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Invite your Friends and Neighbors over for an Adults Only Pool Party!

Everyone knows kids love pool parties, but that doesn’t mean the adults can’t enjoy a little poolside fun without the kids!  In fact, throwing a poolside party where you and your friends don’t have to worry about arm floaties, sunscreening freckled noses, finding lost pool toys, and shouting “No running!” for the twelfth time in an hour might be appealing to the friends you usually invite over to swim with their children. 

Instead of planning your adults-only poolside party for the middle of the day when the sun will be blazing hot and your guests will be miserable, why not plan a more upscale, elegant evening event?  Your guests can enjoy the serenity of your pool and patio or deck, even if they won’t be swimming, when the weather is a little cooler and the ambiance is a little more elegant.  There are plenty of fabulous decorating themes to choose from, like a luau decorations or nautical theme, or you can let your imagination and creativity run wild and see where the inspiration takes you!  But, if you need a little decorating guidance, here are some simple tips you can use to create a pretty poolside atmosphere.

- If there won’t be any night swimming, float lit candles in the pool (you can find floating candles at most craft stores) as well as large fresh flowers like lilies or magnolias that have had their stems removed.

- String pretty pastel flower lights along your deck railing to add some extra illumination.

- Stock up on clear glass candle holders and scatter them throughout your party space.  With the setting sun and starlit night, the flickering candles with add an intimate touch to your party.  If you’re worried about open flames, consider using flameless LED tealights instead. 

- Hang lanterns from the trees.  You want to keep your decorations understated for your poolside party and these paper lanterns are a great way to add a splash of color without being overpowering!

- Place cushions around the edge of the pool for guests to sit on while dipping their feet in the water. 

- Use bright colored beach towels folded length wise into thirds over crisp white tablecloths. 

- Place brightly colored sand pails filled with ice on the bar to keep beer, wine, and water bottles cool in the heat. 

- Since having glass around the pool is never a good idea (no one wants a sliver of glass from a broken goblet slicing into a bare foot!) use plastic wine glasses and paper plates that match the rest of your poolside party decorations. 

Keep your menu light for your poolside party, featuring dishes that you can prepare ahead or easily throw together as guests are arriving.  Arrange everything on a buffet table and encourage guests to mix and mingle while they munch!  Serve summer favorites like shrimp cocktails, creamy potato salad, fruit salad, deviled eggs, fresh veggies, and chips and dips.  For your main entrée, consider serving finger sandwiches in a variety of flavors, grilled seafood like salmon steaks or tilapia, or steamed crab legs.  Keep any mayonnaise or dairy based dishes from spoiling by placing serving bowls inside a larger sized bowl filled with ice.  For dessert, consider serving a variety of bite-size choices your guests can choose from, like mini tarts, cheesecakes, brownie bites, petit fours, and cake pops. 

Whether you want to swim or not is up to you, and maybe a little bit to Mother Nature too!  Your poolside party can be swim free if you feel like it, and you can just make the pool part of your décor, or, if your guests are so inclined, they can change into their suits and hop in for a dip at the end of the night once all your treats have been devoured!  Whatever you decide, your poolside party is sure to be a hit with your friends when they discover they can enjoy your pool with the shouts of the kids and the sun’s brutal heat! 

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