If you have a hot tub, you already have the main ingredient for a sizzling hot party. However, relying entirely on your hot tub to be the star of the show means you are missing some potential ways to make sure that your party is one to remember. Here are our favorite simple ways to ensure that your hot tub party goes beyond to be a memorable success!
Prep Your Spa for the Party
The last thing you want to do is realize that your hot tub's chemistry is not suitable for soaking the day of the party. Monitor your tub's balance in the days leading up to the party, making certain that the pH levels are stable between 7.2 and 7.6.
You will also want to make sure that your hot tub is clean. Thoroughly clean, wipe, and vacuum the interior of the hot tub. Also, make sure your filters are in good working order by removing them and cleaning them prior to the party. Finally, consider a preparatory shock treatment. Read the instructions carefully so you know when it is safe to use the tub again post-treatment. If your water is cloudy or discolored, despite being clean, consider using a clarification chemical that will ensure it is clear and inviting for your guests.
In addition to cleaning the tub itself, remember to ensure the areas surrounding the tub (and anywhere else that guests are likely to congregate) are clean and free of debris. The cleaner the surrounding areas, the less likely it is that unnecessary dirt and grime will find their way into your hot tub.
Plan Your Guest List with Size and Activities in Mind
The size of your hot tub and the other activities you have planned for the evening will play a significant role in determining the size of your guest list. Is this to be a small, intimate gathering where most guests will use the hot tub at the same time? Or, if you have a pool or other activities planned, are you anticipating only a few hot tub soakers at once?
Take time to visualize how you expect the party to go and what you expect your guests will want in terms of entertainment. Plan your list accordingly. Also, think about which guests have mutual friends attending, and which do not. You will want to facilitate an enjoyable evening for each person invited. If it is likely that certain groups will coalesce; consider how that will affect the overall vibe of the party. If there are guests who do not know other attendees, plan who you will be introducing them to, those they will have good social chemistry with. You do not want anyone to feel isolated.
Will you be providing the majority or entirety of refreshments, or are you planning something more along the lines of a BYOB or potluck situation? Either can be a successful strategy with appropriate planning. Keep in mind that food and hot tubs do not typically mix well; no one needs their hot tub filters overwhelmed by hors d'oeuvres. Hot water and alcohol are not a good match either. For safety and other reasons, it’s best to avoid alcohol consumption in your hot tub. Make sure you provide guests with a suitable, inviting area for noshing that will support a great social atmosphere. If guests will be bringing their own food or drinks to share, make sure you provide them with plenty of space for storing their items at the appropriate temperature. Also, consider presentation. It is usually simple enough to manage a great presentation when you are providing all of the refreshments yourself, but when guests are participating, you will need to be flexible.
Indulge the Senses
One of the best things about a hot tub party is the way in which it indulges the senses, but there is so much more you can do!
Music is an important ingredient for a great party, regardless of where it is. While having a system in place that allows you to take requests from your guests is ideal, it is important to plan a basic playlist ahead of time as well. You do not want anyone to feel obligated to play DJ just because you did not plan. In addition, by choosing a fun playlist ahead of time, you will be circumventing the challenges inherent in having a guest with bad musical taste try to take over the song selection.
Lighting has a huge impact on setting the atmosphere for your hot tub party. If your hot tub has programmable mood lighting, give it a test run in the weeks leading up to the party. Also, think of the lighting in the surrounding area. Strings of white or colored lights might be associated with the holidays when found on a Christmas tree, but they can just as easily lend a festive air to your party's perimeter year round. If you are outdoors, Tiki torches can be a lively, attractive way to set the mood.
Whether with scented candles or by scenting your hot tub's water with hot-tub-safe bath bombs, crystals, or aromatherapy oils, scent can be a wonderful way to give your party some extra polish. Use scents that are formulated specifically for hot tubs as some household products may interfere with the water chemistry of your hot tub. Keep in mind, however, that some guests may be allergic to certain perfume components, so if you are planning to add scents to the hot tub water, run it by guests first.
Above All Else, Attitude
Your guests will be looking to you for cues in terms of their party experience. If you are bubbly, enthusiastic, and sociable, they are more likely to be as well! Get yourself psyched for a great party, and you will have one!
One thing that can reduce your party planning stress is keeping on top of your hot tub maintenance year-round, even when you are not planning a large gathering. Hot tub maintenance is easy with pHin. It tracks water quality, notifies you by smartphone when you need to add chemicals, and ships you just the right amount. How could it be any easier?