Swimming Pool Party Ideas

pool party ideas

There is no denying that swimming pool parties can be great fun, especially during the hot summer months. Planning a successful party will take some work.  You can enhance your pool party to become better with pool party ideas. Here are the best swimming pool party ideas to help you plan a successful fun and festive pool party this summer.

Make sure you check out our other pool party ideas for adults, pool party ideas for 13 year old and pool party ideas for 10 year olds

Pool Party Theme

Choose an appropriate them to set the tone for the event. Your pool party theme will help you decide how to design your invitations, what foods to cook and which games to play. Some of the best pool party themes include:

  • Colors: Invite your guest to wear coordinated swimwear according to the theme colors, such as metallic gold or black and white polka.
  • Nautical: Anchors away with nautical motifs and bold stripe patterns in unassuming places, like side tables and porch pillows.
  • Pink Flamingo: Flock your back yard a day before the event for classic retro-inspired fun and personalize flamingo sunglasses as a cute party flavor.
  • Sweet Splash: Throw some donuts and inflatable cupcakes in the pool and create a candy wonderland that your guests will love.
  • Luau: Bring tropics to your party palate by incorporating some fruity flavors and aromas while dancing the hula under flickering tiki torchlight.
  • Surfer/ Beach: Use beautiful beachy votive candles and tabletop accents that will transform your pool party from an ordinary gathering. Include surfer-rock sections to the party music playlist to give those good vibes.

You can also look at making your own decorations

Swimming pool parties can be lots of fun, especially if they are well planned. The first step to making a pool party successful is setting the tone with the right overall theme. Choose a theme for your pool party and complete it with decorations, foods and activities for a festive time. The type of theme you choose largely depends with the guests you’ve invited. If planning an adult pool party in the evening go for a sophisticated theme, where’s you’ll want to go for a kid friendly theme if you are hosting a pool party for kids. Here 5 popular pool party theme ideas.

Under The Sea

under the sea pool party ideas

If you are looking for fun birthday party ideas this summer, host an “Under The Sea” themed pool party for your child.  As the name suggests, an “Under The Sea” theme is full of colorful decorations inspired by the ocean, such as sea turtles, octopus, crabs, fish and mermaids. You can find many animal floats and inflatables to match this theme.

When it comes to food, go for the “Under The Sea” inspired ideas, such as blue lemonade, sea-blue cake pops, blue jello in clear cups and star-fish sandwiches. Use small sand buckets to serve individual snacks for all children. Use ocean with sea styled graphics on your invitation cards to set the tone of child’s party. Just make sure not too much junk gets sucked into the pool filter!


beach pool party

Although the party is taking place at a swimming pool, you can bring the feeling of a beach party with the right decorations. Include a sandbox for kid pool party along with pails and shovels to play with. You add custom beach style signs, inflatable palm trees and beach chairs. Decorate the tables with starfish, pearls, seashells and other beach elements.  Drape large colorful beach towels over fences or chairs and put large umbrellas to provide both decoration and shade for the sun-soaked guests.

For foods, focus on fresh seafood to remain focused to the theme. You can also some ice cream, soda, chops and pizza. Keep the guests entertained with a game of volley and some soft music

Hawaiian Luau

hawaiian pool party

The Hawaiian Luau theme works well for any outdoor party. Incorporate large paper or fresh flowers, leis, bright colors and grass skirts into the pool setting. Place the brightly colored flowers anywhere for an enhanced festive mood. Consider hanging the grass skirts around fences and tables, for an elegant Hawaiian appearance.  Attach green leaves from trees with a couple of brown balloons for coconuts. For a more special look, consider floating some orchids on the pool water.  If you cannot find orchids, buy floating candles for use.

When it comes to food, serve coconut cakes, sweet potatoes, fresh papaya and fresh mango, grilled pineapple and pulled pork. For fun luau activities, do some hula hoops, limbo contents and hula contents. Some games to consider include pineapple bowling.

Pool Party Invitation

Send your guests an invitation in the mail rather than just an email or a regular old phone call.  Make sure that you mention the pool party theme when inviting guests to this casual gathering. This allows them to prepare for the party atmosphere, especially if you will require them to wear a themed swimwear. More importantly, clarify whether children are invited to avoid potential confusion.

