Inside: Teen Pool Party Ideas That Teenagers Will Love.

While your teen might be too old for a birthday party that involves games and party favors, a pool party might be perfect. In fact, your teen might be willing to play games and do silly things as long as there is water involved.

It can be an inexpensive way to entertain a group of teens for hours. Of course, you’ll need to take safety issues into consideration when swimming is involved, but a pool party might be the best way to celebrate your teen’s next birthday. 

13th Birthday Pool Party Ideas

How to Throw a Teenage Pool Party

With or without a theme, there are several basic necessities every pool party requires. Let’s start with the essentials…

Food: Because the party will revolve around water activities, it is best to keep food light: sandwiches, hot dogs, fruit, cookies, snow cones, and cool drinks are great options. Barbeques are another one of our favorites for pool parties.

Activities: Coordinated pool party games are not usually necessary for teen parties, but having fun pool activities available will encourage teens to entertain themselves. Beach balls and volleyballs are popular choices, as are different floating pool mats and lounges, diving sticks, and water guns.

How to Throw a Teenage Pool Party

Accessories: To make the pool party enjoyable for everyone, be sure to have a good supply of necessary pool supplies on hand, including:

  • Extra towels, including small towels for hair
  • Sunglasses or visors
  • Sunscreen, preferably a quick spray-on formula
  • Swim goggles or masks
  • Tanning lotion
  • Plastic bags or a safe, dry place to store clothes and other non-pool gear
  • Waterproof cameras to capture every splash

While most teens will bring their own supplies, having extra on hand will ensure that everyone can have a great time even if they forgot something essential.

Safety: What starts out as a fun party can quickly get out of hand with rambunctious teenage energy. To ensure pool safety, be sure the pool area is clean and free from debris that could be stepped on, tripped over, or used inappropriately. Remove unnecessary equipment (hoses, children’s toys, etc.) from the area to free up space and eliminate temptations, and before guests dive in, be sure they understand the safety expectations. Horseplay and dangerous stunts should not be tolerated at any time.

Teen Birthday Pool Party Ideas

The key to a great teen party theme, however, is to remember not to overdo it. Many teens would prefer an understated theme that hints at coordination instead of an outrageous theme that may backfire.

  • Caribbean magic, with appropriate music and snacks
  • Luaus with leis and other Hawaiian décor
  • Cruise ship themes with life preservers and passport party invitations
  • Survivor themes with team buffs, grass shelters, and competitive challenges
  • Waterpark themes when the party is actually at a local waterpark, complete with slides, wave pools, and other diversions

Teen Birthday Pool Party Ideas

Pool Party Ideas for Teenage Girls

I remember one year, I had a 13th Birthday Pool Party and it was a BLAST! We had so much fun! Of course, back then we didn’t really have “themes” to all our parties. It was just a group of awkward 13-year-olds doing weird dives and dances in a pool. Luckily, we have evolved in the party world and themes are a great way to personalize a party. Here are a few of our favorite themes for teenage girls.

  • Palm Springs, with fun floaties and palm trees
  • Retro with groovy decor and 70’s flowers
  • Spa Pool Day with relaxing floaties and even a mani/pedi session after the pool

Our Favorite Pool Party Items

Citrus Themed Floaties

Pizza Pool Floatie 

Inflatable Volleyball Net

LED Beach Ball

Watermelon Ball Game – This is one of our favorite pool games

Favorite Pool Toys

Pool Fun Out of the Water

A teen pool party isn’t just about having fun in the water. There are plenty of ways friends can enjoy pool-oriented activities before they dive in, and many of these activities can also be used to space out eating and swimming to prevent potential cramps or injuries.

  • Decorate inexpensive flip-flops, sandals, or visors
  • Stage a swimsuit fashion show
  • Play a game of beach or lawn volleyball or badminton
  • Arrange a land-based water fight
  • Enjoy some tanning time
  • Relax in a whirlpool if available

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