How to Throw the Best Hot Tub Party

Whether you’re ringing in the beginning of cooler weather with a soak in the comfort of the spa jets, or unwinding in the hot tub after a mid-summer pool party, a hot tub party is almost always a hit with hosts and guests alike. And it makes sense: A hot tub represents the perfect fusion of relaxation and revelry, where warm, bubbling waters soothe while close friends gather for good conversation and laughter. 

Hosting the ultimate hot tub party is an art form, though, requiring a combination of careful planning, attention to detail, and creativity. At Wellis, we’re experts in more than just the art of hot tub construction and manufacturing. We also have you covered when it comes to making the absolute most of every moment in your chosen model. 

In this guide, we'll take you on a journey to create the most unforgettable, soothing, and sizzling hot tub soiree possible. Whether you're a seasoned host looking to up your game or a first-time party planner, get ready to learn the secrets to throwing a hot tub party that will leave your friends talking about it for years to come.

Picture of a hot tub overlooking a city ready for a hot tub party.

Prepping for Your Hot Tub Party 

A hot tub party can be an unforgettable experience for you and your guests, but proper preparation is key. By planning ahead, cleaning and maintaining your hot tub, preparing the surroundings, stocking up on supplies, and creating a cozy atmosphere, you'll ensure that your hot tub party is a relaxing and enjoyable get-together that everyone will remember fondly.

1. Plan Ahead

Before you dive into the preparations, it's crucial to plan your hot tub party in advance. Start with your guest list, taking into account the capacity of your hot tub and your deck or backyard space to determine how many people it can comfortably accommodate, allowing for a cozy and comfortable atmosphere. 

Next, carefully select a suitable date and time, keeping in mind your guests' availability and the season, with evening parties often favored for a soothing and intimate ambiance. 

Consider injecting a unique touch by choosing a theme for your hot tub party, which can make planning the decor a bit easier by giving you some parameters to work within, if you so choose.

2. Clean and Maintain Your Hot Tub

A clean and well-maintained hot tub is essential for the success of your party.

Regular maintenance is essential to the lifespan of your hot tub, of course, so ensure that it is in good working condition by routinely cleaning and checking for any issues in accordance with the manufacturer's maintenance guidelines. Pay special attention to water quality by testing it and making necessary adjustments to the pH and sanitizer levels to maintain clear and impurity-free water. 

Cleaning the interior of your hot tub is also a must: Scrub the sides, seats, and jets, and use a vacuum to remove any debris from the bottom. Don't forget the filter—inspect it and clean or replace it if needed as a clean filter is crucial for proper water circulation and cleanliness. Lastly, make sure the heater and jets are functioning correctly and providing the desired water temperature and pressure for a truly enjoyable hot tub party.

3. Prepare the Surroundings

Ensuring safety and comfort in the hot tub party area is an important step in planning a hot tub party that often gets overlooked. 

Address safety measures by carefully inspecting the surroundings to eliminate any potential tripping hazards and ensuring that the area around the hot tub is well-lit. It's also wise to set up a first-aid kit as a precaution. To enhance the comfort of your guests, arrange seating and lounging areas near the hot tub, providing a space for relaxation when they're not in the water. Make sure you have ample towels and bathrobes available for your guests to dry off and stay warm after their hot tub experience. 

You may also want to create a designated changing area with privacy screens and hooks for hanging clothes, offering a convenient and private space for your guests to prepare for and wind down from their time in the hot tub.

4. Stock Up on Supplies

To ensure your guests have a great time, be sure to stock up on the following:

  • Towels and Bathrobes: Have plenty of clean towels and bathrobes available for your guests.
  • Snacks and Drinks: Offer a selection of finger foods and a well-stocked drink station. Consider a mix of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to cater to everyone's preferences.
  • Entertainment: Plan some entertainment options, such as a playlist of music, speakers, board games, or even an outdoor movie screening if you have the equipment.
  • Pampering Essentials: You can even set up a mini spa station with essential oils, aromatherapy scents, and DIY facial masks for a touch of luxury.

5. Create a Cozy Atmosphere

To set the right atmosphere for your hot tub party, there are a few things that you’ll want to consider. 

First, lighting plays a crucial role in creating a warm and inviting ambiance. You can achieve this with the use of string lights, lanterns, or candles strategically placed around the hot tub area—just be sure to be extra careful about any fire hazards that might be present. 

Curate a playlist of music that fits with the mood of your shindig, whether it's soothing melodies for a relaxed evening or upbeat throwback tunes for a livelier party. 

