17 Ways to Make Your Summer Pool Party The Stuff Of Instagram Legend

If anyone dares to throw you in the water, #4 might soften the blow.

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Where's the party at? Oh, that'd be your place. With fruity cocktails, festive floats, and creative ideas for bright, colorful decor, you'll have the kind of get-together people rave about (and #TBT) for years afterward. Trust.

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Set Up An Ice Cream Bar

Frozen desserts are a must. This DIY ice cream bar is the easy way to serve a crowd — , it's just fun.

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Ice Cream Scoop, $12, amazon.com

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Dress Up Your Bar Cart

Keep the drinks flowing by setting up your bar cart outdoors. To make it extra summery, top it with a variety of palm leaves and tropical flowers.

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Craft Cutter, $7, amazon.com

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Eye Swoon
Boho Tablescape

Set a long, low table and bring rugs outside for a super-relaxed, family-style meal. The more mud cloth and floor pillows, the better.

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Stripe Rag Rug, $99, urbanoutfitters.com

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Creative Culinary
Firecracker Cocktail

With notes of watermelon, lime, and cucumber (thanks to cuke-infused vodka!), this light cocktail pairs perfectly with sunshine.

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Stainless Steel Picks, $12, amazon.com

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The House That Lars Built
Pool Balloons

Need a cheap and easy decor idea? These pool balloons might just be cuter than flamingo floats.

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Assorted Color Party Ballons, $11, amazon.com

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STUDIO EMP
Sunscreen Station

A sunscreen station is an ingenious way to entice a large group of guests to re-apply — especially when you've got kids running around. Add some hydrating mists, and everyone will love you forever.

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Evian Facial Spray, $15, amazon.com

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Get Your Pets Involved

These DIY pool-float dog costumes will get all the likes. And you can reuse them for Halloween!

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Pink Fabric, $6, amazon.com

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Life As a Strawberry
White Chocolate Blackberry Ice Cream

Pool parties aren't complete without ice cream — that's a fact. This home-churned recipe, made with juicy blackberries, is a guaranteed hit.

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Ice Cream Scoop, $12, amazon.com

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Buy Cute Straws

Match your drink to your pool float!

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Flamingo Straws, $, amazon.com

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Get Colorful

The more colorful your party is, the better. Set up bright and patterned pillows and blankets on the deck for a poolside-picnic effect.

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Indoor/Outdoor Pillow, $31, anthropologie.com

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Mike Garten
Smoky Guacamole

Ever throw avocados on the grill? You're about to start.

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Charcoal Grill, $99, amazon.com

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Lively Table
Blueberry Lavender Sangria

Thanks to ripe blueberries and lavender simple syrup, this herbal drink is as sweet and light as it looks.

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Pitcher, $56, amazon.com

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Kathryn Wirsing
Cute Floats

Blow up , , , and for your guests. The crazier the float, the cuter the Instagram photo.

Pool Float Donut, $20, amazon.com

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Mary Britton Senseney
Steak Kabobs with Orange Relish

Is it even summer if you aren't grilling? Cover grilled steak kabobs with an orange-jalapeño relish for a jolt of heat.

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Charcoal Grill, $99, amazon.com

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With Salt and Wit
Frozen Coconut Mojitos

Move over piña coladas — there's a new frozen coconut favorite in town. You'll be sipping this refreshing cocktail all afternoon long.

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Ninja Blender, $79, amazon.com

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Danielle Occhiogrosso
Beet, Mushroom and Avocado Salad

Keep food light — like this salad rich in heart-healthy ingredients like avocados, beets, and spinach — so you don't feel too bogged down to swim later (after the requisite 30-minute wait period, of course). Plus, it's super easy to throw together in a snap. Win-win!

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Classic Chef's Knife, $41, amazon.com

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Bakerella
Beach Ball Cake Pops

These cute little cake pops are as fun to make as they are to eat. Serve them up at a dessert table, or give them as party favors.

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Lollipop Sticks, $4, amazon.com

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