Our Summer Pool Party! Plus Tips and Tricks!

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Tips for Summer pool party

A few weekends ago, the hubs and I decided to kick off summer with a backyard pool party!

The weather threatened rain but thankfully, it was a gorgeous (and HOT) day!

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Tips for Summer pool party

Pool Party Tip 1: Easy Invites

We began planning about 3 weeks from the chosen date. I made electronic invites on Canva to mass text out. They make it so easy and this template below was perfect! PS don’t forget to invite your neighbors 😉 .

Tips for Summer pool party

Tip 2: Get the yard in shape

The week of the party, we did a lot of yard work. Our yard isn’t quite where we’d like it to be yet but it is coming along. We set up furniture, strung some lights, and planted some flowers.

A huge game changer for the yard was having Mosquito Joe of Northern Virginia Beach come out and spray. Nothing kills a party more than everyone itching. Our neighborhood is constantly crawling with mosquitos and I am always a target. In the past, I’ve gone out for just 30 mins and come back with 10 bites!

Mosquito Joe came out a week before the party and the day before and the results were remarkable. I didn’t get bit all day! And I even stayed outdoors till 9pm!

Tips for Summer pool party

Tip 3: Food and Drinks

We did some grocery shopping a few days prior to the pool party. We got a million hot dogs (ok, maybe 100), buns, condiments, paper plates, napkins, chips, ice, waters, sodas, and beers.

My parents threw pool parties all the time when I was a kid and although ours wasn’t quite as impressive as theirs were, I did learn a few things from them. One trick is to have separate coolers for each type of drink and label them.
Tips for Summer pool party

Tips for Summer pool party

Tips for Summer pool party

Tips for Summer pool party

Tip 4: Ambiance

In addition to all that, we made a playlist and blew up all the floats!

Our pool floats were a HUGE hit and I actually think they initiated a lot of the fun! I picked up a few of them from Amazon at the end of last season (on sale) and them a few more from Five Below this year.

By the end of the night we had seen over 40 people come and go. It was an awesome day!

Photos by Meridith Bright Photography


16 thoughts on “Our Summer Pool Party! Plus Tips and Tricks!

  1. Cassie

    Sounds like so much fun! I wish I had a pool! Pool floats I remember were my absolute favorite as a kid. For some reason they always make it more fun! That mosquito spray sounds super nice too! Getting bit by mosquitoes is the worst. Happy Summer!

    Cassie’s Big Adventure

  2. Kait

    Love that bathing suit! Especially with those jean shorts. Also, so glad it looked like you had fantastic weather!!! Happy fourth xx

  3. Renee @ Getting Fit Fab

    This looks like so much fun! We’re currently looking for a house, and a few have had a pool! I’d definitely love to have a house with a pool, throw some amazing summer parties! I love the floats so much fun!

  4. Samantha

    How cute is your suit! I seriously always get eaten by mosquitos. They have a radar for my blood type or something. This makes me want to jump into the pool and grill up some burgers!

  5. Jiawun Phng

    Sounds like so much fun!! I hate mosquitoes, they seem to target me too! This is such a great idea to take care of the mosquitoes before the party. Don’t know why I’ve never thought of that haha. You’re looking gorgeous, Tilley!


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