Adult Pool Party

Cheryl Cirelli
Adult pool party

An adult pool party may not be the same wet and wild time as younger pool parties, but it can still be a fun gathering for friends to enjoy during the hot summer months. Keep the party simple so that everyone involved can relax and enjoy the fun, sun and company.

Adult vs. Kid Pool Parties

A children's or teen pool party is often filled with beach toys and aquatic games, but at an adult party there aren't any rousing games of Marco Polo, squirt gun fights, or melting popsicles. At the same time, however, a pool party can be just as much fun for adults who want to keep cool during a hot summer and are looking for a fun way to celebrate a summer holiday or special occasion during the summer months.

Adult Pool Party Ideas

Whether it is a casual get together or a more elaborate party, an adults-only pool party can be a fun event if it is planned appropriately.


The invitations to a pool party should clearly indicate that the pool is the focal point of the event. In addition to the regular details of party invitations - date, time, etc. - a pool party indication should note whether guests should bring their own towels or other pool accessories. To ensure the party is limited to adults, the invitation wording "adults only" or "no children please" should be clearly visible.


A theme or predictable party decorations are not necessary for a sophisticated pool party, but there are several ways to add festive touches to an adult pool party without drowning in crepe and bows.

  • Mow the lawn, trim hedges, and weed flower beds a few days before the party for a neat setting.
  • Decorate the refreshments area or buffet table with tropical flower centerpieces, a carved fruit bowl, scattered shells, or other festive but sophisticated items.
  • Be sure there is plenty of seating for everyone, including loungers, benches, and other seats.
  • Add a few festive touches around the pool area, such as tiki torches bedecked with plumeria leis or a set of faux palms.
  • Float bright colored accessories in the pool to invite guests to enjoy the water.


Mix up the margaritas!

While a kids' pool party will involve any number of aquatic games, an adult party is generally more unstructured with plenty of opportunities for socializing freely. The pool - and a whirlpool, if available - will provide some distraction, and a loosely organized sexy swimsuit competition or belly flop contest can be fun diversions.

Games To Play

Just because the party is for adults, don't rule out playing games. Adults like to relax and be entertained. Volleyball and water basketball are easy games that can be available for interested guests without creating too competitive of an atmosphere.

Don't Forget The Music

No party is complete without a mix of good music. Keep the music in the background so guests can still talk and hear each other. Make a playlist in advance filled with your favorite summer tunes or just pick a station on the radio. Guests may want to bring some of their own music to play as well.

Evening Festivities

When the sun starts to set, it's a god idea to have tiki torches, candles, and outdoor lighting around the pool area for safety. If you decide to hold an evening party, a bonfire can be the perfect accompaniment to your festivities. Sitting around the fire telling stories can be a great way to end a fun-filled day.

Fabulous Food Ideas

Great food makes a great party, and there are many options for fabulous pool party menu ideas.


Barbeques naturally accompany a pool party. There are many great food choices to consider. Some barbecuing essentials include:

  • Grilled vegetables
  • Kebobs
  • Bratwurst
  • Burgers
  • Grilled shrimp
  • Steak skewers

Add some cold salads, fresh fruit, and veggies and dip to complete the menu.

Sweet Treats

When the weather is hot, cooling off with a refreshing dessert makes for the perfect party ending. Some sweet desserts to serve poolside include:

Drinks and More

Of course, drinks are a necessity for any summer party to keep guests hydrated. Alcoholic drinks can be delicious, particularly margaritas, pina coladas and other good party drinks.

Keep in mind that not all guests will be interested in alcohol. For those not wanting to partake in an alcoholic beverage serve options such as:

  • Fresh lemonade
  • Punch
  • Iced tea
  • Tropical smoothies
  • Chilled soda

What About the Kids?

While many adults will enjoy an adults-only party, parents may have difficulty attending if children are not invited. If the kids do come to a pool party, however, one or more adults will inevitably become the babysitter and lifeguard while the children monopolize the pool. To keep the event for adults only, the party host should be explicit in the invitations to ensure children do not tag along.

The party host could arrange for different kid-friendly entertainment while the adults enjoy the pool. Hiring a babysitter for several children is easy and economical, particularly if each party guest chips in for the payment.

Pool Party Safety

Adults can be injured in a pool just as easily as children, and all pool safety guidelines should be followed at an adult pool party.

  • Horseplay and reckless behavior should not be tolerated.
  • Alcohol intake should be carefully monitored and designated drivers assigned if necessary.
  • No glass dishes or bottles should be present in the pool area where guests will be in bare feet.

Adult Aquatic Fun

Pool parties a great way for friends to share a special occasion and cool off on a hot summer's day. With careful planning and coordination, an adults-only pool party will make a big splash on the social scene.

Adult Pool Party