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How to Throw the Best Pool Party Ever

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The official start of summer is right around the corner! It’s time to pull back the dusty pool covers, slip into your favorite bathing suit, sip on a frosty glass of lemonade, and of course, throw the best pool party ever!

How can you make sure that your shindig is one your guests will never forget without you having to break your wallet? We’ve got you covered with our essential guide to pool party perfection.

Step 1: Choose a Theme

To get your creative juices flowing and to help you get organized, it’s essential to choose a theme for your pool party. This will guide you in all your decisions from décor to food to dress code to activities. For example, you could have themes like ‘mermaids,’ ‘Hawaiian luau,’ or ‘tropical getaway.’ With a theme covering all aspects of your get together, you’ll create a unique experience for your guests and get some great photographs to capture it!

Step 2: Get the Pool Ready for Showtime

How can you possibly have the best pool party ever without a pool?! By now, you should know the importance of pool maintenance. A couple of weeks prior to the party, it’s key to make sure your pool chemistry is at optimal levels—pool water pH at 7.2 – 7.8, chlorine at 1.0-3.0 ppm, and alkalinity at 80-120 ppm. Why does this matter? If the water in your pool is not taken care of regularly, it can contain all sorts of germs, including bacteria and viruses, which can have adverse effects on your health.

Of course, we can say without hesitation that a superbly clean pool makes all the difference. If you neglect to conduct a thorough cleaning of the pool floors, walls, and surrounding areas, you will start to see mold buildup and scum. With a Dolphin robotic pool cleaner in your arsenal, you can sit back and relax, while your robot does all the heavy lifting. You can then spend more time on party planning, and less time scrubbing.

Step 3: Plan your menu

You have your theme and your pool in order, now it’s time to think about refreshments. When it comes to parties, good food is guaranteed to put your guests in a good mood. For a poolside celebration, it’s best to keep it light and simple— think finger sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, fruit salad, mixed nuts. You can even come up with creative names for each item based on your chosen theme.

These easy-to-serve menu items will save you time, no need to worry too much about setup, service, and cleanup. With beverages, serve a simple, refreshing selection like lemonade, fruit-infused water, and iced tea. It’s best to avoid serving alcohol, or if you do, serve responsibly to prevent any mishaps or unsafe circumstances. Also, steer clear of glass glasses and stick with the paper cups.

Step 4: Decorate!

To really make your party guests feel like they have been transported to a poolside paradise, utilize your theme to add a special touch to the party with their comfort in mind. Provide sun protection—hats, sunscreen, shade, entertainment—have pool inflatables, playing cards (for those who want a break), music, proper lighting (if it’s an evening affair), and sufficient seating. Don’t go overboard with decorations where it becomes hazardous to navigate through the venue. Once your guests are ready to leave, share some personalized favors as mementos from the day.

Step 5: Celebrate (safely)

It should be a priority to provide a relaxing and safe atmosphere for your pool party guests. Make sure guests have easy access in and out of the pool, and keep a first-aid kit and working phone close to the pool area in case of an emergency.

Now that you have everything planned out to perfection, we hope you have the most fabulous, unforgettable pool party of the century! Do you have any party planning tips or ideas you would like to share with us? We’d love to hear them! Leave your thoughts in the comments and visit us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.