Where did the summer go? Chances are, you’re planning one last bash for your kids before going back to school. What better way than a back to school pool party.
Sure, you have probably hung out there all summer but there’s something special about your kids having it all to themselves and their friends. Do you need some tips for planning the perfect back to school pool party?
Tip 1: Call Ahead– If you are planning on renting the public pool for a few hours, call ahead in plenty of time. Don’t forget to ask questions about lifeguards, if you can bring your own food and drinks and any other rules that may apply.
Tip 2: Invite Early-Send out invites a few weeks in advance so people can plan ahead. Lots of families are coming back from vacation and doing back to school shopping so let them know early. Don’t forget to remind your attendees about the essentials like sunscreen, beach towels, ear and nose plugs and goggles.
Tip 3: Hire a Lifeguard– If you are having your party at home you may want to consider hiring a lifeguard for a few hours. Everyone thinks tragedy won’t happen to them but in a split second everything can change. Having an extra set of experienced eyes can be the difference between life and death.
Tip 4: Serve Finger Food-Serve easy things to eat like pizza slices, chicken tenders, finger sandwiches, cut raw vegetables and fruit salad. Treats like Rice Krispy bars, cookie bars, and popsicles are also an option. Make sure you double check for food allergies and adapt your menu accordingly.
Tip 5: Family friendly drinks-Serve bottles of water, tea, and soda. This way everyone has their own bottle or can and no one is wondering whose cup is whose. You may even want to provide labels and sharpie markers for identification purposes.
Tip 6: Adult Supervision-Make sure you have plenty of adult supervision. Invite parents to attend with their children as well as other members of your family. You can never have too many pairs of eyes.
Tip 7: Pool games-Come up with some pool games the kids can play. Here is a post on Babble that has some great ideas. You can choose to hand out prizes for this or you can just have them play for fun.
Tip 8: First Aid Kit-Kids fall down and scrape themselves. It’s definitely worth keeping a first aid kit on hand just in case.
Tip 9: Eating Supplies-Make sure you have plenty of plates, cups (if applicable), napkins, and especially trash bags around. You may even want to buy wet wipes for easier cleanup.
Tip 10: Pool Rules-If using your own pool, send out a list of “Pool Rules” ahead of time so everyone knows what is expected. Most people know proper pool etiquette, but a reminder always helps.
Tip 11: Plan Bathroom Breaks-Once an hour, have everyone get out of the pool and go to the bathroom. It’s very easy for kids to get distracted and have accidents.
Tip 12: Have a Phone Nearby-Our phones are normally with us at all times but chances are your guests may either leave them at home or inside during your party. If one of your guests has a waterproof phone, ask them if they can keep it on hand for emergencies. If not, make sure yours is at close reach on a patio table or somewhere nearby.
Since you’re having a back to school pool party, you could also make favor bags with school supplies in them for each child. This time of year you can find pencils, erasers, crayons, and glue sticks really cheap.
Another option is back to school trivia where you would ask questions and give out school supplies as prizes. This can be done while everyone is eating or if you have a line waiting to go to the bathroom. In using the tips above, you are sure to plan a back to school pool party they will never forget.