Plan a Successful Pool Party

by Pool Builders on 05-08-2008 in Articles

Spring has sprung and it's time to get in shape for beach season. But, you don't have to go to the beach to have fun by the water. Consider throwing a pool party in your own back yard or at the neighborhood clubhouse. As long as there is clear water, hot food, and cool tunes, you've got a party.

While successful pool parties can just happen, they're better with a little planning.

Decide on a weekend when all your friends can attend. Send out some invitations at least three to four weeks in advance of the event so you can gauge the turnout. Invite more people than you believe will attend so that you get at least ten to fifteen people to show up.

If you intend to use the neighborhood pool in the clubhouse, the location will have to be reserved so that the pool is free on that day for you and your guests. Most public places prohibit alcohol consumption, so if you plan on serving drinks, you'll be better off at a private residence.

Now that the invitations are out and the venue is set, it's time to decide on a menu. For a pool party, the kids and some adults will be swimming and mingling around the pool area. That gives you time to prepare a meal and serve as bartender. On a hot day, keep the fare light so that everyone is still able to swim and have fun without feeling like they want to go to sleep. Save any mixed drinks for the time when the meal is served. We don't want any mishaps in the pool area.

To cool down on a hot day, serve some punch or virgin frozen drinks. There are wonderful margarita dispensers available for those frozen drinks by the pool. The secret to this paragon of party drink perfection is the combination of shaved ice and other ingredients to make each drink unforgettable.

A good meal for a pool party includes some cooking on the grill. Instead of big steaks and pork chops, give your guests a sampling of Swedish kebobs served over rice - add extra flavor by using seasoned skewers. The flavor of mango, garlic, cinnamon, and lime come through to season the meat inside and out. Use the skewers for your meat and vegetable kebobs as well as fruity dessert skewers. Seasoned salts add zest to potato salad, macaroni salad, and other side dishes.

So, for your next pool party, don't forget:

o Invitations (three to four weeks prior)

o Bar setup for drinks and punch

o Grill ready to make kebobs or whatever meat you decide to serve

o Fun accessories for the pool (balls, rafts, etc.)

o Utensils, plates, and napkins for the food

o Music to dance the afternoon and night away

Have fun and enjoy your summer!

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