Are you thinking about hosting a hot tub party? Not sure where to start? In this article, we will give you our best tips for throwing a hot tub party that your guests won’t forget!
Preparing For Your Hot Tub Party
When it comes to throwing a successful hot tub party, preparation is key. Here’s a few things that you need to do to prepare for your upcoming hot tub party.
Balancing The Water
Balancing your hot tub’s water not only helps to extend the lifespan of your hot tub, it also makes the water more comfortable to bathe in. To prevent your party guests from getting red, itchy eyes or dry skin, you’ll want to make sure that your water is balanced. We recommend taking your hot tub water in for a professional test at your local hot tub retailer a few days before your party. They will be able to give you exact instructions to ensure that your hot tub is ready in time for the big day!
Shock In Advance
Along with ensuring that the water is properly balanced, you’ll also want to make sure that your sanitizer is at a comfortable level. Regularly shocking your water is essential to maintaining clean, safe to use water. It also raises the level of sanitizer in the water considerably, however. For this reason, you’ll want to ensure that you shock your water a couple of days before the party so that the sanitizer levels have time to come down to a comfortable level.
Plan A Theme & Decorate Your Home / Yard To Match
Theming and decorating is optional, but it can give your party that extra wow factor that will really make it memorable!
Send Out Invitations
While you definitely don’t need to send out formal invitations, you will definitely want to plan out the number of people that you’ll invite. The most important thing to remember when inviting people to a hot tub party is the size of your tub. If you have a 5 seat hot tub, you’ll want to limit invites to no more than 8 to ensure that there aren’t too many people left waiting around.
How To Throw A Better Hot Tub Party
No party is complete without some great food! When planning the food for your party, make sure to pick things that aren’t too heavy. Heavy food and hot water simply don’t mix well.
We also recommend that you designate the hot tub as a no-food zone. Stopping people from eating in your hot tub will ensure that no crumbs or other food scraps end up in your hot tub; saving you, and your hot tub filters, quite a bit of cleanup.
Have Some Extra Towels Ready
Chances are that somebody will forget to bring a towel. For this reason, we recommend that you have a couple of extra towels handy.
Flip-flops can be really handy to have when getting in and out of a hot tub. Not only do they keep your feet from getting dirty, they also can help to prevent slipping on wet surfaces around the hot tub. For this reason, we recommend that you tell your party guests to bring some sandals / flip flops, and that you keep a couple of extra pairs handy for those that forget!
Have A Place To Wash Your Feet
Speaking of dirty feet, it’s also a good idea to have a place where your guests can rinse off their feet before re-entering your hot tub. Doing this will prevent your guests from tracking in dirt; keeping your hot tub water clean and inviting for the duration of your party! A simple shallow plastic container with some water is all you need.
Have A Place To Sit & Relax (That Isn’t The Hot Tub)
Depending on how many guests you have or how the evening goes, some of your guests will likely get out of the hot tub at various points in the night. We recommend setting up some chairs (and maybe a patio table) near the hot tub so that people can relax and enjoy the evening, without having to break up into smaller groups.
After The Party
As fun as hot tub parties are, they can also cause some water quality issues with your hot tub. For this reason, we recommend taking the following actions once your guests have left.
Shock The Water
The more use your hot tub gets, the more sanitizer (either bromine or chlorine) it will go through. In fact, it’s not uncommon for all of the sanitizer in a hot tub to get used up after just a couple of hours of heavy use. For this reason, we recommend shocking your hot tub immediately after the party is over to re-establish the sanitizer levels in your hot tub.
Heavy use can also throw off the balance of your hot tub water. For this reason, we recommend testing the hot tub water the day after the party and making any adjustments that are necessary to bring your water back in balance. This will not only ensure that the water is comfortable to bathe in the next time you want to use your hot tub, it will also help to improve the lifespan of your pumps, heaters and cover.
Clean Your Filters
The last thing you should do after your hot tub party has ended is to clean your hot tub’s filters. Simply put, the more use your hot tub gets, the more dirt, oils and lotions are introduced into the water. Leaving dirty filters in your hot tub can cause water quality issues while also potentially causing damage to your pumps in the long term. For this reason, we recommend giving your filters a clean after heavy uses, like when you’ve had a hot tub party.
To clean your filters, first rinse them to get rid of any larger debris that might be trapped in them, then submerge them in a solution of hot tub filter cleaner and water to help remove any trapped oils and lotions.
Hosting a hot tub party is the perfect way for you and your friends to relax and enjoy each other’s company. With a little preparation and a few small touches, your next hot tub party will be a night your party goers won’t soon forget!