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Even people who aren’t championship swimmers dream of having their own backyard swimming pool. Pools are a natural gathering place for families and friends during hot weather, and they add many new possibilities for entertaining both adults and children. As long as safety is remains paramount, allowing children to invite friends for an afternoon swim gives parents an opportunity to get to know their children’s friends, and weekend pool parties are a perfect venue for getting together with other families.
Cocktail and dinner parties take on an air of casual elegance when they’re held around a pool. If no one will be swimming, try putting a dozen or more floating candles in the water and carry the theme through with more candles on the tables and tiki torches surrounding the patio.
Even when you’re not entertaining, a private pool can be a welcome oasis. Enjoying a cup of coffee poolside is a great way to start a busy day, and the same spot is perfect for winding down in the evening with a drink or cup of herbal tea. And there’s no better way to spend quality time with your children than splashing around or playing games in your own backyard pool.