Summer is just around the corner, and I know I couldn’t be happier. There’s almost nothing better than BBQing with friends, soaking up some sun, and taking a dip in the water when the weather is nice and warm. If you have a pool in your backyard, you can bring all the fun in the sun right to your door. Keep reading for tips on hosting the perfect pool party.
Have Plenty of Food and Drink
My mind immediately goes to snacks when I enter a party. Your guests might feel the same way, and it’s the perfect opportunity to keep everyone’s energy up so they’ll feel satiated throughout the day. Have a nice spread of healthy foods such as veggie and fruit platters, and you can also include junk foods like chips and dips. If y’all are looking to have a little extra fun, consider having an excellent selection of beer, wine, and cocktails. Be sure to have plenty of drinking water available as well so people don’t get dehydrated or, even worse, messy.
Get a Fun, Funky Playlist Going
Music can set the vibe for your whole party. Are you feeling pop-country? Classic jams? Even if your music tastes veer off the mainstream path, you should throw in a few hits here and there to get people pumped up and singing along. You don’t need to spring for an expensive outdoor speaker system either. There are many affordable outdoor speakers you can carry in and out that are still loud enough for everyone to hear at your pool party.
Keep the Kids Busy
Pool parties are perfect for getting children outside and meeting other kids their age. Of course, if kids are coming to the pool party, you still want to make sure you and your friends can still enjoy yourselves without having to worry about them too much. I recommend setting up a part of your home where the smaller kids can safely play and have the adults take turns watching them. For older kids, set up some games or activities that can keep them occupied and having fun. Have some pool noodles lying around and some floaties and life jackets so everyone can have a great time.
Take a Few Precautions
The last thing you want is for guests to leave the party red as a lobster or constantly swatting away pesky insects. Keep plenty of sunscreen on hand so everyone can apply and reapply throughout the day. If your party goes into the night, keep some bug spray handy to drive away pests. If you have tiki torches, the flames can also repel bugs while looking stylish and tropical. Taking a few safety measures beforehand can help you and your party-goers focus on the fun.