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It’s National Ice Cream Day – Have a Party by the Pool!

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This coming Sunday, July 22nd, is National Ice Cream Day.  The weather seems promising in South East Texas, and there is nothing that cools the body like sweet and refreshing ice cream.   We don’t know about you, but we always find any excuse to have it!  Another great reason to use your swimming pool to host an Ice Cream Pool …

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Get Your Swimming Pool Ready for the Holidays

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December is one of those months during the year where parties and meetings are happening constantly. It is an excellent opportunity for all sorts of “get-togethers” to have fun with your family, friends, and colleagues. If you have a pool, you should get the most out of it for your next party. It is possible that the pool is not …

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Organize a Halloween Pool Party

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It’s Halloween Time!  Are you ready for another year for spooky pool parties?  For this year, we want to give you some tips that will make it a successful event. Planning By planning your pool party, it will help as a guide for decorating your oasis as well as what food to serve for the occasion. There are many different …

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Have a Back to School Pool Party

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As summer comes to an end, you may want to consider a Back to School Pool Party for your kids (it doesn’t have to be on a Labor Day weekend). Luckily, Texas still has perfect pool party summer temperatures at the beginning of September. Last week we published a blog on how to organize a Labor Day Pool Party. We …

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Labor Day Pool Party!

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Labor Day marks the end of the summer season.  It is the last chance to have an outdoor party with family and friends.  If you have a swimming pool in your backyard, the chances are that you may be thinking of having a Labor Day party, right?  What are you waiting for?  Like in many of our blogs, we do …

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Have a Memorial Day Pool Party

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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 …

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A Mother’s Day Pool Party

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Every year most moms want to go out and celebrate at a restaurant on Mother’s Day.  That’s OK.  But, in some cases, you may have the in-laws plus the kids, more in-laws, the cousins, and nephews…  The result?  Probably a $1,500.00 bill for a table of 20.  Don’t get us wrong, going out to a restaurant to celebrate mom is …

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Easter Scavenger Hunt – The Aquatic Edition

In Games and Toys, Party Planning by Swimming Pool Expert

In our last blog, we talked about how to organize an Easter Pool Party.  Now, we take a look at how to organize an Easter Scavenger Hunt…in a swimming pool. First, make sure that you have adults who can be referees and supervisors in the swimming pool.  Second, divide the kids into groups by age.  If there are small guests …

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How to Organize an Easter Pool Party

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If you live in an area where the weather is excellent at Easter, like Texas, then you are in luck.  We are crazy about pool parties, and Easter is another event where you can wear a new swimsuit and let the kids enjoy the day.  However, if you are thinking about inviting guests and relatives with children, then it’s time …

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How to Plan for a Spring Break Pool Party

In Party Planning, Poolside Recipes by Swimming Pool Expert

Early spring means college students are packing up swimsuits, board shorts, fancy clothing and any other item you can imagine.  College students across the country are heading to the biggest party of the year – Spring Break.  And then, you have those who decide to go home and enjoy the perfect pool right in their own backyard.  Just because your …

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Presidents’ Day by the Pool

In Party Planning, Pool Tips by celement

The school year comes with a lot of challenges for parents.  It’s all about the Christmas pageant, the Halloween costume contest or graduation.  But there is nothing more challenging than a long weekend.  There are not many of them, but it’s not like summer, where you can plan ahead for that trip in a car or a plane, or even …

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Valentine’s Day by the Pool

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Whether it rains or shines, expect Valentine’s Day to be in the low 70°F.  So, get the decorations out and have the best pool party ever.  Here are some ideas to make the gathering a memorable one: Planning Decorations Simple decorations like red, white and pink balloons go well.  You can make a bunch and tie them together on a …

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Are You Ready for Super Bowl LII?

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The weather will not be kind to the New England Patriots, the Philadelphia Eagles, or the spectators at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII.  However, for Houston and surrounding areas the temperature will be a lovely 68°F on Sunday. So get out there and  take advantage of your outdoor family room for a great Super Bowl …

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Thanksgiving Decorations by the Pool

In Party Planning by celement

Thanksgiving is the holiday that people enjoy.  It is not only the time to give thanks and be grateful, but is the time to gather with friends and family.  There is nothing that brings them closer than a great home-cooked meal.  And it is the holiday that kicks off the Christmas season. It is also the time to decorate.  If …

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Thanksgiving Decorations by the Pool

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Thanksgiving is the holiday that people enjoy.  It is not only the time to give thanks and be grateful, but is the time to gather with friends and family.  There is nothing that brings them closer than a great home-cooked meal.  And it is the holiday that kicks off the Christmas season. It is also the time to decorate.  If …

