Summertime is upon us, and summertime means pool parties.
The house we just moved from had a pool, and we had many a fun summer there. We basically lived in our back yard for three months. Jason did a great job of keeping the pH levels perfect and the pool sparkly blue. I did a great job of blending margaritas, inviting people over, and keeping air in Basil’s floaty cactus.
From years of my pool party past, I bring you the Guide To The Ultimate Pool Party.
Invite Your Friends.
Friends love the house with a pool. Especially on really hot days… it’s surprising how fast they are able to show up to an impromptu invite, almost as if they were already driving over…
Have extra towels handy for your guests.
Stack them by doors, in case people need to dry off before entering the house. Towels close to the pool (but not too close they get wet) are a good idea also.
Designate food and drink area, pool and play area, sitting and relaxing area.
Your guests will want a place to sit or lay in the sun once they get out of the pool:
Invest in plastic plates and drinkware, keeping glass away from the pool.
this margarita was dachshund – supervised.
Plan games and have pool accessories / toys available.
Basil is surprisingly good at the ring toss.
Provide the ultimate in pool party food and drink:
grilled pineapple bacon sandwiches
seven layer dip with noocho cheese
reuben rolls with thousand island dip
spicy stuffed sweet peppers
lightened up Piña Coladas
strawberry habanero margaritas
My advice with hosting any party – prepare as much as you can ahead of time, make a timeline so you have stress free planning, and have decor double as useful – pinatas, beach balls, pool toys…
Most of all, remember to relax, enjoy the sun, and have fun!
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