Dive Into Fun with These Pool Party Essentials

August 4, 2017

I was provided product samples free of charge from Oriental Trading in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was provided for this post.

It might be August, but it’s definitely not too late to dive into summer fun!  A few weeks ago, the family got together at my parents’ house for my niece’s 2nd birthday.  It was a hot, sunny day and we eventually decided to bring the party to the pool.  Even the dogs came in to cool off (that’s my brother’s dog, Harvey, chilling on the pool float below)!  Before that weekend, I couldn’t tell you the last time that I went swimming!  It was so refreshing to get back into the water!

Knowing that we would all end up in the pool, I brought over some new floats for everyone to enjoy.  Bright, colorful, oversized pool floats have become all the rage the past couple of years! They’re perfect for pool parties and – let’s face it – capturing a great Instagram moment!  Oriental Trading has such a large selection of pool party essentials to choose from!  I was able to get everything from floats, to pool noodles, to floating coasters, and even an inflatable game!

Inflatable Floating Flamingo Coasters

We spent the morning blowing up floats and putting them in the pool in time for my niece’s party.  My older niece had a fun time helping us blow up the smaller flamingo coaster floats.  We found that they worked better when you drank some of your drink first.  Otherwise, they started to topple over from the weight of our cans. They were still an adorable addition to the pool!

Giant Pineapple Float

The giant pineapple float just screams “summertime” and has a large surface to lay on.  It would make a fun, tropical addition to any pool party!  Throwing an end-of-summer luau?  You need this float for your pool!

Giant Pizza Pool Float

If you haven’t noticed already, my family really, really loves pizza.  So the pizza slice float was an absolute must-have! Especially since most of our family parties turn into pizza parties!  You can even dry off with a big pizza towel when you’re done floating around on your pizza float!

Emoji Pool Noodles

Pool noodles are always fun to have and especially when they have emojis on them!  The emoji pool noodles were another hit with the kids!  The adults in the pool had a good time with them, too. I was floating around on a couple myself!

Inflatable Shoot N’ Score Game

Who loves skee ball?  I do!  I do!  The classic boardwalk arcade game got a poolside makeover with this fun inflatable!  I haven’t had the chance to play with this yet, but it definitely looks like lots of fun!  Just another reason to get back in the pool before summer ends!

Inflatable Enormous Volleyball

This giant volleyball was a hit!  You can see just how big it is next to my sister in the picture below.  I was out of the pool and all dried off when the game of pool volleyball was going on.  It looked like my brother, my sisters, and my sisters’ boyfriends had a great time with it!

As you can probably tell, we all had a great time in the pool with these new floats and games!  You can currently grab some great deals on pool floats and noodles at Oriental Trading!  Just about everything is on sale!  It’s apparently going to be a hotter-than-usual Fall this year, so extend the pool party and stock up! Don’t forget the beach towels!

  • Emoji Pool Noodles
  • Jumbo Pizza Float
  • Pineapple Float
  • Flamingo Floating Coasters
  • Inflatable Enormous Volleyball
  • Inflatable Shoot N’ Score Game
  • Big Mouth Watermelon Beach Towel


Which pool float is your favorite?

Partial photo credit: Nicole Vignola


  • Reply amber.m August 4, 2017 at 1:47 PM

    How fun!! I love the floats & towels! They just made pool day look that much more fun!

    • Reply Jessica August 4, 2017 at 2:04 PM

      The floats definitely added a lot of fun to the pool! They were a hit with the kids and the adults!

  • Reply mkcole25 August 4, 2017 at 2:05 PM

    Love these…. So many fun ideas for a pool party.

    • Reply Jessica August 4, 2017 at 2:21 PM

      They have so many great floats for a pool party! The only problem is, you might need a bigger pool to fit all of them! Haha!

  • Reply kissmytulle August 4, 2017 at 3:09 PM

    PUPPY IN A FLOAT! All the heart eyes right now.

    • Reply Jessica August 4, 2017 at 3:38 PM

      That’s Harvey! He was chilling out and having a great time! 🙂

  • Reply Sarah Halstead (@bysarahhalstead) August 4, 2017 at 9:22 PM

    Wow! Those are super neat. Harvey is so cute. he looks like our dog Marley that passed away almost 10 years ago!

    • Reply Jessica August 4, 2017 at 9:45 PM

      Thanks! Harvey is definitely an adorable, lovable dog!

  • Reply Carrie R August 4, 2017 at 9:33 PM

    These are all so much fun, but I think I would have to go with the pineapple float. 😉

    • Reply Jessica August 4, 2017 at 10:11 PM

      Isn’t that great? It’s one of my favorites, too!

  • Reply Lani // Life Anchored August 5, 2017 at 9:29 AM

    Your pool parties seriously look like the best!

    • Reply Jessica August 5, 2017 at 10:10 AM

      Thank you! These photos only show half the fun we had in the pool! It was a great pool day!

  • Reply Tyler Meredith August 21, 2017 at 6:00 PM

    I’ve been wanting to throw a back-to-school party for my daughter and her friends and I think it’d be good to prepare a little. I think things like a giant volleyball could be a great idea given that they all have a competitive nature to them. A ball like this coupled with a pool net could be a very fun activity that would make the party a lot more fun. Thanks for the post!

    • Reply Jessica August 22, 2017 at 9:16 PM

      You’re welcome! Thanks for commenting! A back-to-school party sounds like such a fun idea! I’m sure your daughter and her friends would love that! 🙂

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