by Guest Blogger Emma Rae Curtis,June 14, 2012
Tips to Save Money on Your Next Pool Party
Summer is here, so it is about time to start thinking about throwing a pool party. But if money is a little tight, a pool party can really stretch your budget. Luckily, there are some good tips to save money on pool party expenses; saving on food, activities, and decorations. You don’t have to go all out to provide some fun times for your guests. Crank up the music, let’s get this party started!
Pool Party Food
When it comes to feeding everyone at your next pool party, things can get expensive. But there are a few ways you can get everyone fed without breaking the bank.
Potluck Pool Party. Having each guest bring one dish is a great way to spread costs and get a variety of dishes. Most people will not mind a chance to show off their favorite recipe, and you can trade recipes if you find dishes that you like. Just make sure to coordinate so you do not get too many similar dishes.
Keep it simple. No need to cook elaborate meals with tons of ingredients. You also do not need to cook a bunch of food either. Stick to cold sandwiches, chips and fresh veggies. No one is going to complain about free food.
Barbeque. Barbeque can be expensive if you get steaks or other costly meats. But if you stick to hot dogs and hamburgers, your dollar will stretch much farther and you can be sure to fill everyone’s belly. Kids will not turn their nose up at a hot dog, and with the right seasonings and sauces, you can make some very tasty chicken breasts. Kabobs, with fresh veggies, meatballs or Kielbasa slices can also done quick and on the cheap.
Pool Party Decorations
To decorate for your pool party, you do not have to spend a lot to make a festive atmosphere Here are some frugal decorating tips.
Dollar store. This is a great source for cheap decorations. They have everything from balloons to streamers and banners. You can also get paper plates and cups as well as disposable silverware as well.
Cheap invitations. When sending out invitations to your pool party, skip the expensive store bought ones and either print your own or send out electronic invitations. Electronic invitations are becoming more popular and can look every bit as colorful and fun as a printed invitation, perhaps even more as adding extra color and designs costs nothing. Visit evite or punchbowl to create a free online invitation.
Re-use decorations. You can use the decorations you already have around the house for free. If your pool party will be going into the evening, consider stringing up Christmas lights around the pool area (at a safe distance from water sources). Other decorations or supplies you have around your house can be re-purposed into pool party decorations.
Pool Party Activities
When it comes to entertaining things to do at your party, there is no need to spend much money either. The pool itself is the big draw, and should be the center of the fun. Here are some fun pool games you can get the swimmers involved with.
Ice cube grabber. This is a fun and simple game for kids to play in a pool. Before the party, make two batches of colored ice cubes by adding food dye to water before freezing it. Then, at the party place two bowls into a float ring or other floatation device. Divide the children into two teams and dump all the ice cubes into the pool. The object of the game is for each team to get as many of their color ice cubes into their bowl before 60 seconds passes. Have an adult judge the contest and crown a winning team.
Rubber duck race. The object of this game is to be the first to get your rubber duck from one side of the pool to the other using only your nose to push it. This is always a fun activity whether you are watching or competing.
Egg Relay Race. Each team is given one egg and one spoon. Hardboil the eggs first so there is less chance of mess. Each member of the relay team must carry the egg on the spoon to the other side of the pool (and back, if using the pool width). Hand-off to the next relay team member. First team to have all members carry the egg across on the spoon, wins! Carry spoon in your teeth for a higher difficulty level.
So when you are planning a pool party for this summer, follow these tips to save some money without skimping on the fun. You will be able to throw more pool parties with the money you save, and what can be better than that?