Make Your Pool Party a Hit

It’s that time of year again!

The temperatures have started to rise, and it seems everyone is thinking about getting back into the pool. In the spirit of the season, we’ve rounded up some party tips for your first poolside event of the year…

1. Pay attention to the invitations. We love the idea of incorporating some pool gear into the invitation. The cost doesn’t have to be out of control though. Pool noodles or small water guns are affordable, but fun accessories to hand out with invitations. If you’re looking for something a little bit smaller and more manageable, some fun water-inspired graphics and colors will help your invitation pop!

2. Think about a theme. Perhaps you’re not interested in having a themed get-together, but if you are, be sure to incorporate that theme into the decorations, food, music, and the invitations. For example, you might put up some tiki torches, roast a pig and hand out leis for a backyard luau. Let your imagination run wild and be creative!

3. Come up with some games to play. From the old standbys like Marco Polo and Categories to diving sticks and water basketball, guests of any age likely will enjoy some fun pool activities. Just be sure to set aside any items you might need to play and a list of rules for the different games. Also, if you have the time, it might be fun to include some small prizes for the winners!

4. Make sure to stock some extra supplies. While your invitation probably will remind guests to bring a swimsuit, a towel, sunscreen, and anything else they might need, it’s never a bad idea to have some extra items on hand (towels, goggles, a plastic bag for toting wet suits, etc.). Sunscreen is particularly important to keep in stock when spending all day in the sun!

5. Safety first. Pool party or not, you should always remember to keep the pool area safe. Some house rules like no running or rough play will help prevent injury, and a well-stocked first aid kit will be a huge help should anyone get hurt. Also, plenty of shaded areas and water will help ensure you and your guests have some relief from the summer sun.

Whatever theme you choose or games you play, one of the most important things to do in your pool this summer is to have fun!

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