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Throw a Kid-Friendly Backyard Party with Your Hot Tub

Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs are known to turn every gathering up a notch or two, and that holds true even for kids’ parties. Plan an enjoyable, family-friendly party in your backyard by inviting your kids’ friends (and their parents) over for a good time and some relaxation in the hot tub. Here are a few ideas to help you get to know everyone:

Backyard Scavenger Hunt

Before your guests arrive, hide toys, treats, or household items around your yard, ideally within view of your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub. When the kids arrive, give them either a written list or a picture list (depending upon their age) of the hidden objects, and send them on a quest to find them all. An added bonus: Parents can keep an eye on their young‘uns from the comfort of your hot tub.

Dunking Duck Hunt

Purchase two dozen small rubber ducks and a few nets the size you’d use in a fish tank. Using a marker, write a number between one and 12 on the bottom of each duck, making sure to use each number twice. Toss the ducks in your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub and supervise the kids while they take turns using the net to “catch” two ducks. If the ducks they catch both have the same number, the kids gets a point and the ducks stay out of the water. If the numbers are different, no points are awarded and the ducks continue “swimming.” Play continues until all pairs of ducks are “captured” and the winner is whoever has the most ducks at the end.

Football Toss

Using a pair of scissors or shears, cut a variety of different shapes (circles, triangles, stars, etc.) out of a large tarp or old bed sheet. Outline the shapes of the holes using brightly colored duct tape. Then, with a marker, write different point values beneath each hole. (The narrower the hole, the greater the point value.) Hang the tarp between two trees, gazebo posts, or other structures in your backyard, and challenge the kids to toss a football (or other ball) through the holes. Whichever kid racks up the most points in ten throws, wins the game. Bonus: kids can toss the balls from the warmth of your hot tub.

These are just a few simple ideas to get the good times rolling at your next backyard party. And with a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub, the parents can enjoy watching all the games from the comfort of the warm water.

Hot Tub Romance: Best Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Whether you’ve been together for 3 months or 30 years, Valentine’s Day is always a special occasion for a couple, and your hot tub can add to the romance and drama. To help make February 14th memorable, we’ve collected our favorite tips for including your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub in your Valentine’s Day plans:

Create Backyard Ambiance

Wrap strings of lights around your gazebo or nearby trees to create a romantic mood. Play either romantic music or, for extra points, your partner’s favorite musician. Keep large, fluffy towels and slippers nearby so the two of you can quickly warm up after getting out of the hot tub. Consider scattering rose petals around the path to the hot tub, or setting scented candles and a floral arrangement on a table right next to it to tantalize all of the senses.

 Let the Jets Do Their Job

Indulge in the warmth of your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub as you enjoy dual hydromassages. Or perhaps treat your sweetie to a hand massage while the jets work on each of your backs and feet. Spend anywhere from 15-30 minutes in your hot tub, savoring each other’s company and the warmth of the water.

Enjoy Romantic Treats

Serve your partner delicious finger foods like shelled oysters, chocolate-covered strawberries, and grapes. These bite-sized treats will be easy to consume while relaxing in the warm water and will add to the romance. We don’t recommend taking alcohol into the hot tub, but you can enjoy a steaming mug of hot chocolate, or a glass of sparkling juice or ice water to stay hydrated.

Keep a Chilled Bottle for Later

Put a bottle of your favorite bubbly on ice. Place two long-stemmed glasses next to it. After you’ve toweled off and donned your fluffy robes, pop the cork and pour yourselves each a glass and pick out the constellations.

This Valentine’s Day, take a moment to relax and plan a truly romantic retreat for you and your loved one. With these simple ideas and your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub, you can have a wonderful night without having to leave the comfort of your home.

