What are your kid's favorite pool toys?
on Jun 22, 2011
There's probably not much that is more fun than a summer pool
party. Dogs on the grill, kids in the pool, and people drinking
daiquiris and margaritas usually make it about the best way possible to have a
summer blast. Bonus points if it's so hot, the pool is actually used.
But throwing a pool party is no small thing. There are fun
and decorations to consider, but there is also safety to consider. If children
are coming, it's a must that they be supervised by sober, responsible adults,
whether they can swim or not. Not to be a total downer, but children drown every
year, and it would make your pool party a lot less fun to have to rush a child
(or an adult) to the hospital.
If you're planning a pool party, then most
likely, you already have a pool. If you don't, then wherever you're headed
probably has its own set of rules for the party, but at home, you're on your
own. So here is a list of 10 Musts for Pulling Off the Perfect Pool
- Know the capacity of the pool: Don't over-invite. Most
people would love to come to a pool party in the summer and will thus plan to be
there. If you pool says "do not exceed 30," then don't.
- Clean: Make sure the pool is vacuumed, skimmed, and
treated, not just right before the party, but also in the days and weeks leading
up to it. It'll look perfect for the big day and cleaning will prevent any
build-up or funky green look.
- Toys: Make sure you have pool noodles. They are a must at
every pool party. Beyond that, have rafts and flotation devices handy, not
necessarily for safety, though. Also have some flippers and goggles.
- Food: Watermelon and popsicles are great at a pool party
because you get sticky and want to dive in. But you can also theme it with luau
foods or you can get creative with tropical fruit salads and grilled pizzas. The
sky is really the limit!
- Safety: Have life jackets and arm floaties for kids and
encourage parents to bring them along as well. Encourage all adults to keep an
eye on the pool and at least one or two to refrain from drinking in order to be
the designated "lifeguard." Small children shouldn't be in the pool
- Drinks: Frozen, fruity drinks are always a big hit at pool
parties. Have rum and vodka on hand, but also many mocktails and virgin drinks
that are still fun for those who may abstain around a pool.
- Get creative: Try a vodka
watermelon or grilled fruits (peaches and pineapple are my faves). Be
creative and festive with your food choices.
- Decorate: Tiki torches and giant flowers are always fun,
but colored balloons and streamers do just as well. Make it festive and
colorful. It's summer, after all!
- Games: If you have an expansive lawn, you may want to
consider croquet and a badminton net. But make sure you also have the supplies
for pool volleyball, which is always a big hit, and rings and jewels for diving
games. Kids also always love Marco Polo.
- Weather: Check the weather. If lightning is in the
forecast, move it inside. If you have a covered deck, put out a kiddie pool so
the kids still get some water play, but not if there is an active thunderstorm.
Always smart to have a rain date in mind.
What do you do for your pool party?
on Jul. 5, 2011 at 11:29 AM