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How to Incorporate the Pool Into Your Holidays

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As the winter holidays approach, it's time to start your party planning! And when you've got a great backyard, complete with a sparkling pool, you’ve also got the ideal setting. Combined with these recipes and decoration ideas, your next poolside holiday party is sure to be a hit.

Make Your Party Shine

Twinkling lights bring warmth and magic to your soiree. You can string up white or multicolored lights around your patio and even around your trees. You can also float some tea lights in your pool for an elegant look. Consider swapping out your white pool lights with festive colors, such as green and red.

Grill—and Stir—Up Some Fun

Whether it’s a complete outdoor kitchen or a simple barbecue on the patio, you have everything you need to make your holiday meal in your backyard. Give your kitchen a break for the day and grill your holiday ham or try these savory recipes. And, don’t forget the drinks! Whether it’s beer, wine or cocktails, be sure to have something for every taste, including nonalcoholic options.

Give a Warm Welcome

Be sure to keep your poolside holiday party cozy with plenty of ways for guests to keep warm. You can buy or rent outdoor heaters to place on your patio for when guests are eating and socializing. And, of course, if you have a fire pit, hot tub or both, now is the time to get them ready for use at your holiday party!

Satisfy Their Sweet Tooth

Fun, festive desserts are a favorite of any holiday party. Plus, you’ll get extra points if they’re portable so your guests can easily walk around and eat them. This Easy Mocha Mousse can be made in mason jars for your guests to grab from the table or try some easy-to-manage Mini Strawberry Tarts. Alternatively, bake a few batches of sugar cookies and set out different colored icing and a variety of sprinkles and have guests decorate their own desserts.

Have Fun With Your Decorations

There are plenty of ways to dress up your backyard for the holidays. Start by putting decorative bulbs and ornaments in your bushes and trees. You can also blow up inflatable decorations like Santa, reindeer, snowflakes and other traditional holiday figures and float them in your pool or place them on loungers. Set up a fun photo-op area with elf hats, antlers, beards and other props.

Try something different and plan your next holiday party outside. Share your holiday entertaining ideas here!