Want to make a big splash this season? Get in the swim of things with an off-the-hook pool party—follow these simple suggestions, and everyone you invite will dive right in!
Pick a Pool
If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard pool, a neighborhood pool or a friend with a backyard pool, you’re golden! Be sure to get permission ahead of time from the owners or administrators of a pool you don’t own. Hotel pools are also an option, but typically not without a fee.
When you check with hotels, ask for their pool rules, so you’ll know what you are allowed to bring for food and beverages.
Skip the formal stuff. Use E-vite online to get the word out. A simple e-mail or phone call works, too! It’s a good idea to ask for RSVPs, so you know how much food, etc. you’ll need.
Keep it simple, light and cool! Think subs or other sandwiches, potato salad, cole slaw, chips, fruit, pie or cake. Beverages include water, iced teas, soft drinks and, of course, alcoholic beverages like beer, wine, margaritas, cosmopolitans, etc. Check with your venue to confirm that alcohol is allowed.
If your pool venue provides a grill, you might choose to treat your guests to hamburgers, hot dogs or anything else that tastes great on a grill!
Don’t forget condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo) and spices (salt, pepper, etc.), paper plates, plastic utensils, napkins, cups and ice in a cooler.
Guests will appreciate your hosting skills if you bring along extra towels, plenty of bottled water, sunscreen, a first-aid kit, garbage bags, a camera and music. If your pool party is private, rock the house—if not, keep your music and party volume at a reasonable level.
Cap off the fun with fun, functional favors like lip balm, fans, our “Beach Memories” Mini Adirondack Chair Photo Frame or our Flip-Flop Bottle Opener. Now get out there! It’s time to raise the roof for absolutely no reason at all! Everybody in the pool!