Refreshing Summer Fun Watermelon Themed Party

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It's most definitely summer, and all I can think about, it seems, is taking a dip in the pool.   So why not make it a sweet and simple party to celebrate those summer birthdays?  And what better refreshing summer party theme than a watermelon pool party!

This party requires no baking, and features the refreshing summer flavors of watermelon, Sprite®, and Minute Maid® Lemonade.  

I picked up my beverages and watermelons at my local Fry's grocery store.  They're running a special right now:  buy any 2 Minute Maid or Sprite 2 liters and save $1 off your watermelon purchase. I do love a good deal!

I used the bright green of the Sprite bottle and the colors of the watermelon as the inspiration for my summer party.  Deep pink and bright green balloons (embellished with a permanent marker) made the perfect summery decoration for my event.

And one of the Sprite bottles made a fabulous balloon weight.  The wind started picking up during our party, and was a little too much for the smaller Sprite bottles, but I was able to anchor thfe balloons firmly in place with the larger bottles.

Every drink tastes better with a fun straw and a drink umbrella, don't you think?

Keeping things easy and light, I served a spinach salad with a watermelon viniagrette, feta, cucumbers, and mint.

Popcorn is always a hit--especially when it comes in such festive, fun cups.

To keep with the watermelon theme, I used an actual watermelon as my drink cooler.

I started out by buying the biggest oblong watermelon I could find at Fry's.

I scooped out the flesh of the watermelon and gave it a good rinse.

All that was left, then, was to fill it with beverages and ice.

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A couple watermelon balloon picks made the drink holder even more fabulous and festive.

Cakes are always welcome at parties, but sometimes you just want to keep things fresh.  So how about a watermelon and assorted fruit "layer cake" as the centerpiece of the party table?  It's just fresh fruit and fruit dip.  Delicious, and best of all, no baking to heat up that summertime kitchen!

I used some of that hollowed-out watermelon to make these watermelon popsicles.  Only one ingredient: watermelon.  But somehow, in this shape, and frozen, it's an amazing treat!  My daughters loved them.

We also had some fun with water balloons and bubbles...

...and a good, old-fashioned watermelon seed spitting contest.  We used the medallions to mark each contestant's seed-projecting prowess.

How to you like to keep cool and celebrate on those hot summer days?

Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido

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