10 Dos and Don'ts of Throwing a Pool Party (Slideshow)
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.
Do: Provide Sunscreen
Nothing ruins a party like a scorching hot sunburn. Have a station set up with lots of sunscreen and aloe, just in case there are burns. Remind people to reapply after swimming for an extended period of time.
Don't: Over-do the Alcohol
Naturally, a party is a fine place for adult beverages. But don’t go too crazy. People are still swimming and are out in the heat. Take caution and go easy on the alcohol to prevent any major accidents or dehydration.
Do: Give Guests Fluffy Towels
Most people will bring towels to a pool party. But if you want to put an extra detail to your pool party, have a basket filled with fluffy towels for your guests. They’ll thank you for giving them something cushy after swimming.
Don't: Leave Kids Unattended
When there is a party, it is easy for all the kids to run around together and have a blast. But don’t overlook your smaller guests. Make sure children are being watched while they swim so you can avoid any accidents.
Do: Serve Finger Foods
A pool party is still a party, so there is a certain expectation of food. But don’t go heavy. No one wants to weigh themselves down while sporting a bikini. Provide light snacks and finger foods to keep people satiated.
Don't: Swim After Eating
The old rule is no swimming for 30 minutes after eating. But sometimes, it can be really hard to stay out of the pool when everyone is out there having fun. Try to avoid the pool for at least ten minutes, just so your stomach can settle a bit.
Do: Keep People Hydrated
Provide drinks of both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic persuasion. Even though there’s lots of swimming going on, people will need drinks to keep themselves fueled. Fill up the cups with a variety of beverages — from alcoholic libations to fruit juices and water.
Don't: Forget the Shade
Dips, vegetables, and fruits cannot sit out in the sun. Wherever the food is, be sure to have a little shade covering it and plenty of ice in the kitchen. Not only will your guests enjoy the food more, they'll be thankful to get out of the blazing hot sun for a few minutes.