We all LOVED that scene in Shrill, where there are plus size babes living their best and body positive lives. Seeing a CROWD of plus size and fat folks living their best lives in a variety of plus size swimsuits was AMAZING.
Did you see that episode and you went, “Okay, how do I make my own plus size pool party happen?!?!”
I got you! Whether you want to organize a paid event with tickets, or you just wanna hang with your babes and get some fire Instagram content – here are my tips!
Tip #1: Sell or Give Tickets on Eventbrite
I love hosting events on my Facebook page, but it can be really hard to figure out who is ACTUALLY coming, until the day of the event.
For this reason, I recommend offering tix to your plus size pool party on Eventbrite, so you can see EXACLTLY who is coming. Eventbrite also makes it easier to cap the number of attendees, and you can directly email people through the platform with updates!
Tip #2: Instagram Moments!
We all love seeing body positive swim pics on our Instagrams, so be sure to set up a little photo station with props for people to take pictures at! You can even create a branded hashtag for the event. It may even be worth it to hire a local photographer to take pictures.
I like these kits on Amazon, as you get everything you need with minimal effort!!
Tip #3: Waver of Liability
Pools can be slippery, so it’s important to CYA when it comes to liability – especially if you’re hosting an event! Be sure to get insurance for the event, and include a waiver of liability people have to sign//agree to before coming. (Disclaimer: I’m not a lawyer, and I’m not 100% sure how this all works. If you’re hosting a paid event, definitely worth it to consult a lawyer!!)
Tip #4: Shade & Seating
When picking a pool or a venue for your body positive pool party, be sure that it’s accessible! Are there ramps and wheelchair spaces? Is there enough seating for ALL of your guests to sit?
Also, as someone who gets migraines form being int he sun too long, you’ll also what to make sure there are canopies and umbrellas for shade!!
Tip #5: Sponsorships FTW
If you’re hosting a paid event, you’ll definitely want to pitch sponsors for it. Target businesses in your community, as well as explicitly body positive companies.
Don’t just ask for their dollars in a cold email – be sure to illustrate EXACTLY what they’d get from sponsoring (social media images, gifted swag bags to attendees, etc).
Tip #6: Start Small
Events can take YEARS to get really big, and with that growth comes headaches. Be okay with hosting a smaller event to start, and then growing it over the next couple of years!!
Tip #7: Be Explicit on Guest List
Sometimes, we want to be in a safe space with other plus size and fat-identified folks! If this is the case for your event, you may want to include verbiage in the event description that makes this clear. <3
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