Pool Party Ideas
January – Beat the Blues by the Pool
Once the hectic holidays are over, most people are feeling a little “blue” in mid to late January. Why not try a progressive pool party? Like a progressive dinner, a few (or more) families join together and each host a part of the evening … from munchies to main meals to coffee and dessert, everyone shares in the planning, the costs AND the “beat the blues” fun!
February – For Cupid’s Couples Only
Candlelight, music, dinner and beverage … a perfect date for couples to share a romantic evening by the pool. Whether you celebrate Cupid before or after February 14, create a heartfelt night for one couple or many…. and don’t forget to enjoy the midnight swim — a perfect end to a perfect pool date!
March – My March Pool Madness
March Madness? Are you ready for college basketball tourney madness? Show your support for your favorite team — get your hats, t-shirts, banners or “cry towels” — and meet me at my pool. The pool hoops are ready for My March Madness. For fun or for competition, co-ed teams are a must. Get fun prizes together and finish up with a cookout. No one will even think about turning on the TV (unless it’s outdoors).
April – Garden Pool Party
Create your own Garden Party for the Millennium. Guests arrive with their favorite gardening secrets or plants … perhaps add a secret surprise gift exchange (small garden tools?)… Everyone knows that a garden needs plenty of water, so get in the pool . . . relax, enjoy and soak in the pleasure your Garden Pool Party.
May – May Showers
A bridal shower? A baby shower? A graduation shower? Your pool will make the “picture perfect” spot for the bride-to-be, an expectant couple or a student to capture special memories of a most memorable time in their lives. Hosted on your own or with a group of friends, you and your guests will remember this once-in-a-lifetime celebration. And there’s no rain in the forecast — Remember it’s “April showers” that bring “May flowers”!!
September – Back to School Splash
With Labor Day comes the official end of summer. And, the back to school blahs take over for most students. What a great time to EXTEND THE POOL SEASON by inviting classmates (and parents/teachers if desired) to get together and renew friendships and make new ones. Keep cool by the pool and add your own theme — perhaps with a “wacky hat contest” with plenty of games, activities and fun for all!
October – Tricks and Treats by the Pool
Get spooked in the coolest way by hosting the young or the young at heart at your backyard pool. Halloween decorations are a must and with the “natural night light”, let your ghostly imagination take over. Create your own unique costume themes (bathing suits included) and refreshments to brew up a magical party that guests will be screaming about!
November – Turkey Barbeque
Start a new family tradition with a turkey barbeque by the pool. Everyone brings their favorite Thanksgiving dish and whether or not the turkey is actually “cooked on the open fire” or “in the kitchen oven”, everyone can enjoy the traditional day of thanks in a non-traditional but most memorable way by your pool. Last one in the pool is a real turkey!
December – Independence in December
You’ve heard of Christmas in July? Well, turn your backyard escape into a sparkling holiday season that everyone will be cheering about. Complete with Santa decked out in red, white and blue, let your patriotism shine through for your guests. The theme is set, costumes should be encouraged and food and drink should be an All-American affair. Fireworks are optional (as local laws permit) but, remember, first one in the pool gets the biggest present — Ho! Ho! Ho!
Rubber Ducky Birthday Party for 1 year olds
We had three duck cakes for the three girls. The recipe came from Pillsbury. We had 50 ducks floating in our swimming pool-the kind you find in a duck pond at a fair. We had a large blow up duck also floating in the pool. We had duck shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and blue jello on a round pizza pan with small yellow rubber ducks floating on top. We had yellow and orange balloons. The tablecloths were bright yellow. We had placemats with little yellow ducks on them.
The children each got a small pail with a yellow rubber ducky, a soap shaped like a duck and a small rubber ducky necklace. We put their names on the pail and placed yellow rubber ducky stickers on them. Each child also had a sippy cup with their name painted on it and rubber ducky stickers on the cup.
The ducks in the pool can have numbers on the bottom if wanted to claim prizes just like a duck pond. I made duck ice cream which is one large scoop of ice cream in the cupcake liner. A smaller scoop of ice cream on top. Use two chocolate chips for the eyes and two almond slivers to make the beak. I used yellow sherbert to make these treats. We had songs playing such as Ernie and his rubber ducky and we played “Duck, Duck, Goose” and also danced to the “Duck dance”. I wrapped the presents in white tissue paper, and they drew yellow ducks on it and used yellow and orange ribbon to tie the package. We read the story of the “Ugly Duckling”.