With Labor Day just around the corner, and summer coming to an end, there’s no better way to ring in the new school year than with one final pool party!
A Labor Day pool party is a great excuse to bust out some new recipes and get one more use of your white and summery clothes!
THEME! Some popular pool party themes for kids are Spongebob, Nemo, Mermaids, Pirates. Adult parties could use a Hawaiian luau theme, a surf beach theme, a White Party, or just festive pool party decorations.
Labor Day is all about celebrating the hard work that individuals in the US contribute each year. What better way to pay tribute to them than by choosing a, “Red, White and Blue” theme, the colors of the American flag?
DECORATE! One great way to get that theme in motion is with the decorations. The Americana Star island and Waving Flag Mattress can definitely help portray your patriotic side. Arrange them in areas around the pool, or float them in the water as an invitation to swim.
Break out the Flag, and any other patriotic symbols or decorations you have for other summer holidays, and you’ll have a perfectly patriotic pool party!
The Watermelon Slice pool lounger or the Riviera Chaise Lounger will raise spirits and help your guests relax and get in the pool comfortably. To set the mood for the summer food and fun around the pool, place several deck chairs, deck lounges and pool floats, rafts and islands to provide several ways to enjoy the pool.
After dark, keep your guests entertained with the 3-Tier Fountain. Or, add some cool vibes by placing a few Oro Floating Accent Lights, around the pool. Rechargeable Oro lights are glowing LED orbs that look great in or out of the water, and display different colors to softly illuminate indoor/outdoor areas.
FOOD! I like to keep things simple when it comes to outside barbecues and pool parties. The best things to serve are always light and easy to grab with one hand.
Veggies platters, fruit skewers or grilled meat/veggie kebabs are always a great way to go for a summer pool party bbq. You can get creative with your skewers, or serve 3 or 4 different types of grilled kebabs, with onions, tomato, peppers, even pineapple!
For more traditional Labor Day pool party food, you can’t go wrong with grilled hot dogs and cheeseburgers, with lettuce, tomato and onion on the side. Yum! Side dishes could be potato salad, baked beans, and corn cob halves on a stick.
Caprese Skewers: One of my favorite skewer recipes to serve is cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil dipped in balsamic vinaigrette. This simple recipe is always sure to please a crowd, and if you use a blue toothpick, you can keep this appetizer in line with your theme.
DESSERT! is also an easy way to keep your food parallel with your theme. Dipping Pretzel rods in Chocolate and covering the chocolate with red, white and blue sprinkles is a simple idea that can serve as a dessert or even a centerpiece to your tables.
Fresh Watermelon slices are an easy way to bring a fresh dessert that won’t weigh everyone down. The average sized watermelon can yield 25-30 quarter-round slices, 1″ thick. Display on a large platter, and have the napkins nearby!
For those bakers looking for a dazzling dessert, this Martha Stewart American Flag Tart can be a great way to display your American pride, and as well as your extreme baking skills! It’s topped with raspberries, marshmallows and blueberries, all lined up in neat rows.
DRINKS! Last but not least, don’t forget the drinks. This Recipe Girl Sangria makes a great pool party punch.
For the kids, you can mix blueberries, strawberries and star shaped pineapple into sprite for a simple kiddy sangria. For the adult guests, try this recipe below.
An hour on decorations, an hour in the kitchen, and you can have a year end pool party that your guests will long remember.
One more thing, Labor Day comes early each year, always the first Monday in September – so get started now planning on Last Sizzling Summer Part