During the warmer months, your pool is the center of entertainment. Whether you’re lounging with friends, splashing with your kids, or hosting a pool party, the backyard is your summertime oasis. Unfortunately, come winter, the same space tends to be underutilized. While a dip in the pool may sound very unappealing —unless you have a hot tub — there are other ways to entertain and spend time outdoors despite the lower temperature. The key is bring an outdoor fire pit and other exciting, unique items to move the party outside. We’ve compiled the best tips to create the ultimate winter pool party.
Bring The Fire
A PTI fire pit and water feature will not only provide warmth for your partygoers, but it is the perfect complement to your outdoor space. The combination of water and fire will add a touch of elegance and an unmatched ambience as the flames send glistening light across the surface of your pool. Choose from fire and water bowls in hammered copper, cast stone fire bowls, or copper fire pits. With five styles, three shapes, and multiple colors in each material, you can turn your ordinary space into something extraordinary.
Light It Up
Stretch your party into the evening by illuminating your backyard and pool. String up lights around an awning or patio roof to create a sense of warmth in your outdoor space. If you have landscape or pool lighting turn those on as well. For an additional glow, consider adding tiki torches or floating pool lights.
Add Some Heat
Your outdoor fire pit is sure to become the center of the party, but if you have a larger outdoor area, space heaters and additional fire features, like a fire and water bowl that provides warmth and the calming sound of falling water, or a handcrafted hammered copper fire pit, will keep your guests warm all night.
Fill the evening with fun activities to keep your guests moving and entertained. Set up tables on your pool deck and add board games, cards, or dominos. If you’re the crafty type, create an oversized Tic Tac Toe board or Ker-Plunk game. For those really handy people, you can build giant Jenga or Bags boards. Just be sure to position the games near your outdoor fire pit to keep attendees comfortable.
No party is complete without beverages and snacks. Offer warm drinks that can easily be made alcoholic or non-alcoholic — like Whiskey Chai or Spiked Hot Chocolate — to ensure every guest can have the perfect evening. Serve warm appetizers guests can enjoy near a heater, or utilize your outdoor fire pit by setting up a S’more bar full of creative combinations.
The end of summer doesn’t have to mean the end of pool season. Utilize your backyard all year long and give your guests a unique outdoor experience at your winter pool party. Whether you want a copper fire pit, a cast stone fire bowl, or a combination of both, PTI offers the perfect outdoor elements to compliment your pool. Browse PTI’s Fire + Water Elements collection to find everything you need to add an element of luxury to your outdoor living space.