How to Plan a Great Pool Party

Swimming pools tend to attract parties and people in search of a good time.  Following are some tips on that will make your pool party one to remember.

Be sure your pool is ready

To avoid last minute water problems such as cloudy water or a green pool, be sure that your pool water is balanced—have it professionally analyzed at a pool store sometime before your party.  This preventative maintenance will help prevent eye and skin irritation that sometimes accompanies a weekend of swimming in a pool of unbalanced water.  Eye and skin irritation are usually due to insufficient sanitizer levels or incorrect pH levels. 

Prepare the area surrounding your pool

In addition to preparing the pool, the area surrounding the pool will also probably need some attention—such as mowing, trimming plants, cleaning the patio, etc.  Consider using container plants in the pool area to help dress it up.  Also, do not forget to get rid of pests such as wasps & ants.  It would probably be a good idea to have wasp spray on hand for any unwelcome pests that arrive during your party. 

Decorations & Music

Decorations and music really help set the mood.  Seasonal decorations really can add to the feel of the party.  Paper products, such as tablecloths, plates, cups, and napkins are also available in a pool party theme.  Party stores are an excellent source for these festive decorations.  For evening parties, try stringing Christmas lights along the fence and in the trees and shrubbery or use tiki torches.   Beach music (try some Beach Boys or Jimmy Buffet) or patriotic music can really add to pool parties and is available online or at music stores. 

Safety

Pool safety should always be a concern.  Many drownings and accidents occur during parties as children are often ignored while parents socialize.  It might be a good idea to either hire a lifeguard or have parents take shifts being the pool monitor (even provide a whistle and a list of pool rules if you feel it is necessary).  If you are serving alcohol, be especially careful.  Make sure that your pool’s depth is known by the swimmers and what areas are safe for diving.  In addition, do not forget to keep plenty of water available as spending time in the sun can lead to dehydration.

Eye & skin irritation and sun protection

As you and your guests enjoy the pool party, you should be aware of the possibility of sun protection  and eye/skin irritation.   Applying sunscreen thoroughly and liberally is the key.  Many times we overlook the fact that we need a waterproof sunscreen for use in pools.   Men with thinning hair should be extremely careful and apply sunscreen liberally to the top of the head or wear a hat.   To prevent eye/skin irritation—be sure that the pool water is chemically balanced.  Once the damage is done, eye drops will usually provide relief for irritated eyes.  To treat irritated skin, take a cool shower and then apply a moisturizing lotion.

The main thing to remember is that planning and delegation are the keys to having a good party that even you, the host, can enjoy.

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