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Have a Tshirt Bikini Contest by The Pool

Updated on November 17, 2015
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I enjoy painting fantasy art, art shows, creating delicious dishes, spending time with my grandkids, taking walks and reading a good book.


Summer is Here! Time to Throw a Tshirt Bikini Contest!

Bikini contests are are popular in the warm months of summer. For fun plan on throwing together a t-shirt bikini contest for ladies of all ages. I know personally that not everyone wants to wear a string bikini like when we were teens. For me and my friends, those days are long gone! But we still can sport a sexy look with these fun shirts.

Today, there are companies make these great shirts with cute little bikinis (and bodies) screen printed both on front and back. They are so much fun to wear that we plan a t-shirt bikini contest at the active retirement community where I work. I am amazed at how popular this event has become year after year.

We put a contest together that all ladies can enter and hold it by the swimming pool. Everyone brings a snack to share and we have a party. This is also a fun idea for family gatherings, neighborhood pool parties and even teen parties too. It is easy to put together and don't forget the camera!

These shirt bikinis are also fun to wear as a cover up at the pool or the beach even without a contest. There are so many styles to choose from online, that I would start looking for your favorite t-shirt bikini now before summer is over.

Texas Flag Bikini Cover-Up Ladies T-Shirt Size M/L
Texas Flag Bikini Cover-Up Ladies T-Shirt Size M/L

There are numerous styles and colors of bathing suits to choose from. Pick one that fits your own personality. The tie dye one is my favorite!


Planning a Tshirt Bikini Contest

I start working on it at least a couple of months ahead of time by picking the date to hold the contest. After I pick the contest or party date, I can get the word out to all who are invited so they can shop and buy their "bikinis".

I suggest a few online sites to find their own t shirt bikini. Since the ladies really get into this party, they want to find the most unusual shirt bikini pattern to be the "only one". It would be a good idea when sending or posting party flyers to include where they can purchase one of these fun shirts.

Start thinking about a theme for decorations too. Maybe you want to have your contest on the Fourth of July (USA), a Luau or tropical party, fun at the beach and more. There are many theme ideas at the party stores to get you started. We like to use beach party decorations such as shells, beach balls, sand pails and fake palm trees. I have held this contest in the evening since it is so hot during the day in the southwest and put up patio and twinkle lights for ambiance.

I also have "contestants" sign up so I know how many to expect. I like to give all contestants a Participation Award, plus trophies to the best t-shirt bikini contestant. If you want to have a true contest, line up a few "judges" from your community or group. They will have a good time trying to select the best bikini!

We do a potluck style party with everyone signing up to bring snacks. I provide the non-alcoholic beverages such as the Orange Punch recipe I put on this lens. We do let the party goers bring their own "favorite" beverage too. You can plan the food and drink part of your party as you like.

Again, don't forget the camera! Even a video clip of the contestants taking their walk in front of the audience or guests is fun for looking at again later on. Maybe show it at the next group party?

Don't Forget To Do:

Buy Own Tshirt Bikini

Make Announcement Flyers

Basic Contest Rules

Pick up Ribbons or Prizes


Snacks Sign Ups

Don't Forget Drinks


Have FUN!


Orange Punch Recipe

This is a very delicious recipe that I and my fellow activity directors use for our poolside summer parties. A quick and easy recipe too.

This recipe fills one punch bowl. I make one recipe per bowl that I plan on using. Sometimes, my pool party is over 100 residents attending which equals at least 5 punch bowls!

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Ready in: 10 min
  • Yields: 1 Punch Bowl


  • 1 1/2 gallon Dole Pineapple Orange Banana Juice
  • 1 6 ounce can frozen yellow lemonade
  • 4 cans cold water
  • 1 2 liter bottle gingerale
  • 1 sliced orange
  • Ice


  1. Mix first 4 ingredients together in punch bowl. Add a small amount of ice and orange slices on top. Serve cold.
Cast your vote for Summer Time Punch Recipe

Party Time!

Check Your List!

Now that you have done your planning, sent out invitations, ordered your t shirt bikinis and decorations, it is the day of the party. Whether you are having your contest in your backyard, the neighborhood pool complex or at the beach, the first thing to do is get your list out. It isn't fun to forget anything!

These are the things I do before the contest begins:

  • Assign my volunteers individual jobs to help me
  • Set up the serving and judging tables with chairs
  • Decorate the pool area and tables
  • Make sure the boombox or audio system is working
  • Make sure I have extra batteries for camera, mic and audio
  • Check off the contestants as they arrive
  • Put on background "beach" music
  • Give the MC the list of contestant and judges' names

Of course your list may not need to be as detailed as mine, but a list is helpful. Plus the music really helps the atmosphere of the party and contest. Sometimes I hire a local band to play beach style music such as rock and roll of the 50's - 60's or island steel drum sound band. That will depend on what your budget is. Maybe you are lucky enough to know friends in a band who will play for free (or food)! It's all part of the fun.

I find a person to MC who has lots of personality and knows how to really work the crowd. Everyone has a great time when the contest lingers on a bit and each contestant feels special. I like giving each contestant a participation gift and then select as many categories for trophy winners as I can think of.

