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So, the days are going quickly, but there is still plenty of sum­mer left. If you’ve been feel­ing like your pool area is a lit­tle too shabby for enter­tain­ing, think again. Take a week­end to spruce up your  out­door liv­ing areas so you can have that sum­mer soiree you’ve been dream­ing of. The photo above is from our annual sum­mer party last year.

After all, the rea­son you have a pool is to spend more time relax­ing, enter­tain­ing, and play­ing. Don’t let these easy-to-update items hold you back. Here are five sim­ple steps you can take in a sin­gle week­end to get your back­yard party ready.

1. SPRUCE UP YOUR WOODEN DECK

If you’ve got a wooden deck, one of the most bang-for-your-buck touch-ups you can do is to give an old, faded deck some TLC. Sweep the sur­face of your wooden deck to see if the boards need seal or stain, or both. When you sprin­kle water on it, if the water beads up, the sealer is fine. If it doesn’t bead up, apply sealer. Use the manufacturer’s instruc­tions before using sealer or stain. When you’re done, an out­door rug is a great way to keep feet cool and add some tex­ture and color to your pool-scape.

2. REPAIR OUTDOOR FURNITURE

Noth­ing says party-pooper to your guests more than old, rusted, mildewy or bro­ken out­door fur­ni­ture.  Take a look at all your pieces. Give metal and wood fur­ni­ture a fresh coat of paint, wash off mildew from plas­tic fur­ni­ture, and tight­en­ing screws on wob­bly arms and legs. Or read this blog for some fun new pool party fur­ni­ture ideas.

3. LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Most out­door par­ties extend into the evening hours, even on these lovely long nights, so be sure you have suf­fi­cient light­ing, both for mood and your guests’ safety.  Make sure to illu­mi­nate the walk­ways and any paths from the house to the pool. We love the Col­or­Logic lights for the pool and sur­round­ing areas, but you can keep it sim­ple by string­ing up inex­pen­sive fairy lights from trees or canopies, or using some fun DIY home­made light­ing. Check out Pin­ter­est for ideas to make lumi­nar­ies and lanterns from tin cans. For a smaller pool party, can­dles on tables and walls will cre­ate the a mag­i­cal sum­mer evening ambiance (but be sure some­one will be out­side to keep an eye on them!)

4. READY THE GRILL

Don’t assume your grill is ready to go after a dor­mant win­ter. Check the hose from the propane tank for any wear and tear and make sure the burn­ers are clear from last year’s ash and burnt food.

Use a brush or broom to remove any cob­webs, last fall’s leaves, or any other cruft that has made its way into your grill. Clean with warm, soapy water and a sponge or towel. To clean the grates, turn the grill on for 10 min­utes. Then turn it off and allow it to cool  before clean­ing with a wire brush.  You can brush cast-iron grates with a lit­tle veg­etable oil on a paper towel. This ensures they are sea­soned and pre­vents rust.

Finally, make sure you have enough propane or char­coal to fuel your trusty grill.

5. DON’T FORGET THE POOL

Nobody wants to swim in a murky look­ing pool, so for a suc­cess­ful pool party make sure your swim­ming pool water is sparkling.  Don’t wait til the day of your party–start a cou­ple days in advance to make sure your water chem­istry will be right. Here are some of our best tips for water qual­ity.

Once you’re ready to go, find some of our favorite party ideas here.

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