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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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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 😉 .
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!
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.
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