Summer in Dallas is much more than rodeo shows! A big part of the season’s celebration are the exciting swimming pool birthday fetes, geared towards kids but equally fun for adults. As a parents you probably enjoy planning summer parties for kids as a reward after a lengthy school year – bribing them to keep up the good work! The team at Premier Pools & Spas wishes for you and your kids to have an exciting summer. So we’ve come up with a few tips that might help you with planning the perfect Dallas pool party. Check them out these amazing ideas from Birthday in a Box below!
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Tips for Planning a Dallas Pool Party
Start with the basics! Decide which guests you want to attend the party and stay true to your list. Ensure that you also have enough adults on the guest list to monitor the number of kids you plan to invite. It’s always best to send your invitations three to two weeks in advance so that your guests can prepare gifts and make the necessary arrangements. You can go with the old school method of sending your invites using Dallas postal mail or you can do so creatively through graphic messages, though most kids tend to prefer a colourful card. Next, hit up the supermarket! Be sure to get enough supplies (napkins, plates, party hats etc.) for your guests. You’ll also want to prepare your pool a few days before the party and ensure that the water is clear and balanced.
Fun Pool Party Games
There are a number of fun pool games that you can plan for your guests. These include:
Marco Polo: this classic swimming pool game can never get old. It’s a great way to get the fun started at your part and get a good idea of how skilled your guests are at swimming. To make the game even more exciting, try letting the person saying “Marco” wear goggles with the inside of the lens taped over.
Sharks and Minnows: another exciting game to add, especially if bigger kids will be at your party and your pool as a large deep area. The person playing the role of the “shark” will be in the deep end of the pool then begin moving forward to them minnows at “GO.” At that time the minnows would have jumped off into the pull to make their way to the other side of the pool while avoiding the shark.
Pool Volleyball or Basketball: both are fun sports that will keep your guests active. Kids between the ages of 10 and 12 will certainly enjoy.
These are just a few of the games that you can play. Do be afraid to do your research or ask friends and family for recommendations.
Treats for the Party
Aside from the traditional birthday cake, you’ll also want to ensure that there are other treats for your guest to enjoy. Cupcakes are classic birthday treats that are easy to serve. You may also want to include some healthier snacks such as grapes are apple slices – and don’t worry, if they get in your pool they’ll go straight to the skimmer basket. Also, in the Dallas summer heat, it’s important that you keep your guests hydrated. You can provide them with juice boxes or set up a lemonade or Kool-Aid stall for fun.
Last but not least, you’ll want to ensure that you’ll guests are safe, a challenging task for any party host. Provide safety gear and ensure that there are responsible adults around watching the kids during the party. You may also want to have a lifeguard nearby if your swimming pool has deep area and put up a “KEEP OUT” sign for smaller kids and set a no diving rule. Also you should consider installing a pool safety camera and assign someone to monitor it – after all, we all know kids will be kids.
Most importantly, have fun with your kids and don’t forget to contact Premier Pools & Spas of Dallas, Texas, if you need to get your pool in shape for the summer.