Summer’s almost here. We LOVE throw­ing par­ties at our beau­ti­ful pool at home. We designed it with par­ties in mind, so have a chang­ing room, bar area, cook­ing area, lots of tow­els and places for guests to store their things. Every­thing to make it com­fort­able for guests and easy on us. And because there’s swim­ming involved, our guests love it (even if they don’t want to swim, their kids can and they can people-watch!). Peo­ple hang out longer. It’s fun and active.

The great thing about dec­o­rat­ing for a pool party is that you have a POOL as the main focus of the party. Because your cen­ter­piece is already amaz­ing, dec­o­ra­tions can be at a min­i­mum. We’ve learned you really don’t have to spend much at all for a fan­tas­tic atmosphere.


Wel­come Signs

Our pool is not vis­i­ble from our park­ing area, so we like to start the party there. We place wel­come signs, direc­tion arrows, and fun “band park­ing” signs around the area, and spray­-paint lines for park­ing spots right on the gravel so the lot stays orderly.


Pool Party Decorations

Another fun idea requires a sim­ple Sty­ro­foam wreath (avail­able at any crafts store), a few drink umbrel­las, some plas­tic flow­ers, and a few pairs of inex­pen­sive kids’ sun­glasses. Use a glue gun and stick pins to attach the flow­ers, umbrel­las and sun­glasses to the wreath.

Over­size paper lanterns from the party store can add a burst of color to your pool area or yard. Hang them at dif­fer­ent heights over tables or from trees.


Your party snacks can also do double-time as decor. In addi­tion to the usual (hot dogs, ham­burg­ers, pizza) con­sider dis­play­ing treats like tor­tilla chips or aqua blue frozen pops in sand­cas­tle molds or toy buck­ets. Use toy shov­els as serv­ing spoons.


Spare Sup­plies

Some guests will for­get tow­els and sun­screen. Set these items strate­gi­cally around the pool—these lit­tle sta­tions will not only help a friend in need, but they’ll also give your pool party an extra bit of charm. You might even con­sider hav­ing a cou­ple of spare swim­suits on hands for friends who didn’t think they would swim—until they saw how beau­ti­ful and wel­com­ing your pool was!


Light Up the Night

When the sun goes down, the party keeps going! To illu­mi­nate your mag­i­cal mid­night swim­ming, think:  glow sticks, tiki torches, float­ing can­dles, and the light of the moon.

For pool acces­sories that will make every evening pool­side gath­er­ing fab­u­lous, noth­ing beats Color Cas­cade bub­blers  or LED lights by Uni­ver­sal Color Logic. That’s what we have in our pool and believe me, it makes the party rock!

Remem­ber, your pool makes the party, so keep things sim­ple and inex­pen­sive with food, games, great music and, of course, your fab­u­lous guest list.


Want to brain­storm ideas for your next pool party? We’d love to talk with you—give us a call at 503–631‑4816,




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