Combining your rehearsal dinner with a pool party is such a cool idea in itself. But toss in a creative theme and you’ll have a unique pre-wedding gathering that guests won’t soon forget! These 7 inspirational rehearsal dinner poolside themes we discovered are so varied and imaginative. No matter what the motif, they each incorporate the pool as a fabulous backdrop for the party scene. So get ready to take a splash into choosing your rehearsal dinner theme with a sparkling pool alongside!
1 –“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” theme
There’s a pool in place of an ethereal forest. Yet, Athena Calderone of Eyeswoon took inspiration from Shakespeare’s classic work to style this beautiful bohemian garden table setting. A long, low table is surrounded by floor pillows on Moroccan and Turkish rugs, and set with woodland-inspired place settings and centerpieces in amber bottles. Laid back and lovely!
2 – Mid-century Modern Style
Mid-century style elements set the chic mood in this modern tablescape by Mandy Grace Designs. While golden yellow tones bring a burnished glow to the entire scene – from the sunny centerpieces to the runners and napkins to the trendy chairs. A perfect contrast to the multi-level pool alongside.
3 – Eclectic “Mad Hatter Tea Party” theme
Look closely! Yes, those are zany teapots, white rabbits, stacked-book centerpieces, and heart-shaped topiaries. So, as shown by the Atura Hotels gallery, a theme as fun as a Madhatter tea party can certainly find its way to your poolside rehearsal dinner!
4 – Backyard Luau
Another lovely theme fit would be a tropical luau. Keep it chic and scrumptious with a buffet setup like this from Celebrate Mag featuring summer-perfect appetizers: curried cucumber rolls, pineapple-pork lettuce wraps, coconut shrimp skewers, “rumdinger” cocktails in coconut shells, tropical rice bites, and banana coconut tartlets. Plus, a centerpiece of DIY oil lamps made with recycled bottles and displayed in a sand-filled wooden “boat.”
5 – Cool Caribbean Style
Channel an Aruba vibe, as Art of Motion Events did, with round guest tables bordering the pool – simply set with crisp white linens, aqua runners, centerpiece vignettes with lanterns and tropical blooms, and rattan chargers marking each place setting. You can almost feel that Caribbean breeze!
6 – Brazilian BBQ
For a relaxed, at-home gathering, you can’t go wrong with a BBQ rehearsal dinner cookoutformat. See how Heather of It’s a Pretty Prins Life helped decorate and host this real poolside rehearsal dinner with a Brazilian theme! Pops of coral (the couple’s wedding color) unified the decor and table settings, while food and drinks stations made it fun for guests to serve themselves.
7 – Napa-inspired Theme
For sheer visual impact, this Napa-inspired poolside dinner setting at Solage Calistoga – featured in C Magazine – is breathtaking! The super-long tablescape mimics the pool in the background, and stuns with floating candle groupings and centerpieces of roses, thistle, and native grasses nestled on driftwood.
More Rehearsal Dinner Theme Ideas
Seeing how creative you can get with your rehearsal dinner theme (and not necessarily with a pool), you must visit our related posts for even more inspiration!