It's pool-party season, which means it's time for lots of fun in the sun. And that begs the question: how do you dress when you're hitting the pool scene? Every girl wants to look stylish without trying too hard, so with that in mind, we've put together three inspirational outfits just for you. On Allison: StyleMint top, BCBG Max Azria skirt.
Kim Stoegbauer of The TomKat Studio knows how to throw a fashionable fete, so it's no surprise that her son Tommy's seventh birthday bash — a preppy pool party — is as stylish as it is fun! "It has become tradition for us to throw a big pool party each year for his birthday since we live in Arizona and it’s usually over 100 degrees by mid June," Kim says. "We were excited that our pool and backyard were finished just in the nick of time! The party colors and style were inspired by the fabulous navy and green cabana stripe pillows and umbrellas that I recently ordered from Pottery Barn to add some color to the backyard decor." Check out all the details of this prepster party (including TomKat printables), beautifully captured by photographer Vicki Lynn.
Source: The TomKat Studio
Finding the perfect poolside outfit can be tough — you want to show off your style but still want to be practical. Today, we've put together three awesome pool-appropriate ensembles to solve that style dilemma. It's all about moderation, but don't be afraid to add a little glam to your look with a chunky necklace, floppy hat, or studded belt. Watch to see how we make lounging poolside look effortlessly chic! On Allison: Paul and Joe Sister dress, H&M Swedish Hasbeen shoes, vintage necklace.
Finding the perfect poolside outfit can be tough-- you want to show off your style, but still want to be practical. Today, we've put together three awesome pool appropriate ensembles that are effortlessly chic! It's all about moderation, so don't be afraid to add a little glam to your look with a chunky necklace, a floppy hat, or a studded belt. See how we make lounging poolside look chic! On Allison: Paul and Joe Sister dress, H&M Swedish Hasbeen shoes, vintage necklace.
Make the outdoor area surrounding your pool as lush, clean, and comfortable as possible for the pool party. Set up a picnic table and plenty of lounge chairs. Stack folded beach towels on the chairs and let guests use them at their leisure. Stick tiki torches in the ground along walkways. Serve the drinks in plastic cups (with palm tree swizzle sticks) and the food on plastic plates. Place a rock on paper napkins so they don't blow into the pool. Arrange colorful bouquets of flowers in pretty blue vases.
When hosting a pool party, stock up on plenty of ice and water to ensure that guests stay hydrated. For easy access, place coolers around your backyard and fill with refreshments.
Since beer bottles inevitably get broken at any party, purchase beer cans and plastic bottles. Barefoot guests won't have to worry about stepping on glass shards.
Offer one fresh-fruit cocktail. This recipe for pineapple mango rum cocktails is cool and delicious. To learn how to make it, read more
Although I love a decadent chocolate cake, there is no place for rich desserts at a pool party. Guests will be in swimsuits, so serve something that's refreshing, cold, and not too sweet.
These sangria popsicles are a delicious grownup treat. Made with white wine, rum, pineapple chunks, and fresh orange juice, they're the perfect pool party crowd pleaser.
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When planning a menu for a pool party, select a variety of cold and hot (preferably grilled) dishes. Serve small, light bites buffet-style all day, replenishing plates as they go empty.
Offer guests a cool treat the moment they arrive in the form of watermelon wedges with lime ice. Served with tortilla chips, shrimp and avocado ceviche make a nice alternative to classic guacamole.
Skewered hot dogs with toasted croissants and spicy, cold gazpacho round out the menu. For these delicious recipes please, read more
Two of my girlfriends are celebrating their half birthdays this month, so I'm planning a pool party to honor the occasion. It's going to be a fabulous fiesta filled with sun, swimming, and serious eats. All this week I'll feature my best pool-party ideas so feel free to use them to host your own perfect pool party.
When hosting a party in the Summer, it's best to give your guests an advance notice of the event, so send invitations as soon as you have the date selected. To learn how I made the easy invites seen here, read more