Pool Party Ideas
Dress up your pool by surrounding it with inflatable palm trees and tiki statues. Let your guests lounge around in style by positioning chaise lounge chairs around the pool, covering each chair with a brightly colored towel for added comfort. To give your guests a place to put drinks and snacks, put side tables next to each chair. Place waterproof disposable cameras and bottles of sunscreen on each table for guests to use.
Position dining tables near the pool area, decorating them with pots of brightly colored gerbera daisies. You can also sprinkle a runner of sand down each table and decorate with sea shells for a beachy look. Hang lanterns across the pool and over your tables for extra color. Citronella tiki torches serve double duty, giving both a festive flair and keeping any bugs away.
When decorating for your pool party, don't forget about the pool itself! Cover the pool surface with rubber duckies and balloons. When the sun starts to set, let floating candles set sail across your calm pool waters to brighten up the entire pool area.
If children will be attending your party, it's essential to have adults supervising the pool festivities at all times. Consider contacting your local parks and recreation department to hire a professional lifeguard to monitor your pool. The most important rule of thumb is to have a few adults (and ones who are not consuming alcohol) be willing to watch the swimmers at all times. Have a phone on hand at all times in case of an emergency.
Make sure your pool's depth is clearly marked so swimmers know whether or not it will be safe to dive. You may want to implement an overall no-diving rule for your party just to prevent any injuries.
Don't forget to keep lots of water handy. Spending hours in the sun can lead to dehydration, but your guests may not notice as they're immersed in water. It's not a bad idea to set a swim break once an hour for people to relax and rehydrate.
To make your pool party extra cool, plan some activities geared to your guests. If there will be kids at your party, buy some inner tubes and foam noodles they can splash around with. For bigger kids and grownups, fill your pool with beach balls and floating rafts (spring for the fancy lounges with cup holders built into the armrests).
If your guests are game for games, play classics like Marco Polo and water tag. For more organized pool fun, divide teams into two groups for pool volleyball, pool basketball or water polo. If your crowd is more creative than competitive, divide into groups to choreograph synchronized swimming routines—the funnier, the better. Or try "pool riding," a splashy twist on bull riding.
Keep dining simple by putting out large platters of assorted finger foods you don't need to restock. Start with snacks like tortilla chips and salsa, pita chips and hummus, and potato chips with onion dip.
Then serve chilled gazpacho in plastic martini glasses along with assorted salads (pasta, bean and/or veggie) dressed with vinaigrette rather than mayonnaise-based dressings for food safety.
Cut assorted sandwiches into bite-size pieces. Pan bagnat made with olive oil-packed tuna is a sophisticated choice that can handle the summer heat. Or try Vietnamese fresh spring rolls filled with crisp veggies and herbs. Finish with assorted Popsicles and ice cream cake.
- 1 1/2 oz vodka
- 1 oz blue curacao
- 1/3 cup lemonade
Fill a tall glass with ice. Add vodka, blue curacao and lemonade. Stir to mix.
Non-alcoholic — Iced tea, fresh fruit smoothies and cucumber-and-lemon spa water