Bring Your Own Floatie: Throwing a Budget Pool Party

Inviting your friends and family to a pool party is one of the best ways to get everyone together during the summer. Who can say no to cool water, iced drinks, and themed snacks with the sun blazing overhead each day? As lovely as this notion of a pool party sounds, you may think that your budget limits what you can do to make your party memorable. Fortunately, a fun and exciting pool party is just around the corner, even on a budget. The party you want at a cost you can afford is within reach with these tips.  

Make Your Party Exclusive

Hooded Beach Towels
Don’t forget to get a customized Hood Beach Towel

By keeping your guest list slim, you can cut your costs down considerably. Each guest will need food, beverages, and maybe alcohol, meaning a 10-guest party is far cheaper to host than a 30-guest party. Limit your invites, and if possible, discourage your invited guests from bringing extra guests.

To avoid the expense of invitations, try setting up a Facebook invite or an e-vite for free. These options list everything your guests need to know about the upcoming event as well as allowing them to RSVP with no charge to you or the guests.

Turn It Into a Potluck

Feeding all of your guests is the most expensive part of any party. While you may be able to find inexpensive recipes, it is far easier to ask each guest to bring their favorite chip, dip, vegetable, or snack to share with the group. This will provide a variety of foods to keep your guests happy while avoiding any issue of allergies or dietary restrictions.

BYOF (Bring Your Own Floatie)

Though a pool party can be fun without pool toys, it certainly makes things more interesting if you have them. Instead of spending excess money on pool toys, have guests bring their own. You may want to supply an air pump, and it couldn’t hurt to throw in one or two toys of your own. However, if the majority of the guests bring one toy each, you will have a pool full of entertainment.

Large Beach Tote
Bring the Large Beach Tote to the Pool Party too!

Dollar Store Decorations Go a Long Way

You might be tempted to visit your local craft store to purchase fancy, if overpriced, décor for your upcoming pool party. The summer season brings aisles and aisles of summer-themed banners, balloons, napkins, plates, and just about anything else you can think of. However, you can also find many of the same supplies at a lower cost at the dollar store. Though the decorations may not be as well-made, they only need to last you one day. So, rather than spending your budget on higher-end décor, head to a dollar store.

Throwing a pool party on the cheap is easier than one might think. With potluck-style snack bars and guest-supplied pool toys, you’re already on your way to spending next to nothing on your party. With a little inspiration, careful planning, and a trip to your local dollar store, you may just find that you have the funds to throw many more pool parties to come.


Aimee Lyons is a twenty-something free spirit who loves crafting, painting, building, and anything else that lets her exercise her creative muscles. A born do-it-yourself kind of girl, she started DIYDarlin.com to inspire others to embrace their inner creators and tackle projects with confidence. When she isn’t crafting, you might find her vintage shopping or taking her Corgi Champ out exploring in her hometown of Austin, Texas.

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