Make Your Pool Party One to Remember

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Summertime is just around the corner, and when the heat cranks up, there's no better time for a pool party. From style to entertaining, here are a few things to keep in mind when you're playing hostess or attending an epic splash of a day.

Tip 1: Think of the Elements
A good cover-up is key for hiding from the sun or feeling comfortable when you don't want to bare your bod. I make sure to bring the following necessities in my tote bag to ensure I am ready for anything that pops up: sunscreen, lip balm with an SPF, a towel, surf spray for my hair for those postpool dips, and makeup remover pads – runny make up after a dive is never a good look.

Tip 2: Comfort Is Key
If you're hosting a pool party, be sure to provide plenty of shade for your guests as well as places to lounge. The more comfortable they are, the longer they'll stay.

Tip 3: Stay Energized
Food and drink are key for a long, epic day spent in the sun. Think about the obvious things first — water bottles, chilled fruit, and a spread of snacks. When it comes to a meal, keep it simple and casual. Anything barbecued or premade is always a good idea.

Tip 4: Be a Hostess With the Mostess
To avoid any mishaps, opt for paper or plastic serving ware. Nothing kills a party like broken glass near bare feet.

Tip 5: Remember to Act Like a Kid
Pick up some pool accessories, games, and toys. A competitive game of cornhole is fun outside of the pool, or you can set up minihoops in the pool for a team b-ball game. Tubes and comfy floats are crowd pleasers. I promise you'll have guests fighting over the good ones, and it will get everyone in the water, splashing around like they did as kids.