Now that the hot weather conditions are here and school is almost out for the summer, now is the time to start planning and getting your pool and yard ready for your next summer party. Backyard and pool parties are always a fun time and a great way to escape the Arizona heat. However, in order to throw a great party at your pool, there are some things that need to be done in order to prepare for it the right way.  After all, you do want to throw a pool party that your friends and neighbors will be talking about for years to come. In this blog, we are going to go over what exactly needs to be completed to get your pool and yard ready for your upcoming party this summer.

How To Get Your Swimming Pool And Yard Ready For a Party

Before you begin to take the necessary steps to get your pool ready for a summer party, you first should set all the party details. Be sure you set your budget, pick a date for the party, create a guest list of who will be invited, and start thinking about the food and drinks you will have.
By handling these details early, you will be ready to start working on your pool and yard earlier, making the entire party planning process less of a hassle.

Swimming Pool

First, you should start at the center of your party’s festivities, your swimming pool. After all, nothing feels better on a hot summer day than taking a refreshing dip in the pool. Since you will likely have guests going in and out of the pool throughout the day, it is important to ensure that your pool is ready for extra swimmers come party time. Check out some ways to get your pool ready:

Clean The Pool

None of the guests at your upcoming party will want to cannonball into a dirty swimming pool filled with dirt, leaves, and other debris. Be sure to use a pool skimmer to remove any floating debris around the pool. Then, about a day or two before your pool party, give the pool a good cleaning. There are plenty of pool cleaning tips that you can follow to help make your pool look its best, but hiring a professional pool cleaning service is the best way to ensure that your pool is shimmering in time for the party.

Check The Pool Lighting

A fun pool party will keep people swimming all night long. However, if your pool doesn’t have lights or is not well lit, the party will likely end before the sun goes down. It is best to ensure that your pool, as well as the area around it, is well lit so that people can see. Pool lighting not only adds a bit of ambiance to the party and the night, but it makes it much safer for guests since they will be able to see better when they are getting in or out of the pool. If you have broken pool lights, contact a pool repair company to fix or replace them. If your pool does not have lights, consider adding temporary outdoor lighting around the sides and corners of a swimming pool, and for extra fun, toss in some floating party lights. Both options will enhance the look of your pool and provide you with much-needed.

Test The Water Quality

If you own a pool and care for it properly, you are probably already checking the chemicals in the water and making sure they are balanced. However, with the extra amount of people that will be jumping in during your party, it is important to be prepared. A few days before the party, give your pool a shock treatment. This will help clean the water and make it look its best. After the pool is shocked, be sure to do a good old- fashioned pool filter cleaning and add any pool chemicals to the water to ensure it stays balanced properly. This process may require a little extra time and effort, but after all, you will want a pool to have water that is safe and easy to swim in and enjoy. Additionally, after the party is over, you may have to repeat this process to rebalance the chemicals in your pool and keep the water sparkling and clean.

Think About Entertainment In The Pool

Depending on the type of party you are hosting, you may or may not need to find some fun entertainment for your swimmers. If you are having a kids pool party, make sure you have a few pool toys available to ensure that they have fun. If your pool party is an adult-only occasion, you may only need a few pool lounge chairs, a cooler full of beverages, and music to keep your guests entertained. If you want to go all out for your pool party, rent an inflatable movie screen for a movie night in the pool.

Yard and Patio

While your pool may be the party’s main point of interest, you will certainly have guest hanging out in the yard or on the patio. In fact, guests may spend more time on the deck or patio or in the yard than they would in a pool so it is important to be prepared. You can quickly get your backyard ready with these helpful tips.

Clean The Area

First off, you want your patio and yard to be clean and tidy. It is not only important to remove any dirt, debris, and leaves from your patio or deck, but from the yard as well. Guests at your party will likely be in both areas, so be sure they are cleaned properly. Use a leaf blower or a broom to remove debris from the patio as well as the furniture so that guests will be able to take a seat and enjoy the party.

Get Furniture Ready

Speaking of patio furniture, not only do you want it to be clean, but you also want to make sure that you have enough seats for your guests. It is likely that you only have enough furniture on your patio for a few people, so if you are having a bigger party be sure to find other seating accommodations. If needed, put out a few lawn chairs to provide guests with additional seating options.

Tend To The Landscaping

If you want your pool to look it’s best, the landscaping around it may need some work. Be sure to go through each landscaped area and eliminate any weeds that you see. Be sure to trim the bushes back if needed and give your lawn a nice mowing a day or two before the party, but be sure to eliminate any remaining clippings or debris from the area.

Outdoor Lighting

Just as you want people to be able to see while in the pool at night, you’ll want them to be able to see while on your patio or yard. You can use decorative lighting to set the right mood. From tiki torches to more traditional lighting, you’ll want to ensure that there is enough so that everyone can see where they are going.

Party Decorations

Even though your pool is likely already a sparkling oasis, it doesn’t hurt to dress up the surrounding areas for the party. While you don’t have to go crazy, adding a few things here and there, such as flowers or decorative candles, can turn your yard and patio into a party space.


If you are throwing a pool party this summer, following these tips will help ensure that your pool and yard is ready by the time the guests arrive. However, getting both your pool and yard ready for a party can take a lot of time, energy, and effort. Cleaning and caring for the pool alone is a bothersome task that many pool owners dread doing. There is one solution, though, that will make party preparation much easier and that’s hiring a professional swimming pool service to handle the cleaning and get your pool in pristine condition.

If you are in need of pool cleaning services in Goodyear, Glendale, or the surrounding areas in Arizona, contact the professionals at Universal Pool Service. Our local pool service provides pool owners with elite swimming pool cleaning and repair services. To learn more about our pool cleaning services, contact us today!