Are you dreaming about the warm summer days? Can’t wait to uncover your pool for all that poolside fun?
Summers call people to the pool like moths to a flame. Pool parties are a given for anyone who owns a pool. Your friends expect it. Your neighbors envy it. At the end of the day, everyone just wants to be invited.
Want to make your pool party worthwhile for all the guests? Let’s make your poolside event the best bash ever!
These unique pool party must-haves will make your events so successful that everyone will simply be begging for an invite.
1. Fire Pit Grill
The splash of the pool and the sizzle of the grill are the two most harmonious sounds of any summer event. Pool and barbecue go so well together that they can lure any onlooker into your party! How to make a pool barbecue even better? Get a fire pit grill!
There are so many perks of a fire pit grill, having one is like hitting the jackpot. They are great for large parties, as they are big enough to facilitate larger batches of barbecue. They work well for both summer and winter nights. It’s like having a little bonfire!
You can easily build your own fire pit, as they are one of the easiest DIY backyard upgrades ever. You can also buy three-in-one, multifunctional fire pit grills that have wooden tables attached to the sides. These work as a fire pit, a barbecue grill, and a table – all at once!
2. Pool Cleaning Essentials
Every pool needs cleaning before and after the party. Your guests should have clean, sanitized, and chemically balanced water to dip in. All the beer bottle slips and the “accidental leaks” make it crucial to clean up your pool post-party.
Don’t want to pay hundreds of bucks to get your pool cleaned up professionally? Get all the pool cleaning essentials and do the work yourself. You will need pool skimming nets, chlorine sanitizers, shock treatment, balancing chemicals, algaecides, and a pool wall brush.
Want to make things easier for yourself? You can get a pool cleaning robot like the Oasis Z5I. These smart machines are incredible for skimming pools of trash and debris so that you don’t have to spend hours using the pool net.
3. Cool Pool Accessories
Pool accessories make the pool so much more fun! Having a springboard is not enough. There are a ton of other pool accessories that can make your pool even more enjoyable.
Having a pool slide is a must if you have the space for it. Get a sturdy one that both children and adults can use. Your guests will love to take turns sliding straight into the pool and making that big splash!
Did you know that you can have a fountain right inside your pool? Pool fountains are a ton of fun to play and bathe in.
If the summer heat gets a little too hot to handle, the spray of those jets can easily revive you. They also circulate your pool water, which helps it stay healthy and microbe-free! Want to reduce preparation time? Get a pool cover to avoid skimming trash before the party.
4. Colorful Pool Floats
What is more relaxing than drifting on a pool float sipping a piña colada? Buy some pool floats and add a splash of color to your pool. Seeing floats on a pool not only makes it look more inviting but also gives your guests an activity to enjoy.
Floats these days are not just for relaxing; they also act like mini water rides. They come in different shapes and sizes. Some are a challenge to stay up on, while others have special features you can play with.
For instance, some come with their own water canons. Your guests can have fun with water battles.
You can offer your guests play the classic beer pong game by having a custom-made beer pong float, or you can opt for an inflatable jet ski and imagine driving it.
Inflatable cup holders are another creative float idea that can add cuteness to your party. All in all, they can be of really any crazy design you are looking for.
There are also lounging and tanning floats, double floats for you to share with another, and a party float that can carry multiple people at the same time!
5. Poolside Cabana
As much as we love summer days, being out in the scorching sun can be a bit much. We take frequent dips into the pool, but when the pool water starts to boil, there’s nothing left to do than to find shade!
All those people rushing into your house dripping water is bad news, as they will mess up your carpets and chairs. This is why every backyard with a pool needs a cabana!
Cabanas boost the aesthetics of your poolside while giving you and your guests much-needed shelter from the sun. You can add recliners, tea tables, and other outdoor furnishings under the cabana, creating a zone where everyone can relax.
You can do some poolside landscaping, adding a deck and a cabana. Your backyard will give off island paradise vibes. Your guests will be ‘wowed’ by the resort-like feel a cabana brings.
6. Fun Pool Toys and Games
Swimming and splashing about in the water sure is fun. But wouldn’t you like to level up your party-throwing game? Pool toys and games are a hoot! From something as simple as a watermelon pool ball to a more complex float fighting game, there are plenty of options to choose from.
The key is to provide enough pool games for everyone. Add a few pool toys that people can play with by themselves. Also, keep one or two that are group activities, like a pool volleyball net or a basketball hoop.
There is a water version of almost every kind of game out there, like pool golf, pool lacrosse, and other similar sports. You can also find swimming pool versions of board games, poker, blackjack, or any other card games.
Don’t skip out on water guns, water balloons, and other playful pool party game items. They are not just for kids—everyone can enjoy them.
7. Poolside Bars or Beverage Station
If you are planning on giving your outdoor space a decent upgrade, you can add a bar to your backyard. These are perfect for pool parties.
Summertime fun is nothing without iced cocktails and coolers. Having a bar means that you will have a dedicated area in your poolside that will help you serve everyone their drinks.
Want to avoid the hassle of mixing drinks? Keep the bar well-stocked so that the guests can make their own!
If you are thinking of throwing an upscale party, you can also hire a professional bartender to man your bar. It can cost from $100 to $150 per hour. If you invite more than fifty people, it can cost you more.
If adding a poolside bar is too expensive for you, you can always set up an outdoor beverage station for your pool party.
Make your cocktails and punches in large batches and store them away in the fridge. Then serve them in pitchers on the table at the party.
Remember to keep some non-alcoholic drink options for children and non-drinkers.
8. Pool Party Necessities
What are the most basic items you need for a pool party? Here are a few items that are absolute necessities for your poolside event.
- Make sure you keep enough towels. Running out of towels can be a disaster.
- Summertime outdoor events require sunscreen. Provide enough tubes for your guests so that they can stay protected no matter how many dips they take in the pool.
- You must serve food and drinks to your guests. You can try serving barbecue if you have a grill. If not, consider things that are easy to eat like hotdogs, hamburgers, sandwiches, and other fast food.
- Get plastic cups and cutlery to reduce the hassle of dishwashing. This will also eliminate the possibility of ending up with broken dishes.
- Keep enough lifesaver rings as a backup for people who can’t swim. If you are inviting children, make sure you have some suitable for people their size.
9. Waterproof Tech
No pool party is complete without a decent sound system. How will you raise the roof without some summer tunes, right? Take it to the next level with floating waterproof speakers! These will float around the pool, giving your guests music where they need it the most.
Want to make the memories of your pool party last? Get some waterproof cameras! From GoPros to Polaroids, any camera will do the trick. People love taking photos, and these will be an instant hit. When the party ends, you will have plenty of snaps to remember it by.
10. Pretty Pool Lights
What is better than a daytime pool party? A summer night pool party! Whether you decide to throw a party in the day that runs till dark or hold one at night, the light of your poolside needs.
Looking for a cheap solution that looks pretty? Decorate your poolside with string lights. They will give an aesthetic glow to your outdoor space and make it look party-ready. You can also get some outdoor lights installed if you are looking for a more permanent solution.
Want a hack that tackles two problems at once? Get a citronella tiki torch! Nothing screams pool party like tiki torches. And the citronella will keep all the bugs at bay!
If you want to throw a sensational pool party, you will need these must-have essentials. Now that you know how to upgrade your party game, we hope your party will be a success.
Remember that you have to consider the comfort of your guests while reducing the hassle for yourself. We hope you have a lot of fun at all the pool parties you throw this summer!