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Last-Minute Fourth of July Party Planning

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So it’s just a few days until the Fourth of July and everyone is coming to your house to enjoy your awesome backyard and beautiful Tampa Bay pool. There’s only one problem. The summer has flown by and what was June is quickly turning into July and you haven’t planned anything yet. Well, have no fear because we have some great last-minute Fourth of July party planning ideas.

Food and Drink

Make it easy by sticking to the staples. Grab some hot dogs and burgers (don’t forget the buns) and get a variety of condiments to give guests a choice. It’d also be a good idea to get some cheap containers to keep food in and keep the bugs away. Remember to get plenty of plates, silverware, cups, napkins, and buy them in red, white, and blue if possible for some easy decorating. Load up on drinks and chips, buy some cookies and sweets, and you’ll be set.

Pro-tip: Ask guests to bring a side dish or dessert of their choice.

Decorations

Flags are what you need for a Fourth of July party. Most stores will have a wide selection of miniature flags that you can stock up on and place strategically around the backyard. There will also be big selections of pretty much everything you need in red, white, and blue. A place like Party City will have more decorations and supplies than you could ever need. Head there and get your decorations done in no time.

Pro-tip: Buy plain white cups and provide red and blue markers to create their own party cup.

Fun and Games

Besides the pool, provide guests with other ways to have fun while at the party. Depending on your local laws, fire crackers are always a good idea. Of course, sparklers and snappers (those little paper things that pop when you throw them) should be ok everywhere. Black cats and really loud fireworks will depend on your guests. Small kids probably won’t like them and if the pets will be attending it’s probably a good idea to skip them. If nothing else, get some bubbles for the kids to blow and chase around.

If it’s a more adult party, the drinks will probably be a large part of the fun at any Fourth of July party. However, good music will always help and larger fireworks might be in order. Just stay safe and follow local laws. Adults will, of course, also appreciate the pool and getting a big Fourth of July themed pool float will be fun and be another easy decoration. Water guns are fun for all ages.

The Perfect Party Setting

With a Tampa Bay pool, backyard entertaining is easy. We’ve been designing and building perfect party settings for over 15 years. We’ve gotten quite a few awards along the way and offer hundreds of design choices that let you make it yours.

Talk to a Tampa Bay customer and they’ll tell you about our family values and customer service too. So if you have a Tampa Bay pool, enjoy your easy Fourth of July backyard party. If you don’t have one yet, get in touch with us and start enjoying parties year-round.  

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

Outdoor Kitchens – Keeping the Critters Away

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Since the Fourth of July is just a few days away, there’s probably a good chance you’re getting ready to host a backyard cookout. You love having people over and showing off your Tampa Bay outdoor kitchen, but you’re not a fan of uninvited guests. Even the cleanest outdoor dining areas can have a bug or two show up. Here are some tips to keep the critters away while you serve up some delicious grub.  

Bug Lanterns

Bug lanterns can be a discrete and healthy way to keep pests like wasps, bees, and mosquitoes far away from your food and friends.  You'll need to place them strategically in your garden so that they aren't within the dining and main gathering areas, yet close enough to attract and dispose of the bugs so they don't harass your visitors.

Tiki Torches and Candles

Alternatively, you can choose more attractive critter-condemning devices like tiki torches and candles. These can be placed throughout the entire backyard, on table tops and countertops, and other places bugs might be drawn to. Combine these with bug lanterns, and you're well on your way to a pest-free meal.

Foggers/Chemicals

This type of treatment will need to be done before guests arrive, as the chemicals are poisonous and hazardous if inhaled. Make sure that you cover up your countertops, tabletops, and appliances before fogging your outdoor kitchen.

Covers and Colanders

If you plan on leaving food out on the table for guests to pick and choose from (i.e. buffet style), then you'll want to have covers and colanders on top of the food. These ensures your appetizers and entrees aren’t easily accessible to bugs, but easily accessible to your guests.

Deck Covers and Nets

Some areas are far more mosquito prone than others, so it may be a wise decision to cover the patio area with a patio net or deck cover.  This way, your guests can enjoy themselves comfortably without constantly being on the lookout for flying bugs

Clean Up and Mow

The best tip is always to practice prevention. This means mowing your lawn and trimming any long grasses to keep bugs at bay.  Also be sure to dump out or drain any standing water in planters or anywhere else it can collect.

While entertaining, provide a number of easily accessible trash receptacles so that guests can clean up after themselves, and so that you have an easy time cleaning up after any event. Seal everything up and stow bags in containers that pests cannot get into.

With these simple tips, your outdoor kitchen and dining area will be pleasant and pest-free for the party.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.