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Six Ways to Prepare a Picnic at the Pool

We partnered with creator, nester and blogger Kelley Nan. See how she used six picnic ideas and great deals on outdoor living essentials from Tuesday Morning to start a new poolside summer tradition.

School is out and summer activities are officially underway. The days are longer and with sunny, warm weather, there’s more time to tackle projects and accomplish goals, but also, there’s more time to have fun. You don’t have to plan grand events to fill every day but if you are looking to switch up your family time, kids’ activities, get-togethers with friends, or date nights, picnics on location are affordable and the locales are endless. From parks to road trips, from the lake to your own back yard, a constant change in scenery will keep your adventures feeling fresh and new. A favorite summer tradition in our home? Picnicking at the pool.

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1. Beat the Heat, Beat the Crowd


Do you have your own pool or do you frequent a public/neighborhood pool? I use our neighborhood pool which I love, but, I also strategize my pool days. While most don’t head for the water until afternoon, when the sun is high in the sky and blazing, I prefer to start my day early. At 9:00 a.m., you can still catch those rays but with less heat and lounge chair competition.



2. Don’t Underestimate Hydrating Food


Instead of packing a heavy lunch, consider a breakfast picnic by the pool. You can grab some pastries and fruit, nothing too heavy, and snack on them throughout the morning. Plus, fruit like watermelon will help to keep you hydrated if you forget to sip your poolside beverages. Keep a cooler with ice at your picnic home base.


3. Stock Up On Insulated Bottles


Don’t rely on store-bought water in thin plastic bottles to keep your beverages cool. You will have hot water within the hour. With well insulated water bottles, you can leave your container out for constant hydration without worrying about taking it in and out of a cooler. If you plan to have festive drinks, use the water bottles as your main supply and use shallow/short drink cups, pouring only a little at a time to keep them cool.


4. Keep a Cooler with Cold Washcloths


In addition to your fruit, make sure you have a little room for cold, wet washcloths in your cooler. You can always take a dip when the temperature rises but having a few cloths on hand for the family will help soothe and protect against areas where you may have too much sun.


5. Pack Zipper Pouches for Water Protection


Keep your picnic paper products (along with valuables and electronics) stored in a zipper pouch. Even if napkins start off dry, loose in your beach bag, they won’t be dry for long. All it takes is one person jumping out of the pool and running to the beach tote to hunt for something, dripping wet, for the entire bag to get drenched.


6. Have a Wet Towel Solution


Like having storage to protect dry paper products, have a solution to protect everything from wet towels. The worst is if everyone wears their wet towels home- have you seen what can happen to wet car seats on hot days? Your drives to work do not want that. Bring a non-bulky, lightweight bag (like a laundry bag) that can be dedicated to wet towels, swimsuits, etc. after your pool day is finished.



If you already have the summertime blues and boredom is running rampant in your home, consider nearby places and match them with not-so-obvious meal times. Head to a scenic overlook with a morning picnic and watch the sun rise. Set up in your back yard after dark for a twilight snacks and movie. Switching things up this summer will create memories for a lifetime.

To see more of my dining, table and picnic ideas, visit my tablescapes HERE. You can also catch my latest summer home tour HERE.

For more outdoor dining inspiration and picnic ideas, check out the Tuesday Morning Outdoor Dining Pinterest board!

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