• Charcoal v. Propane

    The Great Debate: Charcoal v. Propane

    It’s official. Americans are divided over one of the most important debates our country has yet to face: Is charcoal better or is propane better for our grilling needs? Well, as the debate rages on, let’s hear from the experts. Team Propane Experts estimate…

  • Houston Pool Party Themes

    Budget Friendly Pool Toys

    During the Great Recession we’re all looking for ways to save money wherever we can. While they can be expensive, this summer you and your family can still enjoy pool toys without breaking the bank. Don’t forget to take good care of them so…

  • Houston Pool Parties For Kids

    Swimming Pool Games

    Looking for some fun summertime games to play in the swimming pool with your whole family? Try some of these! Colors A popular swimming pool game where one member of the team volunteers to be the ‘catcher’. The catcher swims to one side of the…

  • Houston Pool Party Decorations

    Don’t Drink and Dive

    During most summer barbecues, guests and pool owners alike love to escape the heat by jumping in the swimming pool and playing pool games. When adults are invited to a barbecue pool party, alcohol is commonly offered as a refreshment. Most adults are responsible…

  • Houston Facts or Fiction

    The 30-Minute Rule: Fact or Fiction?

    Do you remember that pool party as a kid when, after eating just one piece of cake, your mom didn’t allow you to get back in the pool for 30 minutes because you needed to digest first? Most of us have that exact memory…

  • Free CPR Class Schedule 2014

    Schedule your CPR Class today. The first class begins at 10:00 am and the 2nd class begins at 2:00 pm. Our American Red Cross Instructor will cover adult, child & infant CPR. After the completion of your CPR class, the instructor will provide you…

  • Choosing the Right Pool for Your Family

    September Edition In this edition of our newsletter we will help guide you through the process of choosing the right pool for your family. Every family has their own individual expectations and needs.  Once you have decided on the right pool design for your…

  • Houston Platinum Pools Questions

    Have questions about spas or swimming pools?

    Find answers to your swimming pool questions from our Platinum Pools expert, Scott Waldo. We’ll post the answer right here on the Platinum Pool Party. E-mail your question here!

  • Ask the Expert: Cleaners

    In this Ask the Expert, we learn which pool cleaners are most recommended by Platinum Pools.   Q: Hi Scott, I have a 24,000 gallon pool with pebble plaster.  I have a Legend cleaner and it has recently died.  What cleaners do you put…

  • Ask the Expert: Stop Damage from Salt Water

    In this Ask the Expert, we learn how to protect the rock in our pool from saltwater damage. Q: Hi Scott. A couple weeks ago, I heard the tail end of a call, in which I think you were talking about an alternative to…

  • Platinum Pools One of the Top 10 Largest Builders in the US

    Platinum Pools, a builder of high quality residential swimming pools and spas for the Houston, Beaumont and Victoria areas, is run with a charitable spirit that carries over into their customer service department. Platinum Pools has once again been ranked by Pool and Spa…

  • Houston Pool Builders

    Platinum Pools Climbs Up the Rankings in National List of the Top 50 Pool Builders

    In Pool and Spa News’ list of the top 50 pool builders in the nation, Platinum Pools has climbed up the rankings from 8th to 6th in the country. Houston pool builder Platinum Pools was recently ranked 6th in Pool and Spa News’ August…

  • Houston Best Pool Party

    Margarita Flavors

    Triple Orange Margaritas 1 1/2 oz. super-premium tequila3/4 oz. Orange Liqueur1 oz. freshly squeezed orange juice1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice1/4 oz. agave nectar (a natural sweetener; you can sub simple syrup to taste)1 lime wheel1 orange peel Pour the tequila, orange liqueur, juices,…

  • Houston Pool Party With Best Food

    Southwestern Chicken

    Ingredients2 tbsp olive oil1 clove garlic, pressed1 tsp ground cumin1 tsp chili powder1 tsp dried oregano leaves½ tsp salt1 lb skinless boneless chicken breast halves Combine oil, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano and salt; brush over both sides of chicken to coat. Grill chicken…

  • Houston Pool Party

    Potato Salad

     Ingredients•    5 potatoes•    3 eggs•    1 cup chopped celery•    1/2 cup chopped onion•    1/2 cup sweet pickle relish•    1/4 teaspoon garlic salt•    1/4 teaspoon celery salt•    1 tablespoon prepared mustard•    ground black pepper to taste •    1/4 cup mayonnaise DirectionsBring a large pot of…

