How to Throw a Pool Party (Even if You Don't Have a Pool)

No pool? No problem.

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The impending summer temperatures will make us wish we could just float in a pool all day. There is one small hiccup in that plan, though: We don’t actually have access to a pool. If you’re also tragically pool-less this summer, we’re happy to report that there are some solid alternatives that will still give you a splashy, refreshing time with your friends. 

Whether you’re down to revive a good old-fashioned water gun fight, recreate a water park in your backyard, or just chill in a kiddy pool with a cocktail in hand, we scoured the internet for some H2O-friendly activities that will help you keep cool and forget you ever wished you were poolside.

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Shoot Your Shot with Water Guns

Gather your friends to revive the good ol’ days with a water gun fight. But, first, you’ll want to make sure you’re properly outfitted with the best in the game. The Fun-Here Water Guns are a good way to get the party started with a few rounds of tag. If you really want to get your friends soaked, the Nerf Super Soaker Soakzooka holds up to 55 ounces and boasts a massive water blast that reaches up to 15 feet. To avoid going back and forth to your water supply, consider the SNAEN Water Blaster, which features a backpack with a 70-ounce capacity that will allow you to douse at least a few pals without having to refill. 

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Kiddy Pools Aren’t Just for Kids

If your outdoor space is a bit too cramped to accommodate a proper inflatable pool, consider the humble kiddy pool. This small but mighty option is perfect for just sitting down and chilling with a refreshing cocktail in hand. Brands like Mylle and Funboy make models specifically designed for adults. Their elegant but fun designs will match any aesthetic. Who knows, they might even make a great permanent addition to your outdoor space.

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Build Your Own Water Park

Revive your childhood memories with a Slip ’N Slide, incorporate water sprinkler stations, and add a splash pad for a wet and wild atmosphere. We even found a more eco-friendly alternative to rubber water balloons (sponges you can soak in water and throw at your friends without hurting them).

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