Pool owners simply have no excuse not to give summer parties. After all, you have the perfect activity – literally in your own back yard. Even if you don’t have a pool of your own, many neighborhoods and apartment complexes with pools allow residents to rent the pool area for a private party.
A pool party can be a wonderful theme if you will have guests of all ages. After all, kids and adults alike enjoy a refreshing dip in the water when the weather warms. Pool parties are simple to plan so here are some ideas to make your pool party a big splash.
- Make your guest list and choose your invitations. We have several invitations perfectly suited to your affair. My favorite is called “Splish Splash Birthday Bash” because it has a clean, trendy color scheme and gives plenty of room for party details.
- Buy some toys for the pool. If your guest list is heavy on the children, noodles and inner tubes are inexpensive and will provide hours of fun for the little ones. For adults, large inner tubes and lounging floats will provide relaxation. Beach balls are a must, as there’s no doubt that a game of volleyball will ensue before the party is done. I also recommend having sunscreen and plastic bags (for taking home wet swimsuits) on hand for those who forget them.
- Don’t forget the music. Keep the party going with festive music. Beach music, reggae, or Hawaiian music are all good choices for a pool party.
- Keep the menu simple. There’s no reason to plan an elaborate, heavy meal. Heavy hors d’oeuvres with a summer theme are delicious and simple to eat by the pool. Spring rolls, specialty dips, crackers, and a cheese and fruit plate are all crowd pleasers.
- Make the drinks tropical. No pool party is complete without drinks with those little umbrellas. However, an open bar offering lots of specialty drinks can get expensive. Offer one “signature” tropical drink, such as mai tais, mojitos, margaritas, pina coladas, or daiquiris. Then provide beer, wine, and soft drinks for those who don’t want the specialty drink.
- Let your guests know what to wear. Guests are often unsure if they should arrive in a swimsuit and cover up or arrive dressed and plan to change should they decide to swim. Help them out by letting them know how much space you have for changing and how you’ll be dressed.
- Plan some competition. To keep the party rolling, consider a few team games. Marco Polo is popular with the kids and water polo or volleyball pleases kids and adults. Relay races in the pool are fun if your pool is long enough to accommodate them.
Keep in mind that your pool is a great venue for many other parties. Consider hosting an evening engagement reception for newly engaged friends out by the pool. Place floating candles in the water and light tiki torches all around for romantic ambience. The space around your pool is the perfect place for a summer party, even if there’s no swimming.