10 Unforgettable Summer Pool Party Ideas

Summer Pool Party cocktails by the pool

Summer is already in full swing, and there’s no better way to cool off than having a pool party in your own backyard. Fortunately, there are a lot of features that can make your pool party stand out and interesting for everyone. You can choose from an array of games, food, drinks and décor to truly impress your guests.

First of all, if you haven’t already, make sure you have your pool cleaned before the festivities start. The experts at Payan Pools warn that even though you are not actively using your pool, it still needs frequent maintenance for numerous reasons, including debris and algae that tend to settle inside your pool when you’re not using it.

Once you’ve taken care of that, you can start planning the actual party. Think about sending out unique, DIY invitations like these popsicle-shaped invitations we found over at So Festive. If you are having a themed party, try to match the invitations with the theme, so your guests can have a taste of what’s to come.

If you want a small, quiet party providing classic snacks and drinks will be enough on your part. But if you want to go over the top and plan an unforgettable pool party, you might want to pick out a certain theme and have your decorations, food, drinks and games all match the theme you chose.

In this article, we are going to give you a few of the most popular pool party themes.

Pool Sports

If you want to have an active party and have your guests moving while having fun at the same time, there’s no better way than sports. Poolside Volleyball and Basketball are certainly the most popular poolside sports, and you can find affordable kits that can transform your pool into a playing field.

Movie Night

For many homeowners, a drive-in cinema is just a fond memory. But you can recreate this exciting concept by hosting your own movie night at the pool. All you need are some inflatable chairs and a big screen TV or a projector. If you don’t own either, you can rent a projector for the night. You don’t even need a special screen, you can project the movie onto your house. Pick out classic movies like ‘Jaws’ that everyone will enjoy or catch up with the latest releases.

Vegas Party

This one is bound to impress your guests. Get pink and yellow neon tubes and place them around the pool to set the Vegas mood. Treat your guests to a rich buffet next to the pool. Include treats from different cuisines like Thai chicken, sushi and Ruben sandwiches. Set up an area where your guests can play blackjack or poker. Prepare some rewards they can redeem with the tokens they win.

Beach Party

Lose all your clothes but the flip-flops and swimsuits for this one. Throw a barbecue party next to your pool and decorate using fish nets and seashells. Serve classic beach party food like hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries. Cover the chairs with towels and add a final touch using plastic shovels, pails and toy boats.

Hawaiian Luau

This is by far the most popular pool party theme. Give your guests a real Hawaiian experience with leis you made or bought to welcome your guests with. Have your guests dress up in Hawaiian shirts for an authentic experience. Think bright, tropical colors, Hawaiian-themed accessories and bamboo for decoration. You could also add Tiki torches and flowers for an extra touch of Hawaiian culture.  Serve traditional Hawaiian food like pineapple chicken, as well as a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables.


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