Everything You Need To Throw The Ultimate Summer Pool Party

Now that summer is in full swing, there’s no better time to throw an epic party for all of your friends. Not only is a pool day the best way to keep cool in the sweltering heat, but it’s also an excuse to finally buy that Instagrammable pool float you’ve had your eye on. But there’s more to throwing a festive fete than just an inflatable animal — you need the right décor, a bevy of cold drinks, and party games guests will love. Check out these pool party essentials that are guaranteed to make a splash.

1 QUAY X FUNBOY Clear Glitter Unicorn ($69; funboy.com)

Forget swans and flamingos — put a glittery unicorn in your pool. You can even buy a pair of sunnies to match since this float is part of collab between Funboy and Quay Australia.

2 Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker ($130; amazon.com)

Every fun party needs an equally fun playlist, so use this colorful wireless speaker to deliver tunes for eight hours straight. Plus, it’s water resistant so there’s no need to worry about any rogue splashes or spilled drinks messing up your music.

3 Three Gallon Glass Beverage Dispenser ($25; samsclub.com)

No matter if it’s a refreshing watermelon cocktail, homemade sangria, or infused H2O, every party needs a signature drink, so fill up this three-gallon dispenser with the sip of your choice. The chic glass container is a major step up from your typical punch bowl.

4 Ban.do Orange All Around Giant Circle Towel ($68; bando.com)

Why have a bunch of boring beach towels when you can have one giant one? This fruity terry cloth towel is a whopping five feet long, so it’ll instantly dress up your patio furniture. It can even be used as a picnic blanket if you want to move your pool party to the grass.

5 Sun Squad Flamingo Pinata ($12; target.com)

Batter up! This flamingo pinata is almost too cute to break open, but just think of all the hilarious Insta stories it’ll inspire. Fill it with your fave treats or party favors, blindfold your friends, and watch the hitting competition ensue.

6 Boulevard Brewing Co. Fling Craft Cocktails (boulevard.com)

To avoid going overboard at the liquor store and being left with a bar cart filled with booze and mixers you won’t drink, opt for these premade cocktails. Not only are the four flavors super tropical (choose between Cucumber Lime Gin and Tonic, Blood Orange Vodka Soda, Mai Tai or Margarita), but the cans are also festive-looking, so they’ll look cute in your cooler.

7 Corkcicle Neon Lights Stemless Wine Cup ($23; corkcicle.com)

Slow drinkers, rejoice: No need to chug since Corkcicle’s neon hued glass will keep your beverage chilled for up to nine hours straight.

8 Meat Mark-It Personalized Steak Branding Iron ($20; homewetbar.com)

Grill up a meal to remember by branding cheeseburgers or steaks with a customizable iron. I mean, who doesn’t want the party hashtag on a piece of meat?

9 Coterie Sunny Days Photo Props ($10; coterieparty.com)

Liven up your party pics by setting out summery photo props that double as table decorations. Between pineapple glasses, coconut cocktails, and fun speech bubbles, your selfie game will be stronger than ever.

10 Tres Agaves Organic Strawberry Margarita Mix ($9; tresagaves.com)

Fact: A frozen cocktail is the best way to deal with the sweltering heat. Blend up a pitcher of strawberry margaritas with this organic mix that’s sweetened with agave to avoid a sugar hangover.

11 Two’s Company Beach Ball Decorative Lanterns ($30 twoscompany.com)

Keep the festivities going after sunset by lighting up your backyard with these beach ball lanterns.

12 Sunnylife Slip Slide Splash ($50; sunnylife.com)

The ultimate pool party throwback? A slip and slide. This rainbow inflatable is guaranteed to be a party pleaser among kids and adults. Just be careful drinking and sliding.

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