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Tips for creating a splash at your next pool party

Posted by by Craig Thomas, catering specialist
Monday, July 29, 2013

Nothing says summer like a pool party! Plus, it’s a great way to beat the heat the three precious months we have it. With these tips on pool party planning and hosting, you’ll ‘wow’ your guests for sure.

Pre-party planning

  • In order to set the stage for your summer pool party, start with the invitations. Punchbowl or other online invitation providers have some adorable e-vite templates that are quick and easy to use. Request that your guests RSVP one week in advance to allow ample time for preparation.
  • Have shade available for your guests while they are eating, and simply taking a break from the sun. If natural sources of shade are not available, create shaded areas with colorful umbrellas. Inexpensive lawn chairs can be found at most discount retailers. Alternately, ask your guests to bring their own.

Decorations

  • Dress up your pool by surrounding it by inflatable palm trees, citronella tiki torches, beach balls and other tropical décor. The tiki torches serve double duty of setting the mood and keeping unwanted mosquitos at bay. Place brightly colored beach towels on white table cloths to create fun runners. Keep the theme going by playing reggae, Hawaiian luau and classic surf music. You can never go wrong with Beach Boys.
  • To prevent a hurricane of napkins and plates from blowing all over the neighborhood, fill a small pail, found at any discount retailer, with sand. Place on top of napkins and plates to weight them down. Add a flower or drink umbrella to the sand for some color.

Food & drinks

  • In order to not go off the deep end, keep your food selections simple. Make sure your menu is easy to host, but easier for your guests. Summertime favorites like watermelon slices, ice cream sandwiches, finger sandwiches, and cheese with crackers are perfect light snacks to keep the hunger’s head buried in the sand. Sand shovels and beach pails are perfect vessels for serving small snacks such as chips and pretzels.
  • Margaritas, piña coladas and mojitos are great summer crowd pleasers. For a more colorful concoction, combine 1.5 oz. of vodka, 1 oz. blue curacao and 1/3 cup of lemonade to make a Blue Lagoon. Be sure to have non-alcoholic beverages available such as tea, water, lemonade, punch and soda. Fill jumbo beach pails with ice and use to chill wine and other beverages. Or a canoe makes a festive self-serve food and beverage cooler. Don’t forget to have a supply of umbrellas to add a festive touch to any refreshing drink.

Be sure to position the serving area far enough away from the pool to ensure everything stays dry. Serve from disposable plates for easy clean up. Steer clear from glassware to prevent cuts and injuries.

Last, but certainly not least, don’t forget to have plenty of sunscreen for everyone. Splish splash, it’s a fun summer bash!

Tags: summerpool party

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