In our first three articles in this series on pool party prep, we considered safety measures (see Parts 1 & 2) as well as pool water maintenance (see Part 3). Now we’ll turn our attention to another important factor: accessories. Here are some suggestions for pool accessories you could add to your outdoor oasis to make the day more comfortable for your guests and less of a headache for you as a pool owner.
Keep Extra Towels on Hand
Even if you ask people to bring their own towels, there will almost inevitably be one or more of your guests that forget them at home. That’s one good reason to keep a supply of large pool towels on hand. They don’t need to be anything fancy. You may want to stick with white or a solid color to help guests remember which towels are yours. Designate a specific area where people can pick up fresh towels and then drop off their used towels at the end of the party. For example, you could have a big basket labeled “clean towels” and a covered hamper labeled “used towels.” Make sure that kids know they should use just one towel during the party and put it in a spot where they will remember it. Kids are notorious for using multiple towels during the same party, leaving you with a ton of laundry to do at the end.
Provide Pool Floats
Get some fun pool floats and blow them up in advance so that your guests can enjoy relaxing in the pool. If you’re having a party with kids, you probably want to use transparent pool floats for safety. You may want to discourage people from bringing their own floats as they could get left behind or not be the type of items you want to use in your pool. For example, if you have an average-sized pool and you’re planning a party with a big group of kids, the pool may get too crowded if guests bring their oversized floats. You could also end up with kids arguing over the floats that look the “coolest.” To avoid these kinds of problems, just let guests know that you’ll be providing the floats. Then make sure you have enough of the same type of floats available for all your guests, or at least enough for them to take turns sharing. Pool noodles are a great option because they’re inexpensive, they all look the same, and they’re too small for anyone to get trapped beneath.
Consider Adding a Shower or Foot Bath
If you get tired of dirt, grime, and grass ending up in your pool, you may want to add an outdoor shower to your pool area. Then simply encourage your guests to rinse off before they get into the water. There are even showers currently on the market that can attach to a hose. If you don’t want to go to the extra expense of adding a whole shower, you could opt for a foot bath. These small containers are ideal for cleaning off your guests’ feet, which are the most likely body part to get covered with grass and mud as they make their way into and out of the pool throughout the party.
These helpful suggestions we’ve mentioned can give you a head start to planning a safe, sanitary, and fun pool party. We hope you and your guests will be all set to enjoy your best swimming season yet!
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