Friday, July 9, 2010

Planning a Pool Party: How to Prepare

Each year, many people search for the perfect party idea. If you have a pool in your backyard, you might already have what you need for the perfect party -- a pool. Pool parties are nice because not only do they allow you to socialize with those that you know, but they also give everyone a way to cool off. If you are considering hosting a pool party, you will need to plan. Despite what you may think, there is actually a lot of planning involved in hosting a pool party.

Perhaps, the first step in planning a pool party is to let everyone know that you are having one. Although pool parties may not be like birthday parties or Christmas parties, you may still want to send out invitations. These invitations, if you choose to send them, do not have to be elaborate. In fact, since your pool party will most likely be casual, your invitations should be as well. If invitations are not your style, you may want to phone your friends or send them an email inviting them to your pool party.

Once you let your guests know you are planning a pool party, you can start preparing for the party. While it is not always important, you may want to consider confirming with guests whether or not they will be able to attend. Having an accurate guest count will help you better prepare for your party. In fact, a guest count will enable you to determine how much food, drinks, or snacks will need.

If you plan on including a barbeque, you will need to decide what type of food you would like to serve. Like any other special occasion, you may want to have a wide variety of food. This will ensure that there will be at least one thing on the menu that each guest will enjoy. In addition to main course, you will also want to include side dishes. These side dishes commonly include fruits, vegetables, and salads.

After you decide which foods you would like to serve at your barbeque, you will also need to think about making them. Even if your party isn’t for a few weeks, you will still want to develop a cooking schedule ahead of time. Although your main courses, such as barbequed meat, will be prepared the day of your pool party, you may want to prepare everything else earlier that day or the day before. This will help to ensure not only that you get all of the food prepared on time, but that you are also able to enjoy your own party.

Although I previously mentioned including a barbeque with your pool party, it is not required that you actually do so. However, if you plan on having a pool party without involving a meal, you may still want to have snacks and drinks on hand. Non-alcoholic drinks and most snack foods can be purchased for a reasonable price. Also, alcoholic drinks make for a great party, but some drinks can be expensive to purchase, especially in large quantities.

Aside from the food and entertainment, you will also want to make sure you have a number of pool supplies and accessories on hand. These items may include, but should not be limited to, beach balls, lifejackets, floaties, swim rings, floating chairs, and other popular swim toys. If you do not already have a large collection of swim toys, many pool toys, such as swim rings, floaties, and beach balls, can be purchased for a reasonable price. In fact, many of these items only cost around two or three dollars. It is also a good idea to have extra towels on hand, just in case any of your guests forget to bring their own.

Although pool parties are designed to be fun, you may want to establish some pool rules ahead of time. These rules will help keep your pool and your pool party guests safe, especially young children. Whether you are planning a simple pool party or an elaborate one, it is likely that you will be happy with your decision to plan your party ahead of time.

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