Invite your friends to come over and beat the heat and get some sun with a cool and casual gathering.
Take It OutsideInvite friends over for slushy drinks, cool appetizers, and quick-and-easy wraps. Add some fun tunes, and you'll have all you need to throw a bash with a splash. Read on for our favorite recipe suggestions.
Slushy Watermelon MojitoKick off the party with tall glasses of this fruity mojito. You can serve leftover watermelon as a side, or freeze in ice cube trays for a fun and colorful way to cool down other drinks.
Antipasto PlateThis appetizer plate offers a roasted red pepper dip and an easy, make-ahead eggplant spread. Dress up your platter with fresh vegetables, water crackers, pita chips, and fruit.
Roasted Garlic, Poblano, and Red Pepper GuacamoleGive traditional guacamole a flavorful twist by adding roasted peppers and garlic. Serve with homemade corn tortilla chips or, if you're pressed for time, use store-bought chips.
Chicken-and-Bean Slaw WrapsThese no-mess roll-ups require only eight ingredients and are easily portable. Wrap each half in parchment paper to help hold the ingredients together and tie with colored raffia ribbon.
Shrimp KebabsA no-forks-required dish, grilled kebabs are perfect for outdoor gatherings. Your guests are sure to love these seasoned shrimp skewers. Thread the shrimp on sturdy rosemary sprigs before grilling for impressive presentation and enhanced flavor.
Tropical Fruit SaladFruit salad is light, sweet, and good-for-you, making it a welcome addition to your pool party spread. Simply toss honey and lime juice with your favorite tropical fruits, and add flaked coconut.
Lemonade CupcakesThese easy-to-prepare Lemonade Cupcakes get their citrus taste from a can of frozen lemonade concentrate. A hit at parties, let guests garnish frosted cupcakes with sprinkles and candy.