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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!

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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 and type “BabyQue” or “BabyQ” in the search bar.

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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!


Poolside Baby Shower Menu

by Tracy Kunzler

From the editor: Thinking of hosting an outdoor barbecue for an upcoming baby shower? Check out this silly baby themed menu sure to create lots of smiles and laughter.

Your guests will delight in this baby shower menu that’s delicious and extra-easy!


Beer and wine

Swaddled Baby Hot Dogs (pigs-in-a-blanket)
Baby Carrots and Dip
Baby Swiss Cheese and Crackers

Main Course:
Baby Spinach OR “Bib” Lettuce Salad
Barbecued Baby Back Ribs
Knocked-Up Wurst
Roasted Baby Potatoes
Buns in the Oven

Rubber Duckie Cake


Make up a batch of a special punch or signature cocktail and call it “formula.” Provide a couple varieties of “pop” (if you can find “Dad’s Root Beer,” so much the better) and a selection of wine and beer. Set up a self-serve drink table with baby bottles (sans nipples) with straws in them as drink ware. The bottles can be later washed and given as a gift to the expectant parents.


You can find frozen pigs-in-a-blanket appetizers in many grocery stores. Just heat per package directions and serve with a variety of mustard like jalapeno and honey mustard. Make up a platter of baby carrots served with your favorite ranch dip or hummus. Serve a block of baby Swiss cheese with a variety of crackers. Add a bunch of grapes for color.

Baby Spinach OR “Bib” Lettuce Salad – You may already have a favorite spinach or Bibb lettuce salad recipe. If not, this one is always a hit for me. I eyeball all the ingredients and toss with the dressing just before serving.

  • Baby spinach leaves (I buy pre-washed in the bag. One 7 oz bag is good for about four servings)
  • Slivered red onion
  • Dried cranberries
  • Crumbled Gorgonzola or goat cheese
  • Chopped walnuts, pecans or candied pecans
  • Raspberry vinaigrette dressing

Baby Back Ribs -Use your favorite recipe for baby back ribs or follow mine. Mine is to find the precooked variety in the supermarket, remove and hide the packaging in the trash, cut the ribs into serving portions of three-four ribs, place them in a large casserole dish and heat per package directions just before time to serve. This “recipe” has never failed me. Plan on at least four baby back ribs per guest.

Knocked-Up Wurst -Simply cook knockwurst on your grill. Get a man to take over this task. Whether it’s true or not, each and every man seems to believe that when it comes to operating a grill, he is to cooking what Mozart is to music. Let him have at it. It’s one less thing you’ll have to do! Plan on at least one knockwurst per guest.

Baby Roasted Potatoes – If you don’t already have a favorite recipe for roasted potatoes, you can find lots online or follow my recipe: Buy a bunch of baby potatoes (most grocery stores carry them these days – you can get yellow, red or a mix of yellow, red and blue) making sure you have a good handful (5-6 mini potatoes) per number of servings you need. After washing and drying them, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. If your potatoes vary greatly in size, cut the larger ones in half so they’re a uniform size. In a large bowl, toss the potatoes with extra virgin olive oil, freshly-ground sea salt and pepper, minced garlic and chopped fresh rosemary until they are well coated. Then, spread them in single layers on lightly oiled cookie sheets and roast for 25-30 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Check the potatoes frequently after about 20 minutes. Place in a serving bowl or platter and serve immediately. Check out this recipe from Savory Sweet Life.


Buns in the Oven – Simply serve your favorite buns for Knocked-Up Wurst or dinner rolls warm from the oven!

Rubber Duckie Cake – Your guests will love this adorable cake! Simply bake the mom-to-be’s favorite cake flavor as your choice of a sheet or round layer cake. Frost with white icing tinted blue. (Wilton food dye sold in craft stores provides really vibrant color, but the blue food dye sold in the baking aisle of the supermarket works well, too.) Leave some of the icing white to pipe on “bubbles” or you can cut both large and small marshmallows to use as bubbles. Just use small dabs of white icing as “bubble glue.” I think it would be especially cute to top it with two “adult” duckies and one baby duckie. You can find rubber duckies of all types and sizes at online stores like or Oriental Trading. Stores like Party City carry them as well, including really tiny ones to use throughout your decor.


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