Summer’s almost here. We LOVE throwing parties at our beautiful pool at home. We designed it with parties in mind, so have a changing room, bar area, cooking area, lots of towels and places for guests to store their things. Everything to make it comfortable for guests and easy on us. And because there’s swimming involved, our guests love it (even if they don’t want to swim, their kids can and they can people-watch!). People hang out longer. It’s fun and active.
The great thing about decorating for a pool party is that you have a POOL as the main focus of the party. Because your centerpiece is already amazing, decorations can be at a minimum. We’ve learned you really don’t have to spend much at all for a fantastic atmosphere.
Our pool is not visible from our parking area, so we like to start the party there. We place welcome signs, direction arrows, and fun “band parking” signs around the area, and spray-paint lines for parking spots right on the gravel so the lot stays orderly.
Pool Party Decorations
Another fun idea requires a simple Styrofoam wreath (available at any crafts store), a few drink umbrellas, some plastic flowers, and a few pairs of inexpensive kids’ sunglasses. Use a glue gun and stick pins to attach the flowers, umbrellas and sunglasses to the wreath.
Oversize paper lanterns from the party store can add a burst of color to your pool area or yard. Hang them at different heights over tables or from trees.
Your party snacks can also do double-time as decor. In addition to the usual (hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza) consider displaying treats like tortilla chips or aqua blue frozen pops in sandcastle molds or toy buckets. Use toy shovels as serving spoons.
Some guests will forget towels and sunscreen. Set these items strategically around the pool—these little stations will not only help a friend in need, but they’ll also give your pool party an extra bit of charm. You might even consider having a couple of spare swimsuits on hands for friends who didn’t think they would swim—until they saw how beautiful and welcoming your pool was!
Light Up the Night
When the sun goes down, the party keeps going! To illuminate your magical midnight swimming, think: glow sticks, tiki torches, floating candles, and the light of the moon.
For pool accessories that will make every evening poolside gathering fabulous, nothing beats Color Cascade bubblers or LED lights by Universal Color Logic. That’s what we have in our pool and believe me, it makes the party rock!
Remember, your pool makes the party, so keep things simple and inexpensive with food, games, great music and, of course, your fabulous guest list.
Want to brainstorm ideas for your next pool party? We’d love to talk with you—give us a call at 503–631‑4816,
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