We've waited all year for pool party season to arrive, and it's finally here. Sure, pool parties are terrific if you're celebrating a birthday or holiday, but sometimes you don't even need a reason — it's just fun to get your loved ones (of all ages!) in the pool to soak up some sun.
Whether you're splashing around a StoneScapes finish pool or lounging in a private backyard Quartz pool finish, you don't need much money or time to throw a truly epic pool party. As long as you give a little forethought into how the party will go, you really just need to do one major thing.
Time the Party Just Right
You might be tempted to throw an all-day pool party-a-thon, but it's a lot of work to keep your guests both fed and hydrated for an entire day.
If you're planning on having your epic pool party outside (you know, where most pools are), start it around 3 p.m. so your guests won't be exposed to the day's harshest sunlight. Not only will they be less likely to get dehydrated and sunburnt, but your party will happen over that gorgeous twilight hour. The setting sun will make everything look glow-y and golden, which will create some incredible Instagram-worthy pics. (Just don't get that phone wet!) Got it? That wasn't so hard, right?
A Few Other Suggestions for an Epic Pool Party
1. Communicate a backup plan.
When you invite people, give them an idea of how you want to handle things if the weather turns yucky.
2. Have some things on hand — but not all the things.
Aim to provide anything your guests are likely to forget: spare elastic hair bands, sunglasses, a comb, and flip flops, to name a few. You don't need anything fancy; you can pick up these items at a dollar store. The one thing you don't need to supply? Towels. Make the afternoon a BYOT event so that you don't spend the entire next day doing laundry.
3. Don't stress about the decorations.
There's no need to go overboard on decor at this shindig. You aren't designing a set for the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie; a few tasteful touches will suffice. Just set up a few strands of string lights and a spattering of tiki torches.
Bonus tip: Drop a few glow sticks into the pool once the sun sets. It'll look really cool — we promise.
Original article from thekitchn.com
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