How to Throw an Epic Lake Party

We're talking rose gold flamingo floats and big-batch cocktails.

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While you may be gearing up for the start of the school year, that doesn’t mean it’s time to say goodbye to summer fun. We still have plenty of warm weather to embrace, friends. I don’t know about you, but I’m a big proponent of celebrating every last second of the season. So, how do I suggest celebrating these glorious (read: hot) last weeks of summer? By throwing the most epic lake party ever. Sure, a pool party is trendy and fun — chic, even. BUT, a lake party is the pool party’s cooler older sibling — laid-back, no-stress. The best part? Well, you don’t need access to a pool to throw one.

I’m laying out everything you’ll need for an unforgettable day. Grab a notepad; it’s time to plan a party.

Big-Batch Cocktails

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For the best keg party ever, make this easy watermelon keg and cocktail.

First things first, greet your guests with a generous batch of premade cocktails. This ensures you’re not stuck mixing drinks all day, which is a major win in my book.

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DIY Beverage Boat

Make this super-simple beverage boat to keep all the other drinks (beer, sparkling water, soda, etc.) chilled as you float.

Trendy Floats

Rose Gold Flamingo Float

Rose Gold Flamingo Float

Make a trendy statement at the pool with this rose gold flamingo float from Gilk's.

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Glik's

Speaking of floating, you’re going to need some inflatables for the water. We’re all about trendy varieties, like this adorable rose gold flamingo from Glik’s.

Must-Have Party Accessories

Beach House-Perfect Towels

Beach House-Perfect Towels

Every beach house needs lots of towels. Stack these in baskets near the door so beachgoers can grab and go.

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082415

While you’re at it, stock up on other must-have accessories for the day, like stylish towels, a fun beach ball and party straws.

Outdoor Speaker + Party Tunes

Big Turtle Shell Bluetooth Speaker

Big Turtle Shell Bluetooth Speaker

This waterproof and shockproof Bluetooth speaker can communicate with your devices from more than 30 feet away, filling your yard with music wirelessly. Take it anywhere you want to start a party: It plays for up to 16 hours on a single charge, so the music won’t stop before your guests do.

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OutdoorTech

Music is a must. Don’t own an outdoor speaker? Consider investing in the wireless, water-resistant Big Turtle Shell. Looking for a playlist? We’ve got you covered.

Self-Serve Eats

How to Set Up a Self-Serve Hot Dog Bar

How to Set Up a Self-Serve Hot Dog Bar

A mix of condiment containers, vessels filled with toppings and an assembly line arrangement of hot dogs, this station is certain to keep guests fed and interactive for hours on end.

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Flynnside Out Productions

As dinnertime rolls around, set up a simple, self-serve hot dog bar. Prep your toppings ahead of time, and keep sides simple — like chips and premade dips.

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All-Natural Bug Repellent

As dusk approaches, make sure you have bug repellent. Try one of our all-natural solutions.

Backyard Games

Set up games in the yard for partygoers who don’t like to swim and for post-dinner entertainment. Check out two of our DIY options:

1: DIY Tic-Tac-Toe

DIY Super-Sized Tic Tac Toe

DIY Super-Sized Tic Tac Toe

Add BIG time fun to your next outdoor get together with this over-sized Tic Tac Toe game you can build with your kids!

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Tomas Espinoza

2: DIY Cornhole

Designer Cornhole Boards

Designer Cornhole Boards

These boards aren't quite up to official regulations but will still provide lots of good play while complementing your style. Bonus — they are a snap to make!

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Emilee Stanley Photography

Outdoor Movie

End your lake party with an outdoor movie (epic, right?). Grab a couple sheets and a projector, and you’ll be pleased with the simplicity of the setup.

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