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Hibernation time is over, the sun has come out to play, you’ve packed away those sweaters, and started working on that bikini-ready body. So, what does that mean? You’ve guessed it – pool party time! Whether it’s the long summer holidays or a weekend thing, nothing says “Hello SUMMER!” like a pool party. If a theme is what you’re after then spend some time researching a few ideas – some of the most popular choices are chic Malibu style, colourful Caribbean, Hawaiian luau or how about an 80s retro theme? Or you can follow the Real Housewives trend by keeping it simple and having an all-white party. So, if you’re inspired to start planning the pool party of the season, here are some absolute pool party must-haves that will make you the host with the most:

Something fun and cold to drink

No pool party is complete without a few cold beverages – preferably creative, colourful ones with cocktail umbrellas in them. Set the tone by serving them with crazy straws, hollow out some pineapples (save the pineapple for a fun, retro-inspired fruit punch) or inflate a couple of sunny life swan inflatable drinks holders. There are lots of virgin cocktail and alcohol-free options for the non-drinkers. Just remember that sipping on a glass of warm white wine is never enjoyable, so don’t forget the ice!

Some cool tunes for that hot day

Pick your playlist in advance. Nothing kills the summer pool party mood faster than your yoga soundtrack. If you’re out of time or putting together a playlist is not your thing, then get a music app and your problem is solved. With so many portable device options out there these days, you are spoilt for choice. For the best sound experience, make sure your system is charged and ready to go. Waterproof options are available and are a must if your party gets a little wild.

Something to snack on

Snacks are a must. The best bet is platters of help-yourself finger foods and light snacks. You can make these yourself or be smart and order them ready to collect on the day. And don’t forget to cater for the vegetarians!

Chill out zone

Summer is all about fun in the sun and lazy days. No pool party is complete without some colourful inflatable pool accessories with the added advantage that they make great Instagram pics. For a little fun, add some pool games and a volleyball net if you have a spare bit of lawn. What guys don’t want to show off those muscles he’s been working on all winter?

Those little extras

If you know it’s going to be a scorcher, stock up on sunscreen just in case one of your guests forgets. Umbrellas are a must to escape the heat – if you don’t have enough you can borrow from friends and they are usually also available for hire from event planners. Put out jugs of water with sliced lemon and mint to make sure everyone stays hydrated.