There’s nothing like going to an awesome pool party on a warm summer day. The only thing better? Having your own pool and throwing the first pool party of the year.
However, if you’re new to hosting pool parties, you may want to hit the brakes to make sure this thing goes off without a hitch. Let’s start with a little planning. After all, if you’ve never done this before (or since last year), it won’t hurt to make some preparations.
We’re here to help. Keep reading for our top five tips on throwing an extraordinary pool party.
1. Make Sure Your Pool is Prepped
First and foremost, you need to focus on the main attraction – the pool. Now that summer’s here, have you made sure the pool is ready?
You need to make sure the pool is clean and has the appropriate amount of chemicals. You’ll also want to double-check that the pump and filter are working properly. For more information, check out this article on how to prepare your pool before summer starts.
2. Invite the Right People
Now that your pool is ready, it’s time to start building your guest list. If this is your first pool party, you may not know how important it is to invite the right people.
It’s a pool party, so you don’t want your entire guest list to be made up of people who are too shy to strip down to their bathing suits to jump in the water. However, you should also avoid inviting people who like to cause problems (like splashing people who aren’t in the pool, pushing others into the water, etc.).
3. Provide Appropriate Summer Foods and Drinks
Next, let’s focus on food and drinks. You want a great summer spread that will help keep people satisfied, fresh, and hydrated. We recommend light foods like fresh fruits, smoothies, etc.
It’s okay to provide alcohol for your guests. However, remember that drunkenness and swimming pools can lead to dangerous situations.
4. Craft Your Pool Party Playlist
Once you’ve established your guest list and have started to get an idea of the feel of your party, you can craft your playlist. For pool parties, you want to keep the mood light and happy. You can also push for a theme, like tropical music, but that may get boring after the first hour or so.
5. Come Up With Entertainment
Finally, strategize about entertainment. Your first pool party budget may be a bit limited, but there’s no reason you can’t ask guests to chip in.
Ask people to bring fun outdoor games like cornhole, horseshoes, etc. You can also come up with fun pool party games like volleyball, Marco Polo, and more.
Getting Ready to Throw Your First Pool Party?
Your first pool party is going to be a blast. Don’t get too hung up on any of the details or you’ll end up stressing out about it. And it’s just as important for you to enjoy your pool party as it is for everyone else.
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