If there is one thing we can all agree on, it’s that it has been way too hot this summer. Everywhere across the country has been experiencing heat waves making it hard to want to gather outside with friends. That is unless you have a pool. A pool is the perfect way to party outside in the heat. If you want to tailgate but want to stay out of the heat, here’s how you can turn your pool into the ultimate tailgating party spot. Here are 8 tips to beat the heat and have the ultimate tailgating party at your pool.
1. Set Up Game Viewing Station
The hardest part about hosting a tailgating pool party is how to watch the game. TVs are too small and not exactly waterproof. Instead, you’ll want to use a project. This inflatable projector screen was made for pool parties. You blow it up and set it next to the pool. It’s waterproof and comes in a range of sizes that ensure everyone can see the game.
You’ll also want to connect a BlueTooth speaker to make sure everyone can hear the game. We recommend this waterproof BlueTooth speaker for JBL. It has very high-quality audio and won’t be damaged even if it falls into the pool. It’s also great to take to the stadium with you at your next tailgate.
2. Figure Out Seating
It’s great to kick back in the pool and enjoy the game. However, it’s even better when you have somewhere to sit. Pool floats are excellent for viewing the game. Sit and float loungers are always a great option. We also love multi-purpose pool float hammocks. They work as both a lounger, a chair, and a hammock allowing your guests a variety of ways to get comfy. They’re also offered in a pack of four so you can ensure you have enough seating for everyone.
3. Add Some Shade
Even chilling in the pool, these hot days can really wear us down. Adding a bit of shade over your pool will help keep everyone cool. It will also prevent sunburns and dehydration. If you have an inground pool, consider opting for a pool shade canopy. They are really affordable, pretty easy to install, and come in a variety of colors and sizes. If you have an above-ground pool, you can add an above-ground pool shade canopy. You don’t have to shade your entire pool, just an area where people can get out of the direct sun.
4. Plan A Great Menu
No tailgating party is complete without a spread. When planning your menu, first keep in mind food that is good to serve in the pool. You don’t want anything messy or crumbly that can make your pool dirty. Here’s a great list of pool-friendly recipes to inspire some ideas for your spread. You’ll also want to grab an inflatable serving tray so your guests don’t have to get in and out of the pool every time they want a snack. Inflatable serving trays come in a huge variety of options. We especially love this floating taco tray perfect for a taco Tuesday tailgate.
5. Don’t Forget The Drinks
When it’s hot out, you’re going to want to make sure you have plenty of drinks available. It’s good to have water and hydrating soft drinks. You can store them in a pool cooler which will keep them easily accessible and cool. If you don’t want to invest in a dedicated pool cooler, there are some really great instructions for DIY floating coolers using things you have around the home.
Another great idea is to have inflatable drink holders. We love these inflatable drink holders because they are all different, making it easy for everyone to keep track of their drinks. If you are looking for a tasty beer to serve, here’s a great list of seasonal summer beers to consider.
6. Plan Some Games
No tailgate would be complete without a little friendly competition. There are a ton of great games you can play in a pool. We love this floating pool basketball and football game set because it comes with two different games. This gives your tailgate crew some options. You can find other classic tailgating games for the pool like this pool beer pong set and inflatable pool cornhole. Here’s a helpful list of adult pool party games for some fun ideas for your tailgating crew.
7. Make Your Guests Comfortable
Going to a pool tailgating party requires more prep than attending a regular party. So it’s easy for your guests to forget important items. As a great host, it’s a good idea to have some of these basics on hand. First, you’ll definitely want to have a lot of sunscreen on hand to protect your guests.
Then you’ll definitely want to make sure you have plenty of spare pool towels. Even when everyone brings a towel, they can get too wet or fall in the pool. You can buy a pack of pool towels so you always have spare. Another great idea is to have a multipack of sunglasses around as well.
8. Add Some Lighting
If you’re tailgating a night game, make sure to add some pool lights. This will help people from injuring themselves, especially after a few summer beers. There are many kinds of pool lights but we recommend these LED pool lights that you put right in the water. They come in a full spectrum of colors so you can even light up your pool to match your team’s colors. It’s also good to have a little extra lighting around the walk areas to prevent slipping.
A tailgating pool party is a great way to gather with friends and beat the heat. With a little planning, you can definitely throw a memorable party.
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