This post is sponsored by Kayak Pools Midwest.
Now that summer’s finally here and we’re all enjoying the warm weather and sunshine, it’s time to start thinking about how to celebrate the Fourth of July. If you have a swimming pool in your backyard, throwing a pool party is a time-honored American tradition sure to offer tons of fun for you and your guests.
The good news is, a Fourth of July pool party has a built-in theme: Incorporate the red, white and blue into every aspect of the party you can think of—your invitations, menu and decorations are great places to start. As long as you stick with those patriotic colors, you can’t go wrong! Here are a few ideas to help you get the party started.
Start with invitations
Set the tone for the party starting with your invitations. Receiving a red, white and blue “Happy Independence Day” invite in the mail will let your guests know that patriotism is the order of the day. Suggest that attendees wear their best American flag-colored swimsuits, or make a request for guests to bring patriotic-themed dishes to share. And speaking of the menu…
Your theme should extend to the snacks, as well. Everything from simple fruit—like watermelon slices, raspberries and blueberries—to more complicated dishes—like a nine-layer flag cake—should fall into that red, white and blue color family.
For drinks, serve red and blue Kool-Aid for the kids and pina coladas or white Russians for the grown-ups. There’s plenty of opportunity for creativity when it comes to colorful food and drink offerings; check Pinterest for menu inspiration!
To decorate your outdoor space, bring in even more of those three ubiquitous colors. Fourth of July printables like banners, signs and even drink coasters will enhance the patriotic feel of your party. And be sure to arrange the decorations in such a way that makes the pool the real focal point; you want to encourage guests to swim, not to hang out next to the buffet table all afternoon.
The Little Things
And finally, it’s a good idea to give some thought to the small details of your party. What activities will you incorporate to make it a fun event for everyone? Ideas might include traditional games like a water balloon toss, three-legged race or a swimming relay, or maybe even a karaoke contest to see who sings the best “Star-Spangled Banner” rendition. And speaking of music, pick a playlist filled with fun, summertime theme songs like those by the Beach Boys, or more traditional patriotic tunes like “God Bless America.”
With a little bit of effort—and a whole lot of red, white and blue—you’re sure to throw an epic Fourth of July pool party that your guests will remember for many summers to come!