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From bridal showers to mother’s day, there are lots of pool party ideas for women out there, but you would be hard pressed to find party planning ideas for men. Well, the guys here at Backyard Ocean felt a bit left out, so we decided to write a post about a pool party just for us. Here are our 5 tips to hosting an awesome pool party for the guys.

Know your Guys

Men aren’t all about football and cars, so hosting an awesome pool party for the guys should start with some knowledge of your partner, relative, or friend. What is his idea of a fun party? Would he want a large party with lots of friends or an intimate one with family?  From a casino-themed pool party to a 1920s  speakeasy party, there are lots of options to choose from. If you’re unsure, it’s time to start asking!

Add Whimsy and Humor

Guys love a bit of a laugh — sometimes even at our expense! If your guy is the same, take cues from his favorite hobbies and interests. A little pool prank, a pun-ny shirt from his beloved sports team, or a witty message on his cake is sure to be appreciated. Nothing shows love, care, and intimacy more than a bit of humor.

Eliminate Distractions

From working overtime to fixing faulty plumbing, men can have a lot on their minds. If you’re hosting an awesome pool party for your husband, make sure he is worry-free on that day. Take the kids to grandma’s house, unplug the phone, and make sure he doesn’t help with any of the party prep. If you can find a way, make sure his friends are distraction-free too; confiscate their phones if you must!

Mix Surprises in with the Classics

Light and crisp Gourmet Italian Pizza for the guys! Photo from Celebrations at Home.

Light and crisp Gourmet Italian Pizza for the guys! Photo from Celebrations at Home.

Never be afraid to give new things a try when it comes to the man of the house. This gourmet Italian pizza is leaps and bounds above what you’ll get in a box, and it’s not that hard to make! If your man is a Bud Light type of guy, surprise him with a beer tasting bar.  A simple twist on his favorite poolside snack or beverage could make his day extra special.

A Little Competition Never Hurts

We want to avoid clichés about men but there’s no denying that we like to compete. A friendly game of poker or a full-on volleyball pool game is just what your man needs to complete his party.

At the end of the day, any party is a good party for us, but these 5 easy tips to hosting an awesome pool party for the guys from the team at Backyard Ocean should make everything a lot easier to plan. What tips did you find most useful? Have any tips you want to share? Please send us your thoughts in the comments section below!

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A birthday party is an amazing time for kids. Once a year, your home is transformed into a magical place where flying carpets and princesses become a reality. If you’re looking for a new twist on swimming pool parties, Backyard Ocean’s here to help. Here are four pool party themes that your kids are sure to enjoy.

Carnival Celebration

Come one, Come all! Awesome Carnival Party Spread from Kara's Party Ideas.

Come one, Come all! Learn more about this awesome Carnival Party Spread by visiting Kara’s Party Ideas. Photo by Kara’s Party Ideas.


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Having your very own swimming pool at home is definitely a treat, but when the hot sun combines with the exertion of swimming, you’ll find that your guests by the pool will be the hungriest. Fortunately, filling, healthy summer snacks can be quite easy to prepare.

This post features a number of pool party snack ideas that will help keep everyone’s energy levels up at your pool party. (more…)

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In-ground swimming pools are mostly covered and left alone when the temperature starts to drop, but why should they be? You can get the most of your investment by turning your pool into an ice rink during the winter season. Play pick-up hockey games and glide across your pool with this guide from Backyard Ocean.

Turn your in ground pool into an ice rink!

Have fun in your backyard with your own ice rink!


1. Winterize your pool.

First of all, you’ll need to winterize your pipes and equipment since harsh weather conditions and sudden drops in temperature can damage your pool. For a guide to winterizing your pool, follow this Backyard Ocean tutorial. Next, drop the pool water level about 20 inches below the molding edge to protect it from damage.


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A crystal clear pool shimmering in the backyard is always a relaxing sight. To make the most out of your pool, we suggest sprucing it up a bit. Dull swimming pools usually look uninviting, and tend to lose their calming qualities.

Decorating and incorporating an above ground pool into your yard design may seem daunting, but it actually doesn’t take too much effort to accomplish. Try some of our easy to follow pool decorating ideas, and you’ll have your pool chill-ready in no time!

Install a Pool Deck

An easy swimming pool access using a durable pool deck.

Pool decks create an easy swimming pool access point.

A common way to add both character and easy access to your aboveground pool is to install a pre-made deck. There are now a number of pool deck types that address comfort, design, and durability.  You can choose from wood, aluminum, resin, composite, and stone as your primary material. (more…)

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