Pool party! You’re hosting and now it’s time to prepare your Westchester, NY backyard for an event. Whether your guest list includes children and families, or you’re setting up for an adults-only evening by your pool, there are some to-dos to check off your party planning list before you open the gate for visitors.
Here are five ways to get your Westchester, NY pool ready for entertaining this summer.
#1 Safety First—Secure Your Swimming Area for Guests
Never assume your guests are solid swimmers, no matter their age. Pool decks get slippery when wet and accidents happen.
The best way to keep your guests safe by your pool is to consider hazards around and in your pool.
Safety Around Your Pool: Slip-resistant, textured pavers will help prevent falls.
Also, your pool should be surrounded by fence enclosures that are at least 4 feet high with a self-latching gate so you can prevent pets and children from entering without adult supervision.
Pool safety covers are another option, but we realize you probably won’t conceal the pool while guests are over. Ultimately, no fence or cover can replace a watchful eye, but these safety measures go a long way toward keeping you and guests safe.
Safety In the Pool: Inside the pool, be sure drains have anti-entrapment covers to prevent the suction from catching clothing, hair or jewelry. Preventing this type of accident is easy. Just be sure drain grates are properly covered.
#2 Create Shaded Areas—Cabana Houses, Pavilions and Pergolas
Extend the use of your pool area with a shade structure that gives guests a cool place to relax. Go all out with a cabana house that includes storage, changing rooms and a bathroom. Other shade structures include cabanas and pergolas, which can blend into your outdoor living space and create a room-like feel.
You still get shelter from the elements, but with an open-air approach.
Not to mention, these shade shelters can be built over a tiki bar or complete outdoor kitchen. Also, sunshades made from UV-resistant materials can be installed. These give your pool space a beachy feel with the convenience of a shade that can be rolled out when needed.
#3 Lounge Furniture—Seating and Dining Space
Outdoor lounge furniture truly brings the comforts of indoor dining and relaxing to your pool area, from fully upholstered sectionals that are designed to weather the sun, rain, and humidity to stylish accent chairs and dining sets.
UV-protected throw pillows add a splash of color to neutral outdoor furniture with the promise of not fading. Bar-height tables and stools give guests a place to stand or sit while they gather.
If you’ll be entertaining kids, consider a dedicated picnic-style table or colorful table-and-chairs arrangement just for them.
#4 Outdoor Lighting—Set the Mood
Today’s high-tech outdoor pool lighting systems are sophisticated yet simple to use.
Colored LED lighting can diffuse a wash of color over the pool surface. Both LED and fiber optic pool lighting allow you to play pre-programmed light shows that can turn the water’s surface into a dynamic visual centerpiece.
Cue up a fireworks-like display or go for subtle washes of color. Don’t forget landscape lights and path lighting so your guests can enjoy the surroundings after dusk. Task lighting for the outdoor kitchen and overhead lighting like a lantern fixture over a dining space will give your Westchester, NY backyard the ambiance of a luxury hotel. String twinkle lights around the patio to add a more festive glow.
#5 Landscaping by the Poolside—Update Plantings
When is it time to replace your poolside plants? Before you entertain this season, take stock of existing trees, shrubs and flowers. Are any of them overgrown or past their prime? Did any of your plants take a hit from disease or insects last season and are struggling to rebound? If yes, consider changing out those plants with healthy, new varieties that are native to Westchester, NY and require limited maintenance.
For portable color, texture, and interest, place attractive container plantings around your pool area. The beauty of containers is their versatility. You can move them around, easily change out the plants inside of them, and have fun with annuals. Plus, the containers themselves make a statement with so many styles, sizes and materials available.
Is Your Westchester, NY Pool Ready for Summer?
Make the most of the warm season with a luxury pool and spa that’s perfectly suited for your New York or Connecticut property. When you partner with a full-service pool and landscape design/build professional like Neave Group, you get a team of experts who can create a seamless outdoor living environment that will transform your great outdoors into a retreat.
Neave Pools is rated Best of Houzz 2019 for best pool design and has earned consecutive years of Houzz Excellence in Customer Service awards. We’d love to help you get your pool ready for summer, your next event or simply to enjoy with family.