dessertsSummertime means pool parties. And if you already have the pool, the only thing you’re going to need is the food.

A pool party wouldn’t be a party without food, so it’s important to stock up for all of your guests. Here are some ideas for tasty treats to serve at your pool parties this summer.

Appetizers

Since pool parties are all about relaxing and spending time with friends, it’s important to try and not stress yourself out too much over the meals. Bringing out dishes like chips and salsa, bacon wrapped shrimp, vegetables, and cheese and crackers are always a good idea. They’re easy to clean up and you don’t have to worry about spending all day in the kitchen.

Salad

Summer is all about that beach-body. And in order to keep up with it, bring out some fresh salads during your party. You can easily create a colorful fruit salad with watermelon, berries, grapes, and other types of melon. You can also make a quick garden salad complete with carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, and sunflower seeds

Main Dishes

For main dish options, you can choose something as simple as hamburgers and hot dogs. Or you can grill some chicken with a little bit of lime, lemon, salt, and pepper. If you have people attending your pool party that don't eat meat, make a summer pasta of tri-color noodles, chopped up carrots, tomatoes, celery, and topped with an Italian dressing. 

Desserts

Just because it’s summer, that doesn’t mean you have to skip out on the desserts. A really easy, hassle-free idea for your dessert is an ice cream buffet. Top your table with tubs of ice creams and gelatos, ice cream cups, tasting spoons, and all of the fixings. About 9% of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to produce ice cream. Since ice cream obviously uses milk, it's important to have some dairy-free options on your buffet as well.

Getting in the pool is a great way to cool down this summer. So why not throw a pool party? Your party wouldn’t be complete without sustenance, so don’t forget about the salads, appetizers, chicken, pasta, and of course, the desserts!