How to Plan a Pool Party

Plan a Pool PartyPeople plan pool parties all the time, but usually they are for birthday parties or graduation parties. If you want to do something really cool and unique, why not have a holiday pool party? You can have one for thanksgiving or Christmas, heck even New Years and you can use your pride and joy as the focal point for it all. Below, is a guide to everything you will need for your party, including ideas on fire/light accessories and products, food ideas and even a few decoration ideas to get your inner creative self excited!

Fire/Light and Water

This is a combination that has become really popular. Not only is it popular for its functionality, but it also makes the pool look really cool. There are a variety of “fire” options you can use when it comes to fire and water such as outdoor fireplaces, fire pits and even these large sconces of sorts that hold kindling and the fire. You can place these closer to the pool for a more dramatic effect of the flames dancing off the glare in the water, or you can place them further away for a less dramatic experience, but still impactful just the same. By the way, these aren’t just for cooler weather either, you can use these for hot weather too. If fire isn’t your thing or you are going to have a lot of kids at the party, consider lighting – LED’s are a little more expensive, but they come in all sorts of colors and they last longer than incandescent light bulbs. If you have trees in your yard, add little white lights from tree to tree to create a cheerful, yet luxurious and relaxing experience. You can also consider adding some small ground lanterns to light the area around the pool, deck or the sidewalk. By the way if you are having a theme party such as Tropical theme, add tropical lighting like lanterns or tiki torches. Don’t be afraid to get creative and experiment!

Food Ideas

Obviously you will be using your pool for all sorts of parties, but since Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years are coming up, we can focus on these 3 holidays:

– Thanksgiving: Obviously all of the cliché items should be present, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it a little snazzier and a little fancier if you want. Think about things like Sage-Brined Roast Turkey with Oyster Dressing for your main dish, Cranberries with Port, Herbed Haricot Verts and roasted radishes for your sides, apple tart and pumpkin squash pie for dessert and some appetizers like Warm Camembert with Wild Mushroom Fricassee, Porcini Mushroom Tartlets or mini Quiche – anything that could be considered finger foods with a flair.

Christmas

This is a time for the holiday spirit and amazingly good food. While almost everyone eats turkey on Thanksgiving, everyone in the world seems to eat something different for Christmas, but I personally love Prime Rip or Lamb. Some other ideas that will please anyone: Slow-Roasted Balsamic-Glazed Duck, Pork Loin with Dried-Fruit and Chestnut Stuffing, or Cranberry-Stuffed Cornish Game Hens. For appetizers consider what is in season and check out Swedish meatballs, Spinach and Goat cheese tartlets or Toasted Raviolis. For some sides; Braised Cabbage with Apple and Bacon, Au Gratin Potato Casserole and Classic Sweet Potato Casserole *yum!*. Lastly, for desserts you have to check out Old-Fashioned Apple Pie, Baked Alaska or Croquembouche.

  • New Year’s Eve
  • Let’s be honest, this day is all about bringing in the New Year, but it’s also about drinks, fun and lots of food! For Appetizers or finger foods check out Mini Brie & Apple Quiches, Polenta Wedges with Tomato Tapenade and Serrano Ham with Crusty Tomato Bread. For the main course, you can really serve anything but a few cool ideas are Sear-Roasted Beef Tenderloin, Vodka-Steamed Lobsters with Tomato-Thyme Butter Sauce or Roast Beef with Horseradish Cream. Some side dishes you might want to include, depending on the actual main course: Portobello Gratin, Cinnamon Mashed Sweet Potatoes or Sautéed Spinach with Shallots and Mustard. And lastly, for dessert: Spiced Cupcakes with Citrus Glaze, Chocolate Roulade, and of course rum balls.

As you can see, there are So many ideas and options available to you. If you really want to find the perfect “food” for your party, make sure you try to stay climate relevant and local – buy from local farmers markets when possible.

Decorations

Chances are for any of the holidays we talked about above, you don’t want to be gaudy with your decorations or the colors you use, or have it look cheesy. If that’s the case and you want to really incorporate the holiday into the decorations, try something subtle. For instance, when you think of Christmas you probably think of red and green, but almost nothing you place outside is going to look as classy as ice blue and white Christmas balls stacked inside glass flutes of different sizes and heights. That brings a sense of classiness and style that red and green never will. While most people would say stick with what you know when it comes to things like decorating, I say, try something different and unique and alluring. You can also go outside the box and work with, rather than against your pool design in Greenwich. If you have a nice pool deck, use it to your advantage, add in a few fire pits for warmth and ambiance, place a few tables on the deck but a little further away from the pool and decorate each table with ice blue and white decorations, candles, etc. Same goes with the other holidays. Everyone thinks you have to use fall colors and pumpkins to decorate on Thanksgiving. But, that’s not a rule, you can use whatever classy colors and designs you want! Just make it your own and don’t be afraid to think outside the box and do something different.

 

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