Throw a Perfect Pool Party!
Summer is here, which means the weather’s hot and it’s time to help everyone cool off with a perfect pool party! One of the most enjoyable things about owning a swimming pool is the ability to gather friends and family for pool parties! Some of the best parties just happen when your friends come to hang out and enjoy your amazing outdoor living space, but if you want to dress it up for some added fun, consider going with a theme party.
Do you miss the days of drive-in movies? Then how about hosting a “dive-in” pool party? Simply purchase some inflatable lounge chairs (Leisure Depot is a great place to get them!), move your big-screen television outside, or rent a projector for the evening. You won’t need a special projection screen, either – you can project the film onto the side of the house if you have light-colored brick or siding, or simply hang a large white or light-colored solid sheet for displaying the movie. Pick a favorite classic, or give your guests a thrill and screen “Jaws.” “The Little Mermaid” and “Finding Nemo” are great choices for a kids’ party.
Whatever movie you choose, just remember to provide plenty of flotation devices so family and friends can kick back or buddy up in rafts to watch the fun. Set up your own movie theater concession stand and serve popcorn, candy and sodas.
A Hawaiian Luau is one of the most popular pool party themes, making decorations easy and affordable. Take your guests on an evening getaway to the Aloha State! Guests should wear their most colorful Hawaiian print shirts. Make leis at the party or buy ready-made ones to welcome your guests. Decorate with bright, tropical colors, bamboo accents and Hawaiian-themed accessories. Tiki torches and tropical flowers scattered across tables and the surface of the pool provide the finishing touches for a magical evening. Pineapple chicken or ham would be delicious main dishes, or treat your friends and family to an authentic pig roast. Complement the feast with rice and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables reminiscent of a garden paradise.
It’s simple to create a beach barbeque party around your backyard pool. Attire is simple - kick back in flip-flops and swimsuits! Use the children’s sandbox and build a sand castle. Decorate tables with seashells and fish nets. Cover chairs with beach towels. Use plastic pails and shovels, and even Frisbees, to serve hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Float toy sailboats in the pool. Grill hot dogs, hamburgers and corn on the cob and serve classic boardwalk food, like popcorn, snow cones and French fries for your family and friends
Hold a party right from the era of bobby socks and Chuck Berry. Buy records with rock 'n' roll hits from the 1950s. Play the music to greet guests as they arrive. Place inflatable plastic palm trees in the pool and pool towels for guests in shades of black, white, pink and turquoise along the outside to help create a 1950s atmosphere. Add balloons shaped as musical notes for people swimming to play with. Serve your company a classic 1950s food: fondue. Offer pieces of bread and deli meat on skewers, which diners can use to dip in the fondue. Give those who want something more substantial cheeseburgers and French fries. Accompany the meal with 1950s cocktails like martinis. For dessert, serve milk shakes and ice cream
Pirate Themed Party
At a pirate pool party, kids can hit the open seas and experience the adventures of a pirate. Invite guests to your pirate pool party with treasure map invitations that lead them to the pool. Sketch or print a map of the area, and draw a treasure chest at the pool's location. You should include all relevant party information, like the date, time and guest of honor's name. Or, hand deliver messages in a bottle to your guests. Roll the invitation, place it in a water bottle and let guests unwrap the message to learn all the details about your pirate pool party.
Let kids splash around in the pool while playing pirate-themed games. Encourage kids to find the underwater buried treasure. Drop items like large plastic coins and small toys that will sink into the pool, and let kids jump in and find them. The child who finds the most items wins the treasures. If you play this game, make sure your guests are good swimmers, and have several adults watch them in the water. Kids can also have a sword fight using plastic foam pool noodles.
Choose a red and black theme for your pirate pool party, and use pool-friendly items as decor. Toss red and black beach balls into the pool or hang them up in the pavilion, and use red and black beach towels as tablecloths. Find pool floats that look like ships, and let guests enjoy them throughout the party. Find a skull and crossbones flag to hang up at the pool.
Send the kids home with treats that tie into the pirate pool party theme. You can give kids a pair of red or black flip-flops to wear at the party, or pirate hats, swords and hooks to accessorize with during the party and after it is over.
Whatever type of party you choose, you're sure to have a fun and refreshing time beating the heat and enjoying your pool with your friends and family. For an example of pool party food you can easily modify to fit almost any theme, check out this delicious Pool Party Pasta Salad recipe. Don't forget to share your pool party fun with us. We'd love to hear about your party and share your photos with us. There's nothing better than seeing our customers enjoying their pools and outdoor fun time.
- Sandy Hendricks