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Summer means hot, humid days. And summer means finding refreshing ways to cool down and beat the heat! And one of the best ways to stay cool is a summer pool party. To help make a splash at your pool party, take some time to plan ahead and ensure your family and friends have a refreshing and relaxing time.
“First, no pool party is complete without plenty of tasty food for your guests to enjoy. You’ll need a wide array of food, from appetizers, to the main course, to dessert. Next, you’ll need plenty of outdoor games for the pool and beyond. Games keep your family and friends entertained and liven up the party. You’ll also need a playlist of tunes to keep the party going all day long. Also consider pool toys, like floats, noodles, and water games to keep guests of all ages entertained. Finish off your essentials list with plenty of pool towels and sunscreen for folks who forgot to bring their own.”
Tips to Make a Splashing Pool Party
From finger friendly foods to pristine pool conditions, the details make a difference to hosting a great pool party. To help, here are a few tips to make a splashing impression this summer.
Prep your Pool Area
It is important that the day before your guests arrive that you make sure you and your pool area are prepped and ready to party! Make sure that you mow the lawn, clean the pool, have a changing area ready with all the essentials. Additionally set up tables, chairs, and umbrellas that help people relax in the shade when they are not in the water. If you have all of these areas ready to go the day before, you won’t need to scramble around trying to get everything set to go! Finally, make sure to have some of the following for your guests just in case they forget theirs at home: plastic bags for wet bathing suits, towels, sunblock, bug spray, sunglasses, etc. If you have all of this ready it will make enjoying your day a lot more fun!
Pumpin’ Some Tunes
Since you are going to be partying the day away outside, you are going to want an awesome playlist! Having a great playlist is the beginning to a great party! Some people might be laying out trying to get a summer tan while others will be playing in the pool. So make sure you find the perfect summer mix so that everyone can have a blast!
Need some inspiration to set your summer pool party playlist? Billboard has you covered with an array of songs from all styles and generations.
“Regardless of your tastes, we’ve got you covered, having delved into warm weather tracks from every decade—ranging from Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong’s ‘50s classics to the contemporary indie stylings of Blood Orange and Jamie xx. And whatever you do, just don’t forget the sunscreen!”
All About the Water
Pool parties are all about the water, which means you need some awesome water games and activities planned! Have a water war with water guns, water balloons, or a hose! You could even keep everyone entertained with some water contests. You could hand out prizes for the best cannonball, best belly flop, biggest splash, etc. Having fun water games and activities planned will be a huge hit for any pool party!
Need some additional ways to beat the heat with some water games outside of the pool? Recently, our team explored some backyard water party ideas that will aid in any pool party.
“If you don’t have access to a pool or an outdoor waterpark, throw your own backyard water party! Reasons we love this idea? You can celebrate with all your friends, you can customize these summer activities to be what YOU want, and it’s wallet-friendly! A water balloon piñata, a DIY Dunk Bucket, and (our personal favorite) a DIY Kiddie Car Wash are just a few of our ideas!”
Every party needs a great selection of food and snacks! It’s always important to have a good array of foods because not everybody may like what you put out. Burgers, hot dogs, and finger foods are great because they are easy to make and are perfect for your pool day! Avoid anything that could go bad in the sun. Also make sure to use unbreakable plates and cups so you don’t have to worry about bare feet on broken glass.
To help set your pool party menu, look into some of the best BBQ ideas for inspiration!
“Outdoor BBQ’s are all about the grill. You know that. But did you know that you can add fresh fruits to your BBQ menu idea list along with your standard meats and veggies? It’s true! For the best fruit grilling experience just follow some simple steps. Brush your fruit with a small amount of olive oil. It’ll keep your fruit from sticking the grill and enhance the flavor. Try grilling over indirect heat instead of direct flame or right over the hot coals. It’ll keep your fruit from going up in smoke. Be quick! Fruit doesn’t need long to cook- so stick around. This makes them a delicious appetizer!”
Every pool party needs to end with a sweet treat…and our recipe for summer fun all year round is simple.
This platter is packed with all your favorite summers fruit favorites, including watermelon, pineapple, mango, kiwi, and more. It’s the perfect refreshing snack for your guests to enjoy while they take a break from the pool.
Every pool party needs some dessert. This fruit platter is chock-full of decadent chocolate-covered fruit, including apples, strawberries, pineapple, and more. It offers a healthier take on traditional desserts, yet it’s still oh-so-delicious.
Any summer BBQ is a celebration, which means plenty of mouths to feed. Check out our Sharing is Caring, which is filled with plump, juicy grapes that are perfectly paired with ripe strawberries and a large, pineapple daisy, which tops off this incredible party piece. With countless berries covered in white or semisweet chocolate, it doesn’t get much tastier than this and filled with wonderful red colors that highlight the summer sun!
Looking forward to celebrating summer poolside with your friends and family, but don’t have time to pull together these essential elements? Don’t worry because our team has you covered. Simply, stop by your local Edible® store for fresh fruit salads, beautiful arrangements and a whole lot more. Finally, stay up-to-date with our latest products, innovations, and updates, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.