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10 Ideas for an Epic Kids' Pool Party

Throw an awesome pool party that kids will be talking about all summer long.

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Kid-Approved Pool Party Ideas

What’s better than a backyard pool party on a hot summer day? Whether you’re celebrating your child’s birthday, the end of the school year or any other occasion, we’ve got tips and tricks for planning a shindig that’ll really make a splash.

Set the tone for your kids’ pool party with fun invitations, colorful decorations and upbeat tunes. Then, keep the kids entertained and energized with outdoor games (both in and out of the pool) and refreshing snacks. Don’t forget to send guests home with a summer-themed party favor. Read on for more must-know tips for hosting an unforgettable pool party.

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Start With Splashy Invitations

There's no better feeling than opening up an envelope or an email to find an invitation to a refreshingly splashy summer pool party. You'll find fun, easy-to-customize online invitations with flip-flops, sunglasses and pool floaties on Evite. Or, search for free invitations online that you can print at home, like this design by blogger Wita Puspita of Design is Yay.

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Wow With Insanely Cool Pool Floats

Pool floats have gone so far beyond basic inner tubes. Every epic summer pool party needs crazy pool floats, like unicorns, flamingos, watermelon slices and even ice cream cones. Get an accurate party headcount before guests arrive so you can make sure that every child has their own float for lazing the day away in the pool. Floaties make great party favors, too!

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Rock the Pool Deck With Colorful Decor

When kids enter the pool deck, wow them with colorful decorations. Hang beach balls, fill the pool with oversize floats and set out colorful beach towels on every chair. Create a photo-worthy display of pool snacks, and add to the theme by filling a baby pool with ice to keep bottled drinks cold.

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