You can also elevate the overall aesthetic by decorating the space to reflect the theme of your party. Thoughtful decorations really set the stage for a memorable party.

How to Throw the Best Hot Tub Party 

Once you’re through the beginning of the planning phase, you can start to zero in on the really fun part: Making your party the best of the season. To do that, you can use our tips for throwing the best hot tub party. 

1. Provide Comfort and Amenities

We mentioned stocking up on supplies a bit before, but we can’t overstate just how key the right amenities are to the perfect hot tub party. From fun to convenience to comfort, it never hurts to be prepared. 

Make sure your guests are comfortable during their hot tub experience with: 

  • Provide ample towels and bathrobes for everyone
  • Stock up on swimwear, flip-flops, and spare accessories for forgetful guests
  • Offer sunscreen, bug spray, and disposable waterproof camera options

2. Food and Drinks

If you’re anything like us, the right food at a party can make or break the entire night. When it comes to a hot tub party, the goal is to provide a delectable and convenient spread that’s easy to eat and just filling enough. Here are some ideas for the best food and drinks to offer at your hot tub party:

A. Finger Foods

Opt for a selection of bite-sized, easy-to-eat snacks like mini sliders, chicken wings, or a variety of dips with chips and veggies. These snacks are perfect for enjoying in the water without the need for elaborate table settings.

B. Fresh Fruit Platter

A colorful assortment of fresh fruits such as watermelon, pineapple, and strawberries can be a refreshing and healthy option for your guests to munch on. (This is especially great for a summertime soiree!).

C. Grilled Skewers

Skewers loaded with marinated vegetables, shrimp, or chicken are not only delicious but also easy to prepare on the grill, allowing you to join in on the fun without being stuck in the kitchen.

D. Cheese and Charcuterie Board

Elevate your hot tub party with a beautifully arranged cheese and charcuterie board, complete with a variety of cheeses, cured meats, nuts, and fruits. It's a classy option that pairs well with wine or cocktails.

E. Signature Cocktails

Create a signature hot tub cocktail that sets the mood. Something like a refreshing mojito, a tropical piña colada, or a zesty margarita can be a hit. Don't forget mocktail versions for non-drinkers and designated drivers.

F. Chilled Beverages

Keep a cooler nearby stocked with an assortment of chilled beverages, including beer, sparkling water, and soft drinks. Ensure there's something for everyone to enjoy.

G. Hot Tub-Friendly Beverages

Since glassware is a no-go in the hot tub, opt for unbreakable options like plastic or insulated cups to avoid any accidents. Additionally, consider floating drink holders or side tables that can be used to keep drinks within arm's reach while in the water.

H. Hydration

Encourage guests to stay hydrated, especially when soaking in warm water. Offer a variety of non-alcoholic options like infused water with cucumber or electrolyte-infused drinks. 

By curating a well-thought-out selection of food and drinks that cater to a variety of tastes and dietary preferences, you'll ensure your hot tub party is a hit, allowing everyone to savor the moment and create lasting memories in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.

3. Entertainment

Entertainment plays a crucial role in elevating the fun and overall experience at a hot tub party. Here are some fantastic entertainment ideas to keep your guests engaged and ensure a memorable time:

A. Water-Resistant Speakers

Many of Wellis' hot tubs have wireless audio systems built into the spa! Pair your phone with your hot tub and control your playlist and volume from your mobile device.

Or, you can always use a separate speaker. A waterproof Bluetooth speaker is an essential addition to any hot tub party. Create a playlist of your favorite tunes or ask your guests to contribute, and let the music set the mood. From soothing spa melodies to upbeat party anthems, the right playlist can enhance the ambiance.

B. Floating Games

Incorporate some water-friendly games for extra enjoyment. Floating waterproof playing cards can be used for a game of poker, while floating beer pong or ring toss can add a competitive edge to the festivities. These games are not only entertaining but also easily accessible from the comfort of the hot tub.

C. Movie Night

If your hot tub setup allows, consider hosting a hot tub movie night. Set up a projector and screen, and let your guests soak while enjoying a classic film or the latest releases. Provide cozy towels and blankets for comfort, and don't forget the popcorn and favorite movie snacks.

D. Stargazing

A hot tub party under the stars is the perfect opportunity for stargazing. Encourage your guests to lie back, relax, and enjoy the celestial show. Consider downloading a stargazing app to help identify constellations and planets, adding an educational and awe-inspiring element to the evening.

4. Relaxation and Pampering

If your aim is to create an opportunity for your guests to unwind, you may want to focus instead on creating an atmosphere of relaxation and pampering. 

