Summer birthdays often mean throwing a pool birthday party so everyone can have fun and stay cool! Luckily, the pool party is instantly awesome, but these ideas will help you take it to the next level.
Keep reading for the best balloons for a pool party, what to serve for food and drink and what activities to do if you want a break from the heat! The good news is that these are all very easy ways to help you make your swim even more epic.
Best balloons for a pool birthday party
My number one party tip is to focus on one big “statement” item. In this case, it would be the pool! Balloons are a big, yet budget-friendly, way to make an impact at your pool birthday party because you can float them in the pool! Combined with pool floats, they add lots of color and festive spirit.
two boxes of Bright latex balloons Make a big impact. Here is a list of pool party balloons to consider:
Pool floats for birthday parties
No pool party is complete without some fun pool floats! Provide some festive pool floats for guests to float on, or invite them to bring their own favourites!
Did you know you can even turn a pool float into a floating cooler? This way, no one will even have to get out of the pool for a refreshing drink.
These pool floats are great for your party, and any beach or pool after long days too!
that Inflatable rainbow sprinkler Makes a really fun backdrop for birthday photos by the pool, too!
Desserts and drinks for a birthday party by the pool
I always recommend keeping the food simple: order a pizza or turn on the grill. If you want to make your own fun burger wrappers! Then have a lot of fun with some refreshing cold dessert!
Consider there Snow cone bar! A snow cone machine is something you’ll use every summer for years to come, so it’s a great investment.
Then, serve up a few different colors or flavors and a variety of fun sprinkles.
Serve in these colorful snow cone shaped cups with cute spinning lollipops! Here’s our recipe for rainbow snow cones!
Gumball lollipops They are very nostalgic! Did you know you can make them yourself? Get the recipe and tutorial for the gum lollipop here.
If you still want a classic birthday “cake”, try making this lollipop cake, lacroix cake, or striped cabana cake to keep the look the same!
If it’s a grown-up birthday party, you can serve some bags of equestrian juice at the bar too!
Poolside birthday activities
From the perfect poolside birthday party playlist to fun projects to try when you need a break from the sun, check out our poolside birthday activities and ideas!
music An essential for an outdoor pool party! We have created the most epic pool party playlist.
If you’re looking for an unexpected activity, try a DIY sunglasses station! Guests can escape the heat by decorating some sundries. Here are our tutorials on rainbow sunglasses, watermelon sunglasses, and donut sunglasses.
You can also do a friendship bracelet station. Friendship bracelets make you feel nostalgic this summer!
Find some budget friendly straw hats and decorate them with craft paint! You can turn the hat into a watermelon hat, donut hat, cactus hat, or even just a rainbow striped option!
when Balloon volleyball A match in the pool! How long can you keep it in the air?
And of course, you can spend plenty of time floating on those floaties and enjoying drinks from the flamingo cooler!
What to wear to a pool party?
Here are some fun DIY ideas of what to wear to a pool party, in addition to a bathing suit of course!
photos by Jeff Mendel
Creative direction: Kelly Mendel | Technical direction and design: Sean Moreno
food design: Teresa Rountree | Production Manager: Samantha Martin
Models: Jenna | Courtney | Tisha | Leslie
Use these tips to throw the most epic birthday party ever, while keeping it simple and doing it on any budget!