Pool parties are a quintessential part of summertime and should be easy and stress-free to host. Unexpected scorching Sunday!? Call up your friends, throw together some treats and slip on your sunglasses. These tips will help your party make a splash, without throwing you off the high-dive.
Tips, Tricks and Snacks
• Use pool and beach accessories you’ve already got around the house to decorate (or head to the store and grab a few – they’re usually just a dollar or two). I love the idea of using a beach towel as a table cloth! It’ll also make clean up a breeze once the party is over.
• Serve snack foods and treats that can be eaten in just one bite–pool parties are about swimming, so don’t feel pressured to provide elaborate meals. Something a single hand can grab and nibble during a break between cannonballs should do the trick. I suggest pretzel rods, small cookies, and fruit and veggies. But remember to wait half an hour before jumping back into the water.
• Keep perishable snacks like Tilla-moos cool by serving them in an iced bucket. Fill a sand pail with ice and place a smaller bowl on top of the ice. With an individually wrapped package like Tilla-moos, you could also place them directly in an ice bucket without having to worry.
• Have extra sunscreen on hand and ready to share. While your guests may think to apply some before heading over, many will likely forget to bring more to reapply later. It’s so important to apply and reapply some SPF during a day outside (even if it’s overcast!)
• If you’re thinking about serving some Tillamook Ice Cream, delight your fans with some tasty “sand” topping! Crush chocolate cream cookies and some vanilla wafer cookies in a food processor or blender. Serve in a sand pail with a shovel. Looks like sand, but tastes a thousand times better. Extra points if you throw in some candy fish or worms too!