Summer is just around the corner, and so are some great times with family and friends around your pool. Go all out with specific pool party theme ideas or make your kids happy with simple pool party ideas. You can’t go wrong either way. Here are some suggestions on how you can throw the most fabulous parties on the block with these pool party ideas for kids and adults alike.

Keep things cool with snow cones

snow cone at pool party

No matter the age of your guests, everyone loves snow cones. This nostalgic summertime treat is sure to be a focal point of your next party and is one of the more simple summer pool party theme ideas. You can even add something spirited in the adult cones, too. 

Throw a luau/tiki-themed party

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This pool party theme is always one of the most popular. Grab some tropical flower leis and grass skirts for everyone to wear. Light some tiki torches to keep things fun and tropical. While you’re at it, grab some coconut or tiki head glasses along with tiny umbrellas for the drinks. Your guests are sure to have a blast!

Entertain with flashy floats

Flash float pool party idea

Funky pool floats serve a double purpose: not only are they fun to drift around on, but they make the perfect photo op. The pool float options are endless, from pizza slices to giant flamingos to ice cream sandwiches. Keep your guests laughing with these fun attention grabbers. You could even turn it into a contest and encourage guests to bring their own. Take a poll to see who wins and give out prizes.

Movie night in the pool

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Adults and kids alike love pool parties, especially when they involve movies. Grab a projector and some popcorn and show your favorite movie outside for people to enjoy. Bonus points if it’s a nautical-themed movie, like Finding Dory, Pirates of the Caribbean, or Moana. Of course, you can also dress up the pool area with decorations based on the film.

Stave off boredom with a water wars party

Water war happening at pool party

During the dog days of summer, when you’re running low on ideas to entertain the kids, invite the neighborhood kids over for a water wars pool party. Gather some water balloons, water guns, bucket, and maybe even the hose and let the kids choose their water weapon. Then stand back and watch them have loads of fun.

Celebrate with a patriotic pool party

Patriotic pool party with American flag beach ball.

The summer months are the perfect opportunity to break out all things red, white, and blue around the pool. Celebrate Memorial Day or the Fourth of July with colored streamers, flags, and pom-poms on the patio. Serve classic barbeque food for everyone with ice cream for dessert. Bonus points if you have some patriotic pool floats, too!

Invite your kids’ friends over for a bubble party

Bubble pool party

You might just be the coolest parent on the block when you throw a fun bubble party for your kids and their friends. Get a baby pool, fill it full of sudsy water, and throw in a hula hoop for some giant bubbles. Have a bubble machine nearby for endless bubbles and a bucket of bubble toys for everyone. Snag some popsicles and other fun treats to snack on while they play. It’ll be hours of entertainment by the pool.

Have a formal evening with your friends

One pool party idea that is becoming more popular is having a formal event by the pool. Invite your friends to dress up and come over for a nice dinner and drinks. String up some lights for a cozy ambiance and arrange cozy seating areas for everyone to enjoy. Try adding a few floating lights and flowers to the pool for even more ambiance. Just being by the pool will feel fancy and fun for your friends. But don’t be surprised if everyone ends up jumping in!

Host a poolside spa day

Pool spa day

Need to destress a little? Hire a masseuse or beautician to give you and your friends massages or facials. Manicures and pedicures would be great to add to the list, too. If you’d rather not hire someone, you can always do it yourself. Provide all the beauty supplies everyone will need for the spa day. Serve a salad, sandwiches, or fruit for a light lunch. Your guests are sure to leave more relaxed and rejuvenated.

Have a nighttime neon party

This party is really outside the box! Put some large glow sticks and balloons in the pool for this fun nighttime party with friends. Encourage everyone to wear white or neon-colored clothing and set up black lights to make things pop. Blast some music and relax. You might even find yourself in a dance-off with your friends!

This party is really outside the box! Put some large glow sticks and balloons in the pool for this fun nighttime party with friends. Encourage everyone to wear white or neon-colored clothing and set up black lights to make things pop. Blast some music and relax. You might even find yourself in a dance-off with your friends!

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