Summer is officially here and it’s time to celebrate with friends and family by getting outdoors. It’s safe to say that after a year of quarantining and sticking indoors, backyard pool parties will be very popular, particularly if you have the perfect outdoor entertaining space to accompany it.
If, like many, you’re a little rusty in planning get-togethers, do not worry! We have some solutions for you, especially if you’re handy with your smartphone. Who knew the app store at your fingertips could help you throw off a memorable and fun pool party? Here are four essential types of apps to download for a good time.
1. Music and playlists app
No good pool party can go without a great atmosphere, and the best way to set the mood is with your favorite music. This is your time to get creative! Whether you’re curating your own specific playlist, shuffling your entire library, or simply throwing on the top hits, you can’t go wrong with a speaker and some tunes.
This means it’s time to redownload (or start prepping) your streaming service of choice. No matter if you’re using Spotify, Apple Music, or Pandora, the options are endless! If you’re torn between the endless options available to you, weigh the pros and cons based on your needs or read up on popular product recommendations to make your music decisions.
2. Food and drink delivery app
If you’re expecting company at your pool party, you better think about having some food to provide. And whether you’re thinking about going with the classic barbecue cookout or doing some of your own shopping, it’s critical to have enough food for all your guests.
You’ll want to cover all your bases in terms of food. Start with lots of snacks to pick at, move into appetizers for all, impress with the main course, and finish it off strong with some poolside desserts. And, of course, don’t forget to include refreshing drinks to keep you and your guests cool by the pool! Alongside water bottles, provide a top-tier alcohol selection with the best beers and cocktails on ice.
But what if you run out of your favorite ice cream or need an extra bag of chips to refill the bowl? Or maybe some unexpected guests show up to steal the show and need an extra 6-pack of seltzers. Think about how your phone can save the day! An alcohol delivery app and online ordering in general are so convenient and allow you to relax and enjoy your party while waiting for your driver to drop just about anything you need right in your backyard.
3. Fun photo apps
When it comes to your pool party, it’s all about capturing the good sun rays and memories along the way. This means you should definitely have a photo app of some kind downloaded and ready to flick! Especially if you’re getting together with friends or family that you haven’t seen in some time, why not take some pictures that you can post to Instagram or get framed?
Nowadays, there are so many fun photo apps you can download to go beyond the standard photos you take on your phone. Some of our favorites are vintage/retro photo apps that can transport you back in time and digital polaroid apps that can give you that nostalgia and camera filters you’re looking for. Be sure to browse your app store’s photo section to see what’s available.
4. Pool control app
Last but not least, it’s important as the host to have control over your pool so it’s safe and enjoyable to swim in! Depending on the age of your pool and personal interest in keeping it in the best shape possible, it can be a bit of a challenge to find a great phone app to keep your pool under control.
One brand, iAquaLink is one of the best pool apps out there that syncs with all sorts of pool accessories. From changing the LED lights inside your pool at night to altering the temperature on the spot, an app like this is so convenient to have when everyone’s over swimming.
As you start planning your big pool party bash, remember to keep these ideas (and your phone!) in the back of your mind. There are so many ways the trusty app store can be your helping hand in having a stress-free and enjoyable time by the pool. What apps do you use to plan get-togethers? We’d love to know!