Pool Party Time!

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Having a pool party is a great way to celebrate summer.

Make it an extra special event with just a small amount of planning.

If you don't have a pool, you can often rent a public swimming area if there is one near you.

Other options are having a party at a hotel and making use of their pool. This a popular hotel sleepover idea.

This party doesn't have to just be about summer. Have your party at an indoor pool for year round fun!

Pool Party Invitations

One of my favorite ideas for a party involving the beach or a pool is to write the details of the party on an inflatable beach ball. Use a sharpie or other permanent marked to make sure the party info stays for the long term.

You can also use any of the fun invitation ideas that you might use for a Luau Party.

Easy Party Decorations

You may already have some items for party decorations from previous trips to the beach or other themed parties. Check your closets for these items:

  • Raffia table skirting
  • Seashells
  • Sand Pails and beach toys
  • Blow up beach balls
  • Fish Nets
  • Palm trees (real, inflatable, or made from butcher paper)
  • Flowers (Hibiscus, orchids, palms)
  • Fresh Fruit (pineapples, coconuts, bananas)
  • Tiki Torches
  • Paper Lanterns
  • Don’t forget your favorite music to set the party mood!
  • Make some homemade party decorations that look great - tiki torches, tropical flowers...and cute sea creatures!

  • Craft Time

    If your party includes people who love to craft, here are some ideas that can work with this party theme:

  • Decorate flips flops with strips of ribbon or material
  • Decorate sunglasses
  • Decorate sand pails
  • Decorate t-shirts with fabric markers
  • Do Sand Art

  • Pool Games

    Plan some water fun! Choose some fun from this large list of Pool Games.

    Not everyone is going to want to be in the pool all the time. Have some things to do outside of the pool!

    For kids, you can

  • Fill a baby pool with sand and build sand castles
  • Fill a baby pool with sand and hide gems, plastic gold coins, etc. inside
  • Have a Treasure Hunt
  • Play some of our great Water Games (including water balloon games, water gun games, and relay races!)

  • Easy Party Food

    That swimming is going to make you hungry!

  • Serve burgers, hot dogs or pizza
  • Set out some snacks such as Goldfish crackers and fresh fruit
  • Even if you aren't celebrating a birthday, it is always fun to include a cake at a party. For this theme, you can cut a cute ocean themed cake.

  • Party Favors

    Some fun themed pool party favor ideas for you:

  • Beach Balls
  • Splash Balls
  • Water Guns
  • Bubbles
  • Plastic Sand Pail (you can fill a sand pail with some of these items as well, or fill with candy, sunscreen, etc.)
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach towels

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