A. Aromatherapy

Elevate the ambiance by incorporating the power of aromatherapy. Scatter a few essential oil diffusers or scented candles around the hot tub area to infuse the air with calming scents like lavender, eucalyptus, or chamomile. These scents can enhance relaxation and create a spa-like environment.

B. DIY Facials

Set up a DIY facial station near the hot tub where guests can treat themselves to rejuvenating face masks, scrubs, and cooling eye masks. Provide an assortment of skincare products and let your guests pamper themselves while they soak.

C. Floating Refreshments

Offer a floating tray filled with refreshing and indulgent treats, such as fresh fruit, chocolate-covered strawberries, or artisanal cheeses. Guests can enjoy these delicacies while they relax in the hot tub, adding a touch of luxury to the experience.

D. Relaxation Zone

For those who prefer a quieter experience, create a relaxation zone adjacent to the hot tub. Set up a comfortable lounge area with cozy seating, candles, and soothing background music. This area can serve as a retreat for guests seeking a break from the hot tub action.

E. Soft Lighting

Enhance the mood by incorporating soft, dimmable lighting around the hot tub area. Use string lights, lanterns, or floating LED candles to create a serene and enchanting ambiance. Soft lighting can help set the stage for relaxation and tranquility.

F. Towel Warmers

Keep your guests cozy and comfortable by providing towel warmers or a stack of plush, warmed towels for them to wrap up in when they exit the hot tub. It's a small touch that can make a big difference in the overall pampering experience.

G. Water Jets and Massagers

If your hot tub has adjustable water jets or built-in massagers, encourage your guests to use these features for a relaxing hydrotherapy experience. These settings can help alleviate tension in the muscles and provide a spa-like massage.

H. Calming Music

Soft, instrumental music or nature sounds can add an extra layer of relaxation to your hot tub party. Create a playlist of soothing tunes and let the melodies lull your guests into a state of serenity.

Hot Tub Party Theme Ideas for Every Occasion

Want to throw a themed hot tub party but feel stuck for ideas? Here are a few to get you started. 

Tropical Luau

Transform your hot tub area into a tropical paradise with tiki torches, leis, and a Hawaiian playlist. Serve up fruity cocktails, have a limbo contest, and encourage guests to wear their best Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts.

Under the Stars

Gather under the night sky for an enchanting evening. Decorate with string lights and star-shaped lanterns, offer cozy blankets, and play celestial-themed music. Stargazing in the hot tub is the main event.

Retro 80s

Take a trip back in time with an 80s-themed hot tub party. Encourage your guests to dress in their best 80s attire, play the decade's iconic music, and set up a neon-lit dance floor by the hot tub.

Casino Night

Create a mini-casino around your hot tub with card tables, poker chips, and a roulette wheel. Play card games, blackjack, and roulette while enjoying the warm waters of your hot tub. This would be a great time to break out those waterproof playing cards and floating games!

Spa Retreat

Transform your hot tub area into a serene spa-like sanctuary using some of our tips above, like DIY face masks, aromatherapy, and soothing music. 

Nautical Adventure

Celebrate your love for the sea with a nautical-themed hot tub party. Decorate with anchors, lifebuoys, and blue-and-white stripes. Serve seafood appetizers and nautical cocktails for a maritime experience.

Winter Wonderland

Embrace the chill with a winter-themed hot tub party. Create a cozy atmosphere with faux fur blankets and snowflake decorations. Enjoy hot cocoa, mulled wine, and perhaps some ice skating if your hot tub is outdoors.

Garden Oasis

Celebrate the beauty of nature with a garden-themed hot tub party. Decorate with potted plants, fairy lights, and floral centerpieces. Play acoustic or classical music for a serene outdoor ambiance. This is a great one for ringing in a new season on a solstice or equinox date. 

Final Word: How to Throw the Best Hot Tub Party 

The best hot tub parties are not just gatherings; they are cherished memories that warm the heart and soul. So, next time you plan your hot tub get-together, remember the tips and ideas shared in this guide and watch as your guests revel in the ultimate hot tub party experience, creating memories to cherish for years to come. Whether it's an intimate gathering or a lively celebration, the magic of a hot tub party lies in the memories you create, the bonds you strengthen, and the relaxation you all deserve. 

And if you’re still on the hunt for the perfect hot tub for both relaxing and entertaining, you can turn to the trusted spa brand Wellis for the best hot tubs for sale. Use our hot tub dealer locator, shop online, or contact Wellis® Spa at  844-4-WELLIS for help finding luxury hot tubs and swim spas near you.

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