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Great Pumpkin Recipes for the Fall

In Party Planning, Poolside Recipes by celement

Halloween was just here, and Thanksgiving’s around the corner.  So, if you’re looking to have breakfast, lunch or dinner by the pool, keep in mind that what you serve reminds your family and friends of the holidays to come. Pumpkin is the most symbolic emblem of autumn.  There is no way to avoid it.  It is also the vegetable known …

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The Best Halloween Pool Decoration Ideas

In Party Planning by celement

Calling all pool owners!  Are you a Halloween fanatic?  Then this blog is for you. It’s time to take out the spooky decorations; the ghosts, spiders, witches, pumpkins…It’s time to bring it all out.  And once you have it out, visualize how you want your pool “dressed” up for the scary occasion.  Skeletons are great around the backyard garden; spiders …

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How To Choose The Right BBQ Grill

In Party Planning, Poolside Recipes by celement

If you think the backyard is the only place to cook outdoors, imagine how it would be for a city dweller to have a hibachi on the fire escape, a portable-size grill at the stadium parking, or just enjoy a flavorful outdoor meal right from your kitchen. According to barbecue expert Steven Raichlen, there are 6 major types of grills: …

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What’s The Secret To The Best Backyard BBQ?

In Party Planning, Poolside Recipes by celement

A French chef once said “the secret of life is … butter”. Many people say that good barbecue requires a great grill to cook outdoors.  No matter if your grill is gas, charcoal or stone, the secret to good barbecue is in the way you prepare your meat.  Here are three great recommendations to season your way to a great …

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Plan A Successful Labor Day Pool Party

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Planning to have a Labor Day party at your place? There are a ton of awesome ideas to create a memorable party. Here are the tips you can utilize for your party to make it a fun and exciting experience for the ones who are attending it. 1.    Keep It Simple and Clean: One of the best party tips is …

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Spring Break BBQ Party

In Party Planning, Poolside Recipes by celement

Spring break is just around the corner! Are you ready to host the best BBQ spring break party ever? Kids are out of school, and the Texas heat is cranking up. It’s the perfect time to break out the grill and throw a backyard poolside BBQ party. We’ve compiled a list of some amazing finger lickin’ good grilling recipes. Side …

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Throw a Super Bowl LI Themed Party

In Party Planning, Poolside Recipes by celement

Super Bowl LI is just around the corner, are you ready to throw the best and most memorable super bowl party? Yes? Cool! We’re here to help. No? COOL! We’ll change your mind. So what does it take to throw the ultimate super bowl party? DELICIOUS FOOD and unconventional football décor, of course. Don’t throw lame parties with just chips …

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Winter Time Activities by the Fire Pit

In Party Planning, Pool Tips, Poolside Recipes by celement

Ignite your backyard patio and pool with luxurious fire bowls, pits, and other custom fire features. Luckily, Houston winters can be mild, and bearable at times. Which allows for some fun in the cold. Enjoy the brisk cold air by a nice and cozy fire pit or outdoor fire place. Activities by The Fire Hot Chocolate and Ghost Stories Make …

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Poolside Friendsgiving Party

In Party Planning, Poolside Recipes by celement

What’s better than spending quality time with your friends? Spending it by the pool of course! November in Houston is the perfect time of year to throw an outdoor poolside party. Depending if Houston wants to play nice, November weather tends to be mild and ideal for an evening dinner party. Here are some great ideas on how to wow …

Host a Summer Olympics-Themed Watch Party Poolside at Home

In Party Planning by Swimming Pool Expert

This Summer, Team USA will be traveling to Rio, and as the best athletes around the world converge onto one global arena, people worldwide will undoubtedly be watching and cheering on their country and the athletes who compete at the highest level. Of course, Platinum Pools sees a great opportunity for a pool party, and you have options when it …

Throw a Pokémon Go-Themed Pool Party The Old-Fashioned Way

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Odds are, you’ve heard all about this summer’s hottest craze, Pokémon Go. If you have kids, you’ve known about the world of collectible pocket monsters for some time, and just because the biggest game of the summer is confined to your favorite cell-enabled device, that doesn’t mean the fun stops at the water line. The folks at Platinum Pools think …

Pool Party Ideas for Adults

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Adult Swim! 10 Pool Party Ideas for Grown-Ups of All Ages Can you feel the heat? It’s pool season in Texas! We all know that pools are major entertainment for the kids, but what about us adults? We work hard to pay for and maintain the backyard pool, we should definitely enjoy it! Here are a few ways to enjoy …

March Madness – Pool Edition

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The best part of March? The NCAA college basketball tournament! This year the fun starts on March 16th, so we’re here to help you get a jump on planning your March Madness party – with more than one kind of pool. Invitations There are a number of ways to watch the tournament, so getting the invitation out early will help …

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Create Your Very Own Backyard Valentine’s Day!

