5 tips to hosting a pool party

Who doesn’t love a pool party? And no, they’re not just for kids! Pool parties can be a fun way to celebrate a special occasion during the warmer months. With summer just around the corner, we thought we’d share some tips to help you make a splash out of your summer pool party.

1. Make some popsicles 

Nothing says summer quite like a popsicle. All it takes is some lemonade and fresh fruit, then pour into a popsicle mould and freeze overnight. Voila! The perfect summer treat for your guests to enjoy on the pool side.


Image via Paper and Stitch.

2. Provide the pool toys

After all, what’s a pool party without some pool toys? Whether you’ve opted for inflatable swans, donuts, or the humble pool noodle, pool toys are an essential part of any pool party. They’ll keep your guests entertained, plus they’ll make for some cute decor.

FlamingoPoolParty-11Image via Sugar and Charm.

3. Pull together a fruit platter

Fruit platters and pool parties go together like peaches and cream. Make a fresh fruit platter with bright summery fruits for your guests to enjoy in between dips in the water. Your guests will love it (and you’ll love how easy it is to prepare!) 

Agua_Fresca_Bar_3Image via Sugar and Charm.

4. Set the scene

A few simple, creative touches will do the trick. Summer pool parties demand colour, so add some bright tableware, fun decorations and colourful touches like these super cute flamingo straws. Let the warm colours of summer influence your colour palette. 

FlamingoPoolParty-3Image via Sugar and Charm.

5. Serve some pink lemonade 

Pool parties provide the perfect excuse to make a batch of lemonade. When it’s hot outside, an icy cold refreshment will go down a treat. We recommend pink lemonade with lemon garnish and plenty of ice.


Image via Gringalicious. 



Fashfest is Canberra’s premiere fashion event. Introduced in 2013, it invigorates the Nation’s Capital with a flurry of talent  from up-and-coming designers and on the pulse bloggers, to amazing musicians and talented hair and make up artists. The event offers designers a sublime opportunity to push their designs in the spotlight and celebrate their skill.

This year I had the wonderful pleasure of looking after the Fashfest Instagram and Twitter accounts. Here I am in the ‘frow’, deep in concentration Instagramming and Tweeting away!

Picture via Martin Ollman

Picture via Martin Ollman

Emily Coates

Picture via Closet Voyage