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Celebrate the Spirit of the Olympic Games with an Olympic Themed Pool Party!

Tired of throwing the same old pool party filled with the same old games of Marco Polo, water volleyball, and chicken tag every summer?  This year, in honor of the Summer Olympics, why not put a new twist on your pool party and make it an Olympic Pool Party?  Perfect for your child’s birthday party or a get together with all the neighborhood kids, An Olympic Pool Party can be fun for everyone and encourage good sportsmanship and athleticism.  While you might not have the next Michael Phelps in your midst, you can all still have a great time frolicking in the water! 

Let everyone know what time they need to be ready on the starting block for your Olympic pool party with these fun personalized Olympic swim invitations. Everyone will be sure to know it’s a pool party with these great invitations, but you might want to remind them to bring their towels, goggles, and swim cap if they think they need them for a competitive edge! 

Welcome the competitors to your Olympic Village with a custom Olympic banner that you’ve personalized with a special message for the guest of honor or all the competitors.  Perfect for your front yard, everyone in the neighborhood will know you’re hosting Olympic caliber athletes!  Continue to set the stage at your personal Olympic Village with festive Olympic party supplies.  Since you’ll be hosting the events outside by the pool, you won’t need too many decorations, but there are a few essentials you’ll need.  No Olympic party would be complete without a set of Olympic rings proudly displayed.  Hang an international flag banner to give the area a continental feel.   String some white lights in the trees for some extra ambiance and hang a few patriotic lanterns as well. 

Since the kids will be spending most of their time in the pool, you won’t want to have heavy snacks, but stock up on healthy munchies to fuel their energy.  Hummus and pita chips, fruit kabobs, fresh veggies and dip, grilled chicken bites, and frozen yogurt are all great options.  And of course you’ll want to have plenty of ice cold bottled water on hand.  Set everything up on a buffet table draped with a stars and stripes tablecloth and stocked with plenty coordinating paper goods so the kids can help themselves to their treats when they get hungry. 
The highlight of your Olympic pool party is going to be your events, so you’ll need to put some planning into these.  Here are some fun ideas, which you can adapt to fit the ages of your guests and the number of guests you’re expecting. 

- Set up timed races requiring various strokes like the breast stroke, crawl, butterfly, and glide.

- Break the group into teams and coordinate relay races.

- See who can get a pool noodle across the pool the fasted, without holding it in their hands.

- Set up an obstacle course using pool rings, noodles, water balloons, and inner tubes.

- Grease a watermelon with Crisco and toss it into the water.  See who can get it out of the water first. 

- Place a bucket on the side of the pool for each team.  See which team can fill it with water the fastest using only the water they can wring out of their suits and hair. 

Set up a whiteboard poolside to keep track of the events, awarding points for each winning team and individual.  At the end of the party, hold an awards ceremony complete with gold, silver, and bronze award medals for each winner.  You can even go the extra mile and place a floral crown on their heads, just like they do in the real Olympics! 

Your Olympic pool party is sure to be a hit with guests of all ages, so don’t be surprised if this becomes an annual event.  After all, just because the Summer Olympics only happen every four years doesn’t mean you have to put off the fun of your own personal Olympics that long!  So get the pool ready, set up the winner’s circle, and make a splash with this great party idea! 

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