With the new year just around the corner those that are lucky enough to be celebrating poolside should start planning the New Year’s Eve party. You may already feel lucky to be by the pool for New Year’ s but these tips can really bring some life to the party.
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.
There are many ways to decorate the pool for this celebration. Every pool can look great and party-goers can enjoy festive drinks, games, and good times with friends. There are some simple things that you can do to make your pool party a big hit.
Decorations for a New Year’s Pool Party
The numerals of the upcoming year, stringers, and other party-like decor pieces are particularly appropriate for such an event. Avoid “overdecorating”, 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.
The proper lighting is very important as well. White lights are okay but colors can really wow the guests. Lights such as Hayward ColorLogic are designed for the pool and will make it really stand out.
These lights come in five different colors and there are over 1,500 different light show options. They are easy to install and are LED so they are safe to use. Chilllites can float around in the pool as well. They come in different shapes and colors so there is a size for every pool. There is even a remote control as well as portable accents. You can control the light and turn them on and off without being in the pool. You can also put the lights on different settings.
Another way to make the pool stand out is to dye the water. Party Pool dye comes in red, green, or blue. The dye is non toxic and is safe to use. This will add a touch of color to your pool and really wow the guests. One bottle can dye up to 40,000 gallons of water. The color will stay for 3 to 5 days and it will be removed with the pool filter.
Now that you have a pool that is looking good it is time to make the drinks. The mega chill floating cooler can hold up to 24 cans and some ice. There are ice cup holders along the sides as well.
If there is going to be alcohol at your New Year’s Party than follow some basic safety rules. No one should be drinking then diving into the pool. Someone should be a designed lifeguard and remain sober for the event. You can make a good drink for all ages by mixing the following ingredients together:
- 2 quarts of lime sherbet
- 2 liters of ginger ale
- 1 can of pineapple juice
- And garnish with lemon and lime slices.
Alcohol can be added for the adults.
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.
No pool party is complete without snacks. Instead of the classic chips and dip you can serve snacks that resemble pool toys. Cheese balls can be used for beach ball snacks. Startbursts can be used as kick balls and life savers can be used as well life savers. If you are with friends and family every party can be a memorable experience. These pool party ideas can be used to make your night extra special.
Pool party rules
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.
Tropical themed pool party
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!