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It’s that time again!! Summer is just around the corner and personally, one of my favorite things to do is host parties for family and friends and honestly, what’s better than a party bar right by the pool?
For this post, I’ve teamed up with Pier 1 to create a beautiful poolside party bar, perfect for your summer soirée, girls night happy hour or weekend blogger brunch. Anything with bar and poolside in the title will make your party something your guests will NOT want to miss!
Here’s some helpful tips that are key to throwing a successful and stress-free summer get-together.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Decor is key but simple elements like white plates are always on trend. Trust me, this is coming from someone who used to always over-do-it with the decorating. You don’t need something over-the-top to get your guests’ attention.
White plates and bowls and silver utensils are not only classic but they really pop against some beautiful place settings like these Monstera Leaf Placements and this beautiful Jute Natural Table Runner. They add the perfect summer feels and are so chic and modern. I just love this look!
Pineapples are another great theme for poolside parties and Pier 1 has plenty of pineapple barware like these adorable pineapple stir sticks because, how cute are they!? And again, I love color coordinating so they really tie in the cucumber and lemon water in these Clear Acrylic Stemware. These babies are practically indestructible which is perfect because they look fancy as heck and yet, they’re worry-free for a poolside party or outdoor dinner.
I just love copper everything! Pier 1 has a ton of gorgeous barware that’s sure to UP your party game. I like having a variety of glasses for all types of drinks because you never know what you’re guests will be in the mood for. I chose to get two glasses in each style, two martini glasses, two wine glasses, you get it.
SPICY JALAPEÑO MARGARITA
This drink is always a big hit at my pool parties! And it only takes a few ingredients so you’ll be sipping under the summer sun by the pool in no time!
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Pre-made margarita mix
- 1 jalapeño
- Chili powder
HOW TO MAKE:
- Slice up some fresh jalapeño.
- Add jalapeño and some pre-made margarita mix to your Hammered Cocktail Shaker.
- SHAKE IT UP!
- Pour over ice.
- Garnish with a salt, sugar and chili powder rim and fresh jalapeño on top.
Serving something like a spring salad and cucumber water is refreshing and light, perfect for an afternoon by the pool and will keep your guests hydrated while they’re drinking up all your delicious crafty cocktails! Copper tones are always great to class up any party and can add an elegant feel, if you’re leaning more towards fancy and less casual. I love table settings like this that combine both. That way, no matter how your guests dress, whether they show up in heals or flip flops, they’ll feel comfortable in this inviting ambiance.
You can’t go wrong with clear server ware like this gorgeous Impressions Pitcher and this Mason Jar Beverage Dispenser. Whether you’re serving lemonade, sangria or just some refreshing lemon water, any beverage always looks more enticing when you can see it! Both are on sale right now by the way!
For me, the perfect parties are the ones you can host yourself without having to break the bank and hire a catering service for a ton of money on expensive food. Simple snacks, tasty treats and delicious drinks will never go out of style and will always be a hit at your events. Not to mention how party savvy you’ll look, your friends and family will appreciate it and you’ll be able to say you did it all yourself! Impressed yet? How about excited?? Let’s get started!
FRUIT SKEWERS & MARSHMALLOW CREAM DIP
These are always such a hit at my pool parties and not only are they delicious but they’re also super easy to make! Buy some pre-sliced fruit chunks at your local grocery store and slide them onto the skewers along with some fresh strawberries and kiwis. You can also use bananas, blueberries, raspberries or any fruit you like.
What makes these fruit skewers super fun is the amazing dipping sauce that goes with them. And it’s ready to enjoy in 3 easy steps and only takes 4 ingredients!
WHAT YOU NEED:
- One 8 oz. bar of plain Neufchatel cheese (or regular cream cheese works great too!)
- One 7 oz. jar of Jet-Puffed marshmallow cream
- 4 oz. of Cool Whip whipped topping (use 1/2 of an 8 oz. tub)
- One tsp pure vanilla extract
HOW TO MAKE:
- Use an electric mixer and in a large bowl, cream together marshmallow cream & cream cheese until mixed well.
- Add Cool Whip & blend.
- Add vanilla extract and blend.
That’s it!! Scoop dip into a large serving bowl or individual bowls to enjoy with your fruit skewers. Refrigerate any left over dip. (Lasts for about two weeks in tupperware container if refrigerated).
5 MINUTE SPRING SALAD
I love this salad because you can basically throw in anything you want because with this magical blush wine vinaigrette everything taste good!
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Salad mix
- Fresh produce (strawberries, cucumbers, etc.)
- Blush wine vinaigrette
HOW TO MAKE:
- Slice up your fresh produce! You can use cucumbers, strawberries, red onion, red cabbage, and radishes.
- Add your produce to some fresh greens! I use an organic super greens salad mix.
- Add some tasty blush wine vinaigrette. This is the BEST part!
- Toss everything together & enjoy! That’s it! Delicious & healthy & ready 5 minutes!
Feel free to add in some croutons, slivered almonds or walnuts for a little texture & crunch!
NUT, CRACKERS & CHEESE PLATE
Staying on the simple & easy trend, this literally takes 2 minutes! Put a handful of almonds or a variety of munching nuts along with some tasty crackers and a scoop of your favorite spreadable cheese. Serve on something like this a beautiful Napa Wood Serving Platter. Your guest will love it!