If summer were a fruit, it would be a fine-apple. The golden child of seasons, if you will. It only seemed appropriate to celebrate said season in all of it’s sunny, tropical glory. So naturally, a pool party was in order to flamingle with friends and family. And let me tell you, it was tropi-cool (get it?).
I decided to create a tropical mash up of pineapples, flamingos and watermelon— which all came together quite well. Ain’t no party like a pineapple party, am I right?
We BBQ’d Hawaiian chicken kabobs, stuffed ourselves with pulled-pork sliders, drank way too many cold brews, sipped on rosé, snacked on the prettiest fruit salad in all the land and mixed a strong, fruity jungle juice like we were in college. Which is the recipe for a good time, trust me.
I put together a sweet (pun intended) watermelon-themed dessert bar with melon salt-water taffy (because summer), homemade watermelon rice krispy treats (thanks, mom), mini-banana cream pies and sour watermelon candies.
We threw back some total instagram-worthy pink-lemonade Jell-O shots, and the recipe is just too good not to share.
What you’ll need: pink-lemonade vodka (I used Svedka), 2 boxes of lemon Jell-O, 9 lemons, pink-lemonade and red food coloring (optional)
Directions: First, cut the lemons into halves and scoop the lemon out from the skin using a spoon. Pour 1 cup of pink-lemonade into a pot and warm on the stove on medium-heat, then slowly mix in the Jell-O packets, stirring frequently. Once the Jell-O and pink lemonade mixture is completely mixed, pour it into a bowl. Add 1 1/2 cups (or more if you like them strong) of the vodka to the mixture and stir. To give the Jell-O more of a pinkish tint, add a few drops of red food coloring.
Place the halved lemons in the slots of a muffin pan and fill the lemons with the mixture, using a ladle. Place the muffin pan in the refrigerator and let the Jell-O set for about four hours.
Once the Jell-O has set, you can cut the lemon halves into serving size wedges. Put on a plate and enjoy!
To throw a successful pool party, you need equal parts eat, drink and play.
I filled the pool with all of summer’s most coveted pool floats— a swan, flamingo, watermelon island and pineapple. We chatted, played card games and rocked out to some summer jams. And in the spirit of a solid backyard BBQ, I made an impromptu flamingo ring toss, because everyone loves a good lawn game and day buzz.
Summer parties are the best kinda parties, the sun and fun flamingo so well together (see what I did there?).