Party time: How to host a memorable July 4 poolside bash

Party time: How to host a memorable July 4 poolside bash

There’s no party like a pool party, especially in the midst of Houston’s summer heat. When friends and families gather over refreshing beverages and al fresco bites around a beautiful pool, they’re not only having a blast — they’re creating memories that will last a lifetime. That’s why pools are special. Aside from the cool rush we feel as the water surrounds us, we experience the freedom to be ourselves. And freedom is what July 4 is all about — a celebration that reminds us that material things are meaningless without our loved ones. Ahead of our nation’s Independence Day, allow us to share some of our best ideas to help you host an unforgettable pool party. Keep it colorful You know better than to use your expensive place settings, right? Opt for melamine or plastic tableware in bright colors. Of course the most appropriate color combination is red, white and blue. Although if your outdoor plates and cups don’t match the patriotic color scheme, accessorize with napkins, placemats, ribbon and flowers. Have an old pair of jeans? Cut it up to craft a table runner or placemats. Keep it light Shy away from complicated foods and choose a menu that encourages everyone to stay hydrated. A fabulous fruit salad with with mint topped with a dollop of whipped cream trumps a heavy cheesecake. Thick slices of watermelon are much better than donuts. Chopped salads, healthy wraps and cold dishes rule. Popsicles and sorbet are more appropriate than indulgent ice creams. Keep it simple Make it a buffet that encourages guests to graze rather than to sit and have a big meal. Include... read more
Float and flick: New movie series debuts at Hotel Derek

Float and flick: New movie series debuts at Hotel Derek

Hotel Derek is scheduled to open up its Splash Pool and Movie Wall to locals the last Friday of each month, beginning in May, for what the venue is calling “float and flick,” which includes sampling Revolve Kitchen + Bar’s summer menu, cocktails and local craft beers. The first summer film will be Jaws on May 29. Every month, Summer Film Fridays at Splash will offer an opportunity for hotel guests and locals to unwind and cool off in the pool. When the sun sets, watch a classic film on the Texas-sized movie wall. Cost is $25 and includes admission for two, complimentary gourmet popcorn, two complimentary Revolve Kitchen + Bar signature drinks, complimentary self-parking and access to Splash with towel service starting at 5 p.m. for an after-work dip in the pool. RSVP to ladyderek@destinationhotels.com or... read more
History of Swimming Pools

History of Swimming Pools

When you think about swimming pools, you often think of doing a cannonball into a backyard pool, swimming laps at the neighborhood YMCA, or lounging at the hotel spa on a chilly night, but relaxation and entertainment weren’t the original intentions of the pool. In the beginning, they were built and used for athlete training. The “Great Bath” of Mohenjo-daro was built in the 3rd millennium BC and is recorded as the earliest swimming pool in the world. Located in Sindh, Pakistan, the pool was made with gypsum plaster, bricks and bitumen. Romans and Greeks built pools that were used for military and athletic training, and were only a luxury for Roman Emperors, who had private pools filled with fish. The first heated pool was built in Rome in the first century BC by Gaius Maecenas, political advisor to Roman Emperor Octavian. Indoor swimming pools with diving boards gained popularity in Great Britain in the late 1830s, and swimming clubs were formed to reduce drowning incidents in larger bodies of water. These clubs held water polo, swim and diving competitions. The Olympic Games of 1896, which included swim races, caused popularity to rise, and by the early 1900s, many bath houses were turned into swimming pools. The swimming pool came to the US in the early 1900s, and competitive swimming and training became popular shortly there after. Following World War II, the desire to have a private backyard pool spread across the nation – likely due to the association that movies made of pools giving a certain social... read more

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