  • Houston Flag Cake

    American Flag Cake

    Ingredients1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed1 pint blueberries, rinsed and drained2 pints fresh strawberries, rinsed and sliced Directions Prepare cake according to package directions and bake in a 9×13 inch pan.Cool completely. Frost cake with whipped…

  • Houston Best Swimming Pool Services

    Safe and Sound Duck Removal

    Safe and Sound Duck Removal Upon entering your pool oasis you notice a few uninvited tenants enjoying a morning swim. With their quacking and feather shedding habits, you aren’t too thrilled with their boldness. Kids might think these ducklings are precious, but you can’t…

  • Houston Creative Pool Designs

    Spit out that gum and be Water Aware

    Did you know you shouldn’t chew gum in the pool? Chewing gum while swimming can be a choking hazard. This helpful is provided by the Be Water Aware campaign. You can be water aware by reviewing more water safety tips here.   _________________________________________________ http://www.waterparks.com/BeWaterAware.asp

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    Germs – Be – Gone!

    Germs are a very unfortunate part of life; however, there are ways we can keep ourselves away from unnecessary germ spreading. Germs love moisture, especially little puddles or pools of water lurking about your home or neighborhood gym. This means they probably would love…

  • Houston Sunglasses

    Sport some shades!

    If there’s one thing all beach bums and pool peeps should know, it’s that you should always wear your sunglasses. The sun can tear up your eyes, leaving them aged, ravaged and red. Everyone is at risk for eye-damage from the sun year round….

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    Pool Safety In the Winter

    Water safety shouldn’t fall off the radar when summer ends. Swimming pools, hot tubs and other bodies of water can still pose a risk for drowning, even after they have been “closed.” Keep your family and pets safe by taking precautions. Just like in…

  • Houston Indoor Pools

    Hot Tubbin’ Game Night

    Bring game night out to the hot tub and turn up the fun. Ingredients for a bubblin’, hot tubbin’ game night: 1. Purchase a floating mat for your spa so players can slap down those cards with the same veracity as they do on…

  • Houston Skateboarding

    Subskate – skateboarding in the pool? Not quite, but still fun!

    One of the hottest pool toys to hit the market last summer was the “Subskate” which is exactly what it sounds like – a board-looking toy used to “skate” while the person tries to balance on the board. Now that it’s been a full…

  • Houston Geyser pool football

    Go Long with Geyser Pool Football

    There’s pool basketball and pool volleyball but let’s not forget about football. Sports and the swimming pool combined have always provided some great, inclusive fun and the great thing about football is that you only need a football. To maximize your fun and make…

  • Houston boogie boarding

    Boogie Board Relay

    Your boogie board is no longer just for the ocean. Use this toy for your next pool party when you’re in the mood for competition. You will need two boogie boards. Two ski ropes, and your backyard pool of course. Two relay teams race…

  • Houston swimming pool bubble

    Bubble Beard

    Who doesn’t love playing with spa bubbles? This simple game will have your family giggling in no time! It’s even more comical when adults play.   Let the Beards Begin! Here are a few judging guidelines for your Bubble Beard game fun: 1. Have…

  • Houston Conserving Energy

    Conserving Energy

    Pool Owners Your pool should run about 8 to 10 hours a day at a minimum to keep it from turning the dreaded color green. Platinum Pools recommend’s running your pool 12 hours a day. We know this can take its toll on your…

  • Houston Pool And Spa Designs

    In the know before you build a pool

    Platinum Pools’ Newsletter Winter Pool Tips January 2012 In this first issue of 2012 we will discuss two issues. How to prevent calcium buildup and what is needed to have proper drainage for a puddle free backyard. These are preventative efforts to get you…

  • Houston Rid Of Mosquitoes

    Getting Rid of Mosquitoes

    Every year, no matter how hard you seem to try thousands of uninvited guests show up at you pool.  Not only are they pesky, but the leave you with bright, red, itchy bumps all over your body. This year, take a stand against mosquitoes….