Pool Party Essentials

Some guests may forget their swimming essentials. Therefore, if your guests are missing something have these items with you:

  • Extra towels
  • Extra set of clothing
  • Flip flops or sandals
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses

Pool Party Decorations

Work on creating a fun summer backdrop that transports your guests to paradise.  Add excitement to the décor with pops of color. Choose vibrant shades of purples, greens and pinks and place them around the pool. Use bunting or paper lanterns in bright colors to add a sense of an outdoor fiesta. If you want a little more grown up and sophisticated event, use a nautical theme with reds and deep blues accompanied with white details, adding touches of anchors and sailboats. For late evening parties, use themed electric lights to make a fabulous impression.

Pool Party Fun and Games

Games really liven up a pool party. Just because it’s a pool party, your guests doesn’t have to spend the entire day swimming.  Surprise them with unique pool party games, such as Pro-Chip Island, Swim Up Blackjack, Diving competition, water tag, noodle joust or swim competitions. Throw some lounges and floating tubes for people to relax in.  You can also incorporate some active games, such as pool volleyball.

Pool Party Foods and Snacks

One of the best parts of a swimming pool party is the fun you can have by providing theme-based foods.  If there is a central pool party theme, you can get really creative with the kinds of foods you will prepare. Instead of the usual hamburgers and hot dogs, go for some classic snow cones, Baja fish tacos, tropical Guacamole, BBQ chicken flatbread and beach ball ice cream sandwiches.

These are some swimming pool party ideas you can follow to organize an exciting pool party. By following these ideas, you will create a pool part that will be talked about for many years to come.

If you have a pool, you certainly would want to have a beautiful backyard around it.  You want a space that is peaceful, cool and inviting.  If you are planning to throw a pool party, you may want to add pool party decorations to match your chosen pool party theme. The best part is that you can make these decorations on your own. Here are some DIY pool party decoration ideas you can execute.

Entrance / Welcome

Welcome your guests to your pool party by directing to the party area with signage, streamers or pennants that pave way for fun. One of the best ways of doing this is by using a sidewalk chalk to draw creative designs on the garden paths and driveway to show guests their desired entrance.

Pool Fence

Decorate the pool fence with flowered garland looped across the top. For a more festive look, hang plastic shovels, lifesaver-shaped floats and other fun beach items from the looped garland.

Food Table

If you have a gazebo, fill a bunch of colorful balloons with helium. Attach a long string and then fill the gazebo celling with them. This is a great decoration over a food table. Cut shapes out of paper and slip them into the forks to set as placeholders. Place your knives and forks in a cute flower pot instead of having them just lying out. If you will be using plastic cups, wrap a band of washing tape around them for a more stylish look.

Pool Area

  • Put Beautiful Potted Plants on the Pool Side

You do not have to spend a lot of cash luxurious pots to use plants in your pool side. You can decorate plain pots with jewels, lace, fabric or paint. Even if you are not a skilled master crafter, you can give a plain oil pot some personality by painting a simple, shimmery, gold strip around it. Place the painted points on the pool side for a natural look.

  • Use Overhead Decorations

Make an overhead decoration by tying large balloons to a heavy string. Tie the strings across the pool and over the food tables for a festive flair.

  • Bring a Toddler’s Plastic Swimming Pool

If you are planning for a kid pool party, consider getting a toddler’s plastic swimming pool for holding the children’s water toys, such as water balloons (for teens), water guns, floats, shovels and plastic buckets.

  • Create a Bowling Alley

This is also ideal for a kid pool party. To create a bowling alley, you need two standard pool noodles and one and half noodle.  Use a duct tape (it comes in beautiful colors and festive designs) and a tape to create a three-sided alley on the grass. Use plastic items, such as a large plastic glass and then use beach balls that are too big for the toddlers to hold as the bowling ball.

When Not Using the Pool

If you will not be using the pool, another great DIY decoration idea is to fill the pool with balloons that just float on the top. Fill the balloons with regular and not helium. For an adult pool party, fill large balloons with helium, attach a long string to reach the bottom and float the balloons above the water.
There are many other DIY pool party decorations you can try out. If you are using a specific pool party theme, make sure that the decorations match with it.