End of the Season Celebrations

It’s always a little sad to say goodbye to summer time. Spending time in the swimming pool is an important part of the season, so it makes sense to have a party for the end of summer. You could have a traditional summer-type party so that everyone gets one last chance to snack on their summer favorites. Use the grill one last time and serve hamburgers and hot dogs. Pass out ice cream and popsicles and other summer treats. Many people’s gardens are productive right near the end of the summer, so take advantage of these fresh foods. Serve sweet corn, tomato salads, fresh greens, melon, grapes and other foods that will start to become rare in the autumn.

pumpkinIf you are tired of summer foods and decorations, try a different theme for your final swimming pool party. Have a “Welcome to Autumn” swimming pool party and use fall decorations. You can decorate with food items such as gourds, pumpkins and apples. Other decoration ideas include fall leaves and hay stacks, which are available at party stores. Look for seasonal flowers, such as sunflowers, dahlias, roses and other orange, yellow or red-colored blooms. Be sure to tape or weigh down leaves and flowers so that you don’t end up with debris in your swimming pool.

Most people close their pools around Labor Day or near the beginning of the school year. Since many people travel over Labor Day weekend, you may want to plan your swimming pool party for another time. Try the weekend before or weekend after Labor Day so that guests are available for a swimming pool party.

If you have children, you could have a “back to school night” theme and invite your children’s classmates to a swimming pool party. If the guests are young, you could give out school-themed party favors like crayons and pencils. Put up signs with the school year name, such as “2014-2015”. If some guests are graduating from high school, decorate with graduation-themed items. You can serve school-themed snacks, such as cupcakes with the alphabet or apple decorations. Put up small chalkboards with guest names or school names. You can find inexpensive chalkboards at dollar stores or party stores.

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