Best Ideas Showcase: Fantasy Bathrooms

Your current bathroom may be perfectly serviceable, but does it inspire you? These beautiful bathroom decorating ideas certainly will. Here are some ideas on how to turn your bathroom into a fantasy bathroom:

Soothing Surroundings

Bravo Freestanding Hero Shot Best Ideas Showcase: Fantasy Bathrooms

Its flowing shape and timeless appeal ensures our Bravo™ Freestanding Bath will fit into any decorating scheme. With minimal distractions and set in front of floor-to-ceiling windows to display the picturesque scene outside, you’ll have a quiet place to reflect while making a statement that never goes out of style: tranquility.

High-End Details

FUSION Best Ideas Showcase: Fantasy Bathrooms

 

When it comes to building your own fantasy bathroom, it’s the details that make all the difference. Consider choosing a bathtub that can feature wood frame decking to your drop-in or undermount tub like the Fuzion™ Bathtub for two. It not only adds a grand element to any space, it also lends a simple, slightly classic feel to an otherwise modern bathroom.

Freestanding Simplicity

Elara Hero floor mounted Best Ideas Showcase: Fantasy Bathrooms

For the ultimate visual impact, try a freestanding bathtub. This simple, yet elegant design brings a luxurious atmosphere to any space. Offset with a bright wall as a background, the smooth, rounded sides and floor-mounted plumbing conveys a minimalist grace and sophisticated style in your bathroom.

 Illuminated Sophistication

Elara Mid1 2100x1575 300 RGB Best Ideas Showcase: Fantasy Bathrooms

The dark surround of this drop-in bath contrasts perfectly with the glowing interior lights, making almost as much of a statement as the stunning view of the city outside. The soft colors highlight the attractiveness of the warm water, inviting you to relax and soak undisturbed, with minimal distractions.

When it comes to fantasy bathrooms, your bathtub steals the spotlight. We hope you’ve felt inspired while looking over some of these beautiful bathrooms. If you’d like more design ideas, visit your local Jacuzzi Luxury Bath dealer.

How to Throw a Hot Tub Party for the Big Game

The Big Game is coming up, and that means parties are in the works. There’s no better way to celebrate football’s biggest day than with an afternoon split between cheering on touchdowns and relaxing in the comfort of your hot tub. Here, we’ve collected some ideas on how to incorporate your hot tub into the party:

Play Games

A football-themed game embraces the mood of the day and gives your guests a way to pass the time during commercials. Here are a few of our favorite games to get the party started:

  • Hot Potato: Arrange your guests in a rough circle in your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub. Toss a mini football in a clockwise direction while music plays. When the music stops, the person holding the hot potato at the time is eliminated and must leave the hot tub. The last person in the hot tub wins.
  • Fiki Football: Set up the Fiki Football goalpost on one end of the hot tub. Guests use their fingers to flick the triangle-shaped football across the hot tub and attempt to “score” over the goalposts. Allow each guest three passes; whoever wins gets a prize, such as a plush football or a drink.
  • Pass the Cup: Everyone gets an assortment of casino chips. The person holding the cup picks a play associated with the football game–for example, a touchdown or an offside call. The cup is passed around, and everyone adds a chip. When a touchdown or offside call occurs in the live game, the person holding the cup at the time is victorious. Once the party has moved indoors or is winding down, the winners receive money (for example, quarters) in equal amount to the number of casino chips in the cup when they were holding it.

Looking for more fun to keep the party going? Here are three other games you can play in your hot tub.

Bring It Outside

Sometimes watching is the only entertainment you need. Enjoy the game and its commercials from the comfort of your hot tub. Even if you don’t have a television mounted outside, you can still bring one outdoors for this special occasion, or open the windows and doors of your house so you can hear the broadcast. Depending on your cable provider, you may also be able to stream the broadcast on a portable device like a tablet or smartphone propped up outside.

Be a Good Host

Provide finger foods in individual servings so everyone is kept happy and fed without worrying about getting in and out of the hot tub and missing parts of the game. We suggest veggie sticks or chips in cups of dip, or fruit bowls in plastic containers. Before the party, craft some beverages and pour them into mason jars with lids so your guests can stay hydrated. Finally, stock up on guest towels in the colors of the teams playing in the Big Game. Keep them in a towel warmer to ensure your guests will be able to step from your hot tub into a warm, comfortable towel in no time.

