Easy guide for a fun pool party

Summer is over but it’s not yet too late to organize a pool party with family and friends. Though the rainy season is here, it still feels like summer at times because of the scorching heat of the sun. After all, kids love the pool all-the-time so it’s still the best time to cool down. The great thing about a pool party is that with their relaxed atmosphere, it’s relatively easy to arrange.

Electrolux has some tips to pull off a fun pool party. Check out the simple checklist, get ready to cool off and have fun!

Set up the time

An email or Facebook invitation works well. Make it clear that it’s a pool party, and that guests should be prepared with towels and swimsuits.

Keep the décor simple

floating lantern

Floating Lantern makes a perfect pool party decor

A few simple, creative touches will do the trick. Pool parties demand color, so add some bright tableware, fun decorations and colorful touches– a few vases of flowers and grass skirts to line the food table for a more outdoorsy feel.
electrolux side by side ref

Electrolux Side by Side Refrigerator, ESE6200PD

                                                               

The Electrolux Side by Side Refrigerator, ESE6200PD promises freshness and quality with its bigger 20.5 cu. ft. capacity, spacious enough to organize large food storage requirements.

 Party details

Set up a table with poolside necessities for your guests. Glassware is a big poolside no-no; use paper cups and colorful paper straws instead.Towels in bright tropical colours, sunscreen, and chilled water should be within easy reach. Refrigerators like the Electrolux ESE6200PD come with Freezer Space Plus that offer extra freezer room so you can quickly chill drinks and keep them cold during the party.

Fruit salad on a stick

Assemble a refreshing and healthy alternative to the usual poolside snack. Thread rounds of different fruits in season on wooden skewers for a crowd-friendly, easy-to-eat appetizer.

Organize some games

Most adults would enjoy a game of pool volleyball or basketball. Set up the net in advance or if your guests prefer to chill out, bring out giant “post-worthy” pool floats so your guests can enjoy floating and documenting your party on their social media accounts.

 

For more tips, please visit electrolux.com.ph or their Facebook page.

Simple pleasure: Bubbles!!!

On new year’s day, I woke up without Nati by my side. I looked for her on the other side of the bed but she isn’t there. My heart skipped beating and I woke Ace from his deep slumber asking “saan si Nati?” to which re replied “ewan ko!”. Tama nga naman s’ya, malay ba n’ya, eh tulog s’ya at ginising ko lang para tanungin saan si Nati. Startled, he started looking under the bed but still, no sign of Natania in there. I started calling her name “Nati! Nati!” then we heard little footsteps towards our bedroom door. She appeared from the living room saying “Mama, bubbah (bubbles). *Sigh of relief* Grabe ang takot ko. Di ko sinabi kay Ace pero naisip ko baka na-kidnap o naglaro sa banyo at na-disgrasya. Jusko! So napagalitan na naman ako kasi di ko naisara ang door sa banyo. For the first time, she got up ahead of us and went out of the bedroom. Usually, dumedede lang sya if mas maaga sya nagigising kesa sa amin. But this time, bumaba na talaga sya ng kama at lumabas ng kwarto! Anyway, thank God she’s just here…in one piece.

Nati's bubble bottles

Simple pleasure: Bubbles!

When I went to the living room, I saw this. Her precious bubble bottles! The reason why she went out of the bedroom alone…while Ace and I are still in lalaland.  I assume she arranged the bottles while waiting for us to wake up because these are all in one container when we went to bed the night before.

It was about this time last year when Nati started liking bubbles. A neighbor’s son who’s so fond of Nati gave his huge bubble bottle to her. Since the little girl can’t manage to blow it that time, it was me or Ace who does the blowing for her. She finds chasing bubbles so much fun! Months after, she got three bubble bottles for participating in some games at a children’s party. You could imagine how happy the Nati is. She kept on blowing bubbles inside our room! When she saw that bubble bottles are sold in some stores, she then won’t leave a store without a bottle or two and would start blowing as soon as the situation permits. In this case, we were waiting for our food order.

Simple pleasure: Bubbles!

Blowing bubbles while waiting for our food.

We didn’t get her a gift last Christmas but she was so happy with her bottle of bubbles!

Simple pleasure: Bubbles!

Playing with bubbles on Christmas Day.

Simple Pleasure: Bubbles!

