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.


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.


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.


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!)


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.


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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