A Guide to Hosting Hot Tub Parties
Hot tub parties, and we’re not trying to brag, are the best types of parties.
It’s simply a fact.
When trying to convince someone to go to a party, there has never been a better or more used line than: they have a hot tub!
However, as we all know some parties are better than others. Here are some steps which will help you throw the perfect hot tub party.
Whether your party is a small gathering of friends or a colossal festival, it’s always wise to have everything prepared ahead of time. If it seems like getting ready for a party is overwhelming, focus on completing one task at a time and you’ll be done with preparation before you know it.
The first step is to make a list of everything you need. This includes groceries, drinks, entertainment, or whatever else pops into your head. This list should also include tasks you need to accomplish to set up for the party, like making sure your spa has the right chemical levels and temperature, putting up decorations, cleaning, and preparing food.
Write down your list on a piece of paper so you can check it off as you go. If you feel like you’re losing your head, just look to your list to see what’s next.
Above all else, remember your party is about you having fun just as much as it is for your guests. If something doesn’t get taken care of in time or if you bought the wrong type food or drinks, it’s not the end of the world.
Let’s face it, not everyone can fit in your hot tub at once.
Though your hot tub may be the centerpiece of your party, having other activities and places to hang out offers your guests variety and helps keep the atmosphere alive. Playing music will help establish ambiance, but good conversations are the backbone to memorable parties.
While the goal of entertainment is to keep people busy and initiate conversation, it’s also important to keep in mind what type of people are coming to your party. If you’re inviting over friends from work, a poker set or a game of Cards Against Humanity can go a long way.
On the other hand, if your invitees are parents who are planning to bring along their kids, a better alternative could be water balloons and a game of Twister.
Think about how you’ll incorporate your hot tub into the party to let everyone have a chance to unwind. Will you use shifts, or will it be a first-come-first-serve system? Should there be a time limit?
A system that seems to work the best is the ‘prune test’. If someone holds their hands out of the water and they have wrinkled fingertips, it might be time to let someone else have a go.
The rules are yours to make, however most of the time people are reasonable and self-governing when it comes to sharing hot tub time.
Food and Drinks
Regular party hosts understand providing food and drinks for everyone can be a nightmare.
Challenges arise such as people who have allergies and diets, but making food in bulk runs the risk of leaving someone out or making food the group doesn’t like.
With a hot tub, sometimes greasy or heavy food isn’t the best idea. Fortunately, there are ways around this problem:
- Tea Sandwiches: Tea sandwiches are elegant, tasty, easy to make and have variants that can accommodate for most allergies and diets.
- Nuts, Fruit and Cheese: These plates are easy to make yourself and cover a wide range of tastes. Fruits provide sweetness, nuts provide their own varied flavors with some saltiness, and cheeses are can be savory and rich.
On a final note, keep in mind the hot tub’s warm water will increase the circulation of anyone who goes for a dip. Having your guests use the hot tub before they drink instead of after will decrease the chances of a hangover and help them regulate how fast alcohol affects their body.
With all these steps in mind, each hot tub party has the potential to be a blast. At the end of the day, your guests will be glad they came, and everyone will have fun that is enhanced by a hot tub experience.