Pool Party Appetizers

Cheryl Cirelli
Kabobs of fresh fruit

Pool party appetizers are a great way to feed your guests without a lot of work or hassle. Consider serving appetizers instead of a heavy meal for your next pool party. Why slave in the kitchen when you can enjoy the outdoors with your friends and family?

About Pool Parties

Pool parties and summer go hand in hand. Laying out by the pool, swimming and having fun are the most important components of any pool party. Serve simple food options along with some tasty drinks, and you are ready to enjoy a day in the sun with your friends. There is no reason to slave in a hot kitchen when there are many simple options to consider. Don't miss out on the fun when you can be enjoying your guests instead of cooking the day away.

When planning for your pool party, consider the number of guests you are hosting and where you plan on serving food. A small table can be set up to hold food and a tub filled with ice will keep your drinks cool. The pool will be the center of activity so use that as the hub and have the party around the pool or in your backyard. A deck or patio makes the perfect spot for entertaining. Display a few simple decorations and you are ready to entertain.

Pool Party Appetizer Ideas

After a day of swimming and lying out in the sun, your guests are sure to have worked up an appetite. Serving appetizers does not mean leaving your guests hungry. There are many hearty appetizers that will satisfy your guests and won't take a lot of work to prepare. Make sure to serve a mix of appetizers so that there is something for everyone.

Some pool party appetizer ideas include:

  • Ham and cheese roll-ups
  • Chicken kabobs
  • Bite-sized pizza
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Chips and salsa
  • Vegetables and dip
  • Fresh fruit skewers consisting of watermelon, pineapple, strawberries and grapes

When planning your menu, keep the following in mind:

  • Serve items that can be eaten around the pool.
  • Choose bite-sized items that can be picked up with your hands.
  • Don't serve anything that is overly messy or can be a hazard around the pool.
  • Be sure not to keep food out in the heat or sun for extended periods of time.

Some other hearty appetizers to consider for your pool party include:

  • Chicken wings
  • Sliders
  • Mini sandwiches

Appetizers can also include a variety of sweet treats. Some desserts to serve at your pool party are:

  • Brownie bites
  • Cupcakes
  • Cookies

When out in the sun, be sure to have refreshing drinks on hand to cool down your guests and keep them happy. Drinks can consist of soda, lemonade, beer and punch. Have both alcoholic and non-alcoholic choices available.

Final Thoughts

Hosting a pool party and serving a variety of appetizers is a simple way to feed your guests without a lot of hassle. Prepare your items ahead of time and pull them out during the party. You could serve the lighter items at the beginning of the party then serve the heartier ones after a day of swimming. Items such as chips or vegetables can be left out without worrying about them spoiling in the heat. Serve your appetizers on large trays and put them out buffet style. Your guests can serve themselves and you will be able to mingle and have a great time as well. Another tip to consider is using disposable plates and cups. They are safe to use around the pool and make clean-up a breeze.

Pool Party Appetizers