The Big Game is an excellent time of year to host a party. Make the most of your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub and the natural excitement this event brings, and may your favorite team win.

Fun Conversation Games for Your Hot Tub

Your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub is the ideal place to host a gathering of family and friends. Because of its intimate and relaxing space, it’s also perfect for striking up fun conversations. Here are games for your hot tub that don’t require any props or supplies:

Questions

To play Questions, all information exchanged must be in the form of a question. For example, Player 1 will say, “Have you seen the new movie?”; Player 2 may respond with, “Is that the movie with the superhero?”; and Player 3 can ask, “What is the superhero’s name?” Only questions may be asked; no definitive statements may be made as the conversation evolves. If a player takes too long to answer a question or asks a rhetorical question, another player can call a foul and is awarded a point. Once a player reaches a set number of points (the number varies and can be predetermined by your team), he or she is declared the winner.

Fact or Fiction

In this game, each player states two things about themselves. One statement is true, and the other is false. For example, Player 1 will say, “I like green beans and I shower twice a day.” Player 2, 3, and 4 must decide which statement is false. There are no real winners or losers, and this game can be great for getting to know your friends and family better.

I’m Going on a Trip…

This is a slightly more complicated game to play, and can provide an amusing window into the mental processes of your friends. During each round, a player announces he’s going on a trip and bringing a specific item (or person) with him. Add a twist to the game by requiring that each follow-up “I’m bringing” follows a secret rule you’ve made, such as requiring that the item begins with the first or last letter of the item the previous player declared. As an example of using the last letter, Player 1 says, “I’m going on a trip, and I’m bringing a papaya.” Player 2 says, “I’m going on a trip, and I’m bringing an aardvark.” Player 3 says, “I’m going on a trip, and I’m bringing a kettle.” And so on and so forth. You can add further variation to this game by adding color or size requirements to the items, but the trick is to see how long it takes other players to catch on to your formula.

Want some other ideas for entertainment? Here are three other fun games you can play in your hot tub.

Your hot tub is a natural place to congregate during a party, and these games can help keep conversation flowing during your gatherings. Remember to limit yourself to about 20 minutes for each session in the hot tub, regardless of how much fun you’re having, and keep plenty of water or other beverages on hand to stay hydrated.

The Best Drinks to Bring to Your New Year’s Eve Hot Tub Party

If you’re hosting a New Year’s party, one thing you’ll want to keep in mind is what type of drinks to serve. We’ve selected an assortment of delicious beverages for you to choose from and modify to your taste. If you’ve been looking for some unique ideas, here are some of the best drinks to bring to your New Year’s Eve party:

Lovely Lime

Variations on these crisp drinks will usher in a fresh new year. Mix chopped limes or mint leaves with sparkling water or ginger ale; add sugar or other sweeteners if you like. Place a straw in the glass and toast to the New Year as the countdown begins.

Rudolph’s Nose

There’s no better way to ring in a chilly new year than with a sweet, fruity drink. This mixture of red raspberries, fresh orange juice, and ginger ale poured over ice is bound to be a crowd-pleaser. Tasty and refreshing, it’s the perfect drink to sip while you enjoy the last few hours of the year in your hot tub.

Light Moscow Mule

For a pleasant, nonalcoholic beverage you can take into the hot tub with you, consider a Light Moscow Mule. Mix ginger beer, fresh lime juice, and club soda together, and serve the drink in a heavy copper cup with a wedge of lime. If you’re ready to move the party out of the hot tub, substitute vodka for club soda.

Sparkling Juice or Sangria

A glass full of colorful, sparkling juice or sangria are festive and easy choices to toast to the turning of the year. Add some chopped fruit as a vivid accent and celebrate with your friends and family as you watch the ball drop.

