Come summers, pool parties are the hottest (or should we say ‘the coolest’) way to unwind and beat the merciless mercury into submission. Gently rippling waves, bright-hued beachwear, tall glasses of frozen drinks … sigh, what’s not to love!
But as seductive as the idea may be, pulling off a Miami beach vibe poolside soiree is anything but easy. And you need more than blue waters and pastel skies to make the party a success.
If you’re pondering over the idea of hosting a poolside party of your own, here are some things you should keep in mind.
What You Should Do …
Load up on the sunscreen: When you’re out in the sun for so long, skipping in and out of the pool, you’re bound to develop skin rashes and sunburn. Be ready with some succor for your friends in the form of sunscreen and aloe vera, which they can apply liberally to keep their skin protected.
Have a first aid box ready: The surface surrounding the poolside is usually slippery and accidents are known to happen. A basic first aid kit should take care of those nicks and cuts and bruises. Also, if your party is going to spill over into the evening, add a mosquito repellant to the box to take care of those pesky, uninvited guests.
Keep Your Guests Properly Hydrated: Just because it’s a pool party doesn’t mean you are freed from the responsibility of keeping your guests properly hydrated. Keep the drinks flowing and have a mix of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. If you’ve got people bringing along their kids, have fruit juices, smoothies, lemonade, and other healthy options for the little ones.
Stick to finger food: What party is complete without food? But if you’re thinking of preparing a lavish spread for this one, you can throw that idea out of the window. A pool party doesn’t pair well with heavy food or a formal dining setting. Besides, you can’t swim carefree if you feel like a beached whale. So, ply your guests with food, but keep it light, and stick to options like finger food, sandwiches, fresh fruit, and salads for your poolside gala.
What You Shouldn’t Do …
Don’t serve too much alcohol: It’s still the summers, and too much alcohol can lead to dehydration. Besides, tipsy people and slippery surfaces don’t make for the best combination. Serve cocktails in moderation and stock up on more of non-alcoholic thirst quenchers like juices, lemonades, and iced tea.
Don’t forget the shade: Sunny days and sparkling waters make for a great combination, but every now and then, you do feel like running to the comfort of shade, don’t you? Besides, all your food can go bad and the drinks will become tepid if they sit out in the sun for too long. Create a shaded area near the poolside to keep your food fresh and the drinks cold. Have some comfortable sitting options as well to give your guests a place where they can get out of the sun for a few minutes.
Don’t forget your little guests: Kids probably have the most fun in pool parties, but they’re also most likely to get into accidents. Keep an eye on them when they’re swimming or running around to ensure they don’t get into any trouble. You could even have a corner dedicated exclusively to them, with kid-friendly activities – coloring, clay modeling, playing with Lego bricks – that they can enjoy with their friends.
Don’t ignore the décor: The pool makes for a pretty setting by itself, but don’t take that as an excuse to get lazy. Make the effort to add a few décor elements to make the setting even more appealing. Some palm trees, tiki torches, colorful streamers, fairy lights, and bright pool umbrellas can do wonders to bring the poolside to life, and create a summer party venue that your friends will find it hard to leave.
Poolside soirees can be a whole lot of fun … and with the right preparation, you won’t have to worry about unforeseen circumstances ruining your party. Now that you know what to do and what to avoid, it’s time to throw a party that makes the most of these golden days of sunshine.