If you have a pool in your backyard, summer’s the time to make use of it and host the most happening party of the year. Pool parties are a great way to cool off, catch up with friends, and celebrate summer holidays. Here are some tips to make your pool party one for the ages.
Set up a poolside bar.
Part of the appeal of having a pool in your home is that you can enjoy your favorite food and drinks while sitting right next to the water or even swimming in it. To bring this luxury to your guests, set up a poolside bar. Even if you don’t have a bar in your backyard, it’s easy to set one up – all you need is a lightweight table, some storage space for food and drinks, and a few decorations to liven up space.
Invest in a few cute pool floats.
Jazz up your pool with a few adorable floats that your guests can relax on. You’ve likely already seen the unicorn and swan floats that have been popular on social media, but you can also get creative and look for a float that reflects your own personal style. This will entice your guests to hang out in the water by giving them an easy place to relax.
Hang lanterns and light candles to create a warm glow.
Just because the sun goes down doesn’t mean you have to stop swimming. All you need is some chic lighting to set the tone. String up some paper lanterns above the pool, and light a few candles on other nearby surfaces to provide lighting that’s bright and welcoming without being harsh. Lanterns also look very festive and are perfect for a celebration.
Learn how to make a refreshing cocktail or two.
Instead of just serving the same old beer and wine at your party, why not switch things up by learning to make a creative summer cocktail? Mojitos, daiquiris, Moscow mules, and mimosas are all fairly simple to make at home with the right ingredients, and they’re perfectly refreshing in the summer when temperatures start to rise. If kids and teens will be attending your pool party as well, you may also want to learn how to make mocktails so they can get in on the fun. Garnish your drinks with a flower or cute straw to make them as aesthetically pleasing as they are delicious.
Set up a lounge area with cute cushions and towels.
Your guests will need a place to sit and relax when they aren’t enjoying being in the water. If you have a grassy or sandy area near your pool, invest in a few cute cushions for your guests to relax on. It’s cheaper and often more comfortable than buying lounge chairs, and it also gives your space a unique bohemian vibe. You’ll also want to have a few beach towels on hand for when your guests get out of the pool so they can dry off.
Curate the perfect playlist.
A good soundtrack is essential for any pool party. Even if you aren’t a music connoisseur, it’s fairly simple to put together a mix that everyone will enjoy. You’ll need a good assortment of current hits and old favorites, and focus on high energy songs that evoke feelings of summer. If you don’t want to make the playlist on your own, you can also use music streaming services like Spotify or Pandora to create one, or even ask your guests to recommend a few of their favorite summer jams.