Here is my list of ideas for contest winners:

  • Sexiest
  • Most Colorful
  • Retro Bikini
  • Themed Bikini
  • Most Talented
  • Best Personality

I am sure you can think of more ideas that fit your party. The sky is the limit!

Again, just remember FUN!

Fun Express Tropical Trophy Set (12 Piece)
Fun Express Tropical Trophy Set (12 Piece)

Perfect inexpensive little trophies for your contest. With a set of twelve, everyone can go home a winner!


Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini - By Brian Hyland

Who does NOT know this famous song? We HAVE to play this song during the contest each year! It is a must have song for any pool party!

Take a listen for the memories!

Are You Ready to Throw a T Shirt Bikini Contest?

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    • poetryman6969 profile image

      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Almost anyone could look good in a bikini like this!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Funny lens, thanks fort this.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Fun party idea.

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      mouse1996 lm 5 years ago

      Very cute! LOL! I don't think I'm brave enough to wear a t-shirt like that, but it's super cute.

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      Monica Ranstrom 5 years ago

      How funny is this! Thanks for such a fun lens!

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @alex89 lm: alex89, thank you for the compliment on the lens. I do hope these tshirts help you feel happy and much, much better. Get well soon!

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @datakrunch: Well, maybe technically....time to find a great tshirt with "6-pack" muscles for the men's category of the contest!

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      Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

      Not yet, I need some time :)

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      datakrunch 5 years ago

      If I were to try one of those on, would it technically be girl clothes?

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      spids1 5 years ago


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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      Hilarious t-shirts, and a fun party theme - well done!

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      alex89 lm 5 years ago

      fantastic idea! I'm been feeling kind of glum because I can't swim this year due to surgery/health problems, and I can't really wear a bikini, but this would make me feel much better! And I'll be back to normal swimwear next year!

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      playercoach 5 years ago

      Great party theme idea--also very funny!!

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      Bohacxda78 5 years ago

      wow, great idea for this summer party!

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      bikerministry 5 years ago

      Okay, this is one I would do. I have never worn a bikini, but a bikini t-shirt, ha!

      What a great idea.

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      Hilarious!! - fantastic idea!!

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      markadamdouglass 5 years ago

      Fascinating. And to have contests... that is so quirky. I love it!

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      spids1 5 years ago

      Great Idea wish you the best :)

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      Cute shirts! Lots of different styles. I have always liked that song too. Nice summer lens.

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      GetCashBackOnline 5 years ago

      What a great idea

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Sounds like super fun. You've explained it very well, so anyone can put together one of these contests. Well done.

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      This is really fun, at least no one will need to worried about their body shape anymore. Everyone can look good with the "bikini".

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @PixelHut: Oh, great idea! Love those black leather pants (Rock of Ages)! Who has a tshirt screening machine?

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @anonymous: Thank you for the blessing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a fun idea! *Blessed!*

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      bensen32 lm 5 years ago

      This is to funny. Sounds like a great time, thanks for sharing this idea.

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      sdmary 5 years ago

      Not a contest, but definitely a cute idea for beachwear and summer fun!

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      FestivalGirl 5 years ago

      Good for party :D

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      FestivalGirl 5 years ago

      Good for party :D

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      Superge 5 years ago

      Sure, they are a lot of fun.

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      PixelHut 5 years ago

      Wish they would make Tom Cruise body tshirts :) My girlfriend would totally love it.

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      LOL I have one of these T shirts

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I might buy my wife one of these ;)

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      AgingIntoDisabi 5 years ago

      Beats dieting. I'll just throw one of these on.

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      sandi_x 5 years ago

      Funny lens, fun idea :-)

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @hntrssthmpsn: You do! Take a photo together too. Thanks for the comment.

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @miaponzo: That's why I love this tshirt by the pool!

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @Gypzeerose: It is lots of fun. Let me know how your tshirt bikini pool party goes. Thank you for the links and blessing.

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      Sharon Bellissimo 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      Not quite, but I really enjoyed your lens!

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      Stress-Master 5 years ago

      What a crazy idea, I love it.

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      SimplySara LM 5 years ago

      Heck yeah! What a FUN idea!

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      kab 5 years ago from Upstate, NY

      That looks like a total riot!

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      alina nicoleta92 5 years ago

      Loved the bikini designs.

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      What a fun idea for a party and great idea for a lens. Love it! ~blessed~

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      Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I have never seen these T-Shirts! What a blast!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      This is one of the cutest ideas for a party I have heard, and I'd love to throw one of these parties! I have linked this to my Bikini Girls lens, Pinned to my board "Let's Party," Facebook liked and blessed,

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Cool idea.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      OMG those are the cutest tshirts ever!!! I have never seen those before!!! Sure do make people look sleek! :) hehehehe.. blessed!

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      mysweetjane lm 5 years ago

      Sounds good! I've never heard of this before

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      The T Shirt Bikini's are so cute and adorable! Great lens, thanks for sharing and I love it!!!!

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      This is an adorable idea! My best friend and I, neither of us big bikini wearers, go to the beach together every Saturday morning... I think maybe we need some t-shirt bikinis!

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      nuestraherencia 5 years ago

      I saw this and just cracked up! I love it! What an awesome idea!

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      cleanyoucar 5 years ago

      very nice and creative idea! squidliked!