School is almost over. The flowers are blooming, and the temperature is rising. There is an exchange of clothing in the storage room; so long winter clothes, hello t-shirts, shorts and flip-flops. Summer is here, and it’s time to celebrate.
When you have a great outdoor living room with all the amenities and an oasis to keep you cool from that Texas heat, you can’t help organizing a get-together. Memorial Day weekend is here. Of course, you are planning a party or a get-together, aren’t you? Here are some tips to make your gathering successful:
First Things First
Get the Pool Ready
Do your routine pool check of chemistry levels, skim the water from debris and leaves, and make sure that the filter and pump are clean. If you feel that the pool equipment is not working correctly, contact a pool professional to get your pool inspected and serviced.
Clean the Pool’s Deck
The pool’s deck can become dirty from trees, dirt, mud and more. Since the pool is a damp environment, algae, mold, and mildew can appear on the surface. This can make your pool’s deck ugly, slippery and dangerous, transmitting diseases to bare feet. A pressure washer removes all those elements, bringing back your deck to its beautiful glory.
If you have a lush garden around your pool, then a trim is in order. Cutting the grass, trimming the hedges and trees will make your backyard neat, and will help prevent leaves from falling into your pool.
Feed the Flowers
Do you have flowers in your backyard? A bit of water mixed with feeding nutrients for those “blooming colors” will make them look alive and beautiful.
Flying Bugs? Get the Citronella
Summer also brings a few bugs like flies and mosquitoes. It doesn’t hurt to have a bug repellant handy. The good news is that citronella comes with a combination of fragrances that is easier to the nose.
Assign Turns for Watching the Kids
Let’s face it! Kids will attend the pool party. Have some of your guests take turns keeping an eye on the children. And, as we always insist in our blogs, have a first aid kit and life jackets available. Better be safe than sorry.
The Outdoor Family Room is Clean and Ready
Now that everything is ready, you can proceed to organize your Memorial Day party. Here are some items that you should have on your agenda:
Memorial Day pays homage for those who fought for our country. Get a patriotic-motive decoration in red, white and blue. Everything from paper cups, plates, and napkins, will do the trick.
You may have kids coming over to your Memorial Day get together, so plan some pool games that the whole family can enjoy. Keep them fun and easy but with a competitive edge. Group sports like pool volleyball, basketball or a good set of Marco Polo should suffice.
The warmer the temperature, the lighter you and your guests will eat. Salads, vegetables, and fruit are excellent choices. Or, if you invite meat fans, then get the grill ready for a few hot dogs, hamburgers or even sausages. It’s very important that you keep the food out of the sun. Place the food on the terrace, in a gazebo or under the tent. Also, remember to keep food covered and away from insects.
Don’t Forget the Drinks
Ice for beverages is a must, as well as a few bottles of water, fruit juice and other drinks for the adults to consume. You can also make a punch that everyone can enjoy.
Music to Enjoy
No party can be without music. Spotify gives you the tools to create your summer playlist or use Pandora to stream music. If you happen to use any music player from your computer, you have to connect it to your sound system via Bluetooth. No matter what, music makes your guests sing and dance to the beat.
We are sure that our recommendations will work wonders for your long weekend. We also want to remind everyone to take some time to pay homage to any relative or friend who fought for the USA. Just hug them and say, “Thank You.”
Remember that Platinum Pools is the place where we custom-build the swimming pool of your dreams. Visit our website for a free quote or call us 1.281.870.1600 (Houston), 1.409.898.4994 (Beaumont), or 1.361.576.0183 (Victoria).