Every summer needs to go out with a bang with the perfect pool party, right? There’s nothing like bidding farewell to the long, warm nights with one last hurrah surrounded by all your best friends. But don’t just wait for someone else to step up to the task – take the reins and throw this party! We have everything you need to succeed in your endeavor, and make sure you enter the giveaway at the end!

Preparing for the perfect pool party: amazing lemonade recipe + a sweet giveaway!

Perfect Pool Party Checklist

Pool

If you don’t already have a pool at your disposal, don’t fret. Many community pools or rec centers have opportunities to reserve their pool for a few hours. Another option is to check websites like Airbnb for listings in your area that have a pool, and rent it through the property’s owner. We’ve found some drop-dead gorgeous party sites that way!

Preparing for the perfect pool party: amazing lemonade recipe + a sweet giveaway!

Decor

Depending on where you decide to throw the party, you might not need much in the way of decor. However, a few fun floats or garlands never hurt anyone! We shared a post on 9 must-haves for your next pool party, so check that out for some major inspiration!

Swim Suit

No party is complete without a cute swimsuit! Of course, we have plenty over on our site and they’ve even been marked down 20%, so go mix and match a few fun patterns so everyone will be able to spot you as the host!

Preparing for the perfect pool party: amazing lemonade recipe + a sweet giveaway!

Games

Depending on your style, maybe you’ll start an intense round of Marco Polo or put up a volleyball net and get a competitive match going. Maybe it’s a crowd favorite like cornhole or spike ball. No matter what it is, your party guests will have tons of fun!

Preparing for the perfect pool party: amazing lemonade recipe + a sweet giveaway!

Wallet

Especially if you’re having your party somewhere other than your own home, you’ll need a wallet to hold your credit card and any cash you might need to tip the pizza delivery guy. Thread Wallets are perfect with their minimal design and attached key ring so you can keep everything in one place. If you win our giveaway on this post, you could even give them out as prizes for the game winners!

Refreshments

Whether you want to go all out on food or stick to the basics, it’s up to you, but you’ll definitely need something to keep your guests refreshed and energized! We recommend a delicious homemade lemonade – always a party pleaser and so easy to put together! To make it easy on you, we even put together a recipe for one of our faves.

Preparing for the perfect pool party: amazing lemonade recipe + a sweet giveaway!

Sparkling Berry Lemonade

Ingredients:
12 oz. raspberries
6-10 lemons
1 -1.5 cups sugar
2 cups cold water
1-2 cans Berry La- Croix Soda (or carbonated water

Directions:
Start out by placing a dash of lemon juice + the 12oz of raspberries in the blender. Blend until all raspberries are liquefied. If you aren’t much for seeds, strain the raspberry juice before adding to a pitcher.

Next, squeeze the lemons until you have 1 cup lemon juice. Same applies here – if you don’t want the pulp, strain before adding to the pitcher. Add to the pitcher and stir.

Add 2 cups water to taste, followed by 1-2 cans of Berry La Croix. This gives the lemonade an extra berry hint as well as a little carbonation. Stir liquid in pitcher. Then add sugar to taste. 1 cup is a suggestion but it all comes down to how sweet you like your lemonade. Have someone stir while you slowly pour in sugar.

Last but not least, add extra lemon slices, fresh raspberries, and ice to the pitcher to make your perfect poolside drink that will serve up to 10 people!

Preparing for the perfect pool party: amazing lemonade recipe + a sweet giveaway!

Preparing for the perfect pool party: amazing lemonade recipe + a sweet giveaway!

Giveaway

Now that you have all the inspiration you need to throw the perfect pool party, we want to help you actually do it! We’re giving away a Lime Ricki swimsuit + a $50 gift card to Thread Wallets. All you have to do to enter is go follow both of us on Pinterest and then comment here (or on the Thread Wallets post) confirming that you did! Easy as that! So head over to Lime Ricki’s Pinterest and Thread Wallets’ Pinterest, hit follow, and make sure you get in on this awesome prize package!

This giveaway is not sponsored or endorsed by Pinterest or its partners. Open to US residents only. Winner will be chosen and announced on Friday, August 26, 2016.

Preparing for the perfect pool party: amazing lemonade recipe + a sweet giveaway!

Nicole

Author: Nicole

Meet Nicole, one of the three sisters who own Lime Ricki. She is partial to gingham, the color yellow and wishes she had more time to travel the world with her darling daughters (three of them!) and her handsome husband. Nicole subscribes to more magazines than she has time to read and is a collector of cheap pens -- Pilot G2 Ultra Fine & Le Pen by Marvy Uchida are her current favorites.

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