But what kind of party theme should you choose? To help you find inspiration for your next summer bash, we've put together this list of 29 fun pool party themes that will make your gathering unforgettable. So grab your swimsuit and let’s dive in!
1. Tropical Tiki Bar
A classic swimming pool party theme, this one is perfect for setting a relaxing, beach-like atmosphere. Make sure to decorate your space with bright tiki lanterns and other tropical decorations like palm fronds, pineapple centerpieces, and little umbrellas in drinks. Serve some pina coladas and fresh fruit kebabs to really complete the vibe!
2. Underwater Adventure
Transform the outside of your pool into an underwater wonderland with some creative decorations that will make your guests feel as though they’ve gone on a fun exploration! You can hang up colorful paper fish around the pool area and provide guests with snorkels, masks, and fins so they can pretend they’re searching for treasure in the depths below.
3. Beach Bash
Bring the beach to you with another classic theme! Have guests come dressed in beach attire (think sunglasses, flip flops, and even Hawaiian shirts). Put some inflatable palm trees around the edge of the pool, and serve up a classic summer BBQ menu alongside fun ice cream cocktails or a towering piña colada punch bowl for an extra cool vibe. And of course, don't forget the beach balls!
4. Neon Lights at Night
Neon lights and bright, vibrant colors can take any summer night party to the next level! Create an electric atmosphere by stringing up bright neon signs around your outdoor space and giving out glow sticks as party favors. Keep things going throughout the night by playing lots of upbeat music and providing plenty of snacks that are easy to grab on the go while people dance the night away poolside!
5. Pool Olympics
Get ready for some friendly competition at your pool party with a Pool Olympics theme! Set up different games such as floating relay races, water-gun target shooting competitions, or noodle jousting tournaments that will get everyone in on the action - even hand out medals for some extra fun! Your guests will surely work up an appetite, so don't forget the food and snacks for this one!
6. Fiesta by The Pool
Celebrate summer en vivo by throwing a Mexican-inspired fiesta! You can line up traditional festive decorations like colorful papel picado banners or cacti-shaped centerpieces on each table around your outdoor space. Serve up tacos al pastor, chips & salsa platters alongside margaritas and sangria for a truly authentic flavor of Mexico!
7. Hawaiian Luau
Bring Hawaii right into your backyard with a luau-themed outdoor pool party! Leis make for an easy decoration that can be draped over everything from chairs to parasols. You can hand out tiki mugs filled with fruity cocktails; lay down grass mats so it feels like you’re actually lounging at Waikiki beach, and serve traditional Hawaiian dishes like pupusas or kalua pork sliders that will surely impress all your party guests!
8. Carnival Fun Fair
Give your guests a unique experience (and keep the kids entertained) with a carnival-themed pool party. Put a fun twist on fair classics like rubber duck fishing, set up a floating ring toss, and pool noodle races—just make sure you give out prizes too! Food and drinks can be simple as well, with soulful carnival classics like hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, and icy snow cones that are extra refreshing in warm weather.
9. Nautical Theme
Transform your next outdoor party into an adventure at sea! Dangle rope nets in the party area for decor, blow up some inflatable boats, and hand out sailor hats to your guests as they walk in. Serve classic seafood dishes like shrimp cocktail & lobster rolls, along with lemonade for the kids and blueberry mojitos for the adults!
10. Mermaid Magic
Creating a pool party theme around these mythical sea creatures is sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike! Shimmery decor with bright colors can be enough to get this theme across, which can be easy to find at dollar stores if you don't want to spend too much. Add some extra color while refreshing every guest with rainbow slushies and fresh fruits.
11. Frozen Summer
Put a different kind of twist on the summer pool party with a faux icy winter wonderland! Hang white string lights around the party area, set up some penguin inflatables in and around the water, and maybe play Disney's Frozen soundtrack as background music for a truly magical experience! Provide cold finger foods, slushies, and perhaps an ice cream cone station to help your party guests keep their cool.
12. Circus Spectacular
With clowns, jugglers and trapeze artists set against a backdrop of vibrant colors and festive music, it’ll be impossible not to have fun at this pool party!
13. Superhero Soiree
Have guests show off their superpowers by dressing up as their favorite superhero characters (capes optional). Get creative with hero-themed pool party games like saving people from shark-filled pools, jumping through rings, or a super-cannonball contest!
