Clean
Enforce a “no eating in the pool” rule for best results. Ask guests to take a sweep around once in a while and throw out trash so no one slips and falls.
Do Keep the Area Safe and Beautiful
Make sure all the decorations and gifts you get are safe for kids of all ages. When decorating, you also want to make sure that your pool is still safe and accessible, and that you won’t have debris falling that might cause an accident.
Do Offer Entertainment
From pool games to lawn classics like Twister, backyard fun will get everyone off their feet and participate in the action. Relay races, Marco Polo, and diving contests offer your guests a chance to show off their swimming skills while having a blast.
Do Set Up Sun Stations
Protect your guests from overheating by setting up shady oases throughout the party area. These can include tables with sunscreen and aloe, coolers full of water bottles, and even a portable fan or two. Baby pools with clean, clear water are not only refreshing for a foot dip, they also double as decor. Stacks of clean beach towels are also helpful; while this increases your post-party laundry, it’s even more convenient for your guests and prevents you from having to find the owners of wet, forgotten towels in your yard.
Don’t Leave Children Unattended
If little kids are invited to your pool party (or even if they aren’t), consider hiring a lifeguard to man the pool area. Drowning happens quickly and is often silent. If no lifeguard is available, have adults rotate pool supervision to make sure that children are never left alone in the water.
Don’t Leave Your Guests Dehydrated
Getting overheated at a pool party is easy, and a guest may not even notice while it is happening. Get some prop hats from the party store and keep them around so guests can have fun while keeping their heads covered. You can also hold water bottles in coolers around the pool, so guests remember to grab one.
Do Create a Hashtag
Think of a simple hashtag for your party, and tell your friends to use it! Everyone loves posting poolside pictures, and your guests will appreciate the cute way of seeing their friends’ photos.
Don’t be Afraid to be Unique!
You know yourself and your friends, so don’t be afraid to tailor your party right to them! There are a thousand party ideas online, but you already know what your friends would like. You can create a theme based on an inside joke, a tv show you all love, or a shared activity you enjoy (sporting events, music album releases, etc.). Provide food your guests will like, and don’t be afraid to tell your friends to bring some extra food and snacks! As long as your pool is scrupulously clean, and there is food and drink, everyone will have a good time in good company!
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