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Pool Party

Pool Party

Throwing a children’s pool party on a hot summer day will make you the coolest parent in town. Best of all, it doesn’t even need to be a special occasion. If your child’s birthday is in January you can still have a gathering of their friends to beat the heat with a refreshing afternoon in the water. We have some helpful suggestions to make your poolside bash a big splash!



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Pool Party Invitations
Pool Party Invitations
Parties by the pool are extremely popular with kids of all ages, and there are many whimsical and fun invitations available. Beach balls, flip flops, aloha shirts, swimmers in masks, snorkels and flippers are cute designs to get your guests excited for a day of fun in the sun. If you'd like to add a theme try "under the sea" and mermaid invitations, or even pirates. You can even send a personalized photo invitation of your family lounging by the pool!

Many parents have concerns about safety poolside parties, so it is a good idea to invite the adults to stay for the afternoon. Some hosts even insist parents stay to monitor their own children. It never hurts to have more grown-ups around to make sure a children's pool party goes smoothly. Whatever you decide, be sure to address this when writing your invitation.

You will also want to ask guests to bring a swimsuit, goggles and towels, as well as a change of clothes if there will be indoor activities later such as a movie night or slumber party. Don't forget to schedule a rain date, as you never know what Mother Nature will have in store!

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Pool Party Favors
Pool Party Favors
You'll want to provide pool party favors that are practical and fun. Beach balls and other foam or inflatable toys, sunglasses and flip flops, water squirters, even visors and "Gilligan" hats to block the sun. Sun tan lotion is another necessity and you'll want to provide small bottles as the guests arrive. Another option is to fill spritzers with sunblock for everyone to share; you can even keep these chilled in a bucket of ice for a quick cooldown.

If you want to splurge you can provide goggles, masks, flippers and snorkels; the children can share these if you're expecting a large crowd. If young children will be present, be sure to have inflatable water wings available. Most of all, have plenty of beach towels on hand!

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