Last Updated: Jun 30, 2017
Kick off summer with a splash by hosting a pool party with family and friends. Whether you’re celebrating a kid’s birthday party or you need an excuse to enjoy the sun, pool parties are the perfect option. When it comes to planning your pool party, we have you covered with simple pool party ideas and themes below.
Choosing a Pool Party Theme
There are plenty of creative ways to give your pool party a themed look. Start by choosing a party theme that sets the mood for your entire set-up. If you’re hosting a pool party for kids, you’ll want to opt for a kid-friendly theme, whereas a sophisticated theme works better for an adult pool party in the evening. Decorations, food ideas, themed party invitations and more will easily fall into place once you decide on a theme.
Break out the pina coladas, inflatable palm trees and coconuts for a tropical pool party in the summertime. You can incorporate both Caribbean and Hawaiian elements throughout your party to create a paradise feel at home. Deck your pool out with inflatable tropical fish, parrots, bright floats and inflatable flamingos. In addition to pool decorations, you can add tropical elements to your tables by using flowers such as begonias, dahlias or hibiscus flowers.
When it comes to food, consider favorites like jerk chicken, pineapple pork chops, coconut rice, glazed pineapples and spiced shrimp. After finalizing your menu, you can set up a festive tiki bar with popular island drinks like rum punch or passionfruit mojitos. Lastly, you can customize any luau invitation to fit the needs of your pool party since most of these invitations already have tropical elements.
Add a pop of color to your summer by hosting a flamingo pool party. This theme is all about incorporating flamingo inspired decorations and colors throughout your set-up. You can purchase pink flamingo ornaments for your yard or create your own standing flamingos from scratch with paper and wooden sticks. Finish your theme with a pink lemonade stand complemented by plastic flamingo stirrers to add charm. When it comes to the pool, you can complete this theme by providing flamingo tubes and large flamingo floats.
Transform your backyard into a beautiful beach for your summer pool party. You can incorporate sand, inflatable palm trees, beach chairs and custom beach style signs. Consider decorating tables with seashells, pearls, starfish and other beach elements, along with sticking to shades of blue and sand for your color palette. When it comes to food, you’ll want to focus on fresh seafood to stay true to this theme. For drinks, you can turn your drink area into a cabana or a tiki style beach bar to surprise guests.
Under The Sea
Host an ‘Under The Sea’ themed pool party for your child if you’re looking for fun birthday party ideas during the summer. This theme is full of colorful decorations inspired by the ocean such as fish, crabs, octopus, sea turtles, and everyone’s favorite – mermaids. You can find a variety of animal floats and inflatables that go with this theme.
When it comes to food, consider ‘Under the Sea’ inspired ideas such as starfish-shaped sandwiches, blue jello in clear cups, sea-blue cake pops, and blue lemonade. Consider buying small sand buckets to house individual snacks for all of the children. Lastly, choose a fun invitation inspired by the ocean, with sea styled graphics to set the tone for your child’s party.
Take your guests to the famous city of Las Vegas in your very own backyard. Las Vegas is widely known for pool parties and this can be a fun theme for an adult pool party, with room for creative décor and DIY projects. The color palette for your Vegas-themed pool party should be red, black, and white, with hints of gold and green. You can use dice-inspired prints and poker chip decor to give your party a real Vegas feel. This theme is also perfect if your backyard pool has a built-in bar area or table. You can serve drinks while guests play a game of poker in the pool. Encourage attendees to wear their best Vegas pool outfit to make this idea complete.
Pool Party Decoration Ideas
After choosing a pool party theme, you can adjust your decorations to match the style and goal of your theme. There are always a few key items to buy for your pool party. You can take advantage of your pool as the main attraction by using a variety of floats to remind your guests that the party is in the pool.
Decoration Ideas for the Pool:
- Beach balls
- Floating coolers for drinks
- Float beds
- Small to medium rafts
- Inflatable animals (swans and flamingos)
- Food inspired floats (popsicles, donuts or pineapples)
Although some guests will be in the pool, you’ll want to set up tables to eat at and comfortable seating areas with decorative pillows for guests who want to lounge around. Personalize these outdoor pillows with fun summer quotes and sayings to add a nice touch to your pool party decor.
If your pool party is at night, your decorations should focus on comfortable seating and illuminating your backyard area. You can hang lights or a string of paper lanterns around the border of your pool. The best method for hanging lights in your backyard is to place poles in planters filled with rocks and arrange the planters in a border around your pool or backyard. Each pole should have a hook so strings of lights can latch on. You can also hang tea lights with ribbons from your trees for a bohemian look or use petite seashell lights for a beach or sea themed party.
Lastly, don’t forget to set up a pool station that includes towels, whistles, goggles and life jackets for the little ones.
Pool Party Game Ideas
Games for your pool party are a must. It’s a good idea to plan out 3-4 games for daytime pool parties that make the party more interactive. When coordinating pool games for kids especially, be sure to have 1-2 designated chaperones for safety.
Here are a few popular pool party games for inspiration:
- Marco Polo
- Water freeze tag
- Watermelon push relay
- Noodle joust
- Ring toss w/ inflatable octopus
- Relay race
Pool Party Favors
When it comes to party favors, combine functionality and fun when sending off your guests. Instead of a candy bar buffet, try offering guests custom sunglasses or flip-flops before you part ways. These are two party favors that complement your summer theme and have future use. You can attach custom gift tag stickers that match your invitations to all of your party favors for complete coordination.
The best part about pool parties is that most of them occur during the summertime. You can pair any of these pool party themes with our unique list of fun summer party themes or BBQ party ideas. Don’t hesitate to mix and match ideas from different themes to make your pool party come to life. Pool parties can be an inexpensive and fun way to offer your family and friends a good time. Start a new tradition this year or revive an old one by escaping the heat with a themed pool party.