I am so excited to introduce you to Kaitlin, blogger extraordinaire over at An Apple Per Day where she writes about eco-conscious lifestyles and healthy living. Today she is sharing her best tips for pool parties with kids!
The best news about a pool party is that the most important feature—a swimming pool—accounts for most of the fun. Everything else, from a cool theme to yummy food and fun games is icing on the cake! In fact, with just a little bit of planning, a backyard pool party is nearly guaranteed to please.
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Who, What, Where and When
The very first step is to decide how many guests you can accommodate. How many kids can comfortably and safely enjoy your pool, and how many can you safely supervise? Will you need help with supervision if all invitees attend? Once you have the basic number in mind, it’s time to think about a theme.
There’s no better place to look for theme ideas than online; not only creative, but inexpensive, do-it-yourself ideas are plentiful on the Internet. If you have plenty of time to prepare, making invitations and decorations is a great way to prepare for a kids birthday with your child. However, if you prefer to keep it simple, check out the party section of your local big-box store or local party supply store and find out what your options are. Everything from banners, streamers and balloons, to window decals, outdoor lighting, table cloths, napkins and plates can usually be found in dozens of themes, including cartoon characters, animal prints, sports and popular movies.
Once you have decided on a theme, and know how many people you’d like to invite, send out invitations. Homemade flyers can be a fun (and economical) way to get the word out: create a computer-generated flyer with borders, clip art and fun lettering, or for younger children, invitations can be a chance to practice their handwriting or just have fun decorating them with colored pens and crayons. Be sure to include all the basics on the invites: start and end time, what to bring (towel, sunscreen, flip-flops, etc.), what to expect (lunch, dinner, etc.) and an address and phone number for RSVPs.
Games for all Ages
Be sure that whatever games you plan for your pool party that take place in the pool are age appropriate, and that they take into account the swimming ability of all the guests. There are tons of games for kids of all ages, from Marco Polo to Fish out of Water to Color Tag that will keep kids entertained for hours. A quick search of the Internet will result in dozens of ideas. Don’t forget: traditional games like musical chairs can be adapted for a pool party. Simply lay out towels in a large circle, start the music, and there you have it: musical towels!
The Big Day
Prepare your pool well in advance; check the chemicals or other components involved to make sure your pool is swimmable and inviting. Skim the pool right before your guests arrive and keep the net handy for fishing out unwanted bugs during the party. Stock up on extra sunscreen and have plenty of towels on hand.
Place a first-aid kit and cordless phone outside near the pool. Saving trips inside not only means better supervision, but it could save precious seconds in the event of an injury.
Kids get hungry when they’re burning energy in a pool, so be sure to have plenty of nutritious food that’s easy to eat. If you plan to grill, do it ahead of time to keep the party running smoothly. Or instead of grilling, opt for finger food, like sliced fruit (fill an emptied-out watermelon shell with fresh fruit), build-it-yourself sandwiches that kids can put together by themselves, and a beverage bucket with plenty of water, juice or other favorite drinks.
With the ideas above and plenty of sunshine and supervision, your backyard pool party will be sure to please!
Kaitlin Gardner started AnApplePerDay.com to further her passion for a family friendly, green living lifestyle. She is married to her college sweetheart and lives in Pennsylvania. She and her husband enjoy going for long hikes, to get out and enjoy nature. She is working on her first book about ways to live an eco-friendly, healthy, natural life.