How To Throw a Killer Pool Party That Floats Everyone’s Boat

Summer chillaxing means it's time for a pool party! You ready? Follow our pool party tips to plan the ultimate backyard blast ...

Hello, summer! It’s officially time to chillax and take a break from the “adult life” (blah!). Got a pool? A backyard? A ready-to-party attitude? You’re in luck: Follow our pool party ideas to plan your ultimate fun and relaxation remedy!

Create an oasis in your backyard by picking the right options. Whether you’re planning a themed or laid-back party, we have all the tips to get your guests talking and the mood popping. We’re talking swell games, yummy food, tropical setups and trendy pool fashion.

So put your party hat on and swim through our pool party ideas!

4. Take The Fun To The Pool

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You know that sweet sun-hugging afternoon nap by the pool? That’s the sign of a day full of fun activities

Soak up your worries by playing the funniest pool games, then doze off under the sun (preferably in some shade!) to recharge your batteries. Here are some splashy pool party ideas that will get everyone diving in the water head-first.

Tug Of Wa(te)r

Take this ancient game to the pool with a twist and have a blast rope pulling. First, find a thick rope that is longer than the pool by a few feet, and mark its center. Then, split players into two equal teams and position them on either side of the pool. Note that the rope goes above the pool. Each team will grab one end of the rope, and at the count of three tries to pull the opposing team into the water, until all their players are soaking wet in the pool.Tons of fun guaranteed!

Slippery Greasy Ball

Your mandatory ball game is here! Take a light floating ball or a gourd and grease it with some petroleum jelly. Split into two teams, toss the ball at the center of the pool, and on the count of three, all players try to grab the ball and score it on the opposite side of the pool. First team to score five points wins; play three rounds to get the final winner. (

After running in the water all this time, your guests will need to relax and enjoy the afternoon sun. Throw out some inflatable pool toys for them … and for their drinks!

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3. The ‘F’ Words: FRESH FOOD At Your Pool Party

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Warm weather calls for fresh and light food. Provide your pool party guests with tropical-ish snacks and creative cocktails.

Dazzle your friends with bowls of freshly cut fruit, roasted veggies with vinaigrette or Greek sauce, some nachos and guac … the choices are endless, and the recipes are incredibly easy.

 Cheesecake Keto Fat Bombs, by Savory Tooth

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Savory Tooth

We particularly love these bundles of joy from Savory Tooth. This low carb, keto ice cream is one high-in-fat yummy treat that will have your guests coming back for more. This recipe only needs cream cheese, strawberries, salted butter and vanilla extract. Though this example is strawberry, Julia from Savory Tooth encourages her readers to choose any flavor they like.

Browse Savory Tooth’s recipe here.

You can also use these heart-shaped popsicle molds if you’d like to add a touch of fun to your table.

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Frozen Arnold Palmer Drink, by BrenDid

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Celebrate summer with this crisp refreshing beverage from BrenDid. This delicious non-alcoholic drink made with lemonade and iced tea is the best to quench your thirst on a hot, sunny day. Three magical ingredients make this famous drink: lemonade, unsweetened iced tea and lemonade ice cubes. Yes, lemonade ice cubes. Genius, right?

Browse BrenDid’s recipe here, and follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

Serve the drink in a beautiful carafe and keep it cool by placing it under the shadow of your patio of a tree.

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2. Give Your Backyard Pool Party Cool Touches

Your backyard is where people are gonna be hanging out, and there are amazing ways to turn it into a chillaxing space to splash, munch and mingle.

First of all, set the ambiance: Prepare a killer playlist with a variety of music that will get people bobbing their head, lightly swinging their hips and full-on dancing their hearts out. To keep things rocking amid the frequent splashes, choose waterproof speakers like these ones:

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Or if you’d like to have fun making your own music or if one of your guests is particularly gifted with a guitar, place this small ukulele on a table. It’s guaranteed that more than a few people will pinch its strings!

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For the lazy souls and those who love chilling under the sun, prepare an outdoor hammock chair like this one:

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For a mysterious exotic touch, you can add these LED pyramids to a table or on the lawn. Their warm, ambient glow will increase the intimacy of your party after dawn.

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What do you think of these pool party ideas? Have you ever hosted a pool party before? What are the essentials, in your opinion? Let us know in the comments, and if you’d like more ideas, you can take a peek at this summer’s hottest pool floats in our next article!