28584 Cedar Point , NC

Outdoor Living


Today’s pool owners are taking full advantage of their investment by creating a new part of their lifestyle around their pool. Following are some ideas for pool parties you can host with a little preparation and planning, creating lasting memories of your swimming pool paradise.


Hawaiian Luau

Take your guests on an evening getaway to the Aloha State! Guests should don their most colorful Hawaiian print shirts. Make leis at the party or buy ready-made ones to welcome your guests. Decorate with bright, tropical colors, bamboo accents and Hawaiian-themed accessories from your local pool retailer, party supply or craft store. Tiki torches and tropical flowers scattered across tables and the surface of the pool provide the finishing touches for a magical evening. Pineapple chicken or ham would be delicious main dishes, or treat your friends and family to an authentic pig roast. Complement the feast with rice and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables reminiscent of a garden paradise.


Beach Party

Who needs the ocean? You can create a beach barbeque party around your backyard pool. Kick back in flip-flops and swimsuits. Use the children’s sandbox and build a sand castle. Decorate tables with seashells and fish nets. Cover chairs with beach towels. Use plastic pails and shovels, and even Frisbees, to serve hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Float toy sailboats in the pool. Grill hot dogs, hamburgers and corn on the cob and serve classic boardwalk food, like popcorn, snow cones and French fries for your family and friends. Or go all out with a clam bake, oyster roast or lobster feast!


Movie Night

Miss the days of drive-in movies? Have a “float-in”! Purchase some inflatable lounge chairs at your local pool retailer. Move your big-screen television outside, or rent one for the evening. Pick a favorite classic, or give your guests a thrill and screen “Jaws.” “The Little Mermaid” and “Finding Nemo” are great choices for a kids’ party. Set up your own movie theater concession stand and serve popcorn, candy and sodas.


Splash Party

What’s more fun for kids or kid-at-heart than spending an afternoon making a splash in and around the pool? Make a splash at your next party by getting a variety of water guns, water balloons, and other water toys and organizing a splash battle for a child or teen’s next birthday. Have a cannonball contest and see who can make the biggest splash! Serve light fare such as sliced fruit, half-sandwiches, snack crackers and juice so guests can alternate playing and eating.