The Perfect Pool Party: 5 Ideas for Summer 2017

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It's time to celebrate summer, and what a better way to do that than to host an outdoor pool party for your friends! I teamed up with Kingdom & State, Swim Outlet, Greg Baker the photographer, and my 3 besties (who also blog!) to show you what a real get together needs!
First, let me introduce you to my favorite girls-- I text one or all of them at least once a day! We love sharing tips, venting, and getting together to hang out. Kirstin Davis is a California native (yes, we loooove to connect on that! Did you know I went to junior high and high school in Southern California?), who blogs about fashion and has killer style at Wild One Forever. Next is Anna, who has the Instagram A Mermaid Diary who was raised in Argentina and is probably the hottest (and kindest) mama I know! Violeta is an influencer over at Just Another Insta Gal who is a fellow #bossbabe and is just as smart as she is hilarious and fierce.

Now, onto the goooood stuff! 
Here are 5 tips to make your summer pool party unforgettable.

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1. Offer all the pool necessities. Without a doubt, someone will forget something! In order to make sure you are catering to the needs of your visitors, have a cart full of items they may need. Sunscreen (I am loving Coola SPF 30), extra swim towels, new hair ties (these plastic scrunchies are my new obsession), a pack of gum, lip balm, body lotion (my family always uses Maui Babe After Browning Lotion), and insect repellant are all items you may want to provide! 

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2. The party doesn't have to end when the sun goes down! Spruce up your backyard with lanterns and bulb string lights for a nighttime festivity. There is nothing like a swim under the moonlight with friends! If you want to make the party epic, throw (unbroken) glow sticks in the pool or add them to balloons that are floating in the pool.

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3. Be sure to have the drinks! If you want to make sure your guests feel as comfortable as possible, always have beverages on hand to quench their thirst! Keep them in a cooler with ice, or for an even more adorable look, put them in a bucket of ice.

4. Have the perfect playlist. Music at a party is a must! This can get people dancing, keep the energy going, and make silences less awkward. One of my favorite playlists for upbeat tunes is the Dance Workout Playlist on Spotify.

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5. Have the snacks. When there is swimming involved, your guaranteed to have some hungry gal pals! Be prepared by having quick and easy finger foods. Some favorites include chips and guacamole, pizza bites, fruit, mini sandwiches, and any type of skewers.


Pink Flamingo Pool Float c/o Swim Outlet | Round Towel c/o Swim Outlet | Cabana Stripe beach Umbrella c/o Swim Outlet

High Waist Swimsuits c/o Kingdom & State
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  1. OMG these photos are amazing and are making me soo looking forward to summer :) I definitely want to have this pelican!

  2. Yay for summer pool parties! These photos are so fun!

    Lee Anne

  3. Nothing better than a pool party in the summer heat.


  4. i need to have a pool party at your place haha! it sounds and looks like so much fun. i love the idea of putting glow sticks into balloons to light the pool up at nighttime. these are all genius ideas!

    stephanie //

  5. That suit is adorable and I need that float!!! So fun!

  6. This is so cute! I'm obsessed with all the fun pool floats I am seeing everywhere!

  7. HOW FUN! Love pool parties. Great tips for hosting, thanks for sharing! Will definitely pin.

  8. looks so fun and relaxing! and i love that round beach towel

    xo Emily

  9. This is such a fun post of all of you! Love your pool party ideas!

  10. This looks like such a fun pool party! I love all of your sassy suits!

    April |

  11. how freaking cute are you?!?

    Sabrina | Gypsy Tan

  12. Loving the flamingo float so much babe! xoxo

  13. Perfect summer pool party tips! These pics look SO fun!

  14. Great tips! I want to get a cute float!

  15. Love all the items you curated for a pool party! Need to do one now!

  16. Cute pool floats are an absolute must! I love all your swimsuits!


  17. photos are amazing

  18. Looks like you girls had so much fun! I love the pink flamingo!

  19. This is such an amazing idea!! Loving the shots of you all! x

  20. Such a fun pool party post love

  21. The perfect playlist is always important for me !! I also just love being by the water!!

  22. Love the ideas
    And the pictures
    The playlist is super important😊

  23. We also had a pool party in summers with our best friends. It was just amazing as yours. Perfect dress up, drinks, water pool with balloons and of course party venue which was an adorable one. Everyone had a great time dancing and playing games. Catering was also praised by all.


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