So you’ve got yourself a new house with a pool and you want to make your friends jealous and what better way to show off your new pool than with a housewarming bash?

Since you live in Australia, your guests have probably seen an outdoor swimming pool and impressive patio or two before. So what can you do to make yours really stand out and impress your friends and family?

1) Get cooking!

Let’s get the basics out of the way first. A pool party is not complete without a good old-fashioned Aussie BBQ, so set the tone by cracking open a couple of beers and chucking a few steaks on the grill or wood-fired pizzas in the oven. Why not make some beer-soaked caramelised onions to give your sausage sizzles and extra bit of oomph? Finish off with a traditional pavlova for dessert and you’re all set!

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2) Fun with inflatables

Add some fun to the day with inflatable floats. Not only do they look cool but guests will also have lots of fun playing with them too, and we’re not just talking about the kids!

3) Have a ball with balloons

If you don’t have the budget or space for giant unicorns and flamingo inflatables, why not throw some balloons in the pool for a pop of colour? You can use normal party balloons if you’re on a tight budget or you can splash out on larger balloons and a colour theme if you want to push the boat out.

Positioned well, balloons can look very elegant whilst floating on water. Just remember to weigh them down so they don’t blow away!

4) Add some furniture

Provide guests with comfortable seating dotted around the garden and near the pool area so they can sit back and relax whilst watching friends and family frolicking in the water.

Outdoor furniture doesn’t have to be purely functional. If you want to impress your guests, try and bring the whole aesthetic together with a colour theme or style. This doesn’t mean that all your furniture has to match but try and keep a general style or tone throughout. You can use coloured glasses, cups, bowls or ornaments and decorations to bring out these colours and create an overall theme.

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5) Light it up

The party doesn’t have to stop when the sun goes down. Invest in good outdoor lighting and keep the celebrations going into the evening.

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LED glow balls are also a fantastic night-time pool decoration. They look impressive and they also provide some lighting, killing two birds with one stone.

You can also hang solar powered fairy lights around the garden during the day. Once the sun goes down, they will look beautiful and create a lovely atmosphere as festivities continue.

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6) Go green

Decorate your pool and patio area with beautiful plants. Potted plants, big and small, are a fantastic way to add some character to your patio and because they’re in pots, they can be moved around to suit the space.

If you’re tight on space, why not create yourself a vertical garden? You can take something as simple as a pallet and hang small potted plants from it. This will look great and take up minimal space.

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7) Throw some shade

We all know how strong the Australian sun is. A retractable awning or big garden umbrella can add a pop of colour or print and class to an occasion whilst also providing some much-needed shade. Provide plenty of comfortable seating near your umbrella or awning and if you’re likely to have children at the party, make sure it’s a kid-friendly zone.

20 Palmerston Place, Seaforth, NSW

Remember

You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to show off your pool. Simple solutions like a consistent colour theme can go a long way. Whilst LED glow balls and giant unicorn inflatables are fantastic ways to impress the crowds, simple floating balloons, potted plants and a big garden umbrella will do the trick too!

Author

Treacy Koster is a professional writer with a diverse background in beauty and fashion. She has a passion for health and skin care and also loves sharing her opinions on the latest issues affecting women. In her spare time, she’s also an avid and accomplished swimmer.

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