A pool party is one of the most popular alternatives to a kid’s birthday party, and there are no two ways about it. You don’t have to break your back organising entertainment because the kids will already be having a blast in the pool, and your house won’t get turned upside down because the fun is all happening outside! Also, it’s perfect for both boys and girls of any age. Just make sure to keep these 7 things in mind:
Extra is always better
Even though you said on the invitation that everyone should bring a towel, it is likely that someone will forget one. Make sure you have enough spare towels, just in case, and that there is enough sunblock to go around for everybody!
Keep them hydrated
Since they will be in the water most of the day, kids don’t necessarily realise how thirsty they are. Lay healthy snacks out that are high in water content to keep kids fresh and healthy during their day in the sun! Watermelon, grapes, cucumber and cherries are all highly concentrated with water.
Be smart about the loo
Not only can children slip and get hurt on wet tiles, but furniture and other household items can also get damaged if they get wet. Make sure that the path leading to the bathroom is somehow protected: you can lay down rubber mats or towels that lead straight to the bathroom, and be very strict on your instructions for kids not to dwell around the house when they are wet.
Consider hiring help
Parents can easily get distracted (we don’t blame you), and kids often don’t realise when a situation is dangerous. Consider hiring a student, or your trusted babysitter, to act as a lifeguard on the day. Even though there will be eyes everywhere, accidents really do happen and it is essential to have someone designated to watching the fiasco in the pool at all times! Remember to implement punishment (a time-out session for instance) whenever someone breaks pool rules.
Make cleaning up easy
There is nothing worse than soggy cupcake liners, candy wrappers and paper cups floating in the pool. It will be easy to clean the party’s aftermath if you serve snacks and drinks that are bare. You could hire a chocolate fondant machine for the party, get professional event catering with fresh food, or pre-open all the candy and put it in a large bowl so that kids can just grab a bite and be on their way.
Go the extra mile with safety
Make sure that there is an adult present who knows basic first aid and CPR. We don’t like thinking of negative things, but it is always better to be safe than sorry. It’s possible that one of your guests are not on a trusted medical aid plan (though it is better to be), and require immediate medical attention. Having someone there to help can make a huge difference!