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Everything you need for a splashy poolside party
The Best Pool Party Gear
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Everybody in the pool!

It's high time for hanging out with a bunch of friends next to a chlorinated body of water, frozen drink in hand—and we've found all the gear you need to go off the deep end. We're envisioning 1970s retro cool as the theme, with some modern touches thrown in.

No pool? No problem. Grab an inflatable one, or simply invite some friends over to your deck, backyard or stoop and make a splash of your own with these sunny party accessories.

Dive in to our picks right here.

  • Donut Pool Float
    urbanoutfitters.com, $24

    Take a bite out of summer with a frosted float.

  • Otis and Eleanor Bongo Speakers
    poketo.com, $140

    Pump up the volume on these outdoor speakers, then take the plunge.

  • Watermelon Print Bikini
    asos.com, $32 (top) and $25 (bottom)

    Nice melons.

  • The Coolest Cooler
    kickstarter.com

    When it's actually a real-deal product, this ingenious cooler/blender/waterproof Bluetooth speaker will be the party equivalent of a cannonball.

  • Acrylic Margarita Glass
    crateandbarrel.com, $6

    Broken glass in the pool = the ultimate buzzkill.

  • Flamingo Straws
    shopsweetlulu.com, $3.50 for a 12-pack

    Party like you're in Palm Beach with these birdbrained straws.

  • Boozy Mango Ice Pops

    It's a drink. It's a dessert. It's your new best friend. Get the recipe.

  • Tahiti Round Floor Pillow
    gallantandjones.com, $129

    Let your guests rest for the requisite half-hour after eating on plush retro pillows.

  • Too Cold To Hold Drink Sleeve
    shopbando.com, $5

    Because your beer wants to chill out, too.

  • Canyon Fringe Hammock
    anthropologie.com, $118

    After a few frozen mudslides, you'll be in need of a snooze.

  • Amalfi Board Shorts
    bonobos.com, $150

    Make a splash with these Italian trunks in a retro pineapple print.

  • Daze Fire Ring
    shop.haskellcollection.com, $762

    This mobile fire pit makes waves with its gorgeous minimalist design.

  • S.S. Goodlife Kooler
    thegoodlifemarketplace.com, $79.50

    A floating cooler gives new meaning to watered-down drinks.

  • Sea Letterpress Coasters
    food52.com, $28 for a set of 16

    Make your bash truly sea-sonal.

  • Tide & Pool Montauk Beach Towel
    serenaandlily.com, $98

    Dry off post-dip in an oversized screen-printed cotton terry towel.

  • Sorrento Melamine Dinner Plate
    jonathanadler.com, $12

    Dive into appetizers and the like on geometric melamine plates.

  • Pool Bar Jim's Famous Frozen Drinks
    poolbarjims.com, $15

    Two hundred-plus frozen drinks. From a guy named Pool Bar Jim. Done.

  • Mudslides

    Speaking of frozen drinks, you may want to try our very grown-up version of the mudslide—but only if you want to be classy. Get the recipe.

  • Peepers Sunglasses
    peepersspecs.com, $16

    Colorful shades pair swimmingly with poolside drinking.

  • Cocktail Anchors
    asummershop.com, $18

    These drink decorations swim laps around regular toothpicks.

  • Lighthouse Outdoor Torch
    dwr.com, $90 to $240

    If you're going to go the smelly citronella route to keep the insects away, might as well do it with Scandinavian style.

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