How to Get Your Pool and Patio Ready for Your Next Party
The weather is warming up, and with that comes not just the casual afternoons in your pool, but pool parties as well.
We all love pool parties, but if you plan on throwing a party at your pool there are several things you need to do to prepare for it the right way. After all, I’m sure you want to throw the best pool party of the season. Let us show you exactly what you need to do to get your pool and patio ready for your next party.
First, you need to set your budget and plan your party. Ask yourself questions like, “How much do I want to spend?” or “What kind of party theme do I want?” While I’m sure your pool and patio already look great, I’m betting you would like to dress it up a bit for the party, and that will require a party budget that doesn’t just include the food and drinks you plan on serving.
How to Get Your Swimming Pool Ready For a Party
First, we begin with the center of all of your party’s festivities – your pool. Your guests will probably be enjoying a dip in the pool, after all. So it needs to be ready to receive these extra swimmers by the time your guests arrive.
1. Clean The Pool
No one likes swimming in a dirty pool filled with leaves, dirt, or other debris. Skim the surface of the water to remove anything floating around the pool and then a day or two before your party starts giving it a good cleaning. A good vacuum works best for this, in my opinion, and a robotic one that does it for you is even better.
Consider the Aquabot Robotic Pool Cleaners for this task. They are easy to operate and will run along the sides and the bottom of your pool removing that nasty debris that you just can’t reach yourself. Best of all, it will do it all for you so you can set it and get to work on the rest of the area to get ready for the party.
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2. Check Your Pool Lighting
While you need good patio lighting, if you are throwing a party at night, you need to make sure your pool is lit as well so people can see. This not only adds a bit of ambiance to the night but it’s also safer, as your guests will be able to see what they are doing both in and out of the pool.
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If your pool doesn’t have lights, try adding in temporary lights around the sides and consider some of the floating party lights. They are both attractive and fun and will give you that much needing lighting during your party in the evening hours.
3. Think About Pool Entertainment
Depending on the type of party you are having, you may or may not need to worry about this one. If it is a family party with children, then you may want to have a few toys handy to entertain them. If this is an adults only party, then you may only need a few pool lounge chairs so your guests can soak in the water comfortably with their drinks in hand.
4. Pool Water Quality
Finally, we need to talk about water quality. You are already checking the chemicals in your water and balancing it, but you are going to have an extra heavy bather load during your party, so you need to be prepared.
A few days before the party, give your pool a good shock. This will clean and clear the water so it looks its best. After you have shocked the pool, make sure you give your filter a good cleaning and add any chemicals to your water to keep the water properly balanced. In the end, you want the water safe and easy to swim in, so you need to spend a little extra effort with your water chemistry.
After the party is finished, you may have to repeat this process. This is because the extra bather load will put a strain on your sanitizer and filter as it tries to keep the water clean.
How to Get Your Patio Ready for a Pool Party
While the pool is the centerpiece of your pool party, there is much more to a party than just a cool dip in the water. In fact, your guests will spend even more time on your patio than they will in your pool, so you need to be prepared.
1. Get Cleaning
First and foremost, you want the patio area to be clean. Grab a leaf blower or a broom and get to work. Sweep away and dirt and dust on the patio area and clean off all your patio furniture so it is ready to be used when your guests want to take a seat.
2. The Furniture
Speaking of the furniture, not only do you want it to be clean, but you need to make sure you have enough seats to accommodate your guests. You don’t want anyone forced to stand around while others enjoy a comfortable chair. If need be, pick up some extra chairs that can easily be stored later to make sure you have enough seating for all your guests.
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3. The Landscaping
Now I’m sure you have already taken special care of the landscaping around your pool. Still, go through each landscaped area and get rid of any weeds you may see. Trim the bushes back a little, if necessary and make sure your landscaping looks the best it can before your guests arrive.
4. Patio Lighting
If your party is at night, then you need to ensure you have enough decorative lighting to set the proper mood. This could mean adding a few extra torches or even candles for more ambiance, but you may even need more traditional lighting or even decorative lighting to ensure that everyone can see where they’re going. You don’t want anyone to fall in the pool now do you?
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5. Party Decorations
Speaking of decorations, this is where your budget that I mentioned earlier will come into play. Now I’m sure your pool area is already a thing of beauty. If you are throwing a party, try dressing it up even more with a few flower arrangements or decorative candles. You don’t have to go crazy, but you still may want to add a few things here and there just to make it look like a party.
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Who doesn’t love throwing and attending pool parties? I don’t know anyone who doesn’t. These tips will help you get both your pool and patio ready so you can throw one of the best parties this summer that your friends will be talking about for a long time to come. Let us know how your next pool party goes! Happy swimming and let’s party!
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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 18th, 2017