Blowing bubbles like a pro!

The little bottle that comes in different colors and shapes is undeniably a source of happiness for the little one. Be it a super small bottle that costs Php5.00 to the most pricey bubble bottles she got at Php99.00 for the two bottles courtesy of her Tita Carol at the mall.

And she blows bubbles anytime, anywhere.

Simple Pleasure: Bubbles!

blowing bubbles inside the Lactation Room of the family lounge in Gaisano Mall.

blowing bubbles even at night

blowing bubbles even at night

Ace went to the office one day in January and before going home, he called asking Nati what he would get for pasalubong. She immediately said “Pa, bubbaf (bubbles)!” She was beyond happy when Ace handed her the bubble bottles he got for pasalubong and the little girl started blowing bubbles in no time.

Bubble bottles as pasalubong from Papa.

Nati’s pasalubong from Papa.

The other week, Ace went to the market to get something. Upon leaving, Nati told him “Pa, bubbaf ha. Threeh!” to which Ace replied “Okay!”. An hour after, Ace came back empty-handed. But before he could get inside the house, Nati was already waiting for her in the living room. As soon as he opened the door, Nati was already shouting “Yey! Bubbaf!” Ace broke the news and the little girl cried. He didn’t find a bubble bottle in the market so he’s hoping that Nati is taking her nap when he gets home so he can have time to prepare a bubble mixture out of dishwashing liquid. Sadly, Nati heard the trike and hurriedly went out of the room hoping that Papa Ace got her bubble bottles as he promised. She cried. She was heartbroken.

Until today, bubbles is still her fave and I am not sure when she will outgrow it. As of the moment, she finds happiness in blowing and chasing bubbles be it inside or outside the house.

Beat the summer heat with Starbucks Frappuccino® Blended Beverages

Summer heat is almost unbearable the past months because of the El Niño phenomenon. People go to the beach, inland resorts or anywhere they could cool down because the heat is excruciating. As much as I love packing our bags and bring my family to the nearest beach, we are tied at home because of work. Nati found a way to stay cool by removing her clothes and staying by the fridge’ open door. She loves to stay there! While I wanted to join her, I chose to snack on the ice candy that the neighbor is selling. At least it refreshes me for the time being.

Starbucks Frappuccino® Blended Beverages

For Starbucks patrons, we have more reason to celebrate summer despite of the severe heat. Starbucks Frappuccino® Blended Beverages now offers two limited summer flavors to keep us refreshed. The new and returning summer blended beverages – Roasted Marshmallow S’mores and Summer Berry Panna Cotta.

Roasted Marshmallow S’mores Frappuccino®

Roasted Marshmallow S’mores Frappuccino® Blended Beverage

Roasted Marshmallow S’mores Frappuccino® Blended Beverage

Inspired by the distinct taste of roasted marshmallows with chocolate sandwiched between graham crackers, the Roasted Marshmallow S’mores Frappuccino® Blended Beverage evokes happy memories of summer outings at the beach with family and friends.

Summer Berry Panna Cotta Frappuccino®

Summer Berry Panna Cotta Frappuccino® Blended Beverage

Summer Berry Panna Cotta Frappuccino® Blended Beverage

 Summer Berry Panna Cotta Frappuccino® Blended Beverage is a returning favorite. It is a combination of Panna Cotta with different types of berries to create a beautifully layered Frappuccino® Blended Beverage and topped with whipped cream and a tart berry drizzle.

While refreshing with the two Frappuccino blended beverages with friends or loved ones, take photos and join the Starbucks Frappuccino® & Friends Photo Contest by uploading your photos to the Starbucks Philippines Frappuccino® website (http://www.starbucksfrappuccino.ph) from April 19 to 30, 2016 for a chance to win a pre-loaded Starbucks Frappuccino® Card.

To further provide a cool little haven from the scorching heat, Starbucks Philippines will also have a series of Meet Me at Starbucks for a Summer Frappuccino® Party from April 26 to May 31 where you can enjoy live summer music, a One For You, One To Share (Buy One, Get One) promo on the Roasted Marshmallow S ‘mores Frappuccino® blended beverage, 10% off on summer mugs and tumblers and other exciting treats. Check out the Starbucks Philippines’ Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/StarbucksPhilippines/) for more details.