Secret Southern Couture: How-To Plan An Amazing Pool Party   

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

How-To Plan An Amazing Pool Party

Pool parties are a fantastic way to cool off during the hot summer months and celebrate with friends and family by your side. Pool parties bring great joy to our hearts and are a great way to celebrate a birthday, end of the school year or family reunion!

While the party itself will be of the upmost fun, preparing is very important. A party without a plan will leave you to busy to join in the fun and no one (least of all me) wants that. Follow these steps to help you plan an amazing pool party and some of the burden off of the big event. Allowing you all the time you need to sit back and enjoy the moment.

How-To Plan An Amazing Pool Party

Guest List

Think about all the people you want to invite and then rethink it by counting how many the pool can actually handle. Be sure to consider the number of both adults and children as all of us tend to enjoy the splash of a great party. Yes, I know the number could be vastly different but this will save you the chaos of having an overcrowded space.


In this wondrous technology age, sending an invite can be as easy as it is free. You can create a customized photo invite online with PicMonkey or on your own PC with Photoshop. Then send it to everyone over email, via Facebook or even text. You can also print off the invite from your printer and mail it through snail mail for those that are not ready to engage the web-way.


Think about both fun and safety. I would request that attendees be sure to bring any life jackets or swimming aids that they or their child needs. This also includes approved swim diapers for the younger ones. With this being said, there's always at least one that forgets, just does not own what they or maybe the equipment becomes damaged during the party. Keeping a few pieces available as extras is a good idea.

When it comes to fun, supplies can be simple or outrageous. Water balls, dive sticks, noodles and float are a great idea to have on hand for your upcoming pool party. If you are planning a themed event, be sure to grab things that fit the mood.

How-To Plan An Amazing Pool Party

Our favorite water party is a Pirates & Mermaids. At one point in time, everyone (at least the ones I know) have dreamed of being a fish or mermaid. This often comes after a Disney movie night. Why not bring those dreams to reality a few monofins, mermaid fins at These are so much fun to swim with for both kids and adults. Best of all, they can be worn with your favorite swimsuit or as part of a mermaid tail which allows everyone to join in on the fin-action.


If your pool is outdoors and at your home, you have a lot of options. Homemade popsicles, hamburgers, chips & dip and fresh fruit are our go-to. You could also offer cold-cut meats and cheeses as well as a selection of veggie trays for a healthier choice. Cold drinks should be plentiful as well. Lots of waters, lemonade, tea and some sport drinks are the best for keeping you hydrated when you are hosting during the summer months.

If the pool is in a public area, be sure to check with the company on what you are allowed to bring in to the area ahead of time.

How-To Plan An Amazing Pool Party


Less is more. Keeping it light on decor is a must when water is involved. Finding paper, plastic and other items in the pool that do not belong there and could be a hazard is something you can avoid by going light in this area. Instead, used electric lanterns, high banners and themed servingware to help set the mood.


Never leave a child unattended in the pool. Be sure to have plenty of helpful adults in or around the pool to keep an eye on things. A good rule of thumb is one adult for every 3-5 children. You could also considering hiring a lifeguard. Often the local city pools have a list of licenced individuals and could point you in the right direction.

In the end, planning for both safety and necessity will leave you open to enjoy the party with the attendees. All that is left for you to do now is eat, swim and laugh.