Pool parties are essential for making the best of the dog days of summer, but throwing one can be a little overwhelming. Here's your go-to guide for throwing the most epic summer bash that will people will be talking about for years to come.

What's The Purpose Of The Pool Party?

Before you even start sending out invitations, you have to ask yourself: what's the purpose of this party? Is it a for a birthday or a holiday? Is it family friendly or adults only? Once you figure out what your motive is, set a date and then invite everyone you know, or at least the people you want to be there.

Sending out invitations doesn't have to be a huge headache. Generally, a simple Facebook event or text with all the relevant information will do the trick. However, if you want to be super extra you can always send out customized invitations that match the theme of the rest of the party. If you do decide to have a theme, make sure you let your guests know how to prepare.

Two women on unicorn pool float with water guns.

To Theme Or Not To Theme?

You could argue that "pool party" is a theme in and of itself. However, you can always go the extra mile and have a real theme. If you're stuck on a choosing a theme, here's a list of our favorites that guarantee a good time:

Pirate

Arrrgh! Pirate themes are so classic and so fun and they're perfect for both kids and adults. Take a gander at this pirate pool party and be inspired by this treasure trove of ideas:

  • "Catch of the Day" cups with gummy sharks
  • Pirate cupcakes
  • Treasure chest full of pirate garb and party attire
  • "Pirate's booty" chest overflowing with treats and snacks

Under The Sea

Like Sebastian from The Little Mermaid says, "Darling it's better, down where it's wetter - under the sea!" This theme is perfect for kids and families and there's plenty of enchanting party ideas all over the internet!

Vintage Surf

Obviously you can't surf in a pool, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun with a vintage surf theme! Here's some of our favorite surf-themed party favors:

  • Surfboard Decorations
  • Beach Balls
  • Surf Shack Full Of Snacks
  • Shark Piñata

Tropical

The best part about a tropical theme is that you don't have to try too hard for it to be fun. This theme works best with adult-only parties because of all the tropical cocktails you can make for your guests! Here are some decor ideas that turn your backyard into a tropical paradise:

'80s

If you want a party that's a little more unique, try an '80s theme! Here's some suggestions on how to make this pool party totally tubular:

  • Playlist Full of '80s Hits
  • '80s Themed Dress Code
  • Vinyl Record Decorations
  • Neon Colored Everything
Four friends laughing and sipping tropical beverages.

Perfect Foods For A Crowd

I've always preferred making food for a big crowd instead of just for myself or my family. It's all part of the fun of hosting a party! Our favorite party foods are listed below, but if you want to keep costs low, you can always ask your guests to bring their favorite dish and serve up the food potluck style.

Appetizers

Desserts

Snack table at a pool party.

Don't Let Your Guests Go Thirsty

Pool parties provide are the perfect place to channel your inner mixologist. Here are our favorite recipes that will quench your thirst and impress all your friends. To save time and cash, you can always ask your guests to BYOB.

Alcoholic Drinks

Non-*AlcoholicDrinks*

Two people toasting drinks by a pool.

Last Minute Party Tips!

It's so easy to get caught up in the chaos of throwing a party. Here's some pro tips to keep in mind so you can be on your A-game the day of the big bash.

Have Extra Sunscreen, Aloe Vera, and Towels On Hand

As the party host, it's your duty to make sure your guests are well taken care of. That means you should keep essential items around, like extra sunscreen, aloe vera, and towels, just in case someone forgets to bring something. It's so important to protect your skin on these hot summer days and nothing would kill your party vibe than everyone getting sunburnt!

Stay Hydrated

It's summertime and it's HOT and the last thing you want is to be dehydrated. Make sure you have plenty of ice water around for you and your guests so you can stay hydrated, especially if people are drinking alcohol!

Curate The Ultimate Party Playlist

No party is complete without a bumpin' playlist. Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming services already have curated party playlists, but if you really want to impress your guests, create your own playlist that's chock full of your favorite jams.

Stock Up On Pool Floats

While having pool floats around aren't required for pool party fun, they are definitely don't hurt. Big Mouth Inc. has a wide collection of floats for everything theme and personality you can imagine.

Have Fun

This one should be self-explanatory, but have fun; this is a party after all! Seriously, don't put too much pressure on yourself. Just soak up the sun with your friends and enjoy yourself!

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