Swimming pools are the ideal gathering space for friends and family. We have three ways to create these spaces in and around your pool for people to come together and enjoy your dream backyard oasis. 

If you are looking for ways to enhance your entertaining experience and encourage a gathering in your backyard space, here are plenty of ideas to get you started. 


Swim-Up Bars 

Sometimes, you just don’t want to get out of the water, but the bar is where the action is! The convenience of a swim-up bar offers the best of both worlds. Swim-up bars are a natural gathering spot that encourages conversation. They also allow more people to use the pool comfortably. Several people may relax at the bar, while others can continue floating, playing, and splashing. 

Swim-up bars can be included in pools of any shape. Depending on your desired shape, you can wrap the bar around the freeform poolside or opt for a clean line straight across the pool. Bars can be constructed of the same material and color as your pool or a complementary style. 



Outdoor Kitchens 

Let’s face it: The kitchen often becomes the main draw at many gatherings. So why not bring the kitchen outside? The key is to create a useful space that lets you stay in the middle of the conversation rather than running back and forth throughout the gathering. 


Fire Pits 

Bonfires can be a centerpiece in all seasons! From s’mores to sing-alongs, a summer party is always more fun sitting around a fire. Your fire pit is sure to become a centerpiece of your outdoor entertaining. 

Adding a fire pit allows your outdoor space to be used comfortably, even on cooler evenings. A poolside fire pit is lovely for warming up after a swim. Or situate your fire pit in a separate area of your yard to bring family and friends together after swim season. If you don’t want the commitment of a permanent fire pit, consider a modular fire pit bowl or fire table surrounded by an item of cozy outdoor furniture that can be moved wherever feels right for a particular event. 


By integrating these features into your pool area, you’ll not only enhance your entertaining experience but also create a welcoming atmosphere that beckons friends and family to come together and enjoy the beauty of your dream backyard oasis. Start planning your transformation today and make your backyard the go-to spot for unforgettable gatherings. 

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