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Pool Party Refreshments
Pool Party Refreshments
The old adage warning not to swim for two hours after lunch is a myth, and your guests will likely want to get back in the pool as soon as possible after eating. If the children are enjoying themselves you may not even want to interrupt the fun for a sit down meal. Simple and easy to prepare finger foods may be enough. Try chips and salsa or even nachos. Grilled cheese or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches can be cut in the shape of sea creatures with a cookie cutter. You can may also want to set out bowls of popcorn, pretzels, raisins, granola bars and goldfish crackers in for all-day snacking.

A pool party is a great time to fire up the backyard grill and have a barbecue! Serve hamburgers, hot dogs and barbecued chicken with fruit salad or watermelon slices, chips and guacamole and vegetable sticks with dip. Be sure to avoid foods that will spoil quickly or melt in the sun.

Birthday cakes by the pool should be light with fun decorations. Decorate a rounded cake like a beach ball with colorful icing, or try yellow frosting with plastic sunglasses and a candy smile for a "Sunshine Cake." Or, why not purchase an ice cream cake ahead of time?

Even though they're in the water, your little swimmers are bound to get thirsty. Help them beat the heat by having self-serve drinks available throughout the party. Keep sports drinks, water bottles and juice boxes in a tub filled with ice, or a large cooler filled with fruit punch. You may even consider buying a snow cone maker; make sure to find a kid-friendly model so your guest can make their own!

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After the Pool Party
After the Pool Party
Goody bags are a wonderful way to say "thank you" and provide your guests with souvenirs to remember your summer pool party all year round. Hand out gummy fish, life savers, bubble solution and blowers or bubble bath, plastic lifeguard whistles and water squirters. Small tote bags or beach pails make the ideal containers.

Your guests' parents are sure to appreciate the gesture if you have plastic bags on hand for easy transport of wet towels and swimsuits. Don't forget to take plenty of photographs throughout the party to send with personalized "thank you notes" later!

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