Adding Tropical Flair to a Portable Backyard Pool

Why dress up a portable backyard pool? Why worry about tropical flair? Because you’re worth it. Our backyard pool is portable and plastic. Some might say it’s an eyesore. I beg to differ. It took us a long time to have a yard of our own. It took a couple years longer to get a pool. This year, when we put it up, we’re going all out. Our neighbors may think we’re crazy. That’s OK. We plan on spending a lot of time in our tropical ghetto pool paradise. Here’s how we’re making it awesome.

Bamboo fencing provides privacy and more.

It’s very affordable at big box home improvement stores. We’ll hammer a few support stakes into the ground, then attach the fence to the stakes. Last year we used bamboo fencing for privacy. This year we plan to extend the fence to surround the pool on three sides. We hope it will give us a more tropical feel. We can pretend we’re swimming at a posh resort instead of in a blue plastic department store pool.

Tiki torches light the path to a portable pool.

We did a lot of night swimming last year. Likely, this year will be the same. We have a collection of tiki torches. Some we bought. Some were given to us by friends. We’ll use them to surround the pool. It’ll be like Survivor without the stress and hard work. We also bought some citronella tiki torch oil to keep the mosquitoes at bay.

Straw beach hats add tropical ambiance.

We have a ton of them. We bought them for a birthday luau one year,along with some fake leis and other tiki themed items. Shhh, don’t tell. They were from the dollar store. They still sell them. I saw some in there the other day. We’ll hang them from the fence, the pool and wherever else looks good. If we feel silly, maybe we’ll wear them too. Stranger things have happened.

We love the gnarly beach chairs we found for free on Craigslist.

You might not get that lucky. Still, if you have some whitewashed, faded Adirondack chairs laying around, don’t throw them away. They make great accents for your tropical pool paradise. Ours are sitting by a big wild rose bush near the pool. It’s a nice shady spot to sit and sip our pina coladas and margaritas. Don’t worry, we have lemonade for the kids.

Speaking of the kiddos….

The grandkids are planning on painting up some more of those wooden dollar store signs to decorate our tropical paradise. They say things like Tiki Bar and Welcome to Paradise. I already have brightly colored craft paint they can use. I think we have a couple leftover signs from last year too. We may not even have to buy any.

So, there you go. You don’t need a big budget to take a trip to the tropics. You can do it right in your own backyard. All you need is a big blue plastic pool, some free stuff, a couple dollar store items and a big, crazy imagination.

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