Host a Pool Party for Your Teen's Birthday

Get Ready to Get Wet Because Someone's Having a Birthday!

Teenagers playing in a swimming pool
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Pool parties are great fun and perfect for a teen's birthday party. They are easy to plan and one of the best ideas to create a successful coed party.

Why Pool Parties are Great For Teens

Teens love playing in the pool and it is an activity that both boys and girls enjoy. The venue is taken care of and all you need to do is take care of the details, so parents love it as well!

Pool parties are perfect for summer birthdays, but don't forget about those kids born in the cold months of the year!

Indoor pools are available for rental as well and spending an afternoon at the pool with friends can really brighten up a teen's winter.

Finding a Pool for the Party

Most public and hotel pools are available for party rentals. Summer may be more difficult to schedule a party because of open swimming times. Be sure to plan ahead.

If you have a friend or family member with a backyard pool, they may be willing to let you use it for the afternoon.

Safety First!

Safety around the pool should be your highest priority. Fun in the sun and splashing around the pool is great, but you don't need anyone to get hurt.

  • If the pool does not have lifeguards, ask a few of the invited teen's parents to help you keep an eye on the party.
  • Do you know an older teen who has lifeguard training? Ask them to lend a hand for the day (and offer to pay them).
  • All chaperones should be ready to get wet in case of an emergency. Take your phone out of your pocket or simply join the fun and get wet while keeping an eye on the teens.
  • Safety rules should be posted and enforced.  
  • If there is a problem, calmly pull the teen aside and talk to him/her.

Party Decor, Favors, and Games

One of the best parts about a pool party from the parent's view is that most of the decor and party favors are already set because the party is in a pool!

Use pool accessories and beach items to add to the natural decor:

  • Beach towels and funky sunglasses make great party favors.
  • Beach music is a must and the Beach Boys will always be cool for this theme.
  • Drape sea shells and fish net on tables and the fences or walls surrounding the pool. 
  • Use bright colored tablecloths and hanging strings of lights.
  • Buy lots of blow up beach balls and float them in the pool.
  • Set up beach towels around the pool for conversation or laying-out.
  • Keep the bugs away and set a mood with citronella candles. You could also have bug spray available for your guests to use.

Organize Pool Games

Teens can entertain themselves for hours in a pool, but they also love organized games. Water games are plentiful and even more fun than those on dry land!

Choose a few water games to play during the party. Have a two or three in mind just in case the party gets a little dull or some kids seem to be left out. You may not use all of them, but you will be ready.

Remember to move running relay games away from the wet edges of the pool. Kids should not be running on the tile anyway and you do not want to encourage bad behavior. If it is an indoor pool, skip those games or adapt them so everyone stays safe.

Food and Drinks

Wet kids will be hungry kids but they are very easy to feed at a pool party.


  • Order a few pizzas or 6-foot long sub sandwiches and set them up for kids to graze on.
  • Smoothies are fun pool party drinks and homemade lemonade is always a favorite.
  • Skip the cake and offer cupcakes instead.​
  • Keep a few hand towels available at the food table so kids can dry their wet hands before diving into the food.