When it comes to summertime, there is one activity people can’t live without: swimming. Be it at the beach, the local pool, or in your backyard, swimming is a pastime every generation enjoys. Adults and children alike slip into their swimsuits and take a dip in the cool water for fun family memories that last a lifetime. Once mid-July heat sets in, it’s all you can do to remain at least somewhat cool.And the only thing that beats simply going for a swim is a fun pool party where everyone can relax and beat the heat. There’s nothing like inviting some friends over, grabbing a few cool drinks, and lounging by the pool while the mellow tones of Jack Johnson and Jimmy Buffet float around you.
Like any get-together, there are certain dos and don’ts when it comes to throwing an amazing pool party. For example, grab some cute invitations to entice guests. If you’re going for elegant and upscale, you can have an invitation to match the setting. If you’re looking for more of a fun beach theme, grab something with beach umbrellas and sand. When planning for food, go light. People will be in their bathing suits. Nothing says “unhappy” like an overstuffed stomach from heavy foods. Vegetable platters and crackers with cheese will certainly do the trick.
Where pool parties are concerned, there is one thing that makes it different from a regular party: safety. Pool parties, while fun, have an element of danger to them. Have enough floaties and vests around for non-savvy swimmers and children. Keep a first aid kit on hand and be sure to protect your skin from the sun with lots and lots of sunscreen. And above all, have fun! If you follow these guidelines, you'll surely have a great time!
Do: Keep a First Aid Kit Handy
It may sound like common knowledge, but you’d be surprised how many people forget basic first aid. Having a simple kit — the kind with the Band-Aids and sting spray — will suffice. Keep one around for those just-in-case moments, and don't forget the aloe for sneaky sunburns.
Don’t: Skimp on the Décor
Having an amazing party is all about providing atmosphere, so do it up right. Tiki torches, palm trees, the whole nine yards — a little atmosphere can transform your backyard into an oasis. Make it upscale by making it a black and white party, where guests must arrive in themed suits, and have the floats, food, and décor correspond.
This article was originally publsihed on June 11, 2014.