A POOL PARTY defines hedonism, whether you’re 8 years old or well into your twilight years. No one has pinpointed the origins of this summer ritual, but the Romans had swimming pools in the first century B.C. Attending a pool party meant you were living the good life, like the bikini-clad jetsetters in a Slim Aarons photo. “Families are looking for what we call ‘a liquid dining table,’ ” a weird phrase describing how a pool draws people to it to eat, drink and generally be very merry. If your ideal pool party is the aquatic bacchanal in “Caddyshack,” look elsewhere.
Source: Wall Street Journal May 15, 2018 15:22 UTC