Summer is finally in full swing and we hope you had a great Independence day celebration. We’re not only the leading Houston custom pool builder but we also provide pool service and maintenance. So, during the summer we get quite a bit more service calls because people love to entertain with events centered around swimming and want their pool sparkling clean.
Pool parties are popular with all kinds of people and if you have been wanting to throw a pool party of your own there is no time like the present. Naturally, if you’re going to throw a pool party you want it to be an event people will remember. It’s a great way to escape the heat and get some exercise in after you’ve killed a half pound burger or brisket sandwich poolside.
Not sure how to get the party started? No worries, being the number one Houston custom pool builder—we know how to throw one heck of a pool party. Sit back, take some notes and check out these expert tips that will make your pool parties the best part of summer.
Summer Pool Party Guide
Use Facebook For Easy Invites
Facebook has completely changed the way people communicate online. Sure you can catch up on the latest drama or silly cat memes—but Facebook is also a dynamic way to get the word out about events and promote them as well. Simply make a Facebook event and send invites only to the people you want to come and that’s it! Facebook has built-infeatures such as reminders and reply lists so you can get a head count a lot easier than calling everyone. Facebook invites includes location, directions, a map, places to park and any other information you want to relay. This keeps you from answering a bunch of texts and phone calls while you are preparing on the day of the event.
Have A Theme For Decorations, Food, Music & Dress
Try to stick with summer colors or go a bit overboard and have a theme and ask people to dress accordingly. Popular themes we have seen include:
- Luau – Hawaiian themed foods such as spam and pineapple kabobs, roasted pork, and tropical drinks like Mai Tai’s and Pina Coladas—make this theme a staycation to remember. Don’t forget the ukuleles and Hawaiian reggae tunes available on streaming music apps!
- Miami Vice – Who didn’t dig the famous Crockett & Tubbs duo’s fashion stylings? Have guests party like it’s 1989 and sport bright colors, dust off the Miami Sound Machine CD and get the Conga line going. Cuban pulled pork sliders served with yucca fries go great with a nice classic mojito, heavy on the mint!
- White Linen Party – Perfect for the last pool party of the summer, this Labor Day favorite gives everybody a chance to show off their best white linen duds. Go all out with the decorations and the food since it’s the last of the season. We recommend keeping it “Houston Strong” with fajitas or brisket, queso, mango margaritas and grilled pineapple skewers. For the music go with tropical house and lounge and you have a party to send off the summer in style
Beverages of All Types
When you are a Houston custom pool builder and a client tells you they want a pool for parties, the first thing envisioned is an amazing outdoor kitchen area and bar. When people come to your party they want to escape the monotony of all that hardcore 9 to 5 that has gotten to be a little bit out of control. They want to sit back and unwind and what better way than with a cold beer or a selection of cocktails. You know your friends, so you know what they like. You can’t please everyone but there are some basics you can keep in stock that generally please most people.
- Iced Tea & Lemons
- Various Sodas
- Watermelon Infused Water (great for hydration)
- Domestic & Imported Beers
- Various Wines
If you really want to make a splash, rent a margarita machine from your local party rental company and you can buy nice plastic margarita glasses, completely safe for the pool.
Keep Swimming Essentials On Hand
No one wants to lug around a bag of towels, sunscreen and other swimming related items to your pool party, plus it takes up more space. Just have some plastic tubs nearby with rolled towels, some sunscreen in different SPF levels. Try to remind guests that you have these items available so they feel at home. The more fun people have, the more they will remember your parties.
Music Is Life
Music is a huge part of daily life, it’s intertwined witheverything. The best way to really lock in the vibe for your party is putting some effort into creating a good playlist. You don’t need to be a DJ, apps such as Spotify and Pandora give you access to thousands of playlists and tracks that you can pick and choose from. If you are doing a theme as we mentioned above, you don’t have to limit the music to just that genre, just mix it in. If you really want to go all out of course or it’s a special occasion such as a graduation, hiring a DJ is always an option especially if they have a lighting system.
Nothing brings out competitive sides of people like a game of water volleyball. Nets are easy to purchase and set upand provide hours of fun in the sun. Don’t forget the cornhole setup if you have it—it’s a great option for people that are drying off or don’t want to swim. Of course, if it’s a kids party, classics like Marco Polo or Sharks n Minnows are always a hit.
Lighting is Key
If you plan on taking your party through the night, you want to have great lighting, both in the pool and out. As a top Houston custom pool builder, we install and repair lights of all kinds in many different pools. Nothing makes a night swim better than a well-lit area. Use string lights across the patios, tiki torches for ambiance and mosquito control—and no one has ever complained about a nice fire pit.
Let Loose Have Fun!
When your guests arrive, don’t give them the grand tour, just welcome them in,showthem where the pool is, the restrooms and the refreshments, and then move on and have fun. Let your party take itsnatural course and have a great time. Remember, that’s why you invested in a pool—for the memories, so relax and enjoy yourself.
Do You Need A Pool Party In Your Life?
Maybe you stumbled on our page looking for Houston custom pool builders, or need a broken pool remodeled. Either way, if you need a pool party in your future Mitchell Custom Pools can make that part of your life. We have pools we can design for every budget and any home with a nominal size backyard. Contact us today and let us help you make one of the best investments in your home that you can enjoy year after year.