Like fireworks, barbecues and beach trips, pool parties are the essence of summertime. But sometimes a water-filled hole in the ground isn’t quite enough to make for a memorable party, and you really need some colorful pool toys to enhance the experience. The following seven items—plus the delicious donut above—are sure to make a splash. (Sorry, couldn’t help it.)
Waterproof Pool Table: If you’ve ever wanted to make a really sweet pun (or, you know, just play pool while staying cool), you need this thing. Waterproof, weatherproof, rust-resistant, custom-produced and professionally installed, this pool in the pool is how billiards was meant to be played. $6,500 + $250 shipping
Floating Poker Table: Your home game of poker need not be combined to a basement or at a kitchen table. Bring the cards, chips and bluffs on into your pool, lake or hot tub. The floating poker table is fade-resistant, measures about four feet by two and half feet and is quite buoyant. Going all in never felt so refreshing. $99.99
Rave Sports 12’ Aqua Jump Eclipse Inflatable Trampoline: On land, trampolines are bringers of sprained ankles, broken collarbones and a general decline in life expectancy. But on water, trampolines are pure, unadulterated fun. The Rave Aqua Jump Eclipse packs 12 feet of bouncy pleasure in a user-friendly package. $1,799.99
Floating Golf Green Talk about a water trap: You’ll be facing the biggest one ever when you toss this clever contraption in the pool. The set comes complete with a tee box, a dozen “almost golf” balls and the flag. All you need to bring is a club—and a healthy respect for Roy McAvoy. $400
EcoXBT: A waterproof, bluetooth-connected floating speaker that can pound out tunes for 10+ hours is great, but can it answer incoming calls over speakerphone in case you’re otherwise occupied with pool noodles and cocktails? Yes, yes it can. $129.99
The AquaClimb® Sport: This ambitious installation offers the perfect way to show off your climbing skills to the sunbathing babes below. Five different designs that tower up to 30 feet—with a curved format that hangs over the pool for natural foot-first re-entry—makes it (maybe) even safe enough to tackle after a beer or two. Price vary, see website for details.
WOW Island Table Float: Ever wanted to have lunch or cocktails while in your pool? This portable picnic table makes it happen with high-backed chairs, a central cooler with lid and drainage port to keep your drinks frosty, and a convenient cup holder on each seat. The cool kids’ table isn't just for the school cafeteria anymore... $200