Memorial Day is the unofficial kick-off to summer. What better way to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather than hosting an amazing pool party for friends or family? Read on to discover the tips, tricks, and things you’ll need to host a fun, safe poolside bash for swimmers of all ages.
Choose a theme for your party
Every great party needs a theme. It’s what anchors everything in place, from the food to the music. Whether it’s a poolside fiesta with leftover Cinco de Mayo decorations, a tropical luau, or a patriotic vibe you’re going for, pick a theme to structure the party around.
Make the menu
Decide what foods will go along with the theme you’ve chosen. But pick your menu carefully. Most partygoers won’t want to fill up on heavy foods or be stuck eating at a table. Make or buy lighter fare if possible and focus on quicker “grab and go” foods like fruit kabobs, finger sandwiches, and popsicles.
Get the cold drinks flowing
There’s nothing better than a cold drink on a hot day. Plan on serving beer and mixed drinks for the adults, as well as juice and soda for the kids or anyone who will be driving home after the party. The most important thing to remember is to have water and sports drinks on hand to keep people hydrated.
Supply the sunscreen
Keep sunscreen and aloe available throughout the party. Not only will your guests not have to worry about forgetting their sunblock at home, everyone will be able to re-apply it after swimming or sweating. If someone does get burned, aloe provides some instant relief.
Have towels ready
After a couple dips in the pool, the beach towels your guests brought will be too saturated to do their job. Supply extra towels so partygoers can stay comfy after jumping out of the water and can dry off before running inside the house.
Think safety
It’s easy to become distracted during a party. Be sure there’s always someone keeping an eye on children who are swimming to avoid accidents. Make sure there are enough pool floats to grab onto as well. Lastly, have a first aid kit ready for any little scrapes and cuts.
With the right supplies and some creativity, you can host an epic pool party to help welcome the beginning of summer. So get planning and host a party your friends and family are sure to remember for a long time to come.
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