Category Archives: Relax

Pool Party with a Purpose - Cannonball!

How to Host a Pool Party with a Purpose

Have you heard about Summer Smile Splash? If not, it’s Operation Smile’s latest fundraising campaign and SwimWays is the sponsor! It’s a fun way to get your family and friends involved with a wonderful cause that’s close to your heart and the hearts of many more. Since 1982, Operation Smile has provided 220,000 free surgical procedures for children and young adults around the world. The organization has a mobilized force of more than 5,400 medical volunteers from more than 80 countries who donate their time and talents, providing safe and effective surgeries.

Did you know that just $240 can help provide a cleft lip or cleft palate surgery? Host a ‘Pool Party with a Purpose’ to spread awareness and raise surgery funds for Operation Smile so they can help even more children born with cleft lip or cleft palate. Simply visit the Summer Smile Splash web page to register your event and get started.

Event planning skills need a little help? Check out our tips so you can throw an amazing pool party! Continue reading

Spring Float Americana

Red, White and Blue Fourth of July Pool Party

by Tracy Kunzler

How to Throw a Fourth of July Pool Party

The fourth of July is an important, yet casual holiday occurring during the hottest time of the year, so why not celebrate it in and around the pool? Think about it – it really is the “poolitically correct” thing to do, and a truth I hold to be self-evident. And, since it’s a time to celebrate freedom, let’s liberate party hosts from complicated recipes and elaborate party prep! Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with this fun celebration for guests AND hosts! All men may be created equal, but all pool parties are not! Continue reading

Poolside Baby Shower

by Tracy Kunzler

Poolside Baby Shower

How to Throw an Amazing Outdoor Baby Shower

Did you know more babies are born in September than any other month? The next most popular birth months are August, June, and July, in that order. This means pool season is the most popular time for baby showers! (And that October, November, December and January are popular for something else all together!)

Dads are too-often left out of baby showers, and they should really be made to feel included in all things baby – ESPECIALLY upcoming diaper changes and late-night feedings! So, get them in the swim of things with a co-ed “BaByQ” pool party that celebrates both expectant parents! We’ve got you covered from invitations to menu to games to gifts! And since this page is titled “Relax,” you won’t experience any labor pains birthing this fun and easy party!

Check out the links below for more of Tracy’s series on throwing a poolside baby shower!

Check out our dedicated baby shower board on Pinterest!

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Poolside Baby Shower – Invites and Set Up

by Tracy Kunzler

From the editor: Details are everything when it comes to putting on the perfect baby shower party. Check out these tips from Tracy Kunzler so you can prepare for this beautiful get together celebrating new life.

Invites and Set Up

Start off by making up cute BaByQ invitations noting date, time, address, the fun menu, and where the couple is registered for gifts. Let guests know to bring their swimsuits. If you don’t want to make up your own invitations, one option is to go to etsy.com and type “BabyQue” or “BabyQ” in the search bar.

Babyque Shower Invitation with Matching Decorative Sign - Printable & Personalized

By PrettyPaperInk on Etsy.com

Set the scene

Float a couple of rubber duckies and round white balloon “bath bubbles” in the pool. Oriental Trading has a large, 11” x 14” rubber duckie. You could even ask each guest or couple to bring a bath or pool toy as a gift for baby to add to the pool decor. (Be sure to mention it in the invitation.) Let the rubber duckie bath and pool theme lead your color scheme and use bright yellow and blue balloons, streamers and paper products throughout the party area. Make a CD of songs with the word baby in them to play during the party. You can download songs from iTunes. Here are some titles to get you started:

  • Baby Baby – Amy Grant
  • Ooh Baby, Baby – The Miracles or Linda Ronstadt
  • Hey! Baby – Bruce Channel
  • Baby, It’s You – JoJo
  • Baby Love – Diana Ross & The Supremes
  • Baby Come Back – Player
  • Baby I Need Your Lovin’ – Four Tops
  • Give It To Me Baby – Rick James
  • Baby Hold On – Eddie Money
  • Don’t Worry Baby – Beach Boys

Check out the links below for more of Tracy’s series on throwing a poolside baby shower!