Back to School Pool Party Ideas

How to Throw an Epic Bash

Can you believe that it is almost that time of year again? It’s that time when we say Au Revoir to summer break and embrace a lifestyle focused on learning and reconnecting with educational goals. Going back to school can be super stressful, so it seems like a great time to discuss the essential items needed to throw an epic “Back to School Pool Party!” 

Let’s face it, throwing an epic pool bash should be on everyone’s “to-do” list and an excellent opportunity to kick the school year off right. So, to help with your Back to School Pool Party, take a look at some of these great ideas that will inspire and get those pool party wheels turning.

Invite Your Friends and Family

One of the best parts of having a pool party is getting to invite your favorite friends (and family) to enjoy the last few days of summer! When creating your guest list, make sure to invite those individuals who will make your pool party fun and legendary. Whether it is a small, intimate pool party or a next-level type of bash, be mindful of who you are inviting so that you can reconnect with old friends while also making new ones. 

Pick a Theme

Picking the theme of your pool party can be challenging. With all of the pool party options, it is sometimes difficult to narrow down a specific theme. To start, try to brainstorm possible party theme ideas and narrow them down by what you can afford and really enjoy. Then, think about how much time, energy, and money you want to invest and go from there.


Tiki lights, balloon arches, a pool full of pink flamingos…however, you choose to decorate, make sure to embrace your theme and be creative. The decorations don’t have to be expensive; they just have to make a statement and provide plenty of flair. It won’t take much to turn your natural pool oasis into a “Back To School” pool party extravaganza!

Plan Games

What is a party without games? It is always a wise choice to have some “go-to” pool party games at the ready. Not sure what games to play? Take a look at some of our favorites.

Select Your Food (and Soundtrack)

No party is complete without amazing food and tunes! Consider offering a wide variety of snacks and appetizers that your guests can easily eat while enjoying the pool and water games. If you want to go for something a little more filling, consider homemade pizza or the classic hotdogs and hamburgers. 

While putting together your pool party menu, don’t forget to make a rockin’ soundtrack to accompany your epic pool bash. Everyone will secretly be waiting and wishing for an impromptu dance party to erupt when the right tune presents itself.

Have Fun and Be Safe

We saved the best for last. Whenever you spend time with friends and family near the water, it is always important to have fun and be safe. Ensure there is plenty of adult supervision and make sure that all of your guests are familiar with water safety and proper pool procedures/rules. The last thing anyone wants during an epic pool bash is for an emergency or potential problem to dull the fun in the sun. 

Make Sure Your Pool is Ready!

As you prepare for your epic party, also make sure your pool is ready for the extra swimmers. To do this, check your water quality and focus on the important levels for comfortable water. pH, alkalinity, and chlorine levels are just a few of the things to test before the party. 

Need Help Testing the Water?

At Parnell Pool & Spa, our trusted specialists use only the best equipment and procedures to get a complete and accurate reading of your pool water. Our computerized Water Analysis System, BioGuard’s® ALEX®, provides results in an instant with step-by-step instructions. Bring us your water sample today and leave knowing every step needed to get your pool water safe and sanitary. 

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