Since this summer is turning out to be a rather sweltering one, how about we plan a pool party? You do not need to spend much time planning, and it is easy to pull off a pragmatic pool party last minute too. Just tell your family and friends to pack their swimsuits and invite them over! If you don’t have a pool try to gather at someone else’s home, or you could even arrange an epic water fight, perfect for the young and the young at heart.
The summer sun tends to dehydrate and leave us parched, however you do not have to succumb to such a treacherous fate: Serve fruity frozen drinks and all will be well! Try to have fun and even go all out by serving these delightful drinks in sparkling martini glasses. We suggest to use plastic ones just to avoid broken glass specially if people are running around and are in and out of the pool, such glasses can be purchased at Party City. The party store that will be able to quench all your party needs, the stores are usually always well stocked and carry everything you can think of, starting from invitations to décor. Use bright colors such as pinks, greens, and yellows to brighten your party, a refreshing change from the toned down colors that are common throughout the rest of the year. If you’re one to embrace seasonal trends try fluorescent colored glasses and cocktail umbrellas to make your delicious frozen drink look even more ornate before it’s served. Other types of drink toppers such as hula girls are also readily available at most places. Go to www.partycity.com to browse products as well as find a store near you.
Some of the refreshing frozen drinks you can serve are strawberry dacharis, pina coolada’s, and for the under aged audience there are always virgin shirley temples and of course slushies! To add more fun (and maybe a little more mess, if you’re up for it) you can even have the children add their own organic food colorings to their drinks. You can even layer different colored slushies and create the effect of a rainbow, if you do choose to do this be sure to use see-through glasses and cups so that your guests and children alike can be wowed by your culinary prowess!
Some fantastic tips to take into consideration if you are throwing a pool party are using two large bright colored buckets to fill one up with ice cold drinks. Some of these drinks can be, ice cold water bottles, ice tea, soda, and fruit punch. These are aside from the frozen cocktail drinks mentioned above. The other bucket can be used for towels and goggles, for guests if they did not bring a towel with them to the party, and since we all enjoy playing under water games, specially the little ones.
If you’re going to be inviting many guests to your party, I suggest having a cocktail hour along with Hors D’oeuvres to start off the fun with. Some of the appetizers can include mini quiches, bruschetta, crab cakes as well as shrimp, served with cocktail sauce on the side. Mix and match items, do what you like best there are no rules when it comes to a casual family affair, well a few maybe. On a healthier note, some of the snacks that you can serve instead of salty potato chips or bread can be a vegetable platter with a side of dipping sauce like, an onion dip or humus. Many people enjoy eating finger foods over the summer, because your appetite tends to shrink. As for the dessert, fruit, popsicles, and ice cream are always a summer win! Fruit is very refreshing to serve over a hot summer day, pineapple, cantaloupe, watermelon, grapes, mango, honey dew, and kiwi, will taste great with a side of a sweet cream cheese dip.
Since the host/hostess of the party will usually get busy by catering their own party as tiring as it gets, have CaterBid plan your next party, while you can just relax, and enjoy this fantastic party with your guests! spend time with friends and family instead, take your time when talking to your guests. It’s your party, don’t spend it in the kitchen! When you need catering for your next party, just go onto our website, www.caterbid.com and we will plan your party right away!
Here is a recipe that we found on www.googdhousekeeping.com , I for one cannot wait to try it!
1 container(s) (8 ounces) low-fat blueberry yogurt
1/2 cup(s) frozen blueberries
In blender, combine cranberry juice, yogurt, and blueberries and blend until mixture is smooth and frothy. Pour into 1 tall glass. Total time is 5 minutes and serves 1, just about 1 1/3 glasses.
Read more: Blueberry Blast – Good Housekeeping
Written by Anushka Kassim and Alana Berg