15 Best Pool Party Ideas: Throw The Ultimate Pool Party

Want to throw the pool party of a lifetime? From décor and themes to food and activities, there’s so much to consider when planning your celebration. We’ve put together this list of 15 great ideas to make your pool party truly unforgettable.

1. Choose a theme

Settling on a party theme will help you organise decorations and styles. Once you have a theme, you could even give your guests a dress code and add the perfect décor. Create a tropical theme with all-white attire and classy decorations, or set your favourite TV show or movie as the inspiration for the day!

2. Blissful boho

Keep things relaxed with boho styling. You can create the perfect vibe with a long, low table surrounded by rugs and floor pillows.


3. Land life

If you’ve got guests who prefer to be beside the water rather than in it, keep them occupied with fun games. A deck of cards might be all you need, or you could go the less conventional route with board games or trivia.

4. Include the kids

Make your pool party kid-friendly with a handy arts and crafts station. It’s perfect to keep your little ones occupied while the adults party on. If you do have kids near the pool, don’t forget to keep an eye on them at all times.

5. Get BBQing

Are pool parties even pool parties without a barbecue? Why not fire up the barbie and grill some snags, skewers, or chicken nibbles – don’t forget the coleslaw or the relish!

6. Minimise mess

It goes without saying that pool parties often bring mess. If you don’t have a separate room for guests to dry off, make sure you have enough towels by your pool area to keep your home dry before people come inside to relax or use the bathroom.

7. Fire things up

Keep the party going with a fire pit. You’ll keep your guests warm and allow the celebration to continue late into the night. There are plenty of portable fire pits available on the market – always keep an eye on the weather conditions before you start a fire, though.

8. Light lunching

Pool parties and light meals go hand-in-hand. The last thing you want is to be weighed down by a heavy meal before getting in the water. Why not opt for a light, seasonal salad or fruit mix? Not only are they easy to make, but they’re also delicious!

9. Go classy

Add a touch of elegance with a mini wine-tasting session. For something a little fancy, you could even hire a sommelier to do the honours. You’ll keep your guests busy and entertained – especially if they prefer to be out of the water.

10. Savvy seating

Nothing creates better poolside vibes than splashes of colour. Add pops of excitement with vibrant, patterned pillows and blankets. You’ll create a lush picnic theme and offer additional seating for your special guests.

11. Smart sunscreen

We all know to ‘slip, slop, slap’ – but when you’re having fun in the sun, it’s so easy to forget. A sunscreen station is a great way of reminding your guests to retouch their sunscreen. You could even spruce it up a bit with some quality hydrating mists.

12. Dressy drinks

Keep your drinks outside for continued fun. You could even decorate your outdoor bar with palm leaves or flowers for the perfect summer vibe.

13. Pool balloons

If you’re decorating on a budget, choose pool balloons. They’re cute, fun – and definitely won’t break the bank.

14. Poolside punch

Create the perfect atmosphere with fruit punch. For the ultimate summer look, serve it in a bronze bowl with an accompanying ladle.

15. Ice cream

In summer, what more do we need than ice cream? Set up a DIY ice cream bar to keep your guests happy and cool throughout the day.

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