Plan the perfect poolside party

July 29, 2010 at 1:20 pm Leave a comment

By Debbie Frye, General Manager,

Pool parties are a traditional summer event everyone enjoys. You want to make a splash at your soirée with lots of fantastic food, drinks, and festivities. But you’re concerned the cash will run through your fingers like water. With these eight great ideas your pool party can be the hottest—and coolest—of the season without draining your savings.

  • Plan a theme pool party. A fun theme can make an ordinary pool party extraordinary! Plan a luau with leis and grass skirts, a Hollywood party with everyone dressed as their favourite celebrity, or a seventies theme complete with teased hair and colourful loungewear. Choose popular beach music or tunes inspired by your theme. Stores including Michaels and Fabricland have all your party crafting supplies to make fun and memorable costumes.
  • Prepare an imaginative menu. Grilling up burgers and hotdogs is great for the kids. But to make your celebration extra-special, cook up creative cuisine—you’ll find recipes online or in-store featuring fish, chicken, pork and more. Complete the menu with salads and sides, and don’t forget cold, sweet treats for dessert. Check out the Loblaws and Save-On-Foods flyers on is full of super ideas and savings.
  • Design your own drinks. Create cocktails with entertaining or exotic names to match the theme of your party. Stock up on mixes and pop—it’s a good idea to have plenty of non-alcoholic drinks on hand. See the Metro and Food Basics flyers on for beverage bargains.
  • Create a cooler. Instead of using the same old plastic cooler, fill a decorative planter, metal tub or kid’s pool with water and ice for an innovative ice bucket.
  • Think safety. If there will be children at your party, hire a local youth with the proper training to act as lifeguard for the day. That way the kids can swim and play in the pool, and the parents can relax and enjoy the party.
  • Build a water park. If you don’t have a pool you can still enjoy the water! Get a water slide, spraying sprinkler or mister hose, water guns, and fill a kid’s blow up pool with water to cool off. The Toys R Us flyer on has lots of exciting items for outdoor water fun.
  • Organize after swim activities. When the sun goes down you can host an outdoor movie night, showing classic summer holiday films on the side of the house, shed or fence. Or move the little ones to the family room with blankets and sleeping bags to watch the movie while the parents enjoy a delicious dinner.  

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