  • Carefree Pool Party

    5 Easy Tips for a Care-Free Pool Party

    1.    Break you party down into smaller pieces and get things done ahead of time. •    Send out invitations 3-4 weeks before the pool party.•    Purchase items like paper plates, napkins, forks, etc a week before your party.•    Make the food the night before.•   …

  • 4th of July

    4th of July Pool Party

    Celebrating our nation’s freedom from the British government and the signing of the Declaration of Independence should only be done one way: BIG. What better way to continue and celebrate the tradition of our freedom than to join together with friends and family and…

  • Houston hot tubs spas

    Master Checklist: How to Host the Perfect Pool Party

    Hoping to be the envy of your neighbors by throwing the pool party of the year? You’ve come to the right place! With a few easy steps, tips, and checklists to help your party be a major success. Pre-PartyJust like Grandma’s chocolate chip cookies,…

  • Houston Amazing Pool Party Themes

    Christmas Themed Pool Party

      Sounds quirky, but a Christmas themed pool party may be the coolest thing you do all summer. In fact, with an indoor pool, this party could be enjoyed anytime of year. Besides, it’s always fun to have a reason to pull your Christmas…

  • Houston Stylish Pool Party Decorations

    Disco King/Dancing Queen Pool Party

    The Party:•    Disco balls, 70s style flowers, and peace signs are a must on everything from invitations to the cake!•    Encourage guests to wear hippie/disco clothes over their swimming suits.•    Crank up the disco tunes. Try some different playlists.•    Pass out John Lennon/Elton John…

  • Houston Pool Blog, Luau Party with Platinum Pools

    Hawaiian Luau Themed Pool Party

    Summertime is the perfect time to visit the tropical islands of Hawaii all from the comfort of your own back yard. Your friends will love relaxing in your pool during your Hawaiian Luau Party! This can be as themed or simple as you would…

  • Houston pool parties for kids

    Kid’s Birthday Pool Party

    If your child has a summer birthday a pool party is the perfect way to gather his or her friends from school back together to celebrate! In fact, because the pool is the main attraction, planning and hosting this birthday party is fairly simple….

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    Pirate Themed Pool Party

    Ahoy Mateys! Are ye looking to host the best birthday pool party this side of the Seven Seas? Well then get ready to hop aboard! Here’s what ye will be needin’: Invitations:•    Let guests, children or adults, know that this is a pirate themed…

  • Platinum Pools Blog, Expert Tips and Pool Safety

    The Perfect Backyard BBQ

    The absolute best way to enjoy the weather, your family, and your pool this summer is by having a BBQ. Whether it be just you and your immediate family, a family reunion, a birthday party, or even a block party, there’s something about the…

  • Houston cool pool parties for kids

    The Perfect Kid’s Pool Party

    It’s no secret; when it gets hot outside kids want to go to the pool! Some of our most cherished childhood memories happened splashing around the pool with our friends and it’s no surprise that your kids will want to do the same thing….

  • Houston best pool party decorations

    Throw a Pool Party for Your Teen

    We all know that the teenage years can be difficult on teens as well as parents. However, your teen will always remember, and maybe even be secretly pleased with, the pool party you throw for him or her this summer. Here are some ideas…

  • Houston Pool With Beach Entry

    Beach Music Playlist

    Are you looking for the perfect beach themed music playlist? Well look no further. This music will help your party be a real splash! •   ” The Tide is High” by Blondie•    “Vacation” by The Go Gos•    “Mambo # 5″ by Lou Bega•   ”…

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    What to consider when purchasing a new grill

    Combing a poolside deck with an outdoor meal in the summer air is the perfect, relaxing combination but like indoor cooking, outdoor cooking requires the right equipment and the most important piece is the grill.  With dozens of different kinds of grills on the…

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    Apple and Pear Crisp

    Get ready to curl up in a blanket and snuggle with your special someone as you indulge in this fall treat! Apple and Pear Crisp makes for a lovely Saturday afternoon of reading on the couch or a romantic candlelit evening in our outdoor…

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    Baked Corn Dogs

    Corn Dogs are a favorite for kids of all ages. This yummy baked version is an easy, healthy alternative to fried corn dogs that your child can enjoy any night of the week. It’s also a great outdoor party food for youngsters, especially for…

  • Houston Platinum pool halloween party

    Spooky-Chic Halloween Party

    Do away with the usual dark Halloween décor; surprise your Halloween party guests with this bright white idea from Celebrations. com! This trendy Halloween idea is all is all about an over dose of white. Using white spray paint you can transform former Halloween…

  • Houston platinum pools thansgiving decor

    Last Minute Thanksgiving Decor

    “Wait, I’M HOSTING THANKSGIVING?? I thought we were havingit at your house!” If this is the conversation you’re having with your family or friends a week from Thanksgiving, don’t worry; it’s all gravy, baby. Pawn off turkey preparations to someone else and take a…

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    Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

    Expecting young guests this weekend? We’ve found some jam-packed Thanksgiving craft pages with activities that are sure to keep them happily entertained. Check them out! And comment with your own ideas if you’re planning your own craft time. Easy Crafts (Spoon Pilgrims, Thanksgiving bouquet,   …