Grilling, Swimming, And More: How To Throw The Ultimate Memorial Day Pool Party

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance and reflection, but for many, it also marks the start of summer and the pool season. This holiday is a great time to gather with friends and family for some fun in the sun. If you’re planning to host a Memorial Day pool party this season, there are a few key elements to keep in mind.


No pool party is complete without burgers, hot dogs, and chicken on the grill. Consider adding veggie skewers or grilled seafood for added flavor. Make sure you have enough fuel for the grill and plenty of utensils, plates, and napkins on hand. If you have a large crowd coming, consider setting up a buffet table to keep things organized and make it easy for guests to serve themselves.


You can’t have a pool party without refreshing beverages to keep your guests cool. When it comes to drinks, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure everyone stays hydrated and happy throughout the day. In addition to providing plenty of water and non-alcoholic options, it’s a good idea to have a variety of alcoholic drinks on hand to cater to different tastes.

Sangria is a popular choice for pool parties, as it’s a refreshing and fruity drink that can be made in large batches. To make sangria, mix red or white wine with chopped fruit like oranges, lemons, and berries, along with a splash of brandy or triple sec. Let the mixture chill in the fridge for a few hours before serving over ice.

Margaritas are another classic poolside drink that can be made in a variety of flavors. To make a basic margarita, mix tequila, lime juice, and triple sec in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a salt-rimmed glass filled with ice. For a fun twist, try adding flavors like strawberry, mango, or jalapeno.

Finally, don’t forget the garnishes! Adding slices of fruit, sprigs of mint, or a dash of salt to your drinks can take them to the next level. Remember to keep plenty of ice on hand for individual drinks and to fill your coolers.


Set the scene for your pool party with fun decorations. Patriotic bunting and banners are a must for Memorial Day, but you can also add some beachy flair with inflatable palm trees and beach balls. If you have a theme in mind, like a Hawaiian luau or a retro 80s party, use decorations to tie everything together.


Of course, the main attraction of any pool party is the pool itself. Make sure the pool is clean and ready for guests, with plenty of towels and pool toys on hand. If you have younger children attending, consider setting up a kiddie pool or splash pad to keep them entertained. 

To make your pool party unforgettable, add a few decorative pool floats for your guests to enjoy. 

Games and Activities

While swimming is fun on its own, it’s always a good idea to have some other activities planned to keep guests entertained. Pool volleyball, water balloon tosses, and diving contests are a few classic pool party games to consider. 

For any kids attending, set up a craft table with supplies for making friendship bracelets or decorating sun hats. And, of course, no pool party is complete without a cannonball contest or two.


Set the tone for your pool party with some great music. Make a playlist ahead of time with a mix of classic hits and current favorites, or consider hiring a DJ to keep the party going all day long. Make sure you have a good sound system and plenty of speakers to ensure that everyone can hear the music, no matter where they are in the backyard.


While pool parties are a lot of fun, safety should always be your top priority. Make sure all guests are aware of the rules around the pool, including no running or diving in shallow areas. If you have young children attending, make sure there is always a responsible adult keeping an eye on them, and make sure everyone knows where the first aid kit is located in case of an accident.


Once the party is over, it’s time to clean up. Have plenty of trash bags on hand, and make sure guests know where to dispose of their plates, cups, and other trash. If you have a lot of decorations, consider packing them away for next year instead of throwing them out, and don’t forget to drain the pool and cover it up until the next time you’re ready to host a pool party.

A Memorial Day Party for the Books

Throwing the ultimate Memorial Day pool party takes a little planning, but it’s definitely worth it. With good food, fun activities, and a solid plan, you’ll be able to throw a party that your family and friends will enjoy. It might even become an annual tradition!