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Pool Party Decorations
Pool Party Decorations
Pool parties are the definition of casual. Decorations don't need to be particularly elaborate as most of the attention will be on the pool itself. Choose summery designs and bright colors that compliment the cool blue water like hot pink, neon green, turquoise and yellow for balloons, streamers and tableware.

Welcome your guests at the front door or backyard gate with a sign or banner saying, "This is the place!" Decorate with balloons and streamers, or even fish nets and an inflatable ring.

While most of the activity will be poolside, don't neglect to have the house ready for guests. The kitchen and bathrooms will certainly see traffic and you'll want to designate a private room as a "beach cabana" where guests can change. If you are expecting a large number of guests move fragile and breakable items away from the pool area so the kids can run and play. Plastic chairs are a good idea as they are nearly indestructible. Large umbrellas will be appreciated by adults seeking shade.

If the party will last into the evening, light up the pool area with tiki or paper lanterns. The children are sure to love floating LED "candles" that glow in the water.

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Pool Party Activities
Pool Party Activities
There are many fun pool games that your guests are sure to enjoy. Children certainly don't need activities to have fun in the pool, but they are a good way to keep things under control (especially when the kids get a little rowdy.) Remember to speak to your guests about safety beforehand and make sure an adult is watching at all times.

Marco Polo and beach ball volleyball are classic pool games. Children will also enjoy inflatable raft races or relays with interesting challenges; have them use fancy strokes like the butterfly or see how far they can walk across the bottom of the pool underwater. Young swimmers will love a race to nudge rubber ducks with their noses across the finish line. Older children will enjoy a game of tug of war across the pool. The losers are pulled into the water!

Another cool game that takes a bit of preparation: place two plastic buckets in inflatable rings in the pool. Divide the guests into teams, dump a few large bags of ice in the water and see which team can gather the most ice in five minutes.

It would be wise to have a back-up plan in case of unexpected weather. The living room or play room should be ready for guests, and have some movies, board games or other indoor activities ready to entertain them until the sunshine returns or it's time to go home.

After the pool party your little swimmers are sure to be exhausted. If you're having a slumber party, they'll likely be more than happy to gather their sleeping bags around the television to watch a light summery movie.

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Pool Party Crafts
Pool Party Crafts
As the guests will likely want to spend as much time in the pool as possible it may not be necessary to set aside time for crafts and similar activities. Still, it may be nice to take a time-out to do something creative. One suggestion that is sure to be popular is to decorate oversized white t-shirts with fabric paints and markers. Girls will enjoy making designer shoes by decorating flip-flops with fabric strips, plastic beads and ribbon. When the party is over, they can even wear them home!

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