For most Aussies, hot weather, barbeques and the backyard pool party go hand in hand. But there's more to a successful party than sending out open invitations and hoping people turn up with a kebab or two. For an enjoyable and safe event that'll be remembered for years to come, preparation is the key.
Here are some top tips to make sure your pool party is the envy of the street!
This is paramount for any pool party, especially if kids are around. Make sure there is a phone in the area for emergencies, keep safety equipment handy and check the gate to the pool closes properly. If you're having a large party think about hiring a lifeguard for the event; it may seem extreme but minimising the worry for you and the danger to others is worth it.
Every successful party comes down to good planning. Think about the size of the pool and its capacity; not just for safety but for fun. You don't want your guests packed in the pool unable to move. Will it be themed? What food will be provided? Will it be BYO? Save the stress of last minute decisions by knowing what you want ahead of time and delegate jobs to certain friends for peace of mind.
The shining star of the party is going to be the pool, so make sure it's, well shining! Keep a tight cleaning schedule in the weeks leading up to the event, cleaning the pool regularly and making sure water treatments are up to date. The poolside area should also be scrubbed down as it'll be on show too.
Light and simple is the key for a pool party menu. Finger foods, snacks and salads are all easy to digest and won't have your guests sinking to the bottom of the pool with cramp. Barbies are also a popular and sociable option where everyone's usually happy to bring something to help out.
Alcohol, heat and swimming are a dangerous combination. Minimise potential disaster by having a bartender serve drinks so guests don't end up mixing their own. Offer beer and wine in moderation and have a broad range of soft drinks on tap, especially water.
Furniture and decoration
Everyone loves to relax, catch some rays and have a chat, so get creative with some comfortable outdoor furniture like lounge pool chairs and comfy cushions.
Tableware should be plastic at a pool party as broken glass and bare feet are not a great combination. If it's an evening party, add some lighting to the pool area like floating LED lights, fairy lights in the trees or tiki torches for some real tropical ambience.
A must for any great party. Stock up on noodles and other floating toys and a bucket of squirt guns nearby always goes down a treat no matter what age you are. Don't ignore guests that prefer their fun on dry land so - why not set up a volleyball net or have a game of petanque on the grass?