How to Host the Best Hot Tub Party

Summer is our favorite time of year because longer and sunnier days mean more hot tub parties! Which is why we’ve rounded up some of the best hot tub party tips from Bullfrog Spas to help you with hosting an outdoor party everyone will remember. Learn more about how to throw an incredible hot tub party and get more outdoor party ideas below.

Plan Ahead

As with any great event, preparation is key. Start by making lists of all the important items, like who to invite, what food and drinks you will need, other supplies, and games and entertainment. You also need to make a plan for decorations, food preparation, and any other tasks that can be completed ahead of time. This includes making sure your hot tub chemicals are at the right levels and that the hot tub is heated to the right temperature. We recommend setting your hot tub to 100 degrees, which makes it comfortable to hop in and out of throughout the party.

Set Rules

Unfortunately, even the best party hot tubs will probably not fit everyone on your guest list at the same time. Make a plan and be clear about the rules so that everyone will get a chance to spend time in the hot tub. One great way to set a limit is to tell guests that once their hands start to get wrinkled and pruney, it’s time to give someone else a turn. It is also a good idea to review the safety rules to avoid injury and overheating.

Games & Entertainment

Think about the friends and family members you have included on your invite list. If your hot tub party is for adults only, you may want to include board games or poker. If there will be kids attending, you can play water games with squirt guns or water balloons, or set up a slip ‘n slide. Playing music is another great way to add an element of fun to the party.


When it comes to choosing what food to serve, you will also need to consider the type of group coming to your hot tub party. Generally, foods like small sandwiches, fruits and veggies, and finger-food desserts are easy to maneuver with in a backyard setting. Foods that require sitting at a table or using utensils can be more complicated unless you have a lot of seating options.


Make sure you have plenty of water available and remember that even though the event includes water activities, it is still possible to become dehydrated. It is also recommended that alcohol be served after guests spend time in the hot tub rather than before or during. The elevated temperature can change the way alcohol affects the body and increase hangover symptoms.

What Are the Best Party Hot Tubs?

If you don’t already have a hot tub, but would like to get one for hosting outdoor party events yourself, there are a couple items to consider. First of all, you’ll want to choose a large open hot tub model, which leaves space for more people to get in at once. It is also a good idea to get a variety of jets to appeal to different tastes.

Get more outdoor party ideas and tips about the best party hot tubs in this guide from Bullfrog Spas.