Do you have a teen or tween who is dying to have friends over for a pool party? Perhaps it’s birthday time…or an end of school party your child wants to host. You need ideas for a swimming pool party but you’ve got one major problem: you don’t have a backyard pool. So what’s a parent to do? How do you host a pool party when you don’t have a pool?
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Several years ago our daughter was invite to a girlfriend’s birthday party at a local hotel. I’ve got to admit that my first thought was, “What’s going on here?” It seemed odd to me, and it also got my parental suspicions going, to find out that the party was at a hotel.
So I did what any concerned – and suspicious – parent would do….I called the parents of the birthday girl to get some answers.
It turns out that the parents had reserved a hotel room and talked with the management to work out the party details. By reserving a room for the night, the parents had access to the pool. They got permission from hotel management to invite several of their daughter’s friends to show up at the hotel at a specified time for the pool party. The parents agreed to supervise the pool, provide all paper goods (as well as cake and soda), and to clean up after the party.
Butterfly had a blast! She said the kids all brought their own beach towels (part of the agreement so that the hotel didn’t have to provide a bunch of extra towels) and that when swim time was over, they had cake and soda by the pool. Any kid who needed to rinse chlorine out of their hair had access to the shower in the room the parents had paid for.
When the party was over, the parents sent birthday girl home with one of her friends to spend the night. Then Mom and Dad spent a quiet night alone together in the room they’d reserved.
It sounded like a great plan to me.
What to furnish for the hotel pool party:
- Birthday cake and soda (or punch)
- Paper plates
- Paper cups
- Plastic forks
- Garbage bags (for dirty plates and for discarded wrapping paper)
- Paper towels
Obviously, this might not be the best party for young kids, but Butterfly and her friends were young teens when she attended this party. Of course it never hurts to ask another set of parents, or perhaps a set of grandparents, to help supervise around the pool. After all, safety is the first concern…and the fun is guaranteed anyway.
As always, be sure to fully disclose your plans to the hotel management and get their permission before hosting this type of party. Their cooperation will go a long way towards making a successful party. Do be aware that the time of year and vacancy rate may affect the hotel’s willingness to agree. But you know my motto….they can say no but they can’t kill you.
So this might be an idea for the next party you need to host. And it’s definitely something worth considering for folks who don’t have a pool in their own backyard.