BEST Hot Tub & Pool Entertaining Ideas

Your pool, spa or hot tub creates an exciting venue for parties and other gatherings that bring together those who matter the most.

In a recent study commissioned by the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, 4 out of 5 owners say building a pool is a great way to entertain family and guests. Nearly half say it’s a space for connecting to guests, spending quality time with children, and bringing together kids and their friends. Further, more than 3 out of 10 people say they make time for connection and conversation with family around the pool.

Below we have listed some fun and creative pool entertaining ideas to bring family and friends together at your pool, spa or hot tub.

Hawaiian Luau

The classic Hawaiian Luau is always a sure bet!

Take your guests on an evening getaway to the Aloha State, put on your most colorful Hawaiian print shirts and leis. Decorate your pool or hot tub setting with bright tropical colors, bamboo accents and Hawaiian-themed accessories from your favorite retailer, party supply, or craft store. Secure tiki torches and scatter tropical flowers around tables and the pool surface to provide the finishing touches for a magical evening. Pineapple chicken or ham would be delicious main dishes, a huge order of “Hawaiian pizza” or treat your friends and family to an authentic pig roast. Complement your Hawaiian feast with rice, a variety of fruits and vegetables, and refreshing drinks reminiscent of an island paradise.

Beach Party

Who needs the ocean? Create a beach barbecue party around your pool or hot tub. Kick back in flip-flops and swimsuits. Use the children’s sandbox to build a sand castle. Decorate tables with seashells and fish nets, candles and taffy. Cover chairs with beach towels. Use plastic pails and shovels, and even frisbees to serve hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Float toy sailboats and colorful beach balls in the pool. Grill hot dogs, hamburgers and corn on the cob and serve classic boardwalk food, like popcorn, snow cones and french fries. Or, go all out with a clam bake, oyster roast or lobster feast!

Birthday Party

A swimming pool party is a special way to celebrate any child’s birthday. Create whimsical invitations using flip-flop or fish-shaped cutouts, or write the party information on beach balls

and mail them to guests in oversize envelopes. Activities can be tailored to the interests of the age group. Younger children will enjoy classic pool games like Sharks and Minnows, Marco Polo, cannonball contests and games with pool noodles and floats. Organize a water-gun battle or provide amenities for a girls’ spa-themed party. Plan a light menu with sliced fruit, half-sandwiches, goldfish crackers, and boxed juice drinks for kids. Prizes can include a new water toy or animal ride-on float.

Movie Night

Have a “float-in” movie instead of driving to the screen!  Purchase some inflatable lounge chairs (we carry these in our e-store). Move your big-screen television outside, or rent one for the evening. Select a classic movie, or give your guests a thrill and screen “Jaws.” Movies like “Finding Nemo” and “The Little Mermaid” are great choices for a kids party. Set up your own movie theater concession stand and serve popcorn, candy and sodas. For a more intimate setting, snuggle up next to your partner and watch a romantic comedy inside your hot tub.


Whatever you decide to do, your pool, spa or hot tub area is the perfect space for bringing together friends and family.