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    my first pool party.....bad weather?! what to do...

    Okay so Memorial Day weekend is the traditional time to open up the pool, right? I have planned a pool party/bbq for around 20 people. Now, I am in northern California. Normally our rainy season ends in March and by late April everything is dry as a bone! By late May, it is generally sunny with temps in the high 80s to low 90s, and my yard is really sunny so I thought it was a good time for a party. Anyway, the weather now is predicting cloudy skies and a high of 82! Not warm enough to swim at all imho. We do have a hot tub, but it is really small. You can only fit about 4 people, max. This is mainly a party for adults, with a few kids in attendance. What do I do if the weather sucks?!

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    Re: my first pool party.....bad weather?! what to do...

    What about some yard games - like bocce ball, horseshoes, washers, etc.? We have parties all the time (without the pool) seems they normally center around drinking
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    Re: my first pool party.....bad weather?! what to do...

    Make everyone sit in their cars with the windows up for 10 minutes, everyone will want to get in the pool after that. On a serious note do you have a pool heater? I also normally host a Memorial Day party and last year it was cold and wind, however the pool temp was around 90 so it all worked out. If you don't have a heater maybe do as Sunbaby suggested and have the party focus on other aspects beside the pool, there are a lot of good outdoor drinking games if your guest may be into that. Maybe a bushel of crabs and some beers.
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    Re: my first pool party.....bad weather?! what to do...

    Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately my yard is too small for lawn games (like 80% of my yard is pool!). I can definitely set up some games inside though (we have lots of party games). We do have a solar coil heater and a solar blanket but it has not been warm lately (very weird for May!) so the pool temp last I checked was I only around 77! Ugh.

    Also we pushed back the date of our pool remodel so on top of being cold it is kinda ugly lol.
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    Re: my first pool party.....bad weather?! what to do...

    "seems they normally center around drinking"

    What she said.
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    Re: my first pool party.....bad weather?! what to do...

    Just a question, when you guys do pool parties is bit mainly adults or kids who use the pool? Most of our guests are bringing their families, but the rest of us will be drinking for sure!
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    Re: my first pool party.....bad weather?! what to do...

    You can't control the weather and your guests will know that as well. This could impact your attendance but you have another week before the event for the weather to change. I am personally loving the unusually cool May weather here in AZ!
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    Re: my first pool party.....bad weather?! what to do...

    Play it by ear. You can't trust weathermen. They are the only profession that I know of who can be wrong 80% of the time and stay employed. Also, kids don't care if the water is coolish....adults are the wussies (at least I am. My pool is 88 )

    I too am okay with this unusually wet and cool May. W. Tx can be a brutal place to exist.
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    Re: my first pool party.....bad weather?! what to do...

    How do you guys get your water so warm? Gas heaters?
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    My pool is in the lower 80's ... heated by the good ol' Golden Orb
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    Re: my first pool party.....bad weather?! what to do...

    Ya you might be ok.

    The weather channel website when predicting what's going on in a week keeps changing as it gets up to 3 days from the actual day.
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    Re: my first pool party.....bad weather?! what to do...

    Quote Originally Posted by Sunbaby View Post
    What about some yard games - like bocce ball, horseshoes, washers, etc.? We have parties all the time (without the pool) seems they normally center around drinking
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    Re: my first pool party.....bad weather?! what to do...

    ^^^ what sunbaby said ^^^ (minus the games)...

    oh, and no kids allowed at my parties. I would be thrown in the clink for sure
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    Re: my first pool party.....bad weather?! what to do...

    Kids will be happy to swim in 77 degree water, at least most will. Remember official Olympic competition pools are at 78 degrees.
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    I'm partying in Longview!
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    Re: my first pool party.....bad weather?! what to do...

    Quote Originally Posted by Isaac-1 View Post
    Kids will be happy to swim in 77 degree water, at least most will. Remember official Olympic competition pools are at 78 degrees.
    Yeah but apparently after they all pee in it, it then raises it to 79
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    Re: my first pool party.....bad weather?! what to do...

    Quote Originally Posted by JenniferJuniper2 View Post
    How do you guys get your water so warm? Gas heaters?
    Yes, I'd get that baby up to 88.6, perfect for a cloudy day.


    Quote Originally Posted by YippeeSkippy View Post
    Yeah but apparently after they all pee in it, it then raises it to 79
    Reminds me of that Southpark episode. "Your pH is off... It's all pee and no h"
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    Re: my first pool party.....bad weather?! what to do...

    So pool party at Daves house in Longview??? Thats less than 180 miles from here, and with Texas speed limits thats what, 2.5 hours?
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    if it ever quits raining!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Isaac-1 View Post
    So pool party at Daves house in Longview??? Thats less than 180 miles from here, and with Texas speed limits thats what, 2.5 hours?
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    Re: my first pool party.....bad weather?! what to do...

    82 sounds like perfect party weather to me
    Kids will go in either way. Some adults like it and some dont. Usually parents of young kids will go in with them.

    We have a much shorter swim season in NY, but have parties all summer long. Honestly, some adults will swim but most probably won't anyway. I guess age has something to do with that also. Or how drunk they are

    If it doesnt rain, 82 is awesome. If it does rain, postpone it... Dont have expectations on people swimming. Just chill out, keep the drinks flowing, and have a great time.

    And dont use pool noodles like this. Nobody will give you parent of the year honors for it

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