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Pool Party Theme

Dive into the perfect theme for summer festivities.

About the Theme

There are plenty of ways to celebrate summer, but few compare to a proper pool party. Sun on your face, refreshing cocktail in hand and chart-topping hits flowing from the speakers—which reminds us, we’ll be on standby waiting for our invitation.

There are plenty of food and décor ideas for this party, but if you wanted to take it to the next level there are a few themes you could layer over it. For example, a white-themed pool party would give your event a sophisticated Hamptons feel, or a Cancun cabana theme would lend some tropical beach vibes.

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Venue Settings

Outdoor Bar

Take the party outdoors, but just make sure it’s bar adjacent—both will be necessary.


Beach Band

Pool parties and beach vibes don’t necessarily have to go together, but if you want to incorporate the two in a more subtle way, use music.

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Temporary Tattoo Artist

Attire is likely at a minimum for a pool party: shorts, T-shirts, swimwear and so on. So why not have some fun with temporary tattoos? Guests can “dress up” with designs.

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Fruit Pizza

Not only is fruit pizza delicious, it’s basically a decoration for your food table thanks to all the bright colors from kiwi, blueberries, raspberries, pineapple and strawberries.

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Hurricane Cocktails

Rum, fruit juice and grenadine make up this sweet, poolside staple. Serve on the rocks or blend it together for guests to enjoy slushie style.

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Beach Umbrellas

This is more than a décor suggestion, it’s practical too. Give guests a little reprieve from the sun with large beach umbrellas. Odds are, no one will want to stand indoors if the weather is right, but they may not want to be in direct sunlight all day either.

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Pool Floats

Don’t forget: The pool is an opportunity for more decorations too. Throw in some different shaped pool floats, along with inflatable beach balls for good measure.

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