Who says debut parties need to be formal and we have to be all dressed up! We are in the age where it is perfectly fine to break some traditions, be free of stereotypes and make a social statement – “This is MY party!” Having a unique debut party, a party that will be truly remembered, needs only innovation and ingenuity, and having a pool party for your 18th birthday is one way of doing that. Throwing the best pool party ever for your debut party is just a splash away.
Conceptualizing a theme for your 18th birthday pool party is necessary if you want to have a pool party like no other.
This would be an obvious choice for some because it is just so easy do. Create an ambiance of a totally awesome luau. Decorate your venue with palm fronds woven together, ti leaves and ferns. Create leis made of either colorful silk flowers or real flowers and foliage. Light up tiki torches on your entrance making sure it is safe and isn’t around combustible materials. (You can buy tiki torches at specialty shops and I saw some being sold at Ace Hardware at 50, 100 and 150 pesos depending on the size.) Don’t forget to play some Hawaiian reggae or Jamaican music. Play your favorite Bob Marley CD to keep your guests dancing and in the mood for a night of partying. For a more authentic luau, you can also hire fire dancers, and ukelele and guitar players.
Bringing the beach to a pool venue is so easy because they have one element in common, water. Make use of this element to convey your theme. Play wave sounds on the background so your guests can actually feel like they are on the beach. It would even make them feel comfortable wearing their beach wear because they can actually dip in the pool after the program. You can take inspiration from our previous article http://mymydebutideas.com/?p=518 for more tropical theme ideas.
Surf Girl Theme
Surf’s up, girl! Surfing is becoming one of the country’s favorite activity so why not make it your theme for your debut party. Watch Endless Summer or Blue Crush for inspiration. Display some surfing paraphernalias around the pool area. You can also ask your guests to wear baggies (surfing attire), surfing shorts, cool shirts, bikini tops and flip-flops. Play some surf music by the Beach Boys and The Sandals and you are definitely on your way to the zone. Happy ripping!
SCUBA and other Underwater Sea Adventure
If you are the type of person who loves underwater adventure and would want to conserve and protect marine life, this theme is for you. You can create an avenue through your debut party for information dissemination about marine conservation and preservation. Contact Conserve and Protect Oceans Foundation (CAPOceans) for more info. They are a Philippine organization geared towards marine rehabilitation and protection in the Calatagan, Batangas area known for having one of the largest and most high-profile Artificial Reef System (ARS) projects in the country through the well-renowned Underwater Pyramids. This is a nice way of celebrating your birthday, knowing that you are able to make a difference in making our world a better place to live in even in your own small way.
If you love a certain movie that has to do with the beach, sea, ocean, fishes, starfishes, dolphins, whales, etc., and can’t seem to get enough of it, you can infuse that to your pool party. For instance, some Disney movies like Finding Nemo and The Little Mermaid have so much potential as a party theme. Why not try watching Aquamarine and put some cuteness in your pool party.
Everybody loves blowing bubbles and a party with bubbles everywhere must surely be exciting. On your invites, you can put in a cute and subtle statement to hint your theme. “It’s time for blowing bubbles” or “Please don’t burst my bubble.” You may include in your invite a bubble wand or those bubble toys that you can buy at children’s toy stores. This can double as a keepsake. Ask them to bring it to your party. Rent out bubble machines or give away bubble makers for your guests to blow bubbles on your grand entrance. Another souvenir suggestion is to have a photobooth to take pictures of your guests inside a monster bubble. Your guests would surely love their pictures taken inside one of these gianormous bubbles. Creating monster bubbles is easy.
Creating Monster Bubbles
You will need a hula hoop and a small kiddie pool (slightly larger than the hula hoop). You can make bubbles this way. You will need dishwashing soap, water and glycerin. For a longer lasting bubble, add Karo syrup to your ingredient so that for every half cup of dishwashing soap, add about one tablespoon of Karo syrup. For instance, mix eight gallons of water to one cup of glycerin, eight cups of dishwashing soap, and eight tablespoons of Karo syrup. The mixture should only be deep enough for the hula hoop to get dipped on, so do the math.
