A pool party is the perfect way to cool off during the hot summer months. With Memorial Day approaching, it’s a great time to celebrate with friends and family by the pool. Pool parties can be fun, but slightly overwhelming because there are so many details involved. Here are 5 ways that you can host a better pool party, without any of the hassle.

1. Make Sure Your Pool is in Perfect Shape

A week or so before your party, test everything pool related, such as lights, jets, and the filter. Ensure that the pH and chlorine levels are adjusted and keep in mind that a chlorine residual of 3.0 is perfect. The morning of the party, skim the pool to get rid of excess debris. Plus, take a look around the pool for possible trip hazards like excess patio/furniture, which should be moved from the pool deck to allow easy access to the pool.

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A clean pool is a happy pool, and makes for a great pool party!

A clean pool is a happy pool, and makes for a great pool party![/caption]

2. Get Your Games Ready

Plan some fun pool party games to keep kids involved during your get-together. Since they will be hopping in and out of the pool, focus on water games that are enjoyable for everyone. Some fun pool party games are marco polo, dolphins and sharks, treasure hunt, and volleyball. Here is a complete list of fun games the whole group can play, along with instructions. It is also a good idea to have some fun pool accessories, such as floats, rings, noodles and beach balls.

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Have games and toys for kids to play with at your pool party!

Have games and toys for kids to play with at your pool party![/caption]

3. Prepare Some Food and Drinks That Will Wow Your Guests

Swimming and playing in the pool will definitely leave the kids (and adults) hungry for snacks! Plan a menu full of staple pool party foods like popsicles, watermelon slices, chips, guacamole and pretzels. If you want to provide more than just snacks, fire up the barbeque and grill some burgers and hot dogs. And if you want to get creative, look to Pinterest for great summer snack options, or check out this great list of Healthy Summer Snack Ideas that includes fruit skewers and crabby crabwiches. Creative treats are always a hit with guests! With the hot summer sun, you’ll also need to provide delicious refreshments, like this sparkling raspberry lemonade. If you are interested in serving alcohol at your pool party, try this tropical rum punch recipe for another way to cool off.

Remember, the combination of alcohol and water recreation can be dangerous, so stay safe. Never drink before going in the pool or during your time in the pool. And don't let guests drive home if they’ve been drinking. Call your local cab company or Uber at the end of the night to make sure everyone gets home safely.

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Refreshing drinks and snacks are a must for a proper pool party!

Refreshing drinks and snacks are a must for a proper pool party![/caption]

4. Pump Up the Jams

One of the best ways to create a fun and festive atmosphere at a pool party is to add music. Create a beachy playlist that includes songs by the Beach Boys as well as pool party classics like "Splish Splash" by Bobby Darin, and "Summer Nights" from Grease. Background music can add to your party’s ambiance. You want everyone to be able to chat without having to yell, so make sure the music isn’t too loud. You can even use the Spotify app and create a radio with fun pool party music.

5. Get Ready to Party!

The moment we've all been waiting for...party time! Once you make sure the pool is clean, games are prepared, snacks are out, drinks are made, and the music is playing...it’s time to party! So, fire up the grill, and ice down the tropical punch; it’s time to enjoy and relax!

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Throwing a great pool party means preparing ahead so you have some time to relax and enjoy the fun!

Throwing a great pool party means preparing ahead so you have some time to relax and enjoy the fun![/caption]

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