Throw The Best Memorial Day Pool Party Ever
Most of us in areas of the country where it is not hot all year long can’t wait to spring clean and prepare our backyards for the summer. What better weekend to kick it off: Memorial Day weekend?
Yes, it can start with a bang and if you have a pool, what better way to do it than inviting family and friends over to start your swim season?
In addition, Memorial Day is the perfect time to remember and honor those who have given their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces. It is also a day that marks the beginning of summer and the perfect opportunity to throw a backyard pool party.
Here we explore many ways to make your Memorial Day pool party the best. Much of it you already know if you have been celebrating this weekend for the past years. However, with all we have to offer, we hope you can get something new from our blog. Enjoy!
Here are some tips to help you throw the best Memorial Day backyard pool party.
Send Out Invitations in Advance
In the years past, we had to get to the nearest Hallmark store to search for the perfect party invites. As many of us will still do that, if you do not have the time, consider sending out an Evite by email or text and get RSVP tracking.
But make sure to send it to your guests well in advance, as many of us are eager to start our summer, so we make early plans. Sending your invites early will ensure guests can plan their schedules accordingly and everyone shows up. In addition, you can get an accurate headcount for food and drinks.
Decorate with a Patriotic Theme
Who does not love a themed party? Of course, most of us do and are happy to dress up accordingly. Dressing up becomes a fantastic conversation piece.
So this Memorial Day weekend, decorate your backyard with a patriotic theme to honor the holiday. Hang American flags and red, white, and blue bunting around the pool area. You can also add festive decorations like inflatable pool floats shaped like American flags or beach balls in patriotic colors.
Prepare Plenty of Food and Drinks
No Memorial Day pool party is complete without plenty of food and drinks. For a traditional Memorial Day pool party, prepare a menu with BBQ favorites like hamburgers, hot dogs, and grilled chicken. Remember to include sides like potato salad, coleslaw, and corn on the cob. To keep the theme, opt for red, white and blue appetizers like fruit platters, vegetable trays, watermelon feta, blueberry salad and more.
For drinks, offer various options, including beer, wine, soda, and water.
Set Up a Poolside Bar
A poolside bar is a great way to keep guests hydrated and entertained. Set a table with various drinks and mixers, and encourage your guests to create cocktails. You can also provide a selection of pool-friendly snacks like chips, pretzels, and popcorn, and you can get them in red, white and blue colors perfect for the occasion.
Here are a few suggestions for your Memorial Day pool party cocktails. If you do not see anything you like, click here for more Memorial Day pool party cocktails.
- “Sangria” is an all-time favorite that almost everyone enjoys. With a mix of fruit, 7-up, brandy and wine, it’s genuinely fruity and refreshing.
- A “Frozen Margarita” made with fresh strawberries is an excellent fruit-forward drink. Add fresh basil and herbs like mint or cilantro to kick the flavor.
- So, you are not on the beach, but no worries, you are still by the water, so let your partiers enjoy “Sex On The Beach” with its citrusy, peachy, tart, delicious taste.
- Do you have beer lovers and want to mix it up a bit? Consider a “Summer Shandy Punch,” 1/2 beer and 1/2 lemonade. Add some fruit, and delicious it will be.
- Get Creative!
Provide Plenty of Bug and Sun Protection
Ensure your guests have plenty of options for sun protection during the day and bug protection at night. Set up a few umbrellas or pop-up tents to provide shade, and have plenty of sunscreen on hand. You can also offer your guests sunglasses and hats as party favors.
For nighttime protection, consider having a pest control company spray days earlier to keep those nasty mosquitoes away. In addition, keep a chemical-free bug repellant on hand and put out citronella candles. Tiki torches can help too.
Create a Music Playlist
Create an upbeat and festive music playlist to motivate your guests to celebrate. Include a mix of oldies but goodies, classic rock, pop, and country music. Or if you know what your guests like, keep it at that. Remember to include patriotic songs like “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America.”
Plan Poolside Activities
Poolside games and activities will keep your guests entertained. It’s not only for kids, as many adults love them too. You can set up a volleyball net, toss a frisbee, or play a game of pool basketball. If you have kids at the party, set up a kiddie pool or sprinkler area for them to play in.
Have Plenty of Towels and Bathing Suits on Hand
Ensure your guests have plenty of towels on hand. Set up a basket with a few extra towels in case anyone forgets to bring their own.
Hire a Lifeguard
Consider hiring a lifeguard for your Memorial Day pool party to add extra safety and have a large pool or expect many guests. A lifeguard will ensure that everyone stays safe in the water and can provide assistance if anyone needs help. It’s your party, and you want to enjoy it like everyone else.
Set-up Brilliant Lighting at Night
Most of us love a great Memorial Day pool party; how about one that goes long into the night? If you are still partying, it must be a great party. With creative lighting, you can make it even more enjoyable for your guests, especially in the pool. With the newest and brightest LED pool technology, pool lighting has come so far. Click here to see your options for lighting up your pool.
Have Fun and Be Safe
Finally, remember to have fun and be safe. Ensure everyone follows basic pool safety rules like no diving in shallow water, running on the pool deck, and more. Planning and preparation allow you to throw the best Memorial Day pool party ever.
If you want that Memorial Day pool party but do not have a pool, get in touch with Skovish Pools & Spas to learn more about our pool build and maintenance services. In addition, if you do have a pool and need floats, pool toys and more, be sure to stop by one of our stores in Luzerne and Shickshinny, PA.