We’re almost in the thick of summer, and that means one thing: pool parties. If you’re looking to throw a pool party for all of your friends this summer, whether it’s to celebrate Fourth of July or simply just to bask in the summer sun, make sure you’ve got all the fixings to make for a shindig that will be the talk of the summer.
I couldn’t write this article without offering my advice for making sure your pool party is as safe as possible. When water is involved, especially when accompanied by alcohol, it’s in everyone’s best interest to have safety precautions in place. Make sure you have first-aid kits on hand in case of cuts or scrapes that can come with bare feet and skin on pavement. Set up a “skin safety bar” with plenty of tubes of sunscreen for both face and body that guests can use during the long hours spent under the sun. If there will be children in attendance, make sure there’s a lifeguard present—you can usually hire local teens with CPR certifications and lifeguarding experience to make sure the little ones stay safe.
What to Wear
Pool parties are obviously one of the best places to display your summer fashion. Summer poolside shindigs provide the perfect occasion to show off your new swimsuits and cover-ups. When it comes to sundresses, you can’ go wrong with the offerings from Lulus.com. They’ve got new dresses up on their site seemingly every week, and better yet, they come at a really inexpensive price. Don’t leave your fella out of the fun! Get him decked out for the occasion with some fun Tipsy Elves swim trunks to make a real splash in more ways than one.
Set the mood by altering the atmosphere of your backyard. Looking to get tropical? Add some lush vegetation and fun torches to transport your guests into a party oasis. You can find inexpensive Tiki party supplies here, add a few lush tropical plants that will look great long after your party is finished. Set up string lights to keep the party lit up long after the sun goes down and provide a bit of evening ambiance that you’ll want to capture year round. If your pool party is for a holiday like the Fourth of July, you can’t go wrong with sticking to red, white, and blue—anywhere you can think to throw American flags, do so.
The Pool Party Spread
Since you’ll have people in and out of the water, ready to eat at different times, stick to finger foods that can handle being in the sun (or set up your table in a shady spot). Make sure you have all the classics: chips, dips, cookies, and the like. You can go the traditional route and host a barbecue, or if you’re feeling less like cooking and more like enjoying someone else’s toils, order catering from a place like Chipotle and turn your poolside shindig into a fiesta to remember. You can also choose to make your pool party a potluck affair to take a little bit of the stress off your shoulders. Don’t forget to serve up some delicious beverages. If you’re serving alcohol, make sure you’ve got different mixes on hand. If you are pursuing a tropical theme, serving drinks in a coconut shaped cup is sure to have your guests sipping happily on their beverages and feeling the theme. If you can splurge a little, grab real pineapples and coconuts and spend the night before carving half of the fruit out of them. That way, you’ll have a delicious and theme-worthy way to serve your cocktails.
If you’ve got a pool party on the docket for this summer, make sure you prepare with all the stylish accessories, delicious foods, and fun party games sure to make your shindig the event of the summer.