Summer pool parties are one of my favorite ways to enjoy the season but also stay close to home. Sometimes I just don’t want to deal with traffic to and from the beach, and a pool day is the best of both worlds! We can enjoy fun in the sun, but we can also cool off! Whether you’re planning a pool party or just want to stay safe around the pools this summer, these pool tips will help you host a memorable event.
Break-out the Floaties
Stop by your local dollar store to grab several beach balls, floats, and pool noodles. Since they cost just $1, it’s totally fine that they don’t last very long! Pool noodles can double as limbo poles or be re-purposed as trampoline spring covers, wreaths, or even craft supplies. Pool floats in the shapes of donuts, swans, and pizza slices have taken over the internet, so those might be the perfect little extra for your pool party. Just think of the photo opportunities…
Have a Drink Station
It’s important to stay hydrated even if you’re in the shade or cool in the pool. I like to set up a lemonade stand with fresh fruit slices and mint sprigs so guests can mix and match their garnishes to their favorite beverages. Use a large glass gallon jug to keep beverages cold, and use disposable cups to minimize dirty dishes. Leave tape and permanent markers readily available so everyone can write their name on their drink cup to avoid any mix-ups.
Invest in a Waterproof Camera
Capture your best summer smiles with a waterproof camera. Whether you get a case that turns your smartphone into a waterproof device or you use something like a GoPro, enjoy taking underwater photographs of guests swimming, diving, and floating around. We like to make videos for Vine or Instagram of giant cannonball splashes to share.
Divide your guests into teams (or countries) to host an Olympic-style tournament! Get creative and try synchronized swimming, lap races, or even just sports such as pool volleyball or basketball. Be mindful of safety and have goggles and ear plugs on hand just in case. For more pool game ideas for your next summer pool party, read these ideas!
Create a fun playlist
Use your Wi-Fi to stream music for your party either from your phone or a Bluetooth speaker for maximum sound quality. I like to make playlists on Spotify to share with my guests after the party as well so they can remember some of the great tunes we played. I look for beachy tunes like Jack Johnson or Jason Mraz paired with reggae, a little country, and music that everyone knows the words to.
Of course, don’t forget to watch the children closely throughout the day. No running near the pool, and be sure to get out of the water if you see any lightning. We always have quick afternoon thunderstorms in Florida, so it is important to be mindful of the weather. Lather up with waterproof sunscreen throughout the day, and stay hydrated!
How do you make your pool parties fun?