Give your New Year’s party a special twist with these unique drinks, and remember to keep a pitcher of fresh water close to your hot tub so you can cleanse your palate and keep hydrated during your festivities.

Creative Ideas for Your Winter Hot Tub Party

Winter has arrived, which means long, cold nights. Why not welcome the season—and combat the chill—with a gathering of family and friends? Make your backyard a winter sanctuary by offering food, drink, and of course a soak in your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub. Here are some creative ideas for your winter hot tub party:

Install Lights

In winter, your trees are often bare. This may look bleak during the daytime, but bare branches are far easier to adorn with lights. Hang strings of lights from the branches, running them through separate trees or connecting trees to one another. When the sun goes down, you’ll have a magnificent winter light show.

 Provide Warmth

Keep your guests warm and cozy by providing a basket full of blankets and towels. If you have a towel heater, place the blankets there to warm them up before handing them out. When your party makes its way to the hot tub, keep the towels on the heater or at least in a protected place to ensure you can all wrap up with something comfortable and dry when you step out of the water.

Offer Toasty Drinks

Combat the cold air of a winter evening with a bar full of warm drinks. Keep hot chocolate, tea, and coffee standing by, as well as some stouter beverages. Offer your guests a Spanish hot coffee—made with coffee and Spanish bourbon—or a hot buttered rum.

Make S’mores

You can’t go wrong with s’mores to warm up a winter night. Light the fire pit, cover an outdoor table with a festive cloth, and then set out the ingredients for these cold-weather treats. Remember to use the old standbys of graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows, but you can offer your guests more creative options as well. Provide caramel, more elaborate types of chocolate like dark or white, and fruits like strawberries and bananas. For a salty and sweet combination, offer your guests bacon bits to sprinkle on their s’mores.

There’s a great deal you can do to celebrate the winter season with your friends and family. For a special touch, consider sending out invitations to properly invite your guests to your party. Kori Clark has created the perfect invitation for every Jacuzzi® Hot Tub-themed celebration, making it easy for you to add another touch of creativity and style to your winter celebration.

Best Pinterest Ideas for Hot Tub Accessories

Need inspiration? The Internet has opened up an entirely new world of sharing and collaborating on design and decor ideas. From Facebook to Pinterest, you now have thousands of concepts at your fingertips. If you’re looking for ways to aesthetically enhance your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub, we’ve gathered some of the best Pinterest ideas for hot tub accessories:

Hot Tub Storage/Bench

The bench is an attractive accent to your backyard…and holds snack trays, games, and anything else you want to keep near your hot tub but out of your immediate walking path. It also offers a convenient seat if you’d like to cool off after a long soak.

Floating Orbs

These waterproof, color-changing lights float on the surface of your hot tub and complement the nighttime glow provided by the existing lights in your spa. You can also obtain these lights in one steady color if you would like to set a certain mood.

Plastic Playing Cards

These cards are waterproof, so you can take them in and out of the hot tub with you. You can choose a set of playing cards for some watery blackjack or “conversation cards” to get people talking. Play a game, prompt a discussion, and enjoy bonding time with friends and family.

Monogrammed Towels

Give everyone in your family a sense of hot tub ownership with towels that bear their names or initials, or a favourite emblem or statement. Monogrammed towels convey both personality and class when displayed.

Side Table

Invest in a side table to keep the important things in life dry: your drink, smartphone, or the book you’ve been making your way through. An attractive side table will fit right in with your backyard décor, and can be stained to match your hot tub.

Now that you have some home improvement ideas, you’re free to capitalize on them and make them your own. What will you do with your backyard?

Top 5 Ways to Have a Jacuzzi® Bathtub Installed in Your Home

When considering adding a Jacuzzi® Bathtub to your home, the space available and style of your bathroom are undoubtedly big factors. But, what you may not realize is that the bathtub installation type also is a factor. With that in mind, here are five ways a Jacuzzi® Bathtub can be installed:

Freestanding

A freestanding bath immediately commands attention. Classic and sculpted in design, it’s unencumbered by shelving or walls and positioned to be independent of any other bathroom elements. Ideal for larger spaces, if you choose to install a tub in this manner it will be the focal point of any room.

