Drinks & Snacks
The beverages are up to you, but they’ll sip sweeter in a customized tumbler from QLP. Prices vary based on your design, but we like to keep it simple. Unless you’re talking about food—because corn dogs get a little flash with Smart Planet’s electric grill ($30). The product encourages experimentation with other snacks on a stick, and so do we.
Calvin Harris is cool, but he doesn’t mix in Neil Diamond and P.M. Dawn. Let all of the gems (and skeletons) in your music library out with Crosley’s iJuke ($300). The neon detailing is a bonus after sundown, setting the mood for that slow dance to “November Rain.”
Elvis, UFC Octagon girl Arianny Celeste and a pantsless Zach Galifianakis à la The Hangover. They’ll only charge $29.95 to show, thanks to cardboardcutouts.com. And don’t forget the voluptuous wildlife.
To give your poolside acreage the feel of a desert oasis, go for Yard Envy’s 7-foot ($160) or 4.5-foot ($110) LED palm tree, and throw in a couple of potted Sago palms from Target ($60). Unlike the real thing, they require no maintenance, or defense against scorpions ...
What’s more fun than a dozen inflatable pink birds for $15? Nothing. Except maybe a dozen sock-monkey rubber ducks for $6.50. Fill your pool with a buoyant zoo from orientaltrading.com, or make it interactive with a floating table tennis court by Brookstone ($80). That poolside basketball hoop has been up since 1993. It’s time.
Clothing optional? Yay! Sunburned ass? Boo! Give your guests a stylish escape from the sun with paper parasols by Luna Bazaar ($7.95). You can even plant them in the ground for a decorative twist.