As we bid another summer farewell, many HOAs are closing up their pools for the season.
An end-of-summer pool party is a great way to bring your community together! Here are a few tips to throw together a fun, family-friendly party without breaking the bank.
Spread the word. If you’re having a party, you have to have guests! Post a flyer about the party in common areas in your neighborhood. If you’re using an online communication tool, you can easily broadcast party details to your entire HOA. Be sure to include the time of the event, and let people know that the event is kid-friendly.
Sharing is caring. No budget for food? No problem. Ask your residents to each bring their favorite snacks to share. Plus, this is a great icebreaker for residents. Is there a better way to bond than swapping salsa recipes, or sharing secrets for picking out the sweetest watermelon? We didn’t think so.
Safety first. Be sure that children are supervised at all times. Do not allow parents to drop off children at the pool and leave them unattended. All of your usual pool safety rules still apply, even when it’s party time. That means no running, no horseplay, and most likely no glass containers or alcoholic beverages.
Party with a purpose. The end of summer means the start of the school year. The children in your HOA may be well-prepared, but not all children are as fortunate. Consider holding a school supply drive as part of your party. Ask that residents donate supplies in exchange for entry into a raffle. The prize doesn’t have to be substantial; people just love to win! Donate all collected supplies to a local women’s shelter or community center.
Don’t stress. Don’t give yourself a headache fussing over DIY decorations. You deserve to have a good time, too! When you bring together neighbors, a sunny day and a safe place to play and socialize, you don’t need anything else to have a good time!