Adult Pool Party Ideas

An adult pool party can be every bit as fun as one for kids. The most fun is when we have guests who enjoy being in the pool as much as we do.

adult pool party

But, we've also had some gala affairs and birthday BBQ's with tables set up up all around the pool.

adult pool party

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Adult Pool Party Food and Drinks

You can't have a pool party without food and drinks and keeping them cold and easy to serve is key.  That's why you'll find this inflatable salad bar food and beverage cooler works to keep anything cold. Inflate, fill with ice, and set salads, appetizers or drinks on the ice. 

charcuterie board in cups served on ice in an inflatable salad bar

When the party is over simply drain the melted ice and deflate.  It's easy to store for the next party.

2 PCS Inflatable Serving/Salad Bar with Drain Plug

A rolling beverage cooler makes it easy to keep drinks cold, for guests to serve themselves and to move it wherever it's most accessible. 

rolling beverage cooler for adult pool party

Features like a convenient bottle opener, bottom tray, and a drain plug for melted ice makes it a pool party must:

80 Qt Rolling Beverage Cooler with Bottle Opener

Adult Pool Party Table Decor

Your adult pool party table decor includes some staples like white melamine plates, fun shaped outdoor drink cups, an easy to care for polyester tablecloth and of course a floral centerpiece. 

pool party table set with white plates, pineapple shaped cups, and drink dispenser

Check out my pictures with lots of ideas for setting a beautiful, fun or themed pool party table.

Insulated Stainless Steel Wine Glasses 

Keep these stainless steel double wall vacuum insulated stemless wine tumblers in the fridge and then serve your favorite cold wine out by the pool to keep your drinks nice and cold even on the hottest day. 

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The set of two comes in a variety of colors but my favorite is the aqua. It's top rack dishwasher safe too and 100% BPA-free.

Maars Bev Steel Stemless 12 oz Wine Glass | Double Wall Vacuum Insulated: 2 Pack - Aqua

Bar Furniture Patio Set

Our outdoor kitchen and bar area is a great place to hang out anytime of day or evening.  With a stocked outdoor refrigerator and small sink with hot and cold water, it's well equipped for entertaining.

outdoor bar ideas

If you don't have the space, time, or talent for a full scale bar area you can just get a set for something instant.

Create your own instant outdoor bar furniture patio set for you and your guests.

Outdoor Patio Bar Sets

Wine and Beverage Cooler

This wine and beverage cooler and table provides a place for guests to help themselves and a place to set down drinks or appetizers.

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The top of the table is adjustable and the bottom portion is a cooler where you can add ice, water bottles or other beverages.

Outdoor Bar and Beverage Cooler

Adult Pool Party Themes

Pool party themes are not just for kids. We've hosted many adult pool parties with themes - like a beach party, flip flop party and a Hawaiian or Luau theme.

pool party themes for adults

Having a pool party theme makes planning easier - from the invitations to the pool party decorations.

pool party themes for adults

A theme also adds to a more festive atmosphere and for opportunities to to be more creative with games, food and party favors.

Pool Party Themes for Adults

Adult Pool Party Decorations

adult pool party decorations

Whether you use fun floats or lighted pool fountains, pool decorations can set the tone for a fun party time.

1. Start at the pool gate,

2. Add floats to the pool and

3. Decorate the the party tables with a coordinated color scheme.

Pool Party Decorations

Stainless Steel Wine Glasses

Stainless steel wine glasses are not only unbreakable, but put them in your fridge or freezer first to keep your white wine nice and cold even on a hot day.

adult pool party

You can also freeze the glasses for a couple of hours and use them for sangria or ice wine.  

Dishwasher safe for easy clean up.  Get them in a set of 2 or 4 for classy outdoor entertaining. 

Stainless Steel Wine Glasses

Keeping Cool by the Pool

It is amazing the difference in comfort a fan can make.  On a hot day it can provide a cooling breeze.  We have lots of portable battery operated fans that can clip on umbrella poles or sit on a table and oscillate. 

battery operated portable cooling fans

We think the best rechargeable battery operated fan is this one by Ryobi.  It provides the most air movement (has two speed settings)  and the charge easily lasts through an evening pool party of 3-4 hours.

Ryobi 18-Volt ONE+ Portable Fan with Lithium-Ion Battery(2.00Ah) and Charger
adult pool party

These fans can also help keep flies, gnats and mosquitoes away when set on high.  Don't let the heat keep you inside when you can stay cool by the pool with a little help from portable battery operated fans.

Battery Operated Portable Fans

Outdoor Speakers - Wireless

Background music can bring back fond high school memories or provide atmosphere to your adult pool party. 

adult pool party

Whether it's Hawaiian music for a luau party or the Beach Boys for a beach themed party, be sure to include making a playlist in your party plans.

We love our Altec Lansing Waterproof Speakers.  It has a 30' range  and 16 hours of battery life.  We have 3 of them that are easily paired for all over sound and music.

Altec Lansing Lifejacket 2 Bluetooth Speaker, IP67 Waterproof, Shockproof/>

Adult Pool Party Games

Adult pool party games can be in or out of the pool. 

For those who enjoy getting wet, a simple form of entertainment is pool volleyball or, in our case, we love to play pool badminton.

adult pool party

We set up a volleyball net across the shallow end of the pool and buy a badmitton set. Usually we buy an inexpensive set since it usually only lasts a season since we get the rackets wet.

Four people (two on each team) can play at a time and we rotate out the two who have lost the last game.

A limbo game is great to play out by the pool. Put on some limbo music and start the fun. Everyone takes a turn going under the limbo stick without touching it - if he does, he is out. Keep playing until there is only one person left who should be rewarded with a grand prize.

Adult Pool Party Games

Adult Pool Party Floats

cool pool floats for adults

The best swimming pool floats for adults are swimming pool chairs with a beverage holder.

Of course you need more than one - we always have two of them.

While lying flat on an air mattress is good for relaxing, it's not great for catching up with the other guests.

A pool chair float makes it easier to have a conversation with another adult.

Cool Pool Floats for Adults

Frozen Alcohol Drinks

adult pool party

Frozen alcohol drinks with a tropical theme like a pina colada topped with a fresh slice of pineapple or strawberry makes for a refreshing beverage.

Many of these drinks can be made without the alcohol for a frozen virgin drink.

Easy to prepare with simple ingredients, you'll be ready for any spontaneous or planned adult entertaining.

For more ideas and recipes for frozen mixed drinks click here:

Frozen Alcohol Drinks


Have some fun at your adult pool party and get your guests into the pool for pool party games or catching up on fun adult pool floats. 

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