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5 Tips for Hosting the Ultimate Pool Party

We partnered with Mariah, event stylist, creative consultant and blogger of Giggles Galore, and she shared her favorite pool party ideas with us! Check out her 5 tips for hosting the ultimate pool party using water toys, pool floats, towels, outdoor furnishings and more from Tuesday Morning.

Memorial Day is just around the corner and you know what that means, the unofficial start of summer is finally here! It’s time to dust off the pool toys, spruce up your patio and gather family and friends for the ultimate summer pool party!

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Summer entertaining is one of my all-time favorite things. As the weather gets warmer and it stays light outside longer, I find myself entertaining guests more frequently. I’m here to show you that summer entertaining doesn’t have to be complicated. You can throw a party together in a cinch, so there’s more time for pool lounging with your friends.

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Here are a few key tips for hosting the ultimate pool party:

1. Have fun with your décor

Special décor can help set the stage for your pool party and make guests feel like they are on a tropical getaway. It doesn’t have to be anything over the top, but choosing colorful placemats, themed napkins and fun flamingo straws will help transform your space into a colorful oasis. I kept the theme of our pool party tropical so that I can reuse the items all summer long.

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I set the outdoor table with colorful place settings and created a simple centerpiece with fresh limes in large vases, pineapples and fresh flowers. Having fresh flowers in strategic areas around the pool and on the table will breathe life into your party décor, and it’s super simple.

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2. Create a drink station

When it’s hot outside you want to make sure your guests stay hydrated so set up several drink stations throughout the pool area. Make sure you include both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options for guests to choose from. Tuesday Morning has such a great variety of outdoor bar carts, but I particularly loved the wood tea trolley cart. It is easy to move, has convenient cup holders for drink mixes and a removable tray that you can take inside to refresh drinks and supplies.

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I also set out a few acrylic drink trays in some of the seating areas so guests have a place to put their drinks. Keep a container with colorful straws, stir sticks and napkins on the tray for easy access.

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When it comes to pool parties and drinks, make sure you are using plastic or acrylic cups to avoid any glass catastrophes near the pool.

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3. Make it cozy 

When you are hosting a pool party, you need to think beyond just the pool. Set up several cozy lounge areas for guests to take a break from swimming. Tuesday Morning has lots of colorful outdoor accessories to freshen up your patio this summer. You’ll find everything from umbrellas and throw pillows, to luxury beach towels and lounge chairs.

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4. Focus on the fun 

You want your guests to feel like they are escaping to somewhere fun for the day. I like to have lots of pool floats and pool toys ready for everyone to enjoy. I found so many fun pool toys at Tuesday Morning that both adults and kids will enjoy. I filled a bucket with pool toys, water guns and goggles so everyone could help themselves. My favorite fun pool accessory is the giant flamingo pool float. Not only is it perfect for lounging in the pool, it adds a super fun element to the party.

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5. Don’t forget the extras

With tasty snacks, refreshing drinks, fun music and good friends, your pool party will be a hit. Especially if a giant flamingo pool float is involved. But, you don’t want to forget the extras that are essential for outdoor entertaining. Make sure you have a tote bag with these items your guests can easily access:

  • Bug spray
  • Flip flops
  • Sunscreen
  • First aid kit
  • Beach towels
  • Sunglasses

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Whether you’re throwing a backyard barbeque, a tropical luau or a pool party, Tuesday Morning has everything you’ll need to make it an extraordinary summer!

Find your nearest Tuesday Morning to get everything you’ll need to host unforgettable summer celebrations by clicking HERE. Looking for even more pool party ideas? Join us on our Pool Party Pinterest board by clicking HERE!

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Mariah Leeson

Meet the Contributor

Blog: Giggles Galore

My home Tuesday Morning location: Allen, TX

My favorite Tuesday Morning department: It’s impossible to pick a favorite, but I always gravitate to the Dining & Kitchen and Holiday & Party sections first. I love entertaining and I’m always on the hunt for colorful and unique dishes. And I may have a small obsession with collection cake stands and paper straws!

A little about me: I have been married to my best friend for 14 years, and I’m the lucky mom to our 9 year old daughter and 7 year old twins. I have a passion for celebrating and have been entertaining and throwing parties since I was a freshman in high school. I believe that the little details are what set ordinary events apart from extraordinary events, even in every day life! When I’m not planning parties or creating craft projects for Giggles Galore you can find me spending time doing what I love, traveling, cooking, eating Mexican food and having impromptu dance parties with my kids!

What I love to write about: I have fond memories of traditions, celebrations and homemade gifts from my childhood. My mother was a creative soul who thrived on sharing her passion and talent with others. Fast forward a few years and now I love sharing updated versions of those special memories. I created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. I love to write about and share tutorials for kids crafts, DIY projects, recipes and of course, my favorite parties! No matter what I’m writing about, one thing is certain, you will find lots of tips and hints for creating memorable occasions with the most important people in your life.

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6 Comments

  1. Reply Jordan @ Jordan's Easy Entertaining

    That looks like it was such a fun party! I need to go get one of those beverage carts. Thanks for the great tips!

  2. Reply P L H

    Thanks for the great pool party ideas. The Pink Flamingo motif caught my eye. They’re one of my favorite animals and pink is my favorite color! So, I will have to track a few of these items next time I shop. ;-)

  3. Reply Vicki Lehman

    Trying to locate pool lounge chair cover, that elastic. can anyone locate one?

    • Tuesday Morning
      Reply Tuesday Morning

      Because our selection and inventories vary by location, your best bet is to visit or call your local store. You can find your nearest location by entering your zip code here: http://www.tuesdaymorning.com/stores. You can also contact Customer Service for help locating pool lounge chair covers by calling 1-800-457-0099, 8am-5pm CST Monday through Friday. Thanks!

  4. Reply Debby Nolan

    My husband and I went to the Tuesday Morning in Salem, VA today and the store had a really bad odor. I purchased a shower drying hair towel that came in a sealed plastic bag. When I opened the bag, the towel reaked. After washing and rinsing in fabric softener, the odor is still strong. I am in the process of soaking it.

    • Tuesday Morning
      Reply Tuesday Morning

      We appreciate you bringing this to our attention, Debby. Please call Customer Service at 1-800-457-0099, 8am-5pm CST Monday through Friday, so we can get additional details about your experience. Thanks!