Throw a Winter Pool Party!
Throwing a pool party may not be the first thing that comes to mind in the middle of winter, but you shouldn’t let the fact that it’s 20 degrees outside ruin your chance of a good time. While many winter pools parties take place at indoor pools, if you have a hearty group of party-goers it might be entertaining to try and brave the elements for your party.
Cool winter pool party ideas
Of course, the first essential for a pool party is the pool itself. And unless you’re fortunate enough to have an indoor pool in your home, you’ll need to find the next best option. Suggested places where you may be able to rent an indoor pool for your party include hotels, fitness centers and community centers. If your schedule is flexible, you may be able to arrange for a private rental during hours when the venue usually experiences a lull in usage of the pool.Certain pool rules may limit or prohibit things such as food, decorations and activities, so keep these in mind when choosing a location that best suits your party plans.
Summer theme party
Don’t let the fact that it’s freezing outside stop you from choosing a summer theme for your pool party. Use decorations like beach balls, sunglasses or inflatable palm trees to set the mood. Serve barbecue fare like hamburgers and hot dogs, which will still taste great even if you don’t break out the grill. Ask guests to bring their swimsuits and flip-flops. You can even make everything smell like a summer pool party by placing a dab of sunscreen on everyone’s nose .
Winter theme party
If you don’t want to deny the fact that it’s the middle of winter, then celebrate it instead with a winter-themed pool party. Use snowmen and snowflake decorations to set the mood around the pool. Buy holiday cookies or make your own in the shape of Christmas trees or candy canes, and cover them in white frosting. Purchase inflatable pool toys with a winter bent, like penguins or polar bears. You can even add some non-pool entertainment by showing Christmas or winter themed-movies like “March of the Penguins” or “Happy Feet.”
Polar bear party
If it’s just above freezing outside and your pool still has water in it, which, by the way, experts don’t recommend, you can hold a polar bear party. The party will take place inside, or around the pool if people can stand it outside, but the highlight will be when everyone goes for a quick dip in the ice cold water. Make sure you have plenty of towels available as everyone will be trying to dry off at the same time. If you are holding the party at an indoor pool, you can simply do the reverse. Have people run and stand outside in their swimsuits for a little while, then they can all rush back in and dive in to get warm.
Heat it up!
If you have a heated, outdoor pool you can throw an interesting party based on trying to stay warm while outside. Set up an outdoor fireplace, or a few small, controlled bonfires around the pool. Keep plenty of warm beverages ready, like hot cocoa, apple cider and coffee; serve warm snacks like soup and pizza. Keep everything a few feet from the pool so that people get a blast of cold while going from one warm thing to another.