4 Tips for a Happy Back-to-School Party in Your Doughboy Pool

We hate it as much as you do, but there’s no way to stop summer from fading into the new school year. But that is the perfect excuse to throw a back-to-school party in your Doughboy® pool! A Doughboy pool party is just what you need to get everyone together for one last epic bash of the season. With the sun shining, laughter echoing, and water splashing, your family will create lasting memories before the academic hustle begins. Here are four ways to make sure it’s the happiest pool party of the season. 

Invitations and Theme Selection

Back-to-School Pool Party Invitation IdeaIt may sound old school to send an invitation rather than a quick text message, but a fun and vibrant invitation will make a great impression, help your guests remember the date, and get people excited for the back-to-school bash of the summer. You can still simplify the process by sending a digital invite via text, email, or social media if you prefer.

Pick a fun and vibrant party theme. You might incorporate chalkboards or school supplies to fit your back-to-school party theme. Or opt for a summery pool party theme, since it is the last event of summer. 

Be sure to let your guests know that the party will be centered around your above ground swimming pool, so they can come prepared with their swimsuits and towels. 

Decorations and Ambiance for Your Back-to-School Party

Transform your backyard into a festive and welcoming atmosphere with vibrant decorations. If you want to go all out, hang colorful streamers, balloons, and bunting. Festive can be simple too, though. A colorful tablecloth and bright disposable tableware are inexpensive but create a fun vibe. 

Scatter pool toys and floaties around the pool to encourage your guests to jump right in. Then, illuminate your pool area with lights or floating lanterns to extend the fun into the evening. Music is another essential element to set the mood, so create a lively playlist with upbeat tunes that will keep the energy high throughout the event.

Water Games and ActivitiesPool noodle races

Engaging pool games and activities will be the highlight of your back-to-school party. Organize a variety of games, such as water volleyball, shark attack, or pool noodle races. 

Don’t forget to have plenty of pool toys, noodles, and inflatable rafts available for everyone to enjoy. Additionally, you can create a friendly competition by offering prizes for winners, like beach towels or colorful goggles.

Pool Party Food

No party is complete without delicious refreshments. Arrange a poolside food station with an assortment of refreshing treats. For convenience, you can’t go wrong with a variety of finger foods, including fruit, veggie sticks with dips, and bite-sized sandwiches. Provide a selection of chilled beverages, such as fruit-infused water and lemonade.

Don’t forget to have a designated area for snacks and dry towels, so your guests can refuel and relax between dips in the pool.

With your Doughboy above ground swimming pool and a little planning, you can send off summer with a bang. Remember to prioritize safety by supervising the pool area at all times and ensuring that everyone follows proper swimming guidelines. If you haven’t already, download our free safety manual. As always, safety first!

If you need pool toys, noodles, or floats to complete your back-to-school pool party, head to your local Doughboy dealer to shop their selection. Click the blue button above if you need help finding your nearest Doughboy dealer, and get started on a school year for the books! 

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