Zesty Ginger-Lime CoolerGinger adds a spicy shot to this drink, while sweet honey rounds out the flavor.
BLT Skewers with Lemon-Chive Aioli
The classic BLT sandwich gets a makeover with these flavorful grilled skewers. Drizzled with a zesty aioli sauce, these skewers get the full BLT treatment when served over a bed of grilled romaine lettuce. Perfect for your next summer cookout, these skewers are fun, fresh, and irresistibly tasty.
Heirloom Tomato and Beet SaladHeirloom Tomato and Beet Salad delivers a vibrant and delicious vegetable salad showcasing summer's sweet and juicy tomatoes.
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.
Frozen MargaritaNo fiesta is complete without rounds of Frozen Margaritas. We freeze our Margaritas in an electric ice cream maker for extra slushiness.
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.
Open-face Grilled Chicken-and-Pepper Sandwiches with Grilled Romaine WedgesFire up the grill for these filling Open-face Grilled Chicken-and-Pepper Sandwiches with Grilled Romaine Wedges. The chicken only requires a short marinade time of 10 minutes.
Tomato and Peach Salad with AlmondsRipe, meaty tomatoes star in this salad.
Peaches-and-Cream Frozen PopsOur version of the Creamsicle is silky, with distinct peachy flavor. It's a not-too-sweet pop that grown-ups will love but that's playful enough for all ages.
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.
Grilled Watermelon and Shrimp Skewers
Grilling watermelon adds a smoky note to the fruit and gives it a slightly meaty texture that matches well with shrimp. Cooking takes only a couple of minutes, so have both sets of skewers ready before you start. You'll need 12 flat metal skewers (12 in. long) or 18 skewers (8 in. long)--or use bamboo skewers of the same size, soaked in water for 30 minutes.
Salmon, Asparagus, and Fresh Lemon KebabsBring unique flavor to traditional fish kebabs with zesty lemon and savory asparagus.
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.
Coffee and pineapple? Yep, it's unexpected... but delicious. This caffeinated tiki-inspired mocktail offers an incredible balance of depth contributed by the cold brew coffee and orgeat and tropical brightness from the pineapple juice. You can find orgeat, a simple syrup made with almonds and orange flower or rose water, in specialty food stores or online. Keep your beverage especially cool (and full-flavored) by freezing your pineapple cubes before adding them to the drink.
Frozen Fruit Skewers With Honey-Yogurt Dip
Frozen fruit skewers are a great pool-side solution for cooling down in the summer heat. Display them in clear glass vases for fun presentation at your next summer party.
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.
Pineapple Satay with Coconut CaramelPineapple holds up to skewering, doesn’t fall apart on the grill, and makes an elegant, surprising dessert—especially when drizzled with a simple-to-make caramel sauce. You’ll need 16 wooden skewers for this recipe.
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.
Watermelon-Limeade SlushieNothing beats the summer heat like a cold slushie. We love the combination of summer watermelon with frsh lime juice.
Invite friends and family over for slushy drinks, fantastic appetizers, and delicious grilled dishes to enjoy by the pool. With the addition of some great music, you'll have all you need to really make a splash with this summer gathering. Prep your poolside retreat with plenty of great food options and sweet treats for everyone to create the perfect memorable pool party. Read on for our favorite recipe suggestions.