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Take the plunge and throw your biggest pool party yet this summer.

Whether you’re getting the gang together to celebrate Labor Day, the Fourth of July, or a friend’s big birthday, a pool party is the perfect way to mark the occasion. 

So let’s dive in and explore how you can make your poolside get-together one to remember.

7 Pool Party Ideas and Considerations

There are a few key things you’ll need to nail down to keep the fun flowing at a pool party, so let’s take a look at some of them.

Pool party decorations:

Everyone’s a sucker for a themed party. Not only does a theme make it easier to choose decorations and pool party activities, it also helps guests know what to expect – or even to know what to wear! A clear theme really helps give direction when choosing the decorations and color palette, so it’s a great way to make things easier for yourself. The one thing about decorations that you need to remember is to ensure that health and safety is always considered – the last thing you want around a body of water is any trip hazards! 

Pool party invitations:

You don’t have to wait for the party itself to make a great first impression. Putting a little thought into the pool invitations is a surefire way to drum up excitement before the day. While e-invites are more the norm, you’ll really stand out with traditional paper invitations, especially if a little thought and personalization has gone into the design and messaging. Paper invites are a great way to communicate that you’re putting that little bit more effort into the party. 

Pool floats:

Floats are a fun way to add a bit of color and playfulness to a pool party. And with such a variety available to buy, you’re sure to find shapes and styles to fit your theme – whether that’s a giant pineapple for a Hawaiian party, or an aquatic animal for an oceanic celebration.  

Pool games and activities:

Pools are the perfect environment for fun and games. First, think about the sort of people attending the pool party – will it be mostly adults, kids, or a mix? Then think about safety and about whether your chosen games are appropriate for the crowd as this will help you narrow down the choices. There are a few traditional options, such as squirt gun battles and lilo races, but you could also go down the more sporty avenue and set up water volleyball or water polo. But there are really no restrictions on creativity when selecting your games – the sky’s your limit! 

Pool party layout:

 Everybody is different. Some people prefer to get wet at a pool party, and they’ll usually be first in line for the games. However, some people like to kick back and socialize in comfy seats in a more shaded place. Therefore, making sure there are clear areas to cater for all types of people is a great way of ensuring that everyone is included and having fun. And if you’ve been thinking of remodeling or renovating your pool to host better pool parties, then the upcoming fall season could be the prime time to pursue this goal.

Pool drinks and food:

Many gardens with pool areas come complete with a pizza oven or BBQ, making this the obvious choice for food. However, if you want guests to have something a little lighter on the stomach, especially when you consider all the swimming and hot temperatures involved, then a buffet is always a winner, allowing guests to eat as much or as little as they wish. Cold drinks are also a must. 

Pool cleanliness:

Nobody wants to swim in a dirty pool. Making sure that your pool is clean, filtered, and safe for swimming is a vital part of preparing for a party. Get in touch with a pool specialist, such as Miller Pools, to ensure that your pool is looking and functioning at its absolute best in time for the big day with a dedicated maintenance and cleaning service. 

Now you know what you can do as a host to make a pool party a success. But how can you do your bit as a guest?  

What to bring to a pool party as a guest

Chances are, your host will have everything covered. But there are still a few things you’ll want to bring to make sure you get the most enjoyment out of the party: 

  • Food and drink contributions if it’s a buffet 
  • Thank you gift for the host 
  • Safe footwear 
  • Chairs, if there won’t be enough 
  • Sunscreen, shades and sunhat 
  • Towels
  • Swimsuit

And if you’re not sure what to bring, then simply ask your host! 

Create a pool that will impress guests with innovative remodeling, and regular maintenance. Here at Miller Pools, we’re a leading pool company for South Houston, Texas. With a professional and responsive service, you can trust in us to take care of your pool needs. Get in touch to chat to our team today.