It’s no secret a good pool party can really heat things up (in a good way) this summer. Just ask celebrities like Katy Perry, Lea Michele and Steven Tyler who were just a few of the celebrities in attendance at the Coachella pool parties this year. Of course, we aren’t talking your run-of-the-mill back yard BBQ with screaming kids and sprinklers. Focus on the details, like food, decor, music and libations to keep your poolside bash a luxurious affair.
First, make sure you have enough seating for your guests. Line up lounge chairs along the pool’s edge for those looking to soak up some sun, but you will want to be include some pop-out umbrellas too so guests have the option to escape the rays without retreating indoors. One umbrella per four chairs should do the trick. Next, setup a few comfortable seating areas with outdoor sofas and tables. If the party is intended to span into the evening, consider adding a few bonfire table tops to the mix. The BBQ Shop has a large selection to suite any party taste. Finally, put out a few high-boy cocktail tables (chairs are optional) which will provide a nice social gathering point.
Start by adding some LED lights to highlight the focal point of the event – the pool. This will add a unique appeal to the party and pool as well as set the ambiance of the party. But the lighting doesn’t have to stop in the pool. Lighting experts at InTheSwim have some great options in LED deck decor and fountain lighting. Done correctly, your pool will transfer from an ordinary splash zone to your own backyard club fit for a celebrity.
Again, we aren’t planning a neighborhood BBQ. The menu should reflect an elegant affair, while maintaining the casual setting of a poolside gathering. If you don’t have a knack for cooking, hire a caterer to design a menu full of backyard favorites presented with luxurious flair. Some must-have dishes include a berry salad, fish tacos, mango chicken skewers and sliders. Keep everything proportioned to single servings and opt for passed tray service over a buffet table.
No affair is complete without cocktails. MyMixoligist.com can help you create one to two custom signature cocktails to match the theme of the party. Designate at least two bar locations, one near the pool and one near the main gathering areas. Keep them fully stocked and don’t forget the champagne. Also, consider hiring a cocktail waitress to attend to guests directly when drinks are low.
Keep the party lively with games. Some poolside favorites include Bocce, Ladder Ball and Corn Hole. And if beer pong is a must for your party goers, opt for a floating board in the pool instead of a table on the deck. Last but not least, keep the music playing. Hire a DJ to spin your crowds favorite, upbeat tunes and your party is sure to be a success.