14. Pirate Party
Ahoy matey! Create your own island paradise complete with treasure chests full of goodies for all your little buccaneers to enjoy after they've explored the “high seas” on inflatable rafts or sailed around in inner tubes shaped like pirate ships. And for the adults, this might be the perfect excuse to set up a rum bar!
15. 70's Summer Disco
Let the good times roll at this 70's themed party where guests can groove to classic disco tunes while they take a dip in the pool! Decorate the area with giant colorful shades to give it a funky vibe, set up a karaoke machine so everyone can sing their favorite songs while they splash around. But of course, don't forget the disco balls!
16. Poolside Picnic
If you're looking for more laid-back pool party ideas, this one is a perfect way to relax! Set an old-fashioned picnic complete with checkered tablecloths, fresh fruit platters, and a lemonade stand set up around the pool. Guests can play outdoor games such as badminton or horseshoes to enjoy the summer sun!
17. Ice Cream Social
Simple and fun for all ages - delight your guests with a build-your-own sundae station that includes all sorts of toppings like sprinkles, syrups, fresh fruits, and candy pieces. Milkshakes and root beer floats can also add an extra bit of variety to the mix!
18. Dive-In Movie Night
Get cozy with a nighttime movie marathon. complete with an inflatable movie screen for showing flicks in the pool or nearby! Be sure to have comfy inflatables in the pool, but you can also set up blankets and pillows nearby so everyone can get cozy for the show.
19. Flamingo Fiesta
Pink flamingos are a great way to create a tropical vibe! Decor can be simple, given the built-in color scheme, but you can take it even further by picking up some flamingo floaties or even a bunch of plastic decorative ones.
20. Retro Surfing Party
Transform your pool area into an old-school beach scene with pastel colors, surfboards as decorations, classic rock music playing in the background, and some homemade fruit juice popsicles at hand as refreshments.
21. Classic Backyard BBQ
Keep it simple with a tried-and-true backyard barbecue theme, complete with burgers, hotdogs and other grilling favorites along with all the fixings you’d expect such as chips, baked beans & coleslaw! Make sure you also have some tasty side dishes like potato salad or macaroni salad too–it’ll be just like a picnic at home!
22. Wavy 80's
Take a trip back in time with an 80’s themed pool party that includes bright neon colors everywhere from the decorations to the beach towels! Encourage everyone to dress up as their favorite pop icon from Madonna to Prince or as their favorite character from The Breakfast Club or Back To The Future. Blast some classic tunes from the past decades while your guests show off their best dance moves in the pool.
23. Pizza Party
Satisfy everyone's cravings by having a pizza party right next to the pool! Set up an outdoor oven so you can bake fresh pies with all kinds of toppings like pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions, peppers etc.. Have plenty of cold drinks on hand too such as root beer floats or frozen margaritas for a summery twist!
24. Off to the (Pool Noodle) Races
Get creative with your next pool party by setting up some fun games that involve water noodles like noodle races down a makeshift track! Make sure you have lots of prizes ready such as candy bars or ice cream sundaes for winners who cross the finish line first!
25. Seaside Scavenger Hunt
Create an exciting scavenger hunt within close proximity of your home involving clues leading all around your backyard in order to find special items hidden around each corner then competing against other groups who are trying to accomplish che same task at once - this will ensure endless hours of fun entertainment not only near but also within your own swimming pool too!
26. Sharks in the Pool
Bring your aquatic fears to life by decorating your home with toy sharks hiding in unexpected places while playing suspenseful music throughout your party space– transforming it into something straight out of Jaws!
27. Splash in Space
Transform your backyard into an interstellar adventure with star shaped or galaxy printed decorations hung from trees or poles near the pool area as well as astrology themed plates & cups for serving food & drinks at a buffet style setup complete with bold music playing from far away galaxies!
28. Around the World
Turn your outdoor space into an international oasis by decorating with flags from various countries around the globe. Have food stations serving up dishes from each region or continent to add some cultural flair!
29. Watermelon Mania
Embrace the summer vibes with this delicious and refreshing theme. Decorate the party space with watermelon-themed decor, including lots of vibrant reds. Serve up watermelon in different styles - sliced, iced, slushed or balled! Soak a watermelon in your liquor of choice overnight for an extra refreshing adult treat!
There's something for everyone to enjoy with these great pool party theme ideas. Start with the right vibe, and you're already on your way to making your next summer gathering unforgettable.
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