All these years, you may have gathered around a formal dining table or in an informal bash. But do you know that you can also enjoy these activities near your pool? That’s right; you can have a great Thanksgiving by the pool.

You get together with close friends and family over delicious dishes and express gratitude to all the things for which you are thankful.

If you are new to this concept, considering trying it out and start your own Thanksgiving tradition. Here are some tips to help you do just that.

Cozy Up

First things first: Hosting an autumn holiday dinner outdoors can get a bit chilly for your liking. There is also a possibility of rain. In such a case, plan for inclement weather beforehand and create a solid backup plan to move your party indoors.

Even if the weather cooperates, the outside is still colder than indoors. Make sure your guests come dressed for the weather and keep some warm lap blankets handy. You can also plug in some comfy space heaters to successfully entertain your guests for pool Thanksgiving. With a covered patio, it gets easy to make your outdoor living space a comfortable dinner spot by your pool. Put out some loungers, cushiony chairs, throws, pillows, and get the outdoor fire pit going all night.


When you cook the food indoors and bring it out for dinner, the first few courses will be alright, but keeping the other dishes warm can get tricky. Especially when you lay out all the food on the outdoor dining table, they get cold within seconds. So, make arrangements to keep the food warm enough for the whole gathering.

You can also:


  • Use Your Grill


Don’t think of grilling as a summer activity, limited only for hot dogs or burgers. Use it for Thanksgiving sides like stuffing, mashed sweet potatoes, pies, and snacks. You can even cook the whole turkey on your grill. Deliciously grilled or smoked Thanksgiving turkey also has a distinct flavor to it.


  • Try a New Recipe


Your pool Thanksgiving is an excellent opportunity to explore your culinary skills. If there is an intriguing recipe you have had your eye on, now you have the company to appreciate your cooking. Try a new recipe that may not be associated with the holiday. For instance, keep the jello salad and sweet potatoes, but mix it up with a bowl of soup in the first course or serve rice pudding as the dessert.


  • Have Bite-Sized Fun


Enjoy delectable finger food by your pool in the crisp, fresh air. Hors d’oeuvres, tiny cakes or pies, graham crackers, and chocolate squares can be the pre-dinner snacks. Or, give the skewers to your guests and let them have fun toasting marshmallows over the outdoor fire.


  • Create Unique Drinks


Another great idea for this perfect occasion is to make unique drinks with Thanksgiving party themes. In addition to having cranberries as a whole, you can make a refreshing cocktail with apple cider, oranges, cinnamon, and cloves. You can also try making something out of the ordinary, like – mock tea Sangria, spiced cabernet, and Thanksgiving punch.


Celebrating Thanksgiving by the pool calls for amazing decoration pieces that light up your night. Let nature dominate as you spruce up the table. Pumpkins, pinecones, fall leaves – all the things that scream Thanksgiving are right in your backyard. Decorate your whole outdoor area with unique before your guests arrive and surprise them!


  • Floating Lights


No party is complete without the proper lighting. And the simplest way to brighten up your pool Thanksgiving dinner is to have floating pool lights. Get creative and use your imagination! You can cut up pool noodles, wrap them up and put the tea lights inside. Floating luminaries can be small pumpkins or pinecones: anything that is lightweight. Place these lights strategically around the pool and create a beautiful effect on that night.


  • String Lanterns


When you try to accentuate the beauty of your pool, do not forget the rest of your backyard. Install cool-looking lights that complement your pool and gel well with the scenery. LED string lights are perfect for any occasion- Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, weddings, birthdays, or even casual parties.

DIY: Buying the accessories from a store seems a bit too practical for your taste, and you may want to make something yourself. Then go the DIY way – make stunning paper lanterns for the day. Include your kids in making the party decorations. They can easily churn them out with minimal supervision. All they need are:

  • Glue
  • String
  • Poster paper
  • Battery-operated candles

Assist them to cut up and glue the papers into Thanksgiving party themes, resembling a turkey.


  • Thanksgiving Crafts


As long as you are doing things your way, you can also let the guests involved. Post dinner, gather them around and start making Thanksgiving crafts. Get to work with a glue gun and scissors and make brightly colored centerpieces, photo frames, or googly eyes. You need simple things like pine cones, papers, or felt to create these crafts, which you can also give away as party favors.


  • Golden Pumpkins


Pumpkins are not just for Halloween anymore! What’s in fashion is stringing up tiny bright gold-painted pumpkins. Or, you could hollow the pumpkins out, tint them in vibrant colors, and use them as candy or snack bowls. Make a garland with itsy-bitsy fall leaves, to be hung over the pool or your fence.


Holiday dinners are all about making wonderful memories. So, why not remind them of all the fun times you had in the past? There is always someone snapping photos at every occasion; call them up and collect all your best shots with the group. Arrange them as pretty centerpieces placed on the dinner table or put them up for display in your backyard.

If Thanksgiving by the pool is one thing no one in your circle has done before, then grab this chance and be the first one to make it click using the above tips. Not only do your dinner, activities, and decoration stand out, but everyone will also remember it for years to come.


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