Foam birthday parties are uncommon nowadays just because it is hard to plan and execute, but if you are up to the challenge, you will surely have a blast! For your invites, emphasize that you are going to have a foam party. You can put in a catchy phrase like “foamy latte for my birthday” or “soapsuds overload.” Ask your friends to bring changing clothes, t-shirts, shorts or swimsuits and towels.
Select a venue for your foam debut party. If you are going to hold your foam birthday party at your house, you can do it outside at the driveway, at your cemented backyard or at your basement, provided it has a cement flooring, but never inside the house on one of the rooms, lest you risk a reprimand from your parents. If you are going to rent out a venue, make sure that you notify the venue owner that you are going to have a foam party. The venue should have a cement or tiled floor. Hardwood and carpeted flooring is a no-no for foam parties as it would destroy it to unimaginable levels. No matter how meticulous you are at covering the floor with plastic, water would somehow manage to seep through it and ruin the floor. Also, never forget to provide a changing room for your guests. Make sure to ask guests to shower to remove foam from their bodies before jumping into the pool. You can also have an hour of foam party with the program and dancing followed by an activity in the pool area (some swimming or games, perhaps).
Prepping the venue. Make sure to cover every inch of flooring with plastic if your flooring is anything but cemented. If you have an old carpet that can be discarded afterwards, place that on top of the plastic. If you don’t have a carpet, use non-slip bathroom mats to prevent anyone from slipping and sliding. You don’t have to do this if you are going to hold the party outside with rough cement.
Rent out a foam machine from a carwash near you for a few hours. Place it in a strategic location so that the center of the venue will always be filled with foam. You can also rent a bubble machine along with this or buy those cheap bubble-maker toys so as to create an even cooler ambiance.
REMINDER DEBUTANTES! Exercise caution when doing the Bubble Theme and the Foam Party Theme and having a pool party in general. The floor might get slippery and accidents unfortunately may happen. This may be prevented with the use of the old carpet or non-slip mats. Make sure to always be on the safe side especially when dealing with electrical outlets and cords. Setup the lights and sounds equipment in a dry and elevated place where water and soap suds won’t reach them.
Other COOL ideas!
Program. A cotillion may not be possible in a pool party so substitute this with a dance number with your 18s that is in keeping with your theme. If you have a hawaiian theme, do a hawaiian dance number complete with costume.
Food. Food can be all sorts. From finger foods of marshmallows and hotdogs to grilled salmon and barbeque.
Games. You can add in more games because pool parties are somewhat laid back and informal and games would add more fun to it. If your are going to have games in the pool, make sure that all the participants are wearing a flotation device all the time.
Entertainment and other gimmicks. It would really be a treat if you can have synchronized dancers grace your debut party, but this is kind of a long shot. Just the same, it is such a cool idea. You could also hire henna tattoo artists and hair braiders for your guests which could also double as your souvenir.
The Pool – Make use of the pool for a lot of things.
Create a floating stage of some sort for your grand entrance where you can be glided from the far side of the pool all the way to the actual stage.
Fill the pool with floating candles or rose petals to transform it into a beautiful huge decor.
The pool can be used as an excellent and dramatic prop for your 18 candles. Have your 18 candles put floating candles in the pool afterwhich they make a speech while the floating candle glides toward you. Another variation would be that during your 18 candles ceremony, ask your 18 candles to prepare their speech on a piece of paper, read them out loud, and then insert the piece of paper on a bottle, seal it tightly with a cork and then let it float, hopefully towards you.
Picking a theme is the hard part, but once you have one, everything will be smooth sailing. You may encounter big waves of frustrations along the way, but remember that it will surely be worth it as long as you enjoy every splashing moment of it.
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