One of the most enjoyable aspects of owning a swimming pool is the opportunity to organize numerous pool parties. Your backyard sanctuary will become the focal point for generating life-long memories with your friends and family. Here are a few pointers to help ensure that your upcoming pool party is a splashing success.
Invite Your Guests to a Fun Pool Party
If you want to be practical and your pals are tech-savvy, you can send an email or a social media message invitation with some pool or beach-themed photographs or graphics. If you prefer to send invites by mail, you can use store-bought pool party invitations or create your own pool party invitations by hand or on the computer.
You could even go all out and hand-deliver invites that resemble messages in a bottle! Follow these easy instructions to make these amusing invites. To begin, properly wash water or soda bottles and allow them to air dry. Then, take some brown paper bags, write on them your invitation message in black ink, then tear down the corners of the bags and fold them up to make them look like ancient pirate treasure maps. You can also use tea bags to draw blotches on your handmade pirate maps in order to make the paper look even more realistically ancient. To produce a genuine message-in-a-bottle impression, fill your bottles halfway with sand and seashells and then slide in your pirate map invitation paper. Your guests will appreciate your nautical ingenuity.
Choose a Thrilling Theme
When it comes to pool parties, you have complete control over the theme. Though you aren’t forced into choosing a nautical theme, there are many entertaining sea-related party theme options available, like pirates, Hawaiian luaus, beach parties, sharks, and surfing, to mention just a few. If you wait for sales or buy at the end of the summer season, you may get great deals on products that go with these themes (helpful if you are savvy enough to be able to plan well ahead); you can look online or at your local party store.
Defend Against Bugs
Pesky garden pests like mosquitoes and biting flies may easily derail a fine pool party. Citronella candles and tiki torches will keep these uninvited visitors at bay. Consider getting your entire lawn treated for pests if you have a serious bug problem in your yard. Remove any standing water from recent storms that has gathered in empty containers around your deck or in your yard, since these might serve as mosquito breeding territories.
Prepare Food Ahead of Time
Frequently running inside to check on the food during your pool party is the last thing you want to do. Prepare meal items that can be ready before your visitors arrive, if at all possible. That way, instead of hovering over the stove inside your kitchen, you can spend time with your visitors poolside. Slow cookers can be used to make quick and easy party items like hot dogs, sloppy joes, and cheese dip. A pleasant fruit salad is always a good choice. Make sure you have a way to keep hot and cold meals separate. Invest in coolers and place them around the pool to make chilled drinks easily accessible to all the party goers. The fewer steps your wet guests must take inside the house, the better!
If you keep all of these things in mind, you’ll be well on your way to throwing a fantastic backyard bash. More fun and practical pool party planning advice can be found in the second part of this two-part series.
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