Who doesn’t love a great pool party? Whether you’re making waves in the pool or chilling out on the patio, a pool party is the perfect place to unwind and have fun.

And the festivities don’t have to end when the sun goes down. In fact, nighttime gives pool parties a special ambience. Try something different with these tips for throwing a fun after-dark pool party.

Keep It Lit

Lighting your nighttime party adds safety and creates a festive mood. Having multiple types of light will dramatically transform your backyard.

  • The pool lights keep people safe around the water.
  • For a fresh twist on the popular white and yellow twinkle lights, illuminate your party with strings of color-changing LED lights. Hang the lights in tree branches, on tree trunks, or over sitting areas.
  • Citronella candles and citronella torches are an easy way to modernize your patio! Place the candles on tabletops and the torches around the perimeter of your party. The bright, full flames will deter bugs and look gorgeous.
Tips for Throwing a Fun After-Dark Pool Party

Play Games

Many of the games people enjoy playing at pool parties during the day can be played at night, too. For people in the pool, Marco Polo and swimming races are fun. And people outside the pool can enjoy games like cornhole in a well-lit yard.


Consider using lighted objects for a nighttime twist. For example, people can dive for lighted glow sticks or play volleyball with a light-up beachball. Classic pool party games can feel newer and more upbeat at night.

Serve Delicious Food and Drinks

Let your guests’ food preferences guide your menu decisions. In general, it’s best to have a mix of junk food and healthy food. Junk food can be a special treat at your party, while healthy options ensure you provide filling and nutritional meals.

Typical drinks to have on hand at a pool party include iced tea, juice, soda, and water. If you plan to have alcohol at your party, consider offering a special rum cocktail that brings some of the tastes of the Caribbean to your get-together.


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