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you may be scrambling for ideas for a romantic date night, or for a special dinner outing. Platinum Pools has a few great ideas and recipes to have a unique, private, and of course romantic Valentine’s Day in your very own back yard, best yet, no reservations are required! Prep the Ambiance Think …

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An Outdoor Thanksgiving Celebration

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With Thanksgiving near, we’re all trying to make plans for a festive start to the holidays.  Luckily for us in Texas, it means cool, crisp weather.  We’ve got a few great ideas on how to make your Thanksgiving celebration fun for everyone. Set the Mood by Your Pool With Your Outdoor Tablescape Nothing says Thanksgiving like a warmly lit,brightly decorated …

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Tips For Your Holiday Pool Party

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It may be starting to get cooler, but luckily for Texas, it’s one of the best times of year for outdoor activities! Whether for your family or a casual office gathering, we’ve got some great ideas for a holiday party around the pool. Set the Mood When it’s cold out in Texas, we enjoy a good outdoor fire.  If you’re …

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Tips For An Awesome Fall Themed Pool Party

In Featured Post, Party Planning, Pool Tips by Christy Saxer

Fall is in the air, but the warm Texas weather means pool season might not be over just yet! Which creates the perfect situation for a fall-themed pool party. We already shared a few tips on creating a spooky themed pool party, but what about all those other fall occasions? Here are some fun ideas for planning a fall themed …

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Halloween Pool Party Ideas

In Party Planning by Christy Saxer

Halloween is just around the corner! This year, skip the boring big-box store Halloween decorations and use your swimming pool as a spooky centerpiece. Whether you are planning a pool party, hosting a haunted house, or just want to thrill the neighborhood trick-or-treaters, there are plenty of ways to use your swimming pool to create a scary adventure. Here are …

All-Time Best Swimming Pool Games

In Games and Toys, Party Planning, Pool Tips by Christy Saxer

Does playing games in the pool bring back childhood memories of long afternoons in the pool? Here is a list of the top all-time favorite swimming pool games to keep kids and teens alike entertained. Keep in mind, playing games may make it more difficult to notice a swimmer who is struggling to stay afloat, so only play games with …

Why Your Swimming Pool Is the Ultimate Summer Staycation

In Featured Post, Party Planning, Pool Tips by Swimming Pool Expert

Here are 3 interesting facts about Texas: Texas is the second warmest US state  during the summer months. Texas has the second most residential swimming pools per capita Texas is also the hardest working state  given that 5 of its cities (Arlington, Fort Worth, Austin, Dallas and Houston) appear in the list of top 10 hardest-working US cities. Put all …

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5 Easy Tips for a Care-Free Pool Party

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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. •    Have your family clean up the house the day before. 2.    Delegate •    …

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Red, White and Blue – Have a 4th of July Pool Party!

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Who cares if this important holiday falls in the beginning, on Hump Day, or the end of the week, the 4th of July is the most celebrated holiday in the USA after Christmas.  We can’t help but express how proud we are of being Americans.  Compared to other holiday parties we’ve written about, 4th of July Pool Parties are easy …

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Master Checklist: How to Host the Perfect Pool Party

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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-Party Just like Grandma’s chocolate chip cookies, the perfect party has needs a “recipe” to help make sure you have everything you …

Christmas Themed Pool Party

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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 decorations out of storage and decorate! Food •    The key to this party is light finger food …

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Hawaiian Luau Themed Pool Party

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Summertime is the perfect time to visit the tropical islands of Hawaii all from the comfort of your own backyard. Your friends will love relaxing in your pool during your Hawaiian Luau Party! This can be as themed or simple as you would like. Try some of these ideas to bring the islands to you and your friends. Decorations: This …

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Kid’s Birthday Pool Party

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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. Before you Have a Pool Party: •    Make sure you review child pool safety tips. Always …

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The Perfect Kid’s Pool Party

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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. Whether they’re in the kiddie pool or the “big” pool, here a few sure-fire ways to …

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Throw a Pool Party for Your Teen

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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 for a successful teen party. Note: Consult your teen about any of these ideas. Let him …

Beach Music Playlist

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