At Poolside: A reception planned for the poolside will truly be a special event. This allows you to bring out all the tropical and beach themed items on the market today, and there are many to choose from.

You will definitely want a bar set up serving tropical drinks. Your decorations should be bright and breezy. Float tropical flowers in the pool, or hand out leis to your guests, and when evening comes float lighted candles in the pool and on your reception tables in bowls.
Make certain to anchor lightweight items with shells or any item of your choosing so the wind will not blow them away. I believe buffet style food stations will be best for your poolside event, using non-breakable items if possible. Then, relax and enjoy! This is one of the most fun and creative settings you can choose, and your guests will remember it forever.