Category Archives: Relax

Poolside Baby Shower Games

by Tracy Kunzler

From the editor: Every baby shower needs some entertainment! Check out these fun baby shower games suggested by relaxation expert and party planner extraordinaire, Tracy Kunzler.

Poolside Baby Shower Fun and Games

Yeah, I know. A lot of shower games are, well, lame. However, many of your guests will be expecting and looking forward to them. The following games are likely to change the minds of shower game naysayers and are sure to make for a memorable event! Be sure to organize some prizes for the winners!

Drain the Baby Bottle

Have the men at the party see how challenging it is for baby to finish a bottle. Give each man a baby bottle with juice in it (make sure all the bottles have the same amount of juice in them) and have a race to see which man can finish his bottle first without using his hands! The person who drains his bottle first is the winner. Hilarious fun. Award a prize such as an “adult bottle” of wine. You could even present it with a baby bottle nipple on top! Below is a YouTube video of men playing this game.

“My Water Broke!”

This is a great game to play in the pool on a hot day. You’ll want to have a bucket filled with water balloons made up beforehand. The best way to play is with a volleyball net strung across the pool.

2-in-1 Game

Have guests break up into teams of two (couples is easy) with members of each team facing each other on opposite sides of the volleyball net. Give a member of each team on one side of the net a water balloon. When you yell, “Switch,” the couples must carefully exchange their water balloon over the top of the volleyball net with out “breaking their water.” Once a couple’s balloon bursts, they’re out of the game. Continue until one couple remains. If you don’t have a volleyball net, you can have couples toss the water balloons back and forth in the pool or on land to see which couple makes the most tosses before their “water breaks.” You could also use the water balloons in a relay. Have guests hold a water balloon between their legs and walk from one point to the other without “breaking their water.”

“Pregnant Twister”

This is another way to get men in on the “fun” of pregnancy. Have guests (those not pregnant) wear a pillow or air-filled balloon taped or tied to their fronts and a fanny pack weighted with a couple cans of soup or vegetables from the pantry on their fannies as they play twister! You may have to play a couple of rounds to get all guests involved. Have the winner of each round play in a final round to determine the overall “pregnant twister” winner.

“The Baby is Craving…”

For this game, you’ll need two boxes or bins: one marked “dads,” the other “moms,” and a list of odds and ends you have placed and semi-hidden throughout the party area (garden gnome, doughnut, plastic dinosaur – anything you can think of you already have around the house or yard). Divide the guests into two teams of “moms” (women) and “dads” (men). Have the expectant mom sit in a chair with the marked boxes on either side of her. One by one, she should read off an item from the list preceded by, “The baby is craving a __________” and then wait while party guests go on a little scavenger hunt around the pool and yard to find the requested item and place it in their team’s box. Whichever team has the most items in the box at the end wins the honor of being served the craveable dessert first!

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


Poolside Baby Shower Gifts

by Tracy Kunzler

From the editor: Every water loving parent to be will really appreciate water themed baby shower gifts that allows for valuable bonding time with their child such as flotation devices or bubbles for bath time fun. And don’t forget your water-full guests! 

Perfect Pool Party Baby Shower Gifts

Stay with the bath and pool theme with these greatly-appreciated gifts for baby:

Baby Pool Float

A great way to introduce baby to the water while keeping him shaded and entertained! The Baby Spring Float Activity Center is suitable for ages 9-24 months, parents will enjoy getting a couple years of use out of it and children will love the interactive play!

Baby Spring Float Activty Center

Swim Diaper

The parents-to-be will appreciate receiving the all-important swim diaper! (Or two!) Use a swim diaper alone or over a regular diaper for reassuring protection against leaks. It comes in a variety of colors and sizes.

Baby Swim Diaper

Bath Time Essentials for Baby

Check the parents’ baby registry for requested bath items. If a baby bath tub is there, give it filled with baby towels and washcloths and baby wash, shampoo, powder and lotion, and a baby brush and comb set.

Party Favors

End this fun shower on a sweet note by giving each guest a small bag of miniature Baby Ruth candy bars, Sugar Daddy pops, and packs of Sugar Babies candy. Or, you could give out bottles of your favorite barbecue sauce with a custom label you print out and glue on that reads “Thanks for coming to Tyler & Jessica’s BaByQ,” for example.

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


Treat Mom to a Poolside Garden Brunch This Mother’s Day

by Tracy Kunzler

Mother's Day Brunch Ideas

Cupcake bouquet:, Blooming table setting:, Smoked salmon platter:

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11 which, coincidentally, is about the time many of us open our pools for the season and have gardens bursting with their first blooms! So, it’s the perfect time to celebrate Mom with a pretty, poolside garden brunch! After all, where would we be without moms? I think you know where! Half of us would be dead since we jumped off cliffs just because our friends did or because we were denied life-saving medical procedures after getting ourselves in car accidents without having good, clean underwear on! Thanks to moms, everyone knows surgeons will deny life-saving surgery to anyone not wearing good, clean underwear! (Of course, I often wonder how underwear stays “good” and “clean” after a terrible accident.)

Yes, without moms, we’d be in big trouble! So let’s thank all the mothers in our lives – grandmothers, aunts, special friends and neighbors – by giving them a special, EASY celebration! Remember, the name of this page is “Relax.” Even if you’ve never boiled water or tied a bow, you can put together this delicious, gorgeous party! Even the youngest members of the family can help!

This year, show mom you’re grateful you have the good sense not to jump off cliffs and to wear good, clean underwear by honoring her with a special garden brunch she’ll be especially thankful for!

Check out Tracy’s Mother’s Day poolside garden brunch series via the links below!

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Mother’s Day Poolside Garden Brunch: Set the Scene

by Tracy Kunzler

From the editor: What better way to enjoy Mother’s Day than being poolside enjoying crisp, fresh spring air? Check out these mom-pleasing decor ideas from our relaxation expert, 

While it may still be a tad chilly to jump in the pool, it’s the perfect time to dine poolside, taking in the beauty of spring. Picture this: a beautifully decorated table alongside your newly-opened pool turned into a “garden pond” with the Mother’s Day gift of pretty, floating lotus lights, swimming fish and lily pads! Here’s how to easily set the scene:

Turn your pool into a pond

Decorate your pool with floating flower decor, or motorized swimming fish! Mom will also love receiving them as a gift and using them all season long.

Complete the pool-as-pond setting with some large, floating lily pads cut from green fun foam you can buy inexpensively at craft stores like Michael’s and A.C. Moore. This is a fun activity for the younger members of the family. Place small toy frogs on them for extra charm!

Don’t forget to have mom’s favorite music playing on a portable music player. You could even borrow some CDs of classical music or nature sounds from the local library for a soothing acoustical backdrop!

Create a tablescape that doubles as a garden

Even if you have very few flowers blooming in your yard on Mother’s Day, no worries! You’ll have a table bursting with blooms with this fun, easy and inexpensive table setting!

First, cover your table with a length of artificial grass which can be found at stores like Walmart, Home Depot and Lowe’s. Decorate it with flowers from your local dollar store. Add accents from around the house and garden like garden gnomes, toy frogs and turtles, or artificial birds, nests and butterflies from the local craft store. Put flowers in a watering can in the middle of the table for a centerpiece. Voilà! A beautiful garden for mom!

Mother’s Day Poolside Garden Brunch: Prepare a No-Fail Feast