Drop-In

A stylish installation that fits nicely with a sophisticated bathroom, the drop-in bath is offered in multiple shapes, including rectangle, oval, and corner. This makes it a popular installation type as it suits a variety of bathroom configurations. It features a distinctive rim, which provides a slightly dramatic look as well as a comfortable place to rest your head during a hot soak.

Undermount

With this method, your bathtub is concealed in a contained unit that features an appealing surface top of marble, stone, or tile. This surface with be the aesthetic highlight, as only the interior of the tub will be visible. An undermount installation is perfect for those who seek a clean, uncluttered appearance and would like to choose from a variety of shapes.

Skirted

A more common bathtub installation, a skirted tub is designed to be surrounded on three of its four sides. This installation is best for smaller bathrooms or for those who are looking to create an intimate space of privacy and serenity. The designer outfacing skirt will add a subtle accent to your installation, without overwhelming the room.

Walk-In

A walk-in installation fulfils two needs: It is tremendously safe to access, and it fits in a confined space. You can enter and exit your tub via a door that seals upon shutting, preventing any kind of leak. Additionally, it has built-in seating to make it as comfortable as it is safe.

Whether your bathroom is tiny or expansive, and whether you prefer something subtle or dramatic, you can install a Jacuzzi® Bathtub in your home in a manner that complements and enhances your space.

The Seat Experience: Learn What 6 Popular Hot Tub Seats are Designed to Do

A Jacuzzi® Hot Tub is built with your comfort and health in mind. An important element of that is seat design–our seats are not static, they will adjust to your needs. Besides providing the perfect hydromassage, these seats allow you to recline, sit up straight, or massage specific areas of your body. Each one has been crafted to provide a specific experience, which you can learn about below. To help you choose a hot tub model, determine if you want the seats to provide:

Lower Back Massage

The MX Jet therapy seat is deeply contoured and features a cushioned headrest, placing your body in the ideal position for a maximum volume, low-pressure massage. This seat’s massage action is incredibly effective for the larger muscles in the lower back.

Relaxation

The RX seat is the epitome of quality and performance. This modest-sized jet reaches a large number of muscles and nerves in the back, providing the gentle pressure of a Swedish-style hydromassage to the places that need it most.

Muscle Knot Release

The FX rotational seat combines two types of PowerPro® Jets, stimulating the tissue of your neck and shoulders with a spinning massage. It also hits key smaller muscle groups in your lower back, generating a rifling action that will lead to increased relaxation. 

Tension Easing

This ProAir® lounge seat pinpoints and kneads a wide swath of smaller neck and back muscle groups, generating a tingling relaxation upward through your shoulders and head. Large muscles along the spine will also benefit from this seat, which features a combination of small, targeted jets and large rotational jets.

Swedish Upper Back Massage

Enjoy a Swedish hydromassage via four types of PowerPro® Jets in the PowerPro® therapy jet seat. These jets focus on the neck, shoulders, and back; you can adjust each section from high to low pressure. Enjoy a massage customized just the way you want it.

Deep Tissue Massage

Designed for maximum therapy and versatility, the FX-12 therapy seat is equipped with spiral action jets that apply pressure to back and neck muscles. Adjust the pressure to your liking and indulge in a hydromassage that will replicate the pressure of thumbs and palms kneading out tension in your muscles.

Now that you have an idea of the types and functions of the many seats offered, you’re better equipped to select the hot tub you want. Remember, not all seats are available in all models, so be sure to prioritize what type of experience you’d most enjoy in your spa.

Creating a Halloween Atmosphere in Your Hot Tub

Halloween is a special time of year for the young and young at heart. Whether or not you intend to don a costume and go trick or treating this season, there’s plenty of ways to “trick” out your spa so you can enjoy some good spooky fun in your own backyard.

