New Year’s Eve Pool Party
New Year’s Eve is a holiday known for many things: champagne, noise makers, and kisses when the clock strikes 12 o’clock. What is most memorable about the New Year, however, is the fun night spent with friends and family, counting down the minutes until midnight. For those with beautiful homes and swimming pools, the opportunity to host a successful New Year’s Eve party is often too much to resist.
Even though it may be the wintertime, with the proper interior design decisions – and a keen eye towards safety – your New Year’s Eve pool party can be a smashing success for everyone! Start by picking your New Year’s decorations, such as banners and dangling shiny stars, and hanging them around the pool. Of course, be sure to keep all types of electrical decorations away from the pool, and avoid hanging anything directly over the pool as it may fall in and get ruined. Instead, decorate the poolside wall of the home itself.
The numerals of the upcoming year, stringers and other party-like decor pieces are particularly appropriate for such an event. Avoid “over decorating”, however, as this can be tacky and off-putting. Bring in plenty of great patio furniture, such as reclining modern chaise lounges, tables and towel racks. Place a “towel bucket” near the towel racks so that guests can place their wet towels there once they’ve left the pool and dried off. If you don’t have a towel rack, place a small table near the pool. Lay your towels on this table to make them easily-accessible to all your guests.
Arrange your chairs and tables along the side of the pool in such a way that there’s still enough room for people to comfortably and safely walk around the edge. Space each reclining chair about two to three feet apart in order to give your guests room to stand up and get off of the chair.
Arrange normal plastic yard furniture around tables to give non-reclining and non-swimming guests a place to sit down and chat. Place a snack and drink table near the sitting tables, and ensure that a variety of appropriate snacks are available, such as meats, crackers and cheeses.
Put all drinks in a cooler to keep them nice and cool. Plastic cups, in particular, are perfect for a pool party. Put similar snacks and drinks inside the home, including the living room, so that guests can sit in the house and away from the pool if they wish. Make sure to decorate the interior of your home the same way you have decorated your pool area. Now, it’s time to plan for maximum safety.
Before throwing the party, write up a list of pool party rules; guests should not run around the pool or push each other into the water, and nobody should swim if they have been drinking alcohol. Make small signs with these rules and hang them throughout the party area. Point the rules out if people violate them and make sure you enforce them completely. Furthermore, make sure that you have a certified lifeguard watching the pool at all times to ensure that nobody gets hurt in the water. If you wish to shut down there pool entirely at a certain point in the evening, say after 11 o’clock as everyone begins congregating inside to begin the countdown to midnight, consider setting up a pool fence around the empty pool to ensure that it remains empty for the rest of the night.
Another fun way to design the pool side area is to focus on an “exotic” or “tropical” theme. These themes are especially appropriate if you live in an area that is very cold, as it will help take people away from the chilly winter weather and transport them, at least mentally, to Florida or Hawaii for the evening. You can make or buy simple tropical trees and place them around the pool, anchoring them to the floor with tape or heavy objects. Or, hook up a musical source and play appropriate tropical music, such as hula songs or 1960s Elvis Presley songs about Hawaii. You can even decorate the yard with tiki torches and serve drinks in coconut-shaped cups. Continue this theme throughout the rest of your home; play different appropriate music in the house and in each room. Put on a beach movie on the television in the living room, and hang pictures of Hawaii and Florida along the walls in the pool building and throughout the patio and living room of your home. Even though it’s winter for most people, pool parties and New Year’s Eve evidently aren’t mutually exclusive.
These are just some of the many ideas that can be utilized in creating a great pool party to ring in the new year. Expanding upon these ideas, integrating different ideas and focusing on a specific theme can help turn a “same old, same old” New Year’s party into a “one-of-a-kind” NYE bash that nobody will ever forget!