Pool Party Essentials

Make a splash with these summer accessories

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International Leisure Giant Swan

The mix of good friends, delicious food and refreshing drinks all coming together around the pool always makes for a fun time, but a truly memorable pool party includes a few special additions. Take your summer gathering to the next level with these pool party essentials, which will make your summer shindigs unforgettable.

PoolParty___DISPENSER NEWGlass Beverage Dispensers

Prices vary at Williams-Sonoma

Let the drinks flow free with these chic hand-blown glass beverage dispensers. Whether you’re pouring out lemonade, ice tea or sangria, these gorgeous dispensers are a great way to serve lots of guests. (Photo courtesy Williams-Sonoma)

Plastic String Lights

PoolParty__LIGHTS NEW 2Pool PARTY LIGHTS NEW 3 PoolParty__LIGHTS NEWPrices vary at Party City

Keep the party going long after the sun goes down with these fun summer-themed string lights. Available in a wide variety of patterns, these festive lights add the perfect ambient glow to your backyard. (Photos courtesy Party City)

Pool party__LogFlume ALog Flume Joust

$19.97 on Amazon

Traditional pool games quickly pale in comparison once Log Flume Joust enters the picture. Half the battle is staying on your log, while the other is trying to avoid getting pummeled by your opponent. (Photo courtesy Amazon.com)

Pool Party__Pineapple Cup APineapple To-Go Sipper Cup

$8 at Urban Outfitters

Whether it’s filled with water, soda or something with a little more kick, this fun plastic cup is perfect for lounging poolside. (Photo courtesy Urban Outfitters)

International Leisure Giant Swan

$35.71 on Amazon

Guests are sure to flock to this giant inflatable pool float, which not only looks great in the water, but is fun to lounge on. The 75-inch float can fit up to two people and is the perfect spot for relaxing. (Photo above courtesy Swimline Corp.)

PoolParty__Speaker ABig Blue Mini Wireless Travel Speaker

$49.99 at Brookstone

Give your party the perfect soundtrack with this tiny speaker that boasts big sound. The speaker easily hooks up to Bluetooth-enabled smartphones, tablets and music players. Even better, the compact speaker is water and weather resistant, so you can splash around all you want. (Photo courtesy Brookstone)

Beanbag Pouf

$210 at Neiman MarcusPoolParty__Beanbag Poufs Give your guests a comfy place to dry off with these cushy denim beanbag poufs. Not only are they perfect for extra poolside seating, but they can be brought inside once the weather turns chilly. (Photo courtesy Neiman Marcus)

Pool Party__Plastis Ice TraysPlastis

$0.99 at Ikea

It’s all in the details and these ice trays will not only help make drinks cooler, but will leave guests marveling at your hosting prowess. (Photo courtesy Ikea)

Pool Party__CoolerIntex Mega Chill II Cooler

$25.39 at Walmart

Gone are the days of having to get out of the pool to grab an ice cold drink. This floating cooler lets the drinks come to you, letting you focus on important things like winning that game of pool volleyball. The heavy-duty cooler holds up to 72 soda cans plus ice and is equipped with six cup holders, or can be used as a floating holder for your existing cooler. (Photo courtesy Walmart)

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Betsy Abraham
Betsy Abraham is senior managing editor at Anton Media Group and editor of The Westbury Times and Massapequa Observer. She also writes for Long Island Weekly.

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