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The Fourth of July weekend is in full swing, and whether you’re celebrating by hosting your own event or crashing someone else’s, here are 10 items you need to make any summer pool party a successful one.
1. Emoji Beach Balls
The only thing more fun than a beach ball is a dozen of them — painted with emoji faces. Ideal for swimming pools and the beach, this set of 12 inflatable beach balls features six emojis, two of each face.
2. Palm Tree Inflatable Cooler
There’s no rule saying you can’t have fun keeping the drinks cold. Rather than sticking to a boring cooler, try something like this Palm Tree Inflatable Cooler from Amscan. It brings a festive feel to your beverage department, and the vinyl material means it’s durable enough to last through Labor Day. Just fill with ice, stock with drinks and enjoy.
3. Yard Cups Party Pack
All drinks taste better with a party cup. Each of these 12″ cups comes with a lid and straw, eliminating spills and saving your patio furniture from tipsy guests. Each order comes with eight cups. Not only are they crack-resistant, but they’re also made from BPA-free plastic, making them a safe and easy choice for your margaritas, iced coffees, slurpees and shakes.
4. Unicorn Party Raft
Forget Taylor Swift and her giant swan. Summer 2017 is all about the unicorn. The vinyl for this raft is 25% thicker than most, making it extra durable. What’s more, it also features a rapid inflate valve so that you can blow it up five times faster than other rafts (note: we recommend using an electric air pump like this one , so you can save time — and your breath).
5. Outdoor String Lights
Keep the party going after the sun goes down with some colorful string lights. This set from Omgai is great for pool parties because they’re waterproof and battery operated, meaning that you won’t need to use limited outlet space on lighting. Each strand stretches 17 feet, and they have three settings: steady, flashing and slow fade.
6. Spring Slam Backyard Game Set
No backyard barbecue is complete without yard games. Intended for four players but easily adapted for more, Spring Slam is a flying disc game that you can play just about anywhere. Each set comes with two lightweight collapsible goals, four ground stakes, one flying disc and a storage bag.
7. BBQ Grill Tool Set
Be the grill master of your dreams with this 16-piece stainless steel grill set. It has everything you need for a successful cookout, plus it comes with a handy aluminum case.
8. Arisen WindBox Bluetooth Speaker
No party is complete without music. The Arisen WindBox Bluetooth Speaker offers great volume, enhanced stereo sounds, terrific bass and eight hours of playtime from the built-in rechargeable batteries. It’s equipped with an air-duct subwoofer and Bluetooth 4.2 technology.
9. Stainless Steel Margarita and Slush Maker
Whether you use it to make slushies for the kids or frozen drinks for the grown-ups, a margarita maker is always a hit. This model from Nostalgia Electrics makes a gallon of the frozen treat of your choice. The dual swivel system pulverizes and shaves ice so that it doesn’t clog the spout, and a detachable blending chamber offers easy clean up.
10. Flat Top Gas Griddle Station
Bring restaurant style cooking to your own backyard with this propane grill from Blackstone. A 36-inch flat grill is perfect for everything from eggs and pancakes to steak and potatoes. Plus the electronic ignition and controllable heat zones make cooking a breeze.
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