on July 1, 2014 in Lifestyle, Entertainment
The 4th of July is always a great time to get the neighbors together to celebrate with fireworks, BBQ and activities. Make your 4th of July even more fun and special this year by hosting a hot tub party in your backyard. We’ve got some great tips to help you throw the best 4th of July party in town with your hot tub.
Prepare Your Hot Tub
First things first, you’re going to want to make sure your hot tub and its water are clean and clear before your party. Whenever you are having people over, it’s good to test the water chemical levels with test strips to make sure everything is balanced. Also, clean the filters to make sure they are working properly. The more people there are using the hot tub, the more bacteria will get into it.
If it’s been more than four months since you have drained your hot tub, you should do it again before your 4th of July party. Drain the hot tub’s water, clean the shell’s surface and jets, and then fill it back up with fresh water. The night before your party, give the hot tub a quick run with the jets to move the water. This will ensure safe and beautiful water and a relaxing soak. You should also have a good amount of towels on hand to offer your guests. If they are coming in and out of the hot tub a lot, they will need more than one towel.
If you’re thinking about having a small celebration, make sure to not invite more people than will fit in your tub. If one person is left out of the hot tub, it can make them feel awkward and out of place. If you’re looking to have a bigger celebration, you can of course invite a larger group than will fit in your hot tub. Just make sure you invite enough people so that one person isn’t awkwardly left out of the hot tub alone. Set up tables and chairs in your backyard for people to relax on when they are not in the spa.
Celebrating with a large group works well because it’s recommended that you spend no more than 15 minutes in a 104 degree spa at one time. After 15 minutes, the people sitting outside and eating and those in the spa can switch out, so that everyone gets to enjoy the hot tub.
For your convenience, we suggest not starting the party too early. You don’t want guests to get too tired, as fireworks usually begin around 9 p.m., and warm hot tub water feels especially great at night. Start around 6 or 7 p.m. That way, guests will have had dinner already, which means you can just put out snacks. Finger food is much more convenient during a hot tub party than full meals.
If you do want to have an all day party, try lowering the hot tub temperature to around 94°F or lower. This will allow your guests to cool down during the warm holiday and spend more time in the hot tub. Any temperature lower than our body temperature will keep you feeling relaxed and cool. If you really want to transform your spa into a “cool tub” during the day, turn the temperature down to 85°F.
Try to get your snacks together and ready a couple of days before the 4th of July party. If you’re having your hot tub party later in the evening after normal dinner hours, you will only have to provide light snacks. This is best for hot tub parties because finger food is quick to eat and not messy, so people can jump right back into the hot tub when they are done. Some great snacks for 4th of July include chips, red, white and blue M&M’s, red and blue fruit, such as blueberries, strawberries and watermelon, and finally some shrimp, chicken or veggie kabobs.
If your party is earlier in the day, have a good old-fashioned BBQ in your backyard. We recommend grilling up some hot dogs or burgers for your hungry guests. Make sure to check if any of your friends are vegetarian or vegan, as you will have to buy some vegetable patties for them. Also, offer up some sort of salad to compliment the burgers or hot dogs, as well as some of the snacks above.
Every 4th of July party needs drinks, but it’s especially important to hydrate during hot tub parties. Make sure you have a lot of water and sugar-free drinks available near your spa. Your guests should be drinking water every hour. Consider buying some red and blue light up ice cubes to make your drinks patriotic and fun.
You also might want to offer soda and alcoholic beverages. If so, make sure your friends don’t drink too much alcohol and remind them to be careful around the hot tub. The last thing you want is someone falling and hurting themselves. Encourage them to drink water in between their sugary and alcoholic beverages because these drinks tend to dehydrate you.
One of the most important things to remember while serving drinks at a hot tub party is to use plastic cups instead of glass. If someone breaks a glass in your hot tub or backyard, it could ruin your 4th of July party.
A party isn’t a 4th of July party without patriotic decorations. We recommend putting up some red, white and blue streamers, a patriotic tablecloth for your table and an American flag in your backyard. If you have a ThermoSpas hot tub with LED lighting, change the spa color to red or blue to create a great ambience.
Get the Party Started with Games and Music
Music is a must at any party. If you have a ThermoSpas hot tub with a deluxe sound system, playing music is easy. All you have to do is connect your audio device to the system and you’re ready to party. If you don’t have a sound system, bring a speaker outside, but keep it away from the hot tub so that you don’t spill water on it.
Try to make a playlist that will last a few hours, as you don’t want to be hearing the same songs over and over again. Of course, patriotic songs are the best for the 4th of July. Your playlist can include songs like American Woman by The Guess Who, American Girl by Tom Petty, American Pie by Don McLean and America the Beautiful by Ray Charles. Always make sure to have your guests in mind when creating a playlist.
Playing games is a great way to get everyone in the party having fun together. Truth or Dare and Never Have I Ever are really fun games to play with adults in your hot tub. You can also play your favorite card games in the hot tub with waterproof cards. For more hot tub game ideas, click here.
We hope these 4th of July hot tub party tips help you throw the best 4th of July party ever. If you’re interested in buying a hot tub so that you can host fun and unique hot tub parties, feel free to contact us. A hot tub makes your backyard a fun place to be all the time.
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