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Throw the Pool Party of the Summer with these Helpful Tips!

Host a fabulous pool party this summer that no one will forget with these party tips and decorating ideas. 

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Throw the Pool Party of the Summer with these Helpful Tips!

By Windy City Novelties |June 9, 2014

Memorial Day weekend has come and gone, meaning the summer season has officially begun! It’s time for three exciting months of fun in the sun—however you may wish to spend it. Pool owners typically use Memorial Day weekend as an indicator of when to open up their pools for the season. If you own a pool, inviting neighbors, friends and family over for a pool party is a great way to spend quality time with the people you care about this summer. Bust out the beach balls, fire up the grill and get ready to make some great memories! Whether your pool party is spur-of-the-moment or premeditated, taking place during the day or the evening, laid back or a little more upscale, we have a few tips and ideas on how to make your get-together extra special.

While you don’t need a particular reason for throwing a pool party, you could choose to host one for a loved one’s birthday party, a family reunion, a company outing, or any other special occasion or event you have coming up this summer. Send out invitations to your intended guests and let them know the purpose for celebrating—even if it is just to enjoy each other’s company on a warm summer day. This will give you an idea of how many people will be attending your event and will help you with your party planning process. Determine what the nature of your party will be, such as care-free and casual or a tad more sophisticated, and choose your invitations accordingly. If you are planning a more relaxed party, include that your guests should show up in their swimsuit and sunnies, or, for a more refined get-together, tell guests to bring a swimsuit with them. 

Once you have sent out your invitations and your guests have RSVP’d, it’s time to party plan! Decorate your party space depending on the tone of your event, as well as the time of the day the party is occurring. If your party will carry into the evening hours, you are going to want to place lights around the pool area and party space. Hang tiny, colorful paper lanterns around the fence of your pool area, or bigger lanterns from underneath your cabana, pavilion or umbrella. For a more sophisticated look and feel, place additional LED candles along the stairs of your porch, along the railing of the deck, or even along the edge of the pool. If teenagers or younger adults are attending this party, crack a bunch of glow sticks and drop them into the pool. The glow sticks will sink to the bottom and will light up the entire floor of the pool, making the water emit a glow in a rainbow of colors. You could also hang these glow sticks from bushes or trees nearby for additional color and glow.  

Whether the party is occurring during the day or at night, you can add a few festive decorative pieces around your outdoor entertainment area. Place colorful flower garland along the railing of your stairway or deck. If the party is going to take place solely during the day, rather than hanging lanterns from your cabana or pavilion, you can hang fluffy decorations or twirly danglers in a variety of bright colors. These decorations can also hang from the fence around your pool.

Set up an area in which you and your guests can eat. For easy serving, set up a few buffet tables with food and beverages that guests can help themselves to. For a festive look, and to match the rest of your decorations, cover the buffet tables with a summery table cover and set out matching paper goods, such as plates, cups and napkins. To prevent bugs from getting into your food, cover your dishes with fabric food covers. Next to your buffet table, place a large inflatable cooler full of water, juices, sodas, beer, etc., that guests can also help themselves to as the party goes on.

Every pool party needs pool toys! Be sure to have inflatable inner tubes or rafts for guests to lounge on while enjoying their time in the pool. You should also throw in a few beach balls for them to toss around, or get a game of pool volleyball started to keep guests entertained. If your party is going to extend into the evening hours, use glow beach balls to double as toys as well as cool, light up decorations. If younger children will be attending your pool party event, you could add in a few other toys, such as rubber ducks, toy fish, squirt guns, and more. 

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