How to Throw a Summer Pool Party for All Ages

Throwing a summer pool party is a time-tested way to enjoy a hot summer day with family and friends, but with a little ingenuity, you can make your get-together really special.

Follow these tips and you can make sure that your pool party is a memorable occasion for everyone.

1. Choose a Theme

Bring all the elements of your summer pool party together with a theme.

Kids love pirates and mermaids, or a Disney theme like “Under the Sea.”

Adults appreciate a theme as well, from “Beach Blanket Bingo” from the 60’s to a Hawaiian luau.

Once you pick a theme, your selections for food, music, decorations, and games will fall into place.

2. Select a Menu that Works Poolside

Finger food like individual pizzas, hot dogs, and bite-sized sandwiches make it easier for your guests to enjoy food at your summer pool party.

Smaller morsels make it less likely that leftovers end up in the deep end, as well.

There are lots of fun recipes available online for poolside treats which can work well with whatever theme you choose.

3. Decorate the Pool

Balloons are always a fun way to transform any gathering into a festive event.

Building an arch over the pool, or creating balloon clouds will really enhance the atmosphere.

Of course, for a kids’ summer pool party, character themes from their favorite movies and shows are sure to be a hit. Don’t be surprised if a few get popped!

But balloons can contribute to a glamorous environment for adult parties as well. Black and white or gold and silver balloons can create a sophisticated look.

For evening parties, inserting a glowstick into balloons makes them glow in the dark- an effect people of all ages will enjoy!

4. Have Some Games Ready Just in Case

Sometimes guests need a little help to get the party started.

Children love water games and activities can keep kids focused when sun and sugar combine to create excess energy.

Marco Polo is a timeless one!

Your adult friends may enjoy water polo or volleyball. More competitive types may try to see who is faster at the backstroke or butterfly.

5. Take a Few Basic Safety Precautions

It’s important to maintain basic safety precautions when entertaining people, especially children near the water.

If you are serving alcohol, make sure there are plenty of non-alcoholic drinks available. Don’t let people go swimming or into a hot tub if they are obviously inebriated.

Mark the depths of your pool so the deep and shallow ends are apparent.

Provide “noodles” and other floating devices for less experienced swimmers. They are also great for when kids get tired.

Clean up spilled drinks and food and discourage running or roughhousing by the water’s edge.

Make sure several adults are always present and paying attention when children are in the pool.

Careful planning can help your summer pool party become a big success. With just a little forethought, you can create a fun and safe environment for all of your friends to enjoy.