31 Easy Pool Party Food Ideas

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This list of easy pool party food ideas is the one you’ll be reaching for all summer long! Includes make-ahead, no-cook, and grill options, plus refreshing sides, drinks, and tasty desserts that everyone will love!

Includes recipes suitable for gluten free, vegetarian, vegan and low carb diets. Weight Watchers points included in some recipes.

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Soooooo, it is pool party season, which means it is time to pull out our inflatable flamingos and donuts, bright swimsuits and beach balls (coz we love pool games), and all things party.

It also means time for some easy food ideas for your pool party. I got you these 30 perfect pool party foods, some which you can make-ahead like Hawaiian pasta salad, some are no-cook, and some you can grill poolside, like these grilled chicken skewers. All the ways, friends!

These pool party ideas work whether you are going to someone else’s pool party or are hosting your own party. You’ve got some pool party snacks, party appetizers and dips, mains, and awesome desserts.

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Some of my favorite items are crispy oven baked chicken tenders, easy Italian pinwheels, and these colorful peach strawberry popsicles. So something for everyone.

P.S. You can whip these all summer long as well. They’re great for Memorial Day, BBQs, 4th of July, graduation parties, and more!

What To Serve At A Pool Party

  • Easy Appetizers – make sure there is a whole range of easy pool snacks, appetizers, dips, chips, and more for guests to munch on as they arrive and party. Pinwheels, sandwiches, or wraps can be served as both appetizers or entrees.
  • Salads – pasta salads, slaw, fruit salads, and watermelon salads are great make ahead cold sides or mains to put on your buffet table.
  • BBQ Food – Grilling your food just adds to the party atmosphere. Think burgers, sausages, hot dogs, veggies, and even desserts.
  • Dessert – go for cold and frozen desserts like popsicles, ice cream cakes, pies, or just simple fruit are all perfect for a pool party. So easy.
  • Drinks – Some cold drinks to cool everyone down, such as plain water, iced teas, lemonades, soda, and ice coffee. Place large glass free pitchers around to make it easy for everyone and make sure there is no actual glassware to break.

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Easy Pool Party Ideas

Tips for Summer Food

  • Choose in-season ingredients: many foods are at their peak in summer, so plan your menu to include the freshest and most flavorful ingredients.
  • Keep it cool: using your grill, relying on small appliances like your air fryer and Instant Pot, and preparing no-cook recipes help keep your kitchen cool during the summer heat.
  • Remember food safety: it’s important to keep hot foods hot and cold food cold, especially when eating outdoors. Use a thermometer to ensure food stays at the correct temperature.

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31 Easy Pool Party Food Ideas

Pool party season is coming! Enjoy your pool season with these delcious poolside snacks.
Author: Bintu Hardy


  • Choose a fun recipe for your pool party.
  • Create your grocery list and get shopping.
  • Put together your food and enjoy your party.
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