Colored Lights

Switch out the bulbs in your hot tub with colorful variations. Look into the traditional Halloween orange, or try something more festive in purple, magenta, or even a cool blue. The color will brilliantly illuminate the water and change the atmosphere in your spa.

Light Strings

Hang small strings of lights from the ceiling or support beams around your hot tub to give it a vivid glow. You may also wish to set up electronic candles to create a “haunted pathway” to the hot tub. Please be very careful to keep actual electronics at least a couple feet away from the spa.

Spiderwebs

Purchase some spiderwebs and drape them from the ceiling to create a spider’s lair. You can outfit this web with various accessories, such as candies, small Halloween-themed toys, or even a large plastic spider. Alternatively, place something unexpected in the web: a toy dragon, for example, or a hockey mask.

Glowing Orbs

Place glowsticks of any color inside black and orange balloons and inflate them. When you tie off the balloons, you’ll have glowing orbs that you can use to adorn the exterior of your tub or the ceiling above it.

Halloween Snacks

No hot tub gathering is complete without some snacks, and Halloween requires a special touch. Peeled grapes and olives feel an awful lot like eyeballs, and red punch certainly looks like something a vampire would drink. Serve these treats on floating snack trays and you’ll have spooky and sweet appetizers.

You put a great deal of effort into decking out your house for Halloween. Why not give your hot tub the same amount of attention? Get into the spirit of the season and create a fun, festive environment for you and your guests to soak in. Halloween only happens once a year: Make it memorable!

How a Hot Tub Can Minimize Gadget Distraction

We live in a fast-paced world. The wide usage of smartphones, tablets, and extremely lightweight computers means we’re constantly connected to each other, our workplaces, and the world itself. According to WebMD, “Using smartphones for bedside business [is] associated with sleeping less.” This may lead to poor performance at work and a lower quality of life as a whole.

Give yourself a break from this constant stream of information and commit to shutting off your various devices an hour or two before bedtime. Your spa can help you stick to this rule and act as a medium to reset your brain and re-focus your center. When you need to set aside your electronics and minimize gadget distraction, your hot tub is an asset because it:

Helps You Designate a Technology Cut-Off Time

Your entire life is scheduled: It’s the only way to fit everything in. You schedule work, family, doctor’s appointments, and so on, and your electronics are never far away. Schedule some time to turn it all off, as well. For example, for about two hours before your bedtime, all electronics must be set aside and 30 minutes of those two hours will be used for a soak in your spa. Ease into your hot tub and let it relax you; you may even find it easier to fall asleep once you’re out.

Reminds You to Make Time for Yourself

You’re constantly on the move. You work during the day, see your family and friends at night, and often forget to take time for yourself while you attend to the needs of everyone else. It’s time to make time for yourself: Your hot tub is a sacred, quiet place to regain peace of mind. Switch off your gadgets, climb into your spa, and relax. You’ll have no IMs, no texts, and no emails to deal with; this is a time for reflection and rejuvenation.

Encourages Distraction-Free Family Time

Families are constantly pulled in different directions. Kids have after-school activities, homework, and friends; parents have work to do or other obligations to meet. Set aside a portion of time each week to relax together in your hot tub. Each family member must put down their gadgets, whether it’s a smartphone or an Xbox controller, and jump in the hot tub. Then turn on the jets, talk about your day, your week, and everything else on your mind. Family members of all ages enjoy hot tubs; whether your loved ones are 16 or 60, you’ll find this to be a great middle ground to use for bonding time.

Encourages You to Stay Relaxed…Even After You Emerge

To maximize your relaxed state, leave your gadgets alone once you emerge from your hot tub. Unwind with a good book, or sip a cup of hot chocolate to stay unplugged before drifting off to sleep.

It’s important to be able to go offline every now and then. Your hot tub is a faithful reminder that life doesn’t always have to fly at breakneck pace, so put on your swimsuit and leave the gadgets on the table – your mind and body will thank you.

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