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5 Tips for a Simple and EZ Pool Party

For most of the country, the end of pool season is quickly approaching. Picture-perfect pool parties can take a lot of time to plan and execute. Not everyone has that kind of time. If you haven’t had time to host a pool party this season, it’s not too late. Create a simple and EZ party plan where spending time with your friends and family is the focus. There might be time to recreate those picture-perfect party ideas in the future, but in the meantime, start enjoying your family, friends, and one of your largest investments, your pool.

Here are 5 tips for a simple and EZ Pool Party that will allow you to sit back and enjoy the party instead of being a slave to it.

1. Invitations
Unless it’s a formal occasion like a graduation party or wedding, the days of sending invitations in the mail are pretty much over. That doesn’t mean that you have to take the time to call each person on your guest list and personally invite them. There are tools available to help save you time getting the word out to everyone.

If you are part of the Facebook community, you can create an event page and invite your Facebook friends to attend.

Evite is an app that helps you send and manage invites via text and email. You can also track RSVPs and even share photos with guests after the event.

2. Food
Who doesn’t love the idea of slow smoked pork sandwiches and homemade macaroni and cheese at a pool party? I’m hungry just thinking about it. If you don’t have the time to spend on buying, prepping, and cooking a BBQ masterpiece or even pool party mainstays like hamburgers and hot dogs, consider these alternatives to slaving over a hot grill.

Sub sandwiches cut up in individual servings can be an EZ and refreshing option in the heat of the day. Guests can eat them as they want and don’t have to try to squeeze into limited seating at the same time.

When in doubt, order pizzas. It’s a simple solution that gives you more time to enjoy during the party, and cleanup is a breeze.

Don’t forget to keep your guests hydrated. Have an array of cold drinks on hand including water to help balance out any caffeinated or alcoholic drinks you may be serving.

3. Decorations
There’s no need to waste time and money buying disposable decorations for your pool party. Pool essentials like colorful towels, pool floats, water toys, and even sunscreen can be your party decor. Chances are you have most if not all of these items on hand already. Place smaller items in colorful buckets, pails or bins and scatter them around your pool area.

Pro Tip: Air compressors or hand pumps make blowing up all of those toys and floats a breeze.

4. Safety
If you plan on serving alcoholic beverages at your party, designate a sober adult to watch over the kids (and intoxicated adults) in the pool. There is nothing fun about a loved one be injured or worse while everyone else is busy getting their party on.

Sunburn isn’t fun either, so make sure to have plenty of sunblock on hand for the guests who forgot to bring their own. Pro tip: Beach front hotels often store their sunscreen on ice so that it cools you off when you reapply. It sounds like a refreshing idea for a pool party too.

If your pool area doesn’t have a covered patio nearby, consider setting up a pop-up tent so that your guests can have a break from the sun and still be a part of the festivities. Shade and staying hydrated help keep heat stroke away.

5. Pool
Don’t think that because this is the last tip on our list that it’s the least important. That couldn’t be any further from the truth. It is a pool party after all. The best food and decorations won’t mean a thing if your pool is smelly, cloudy, or even green, because no one will want to go in it.
Make sure you leave yourself enough time before the big day to get your pool party-ready.

For solutions to your pool water problems, click on the following video links.

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Hurricane Preparedness for POOLS and SPAS

Hurricane Preparedness Tips for POOLS and SPAS

June is synonymous with summer fun! Unfortunately, if you live in a coastal state, so are hurricanes. A hurricane means something different for everyone.  For some, it’s a reason to throw a party, because there ain’t no party like a hurricane party. (Sorry- got carried away there) Others take a more serious approach (not to mention, less lyrical) by doing research and creating a checklist. Whatever your take on hurricane preparedness is, we know your pool and spa is an investment.  An investment you want to protect. If you prepare in advance of the storm, you may even have time to enjoy a hurricane party, too. To help, we have collected a list of tips from our colleagues in the industry of the do’s and don’ts for preparing your pool and/or spa for a storm.

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Before you begin your pool and spa preparations, be sure your family and home are as ready for a storm as they can be.  For information on preparing your family and home for hurricane season, visit Red Cross, FEMA, or National Hurricane Center.

Remember, it is always best to get started early!  The idea is to prepare as much as you can now and then finish the remaining tasks PRIOR to the arrival of the storm. For your safety, do not attempt to “prepare” during the storm. 

Click on the link below for a printable version.

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This list is not meant to be all inclusive.  It is a list of tips, collected by us and presented to you, as a tool and resource to help you prepare for hurricane season.

What do you do to get your pool and spa ready for hurricane season?  We’d love to hear from you.  Send your checklist and suggestions to [email protected]

In addition to our own pool and spa experts, Matt Ribar and Rick Hamilton, we used the following resources to create this post: Florida Swimming Pool Association, Aqua Rest Spas, Master Spa Parts, Leslie’s Pool, Hot Tub Works, America’s Swimming Pool Co., Pinch a Penny, PoolCenter.com, Pool and Hot Tub Alliance

 

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