Nothing says fun in the sun like a big gay pool party. I’m sure you’ve attended one of these epic affairs.
Here at OutCoast, we believe that the more pool parties the better since our year-round gorgeous weather means a possible dip at any time.
Here’s our list of all the best places to host your next gay pool party extravaganza and how to make it over-the-top!
Not Just Any Pool Party…A Gay Pool Party
Now, we aren’t talking about chips and dip and some pool noodles. A proper LGBTQ pool party is an EVENT. You’re coming to be seen and to see beautiful people. And yes, beauty comes in all sizes!
So, what makes a regular pool party a fabulous gay pool party? Let’s check out the basic anatomy of a gay pool party.
Obtain a Gorgeous Venue
If you’re lucky enough to own a beachfront mansion or the perfect party pool, then congrats. You’re a step ahead of us. However, if you don’t, then you’ll need a venue that does. Homeowner friends are always good options, but sometime the clean up and liability isn’t worth the trouble. Consider hosting a big gay pool party somewhere luxurious. These impressive pool venues are at the top of our list.
The Don Cesar Beach Pavillion
The iconic pink hotel, and OutCoast partner, has an incredible space for fun in the sun and water too.
Their beach pavilion is conveniently located between the softly lapping waves of the Gulf of Mexico and their pristine blue pool. Your guests will have their pick of fresh or saltwater while they drink and play.
Enjoy the sunshine of St. Petersburg in the lap of luxury at the Don Cesar. Contact their booking department to inquire about hosting your party at the beach pavilion.
Postcard Inn on the Beach
This laid back hotel has gorgeous views and is the mecca of LGBTQ entertainment on St Pete Beach. Not only do they host monthly LGBTQ pool parties, but they’re also open to hosting your big gay pool party.
The WTR Pool and Grill Inside The Godfrey Hotel Tampa Bay
This luxury pool already hosts a number of weekly late-night events. It’s a gorgeous venue that draws celebrities and all the beautiful people.
The pool is available for bookings of private events and they also have delicious food. With private cabanas and poolside service, this is a great place to soak up the sun and have a blast.
Grand Orlando Resort at Celebration
This gay-friendly resort in Orlando has hosted many epic LGBTQ focused pool parties and other events.
Their pools are second to none and they are no strangers to helping you plan for a great time. Their picturesque pool is lagoon-like with waterfalls and a unique shape. There’s plenty of room for all your guests.
There’s a grotto underneath the waterfall to sit and enjoy your drink with some privacy while staying cool. Contact them here for booking.
Sheraton Lake Buena Vista
Another great choice in Orlando, the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista resort hosted a number of pool parties during the Orlando Gay Days celebrations.
Their sprawling pool has fun shower like water features and a beautiful hot tub to soak in and chat while enjoying your beverage.
With tons of rooms for guests and music this is an awesome venue for a phenomenal pool party. View their latest deals here.
The Venue Is Key to an Epic Florida Gay Pool Party
We hope this breakdown on how and where to host your next gay pool party is helpful for your event. Remember to pack extra sunscreen and keep the alcohol flowing to make it a party no one is soon to forget. And don’t forget to remind guests to Lyft or Uber home…or better yet, to book a hotel room. Safety First!
Between the sun, sand, swimming, and sensational relaxation, Florida has the pool party game on lock.
Hire Bartenders and Entertainment
Another distinct separation between a pool party and a fabulously incredible gay pool party is the plentiful amounts of booze and entertainment.
If you’re hosting a bear pool party, make sure those servers are hot and hairy. Lesbian pool party? Hire local fire-breathing burlesque dancers to entertain the crowd. Mixed crowd? Mix it up with drag performers or scantily clad servers of all genders. Don’t forget plus size figures, too! Curves are in!
Bring Toys to the Party
Get your mind out of the gutter. We’re not talking about THOSE kind of toys unless you want THAT kind of party. We’re referring to pool toys!
Set the stage for a social sensation with amazing props for Instagram photo opps. Your guests will be talking about this party for days!
The Proper Guest List
Every party needs a guest list and you want to make sure the list is on point for an epic gay pool party.
The first people that should make the list are friends who love to be seen and show off. These will be the party starters and make your event better. Mix them in with the rest of your fun friends to get the party hopping.
You want everyone to have fun and not depend on you for everything, so having some loose cannons in the crowd will keep the party going and the pressure off your shoulders.
Don’t Forget to Feed People
With all the focus on alcohol, fun and hot bartenders, don’t forget to feed people. Consider light snacks to munch on so nothing is too cumbersome around the pool.
Finger foods are best for a pool party because they lend themselves to grab and go and are only a few bites. Instead of a food table that could get wet, consider passed appetizers to come out in waves throughout the event. Talk to the venue about catering options. Some allow you to bring your own snacks and others require you to purchase on site.
If you can bring food on site, consider creating a big gay rainbow tea party by the pool with these fun ingredients.
Now, Go Plan Your Big LGBTQ Pool Party
You should have everything you need to plan your party. Make a splash and have fun! Most importantly, make sure people don’t drink and drive. Have a safety plan for that, too!
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