4th Of July Pool Party Ideas

Every year we host a 4th of July Pool Party. We all go to our local 4th of July Parade in the morning and then friends and family gather at our house for a 4th of July picnic and pool fun.

4th of July pool party ideas
Fourth of July Pool Party Ideas

Decorate your pool gate with a simple Fourth of July flag like this one. Place flags in planters and hang red, white and blue paper lanterns from the umbrella ribs.

4th of July pool party ideas

Fourth of July Parties

It's easy to set a 4th of July theme with some simple red, white and blue plates and napkins and a couple of flags.

Every family brings a salad or a dessert which makes it easier for everyone. Some years we have grilled hamburgers and brats and other years we have served cold sandwiches.

Start with a blue or red checkered umbrella tablecloth for your food and party tables. I have several of the red ones and use them all summer long.

4th of July decorations

It comes in round or oblong shaped.  It is next to impossible to find round umbrella tablecloths in the store - so here it is right on Amazon:

LAMINET Zippered Patio Umbrella Tablecloths Assorted Sizes

The Red, White and Blue Table

Fourth of July pool party ideas

I found these cute red, white and blue buckets at the dollar section at Target.

Use them to hold your utensils and napkins.  Tie a red ribbon around the buckets or adorn with red beads.  


Keep Cold Foods Cold

Keeping food cold is a challenge for any 4th of July party. We often have guests coming over a several hour period.  I wore myself out putting food in the fridge, taking it out, putting it in the fridge - well, you get the idea.


pool party food ideas

Now I put the salads in acrylic salad bowls on Ice which helps to keep the salads cold and safe.  They are pricier than other acrylic bowls but have been well  worth it.  They look great, the top keeps any bugs out and the ice keeps the food cold.  Use chipped ice rather than ice cubes for a better fit.  Get yours at Amazon here:

Prodyne Iced Salad with Dome Lid

soft sided coolers that inflate

We love this inflatable cooler (with a drain) - fill it up with ice and then put your drinks, bowls of salad, or trays of fruits on top of the ice to keep foods cold. 

2 PCS Inflatable Serving/Salad Bar Tray or Food Drink Cooler - with drain plug

rolling beverage cart

A rolling beverage cart/cooler allows you to place your party cooler anywhere you want.  No lifting or carrying or if the sun gets too hot, just roll it to a shadier spot. Let your guests serve themselves to a cold drink whenever they want.

80 Quart Rolling Beverage Cooler Cart on Wheels, Shelf and Bottle Opener/

4th of July Decorations and Games

Have a couple of red, white and blue swim rings floating in the pool for decorations and for games and fun.
4th of July pool party

These are nice and large - 36" and made of durable vinyl. 

Get a set of 5 so that there are plenty of floats for your guests.

These themed swim rings are hard to find - but you can get them at Amazon year round here:

Swimline 36" Patriotic American Flag Swim Rings/Floats (5 Pack)

Who wouldn't enjoy relaxing on this giant flag pool lounge float on a hot afternoon?  It's extra large at just over 4 feet in length.  The design has vivid red, white and blue colors with a glossy look.  Quick valves make it easy to inflate and deflate.

American Flag Lounger Inflatable Giant Pool Float

Fourth of July Desserts

Use bright red strawberries and blueberries to make 4th of July desserts. This fresh berry trifle is a big hit - not just for the Fourth of July. With 6 blueberry bushes around our pool, we have plenty of fresh blueberries. I love this trifle, because there is no cooking involved :)

This easy trifle was made by layering:

Angel Food Cake pieces

Cool Whip

4th of July Desserts

Strawberries

Blueberries

Angel Food Cake

Cool Whip

Strawberries

Blueberries

Let it sit for at least an hour. I make it the night before. It is so light and refreshing and looks so patriotic.


Cold 4th of July Dessert Cups

Fourth of July desserts look quite festive in these red, white and blue cupcake liners. These baking cups were purchased from Tuesday Morning last year. I found this cold dessert recipe in a magazine. Make the dessert ahead of time and freeze it. Serve the treats in a cupcake stand for a creative display.

4th of July Desserts

Ingredients

1 8 oz pkg cream cheese

1 Cup of Cold Milk

1 Small Pkg of White Chocolate Pudding

2 Cups of thawed Cool Whip

2 Cups of cut up strawberries

Beat cream cheese until creamy. Gradually beat in milk. Add dry pudding mix and beat 2 more minutes. Stir in Cool Whip and strawberries. Spoon the filling into the cupcake liners (place the liners in a muffin pan for a better shape - you can remove them after they become solid). 

Remove them from the freezer just before serving as they soften really quickly in hot weather. Top with a dollop of whipped cream, blueberries or strawberries. 

Fourth of July Parfaits

4th of July Desserts

We use these acrylic water glasses for more than just serving water. 

See how beautiful this Fourth of July dessert looks in them. 

We simply layered 

Cool Whip, 

blueberries, and 

strawberries. 

Then repeat the layers. 

Keep them cold in the fridge until it's time to serve dessert.

Top with a fresh whole strawberry

For something so simple, this cold dessert looks really great and tastes good too. 

Of course I love any dessert that has Cool Whip.

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