Getting hotter? Time to entertain with water!

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Getting hotter? Time to entertain with water!

“Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.” – Lao Tzu

And why try to resist water in the simmering summer months still ahead? Nothing lends itself better to summer entertaining than a water-infused celebration. Don’t have a pool? No problem! You’d be surprised at how hosts around the nation are utilizing H2O to have an event worth remembering. Let’s get to the makings of a wildly refreshing water extravaganza.


It’s only natural to think “pool” when someone mentions “water-themed party.” And, while having access to a pool does offer diverse entertainment options, there are other ways to utilize H2O to have a good time. In fact, as whimsical as it sounds, many are taking pool making into their own hands with DIY pools.

One popular trend is the truck-bed pool. People of all ages, demographics and truck preferences have developed means of transforming their vehicle into a mobile swim station. Pinterest and YouTube have no shortage of ideas to offer.

If you decide to make a truck-bed pool, most hosts simply construct theirs using a tarp, duct tape and a water hose to do the job. If you don’t have the inclination or resources for DIY pool design, has a ready-made vinyl product to pop into your truck bed.

To play up the rustic theme of a truck-bed pool party, think about providing guests with a barrel full of iced beer and refreshments, old-school lounge and lawn chairs (the kind with the crisscross mesh), darts, Nerf guns and rubber ducky floaties. Serve some barbecue, and if you really want to accentuate the rough-and-tumble entertaining feeling, incorporate more than one truck and consider a campsite as your party destination.

No truck? You may still be in luck. There are several YouTube ideas to make your own pool (some for a mere $44 dollars). Simply put together some plank wood, tarp and fill with water.


If you happen to be one of the lucky ones who has a pool, entertaining expert and celebrity caterer Andrea Correale, founder and CEO of Long Island, N.Y.-based Elegant Affairs, has plenty of water-themed ideas.

“For kids and adults, I would recommend a water party, complete with Slip ‘N Slides, water balloon contests and tube races across the pool,” Correale says. “At the bar, pre-make fruit-infused water in Mason jars with lids and pack them in a bed of ice. Provide a chocolate fountain for dessert, along with a variety of homemade ice pops or snow cones.”

Of course, booze-infused ice pops floating in Prosecco is a perfect addition for adults, says Correale.

For a more elegant spin, Correale suggests placing a fountain in the center of the pool, and accentuate decor with mini-fountain centerpieces on guest tables or even fill bowls with water and place floating candles or flowers inside.

“If you are familiar with lighting, project a gobo that looks like flowing water onto the back of the house,” Correale says.

Offering guests a projector screen, with favorite summer hits (think “Grease”) is another option to keep water-goers entertained.

“Depending on if it’s a day or night party, provide a variety of sunscreen options,” Correale says. “Also chilled flavored waters and magazines to read poolside. Maybe Evian facial spray to cool people off!”


While many resorts across the nation boast fabulous pools, they also often feature fun poolside activities. Who says you can’t adopt the water-related fun sans pool?

Take the lead from resort-pool activities such as what the El Conquistador Tucson Hilton Resort offers guests, like a water balloon fight on the lawn or hula hoop contest.

To invigorate the childlike spirit of summers past, incorporate sprinklers. Go with a beach ball theme and plug in a few Synergi Brands Amazing 29″ Rainbow Beach Balls, Inflatable Outdoor Sprinkler Fun For All (, $31.50). Blow up a variety of beach balls, provide colorful beach blankets, a bar with the infamous umbrellas and a buffet of beach-bum yums – deviled eggs made to look like tiny sailboats, a watermelon cut and shaped into a beach bucket filled with fruit, and Hermit-Crab Hot Dogs (think of pigs in a blanket, but made to look like twisty-hermit crabs).

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