Summertime and pool parties go together like peanut butter and jelly. You can’t go wrong with inviting over all your girlfriends, serving up some watermelon slices, and lounging on a big flamingo float. It’s the perfect way to beat the heat and catch up for an afternoon!

Half the fun of throwing a party, though, is the decorating and preparation you get to do before everyone shows up. You don’t need to go crazy and stress yourself out, but there are a few things you can do easily to make your backyard Instagram-worthy. I’m sharing 9 must-haves for your next pool party – there are so many cute things out there this summer!

9 must-haves for your next pool party! So fun!

1. Ice cream cone float

9 must-haves for your next pool party! So fun!

Just imagine your friends sliding across the pool on a big ice cream cone while eating an ice cream cone! There’s nothing more perfect than that photo.

2. Pineapple drink cup

9 must-haves for your next pool party! So fun!

It’s just a fact that punch tastes better when you drink it out of a little pineapple. These cups are only $1.50 each at Party City!

3. Ice cream cones garland

9 must-haves for your next pool party! So fun!

You can’t have too much ice cream at this party! I love this darling little garland from Paper Source that would easily spruce up a table, fence, or door.

4. Cactus party plates

9 must-haves for your next pool party! So fun!

Think about how cute some watermelon and pasta salad will look on these! Cacti just scream “summertime” to me and these are way too adorable to pass up.

5. Citrus salt & pepper shakers

9 must-haves for your next pool party! So fun!

If you’re going for more of a classy but still fun vibe, these salt & pepper shakers should be right up your alley! Everyone will be asking where you got them. (Hint: they’re from Target!)

6. Tiki piñata

9 must-haves for your next pool party! So fun!

No party is complete without a piñata, and this little tiki will fit right in! Stuff it with more than just candy (think gift cards for a few dollars or tokens for a prize table) and even adults will love taking a swing.

7. Colorful serving tray

9 must-haves for your next pool party! So fun!

Your pool party table scape needs some serious color, and personally, I’m obsessed with this Merimekko tray. This is another one for those of you who prefer to take a more refined approach to decor.

8. Stamped cutlery

9 must-haves for your next pool party! So fun!

These cute wooden spoons, knives, and forks are a steal at Walmart and could be just what your party needs! I don’t even have them and I’m already swooning over them.

9. Water resistant speaker

9 must-haves for your next pool party! So fun!

Every party needs tunes, and you’re going to need something to play them on that you won’t have to worry about getting damaged by a splash. A water resistant bluetooth speaker does exactly the trick!

Bonus: Lime Ricki swimsuit

9 must-haves for your next pool party! So fun!

Of course, you can’t have a pool party without a cute swimsuit! Head over to our shop and grab one now – we have tons of cute new arrivals here!

What are some of your pool party essentials? Give us more ideas in the comments!

Nicole

Author: Nicole

Meet Nicole, one of the three sisters who own Lime Ricki. She is partial to gingham, the color yellow and wishes she had more time to travel the world with her darling daughters (three of them!) and her handsome husband. Nicole subscribes to more magazines than she has time to read and is a collector of cheap pens -- Pilot G2 Ultra Fine & Le Pen by Marvy Uchida are her current favorites.

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