The leaves are changing. The days of flimsy shirts and flip flops may be over, but you don’t necessarily need to retire your pool for the year just yet. A pool party in autumn may seem a little challenging and unorthodox, but it’s not totally unheard of.
Here are some of the things you will need if you want to host an autumn pool party this year:
Spas and heaters are your friends. It can get pretty chilly in Utah during autumn, so you’ll need all the warmth you can get for your guests. For reference, fiberglass pools in Utah and other states heat up faster and for longer than other types of swimming pools, although with the appropriate choice of heating and enough time set aside, any kind of pool will do just fine. You might need a few days of preparation to make sure you get the water to the right temperature though.
Place heaters around the area to keep your guests warm. Some scented candles will both be functional and aesthetic in this case. If you can manage a fire pit or a bonfire, it will be an excellent addition to the overall vibe of your party.
Food and drinks
Prepare a diverse and hearty menu for your guests. Whatever your main dish is going to be, don’t forget your autumn classics! Corn, roast, all sorts of pies, whatever tickles your fancy. It will also be good to have finger food around and near the pool that anyone can eat – even the ones with dripping hair and wrinkly hands. To wash it down, some wine or homemade mulled cider will be good.
We’re going to do a bit of stopping, looking, and listening here. One thing that unfailingly levels up a party is a theme. If you’re thinking, ‘It’s an autumn pool party! That’s already more than just one theme in itself!’ Well, yes. You’re absolutely right. Some of our suggestions to achieve the right atmosphere for this kind of party would be to incorporate quintessential autumn things into pool party essentials. For example, provide gourd-patterned towels on your lounge chairs. Place apple floaties in the water.
Require your guests to don swimwear in autumn palettes, and, for those who will not be likely tempted by the warm pool and spa, some snug knitted sweaters in similar colors. You can also put jack-o’-lanterns around the area for illumination – or even make a carving competition one of your by-the-pool party activities!
It will be a bit hard to make a playlist that treads both the vibrant vigor of a summer pool party and the tamer coziness of fall, but you can’t deny that the challenge adds to the fun. If you’re stumped though, the more upbeat side of some of your favorite country, folk, or alternative indie playlists might be a good place to start.
A pool party is one of the most classic functions that bring friends and family together. While they are primarily only associated with summer, which is notably just one season out of a total four, it is not completely crazy to throw a pool party in the chillier seasons. With the right things in our arsenal, it’s not impossible to combine the kind of fun unique to a summer pool party with the quieter, homier accents that we love in fall.