The beach is always crowded during the summer, and sometimes it isn’t always easy to get the family together to go. You can always appease the questions about going by having your own celebration at the house! There are a lot of snack foods you can make that look like different nautical creatures, goody bags to give to the kids and decorative pieces to set up to give it a real beach experience. Keep an eye out on the blogs this week for more ideas and recipes on how to throw the ultimate beach party in your back yard!
One idea for decorations is to make signs for each food item that contains a beach themed name such as Sandy Beach Burgers, Hang Loose Hot Dogs, Surf’s Up Salad, Fun in the Sun Fruit Kabobs and Catch a Wave Chip and Dip! You can use these or even come up with your own ideas.
Go to the dollar store and pick up some new, small plastic buckets to use for snacks. Sand shovels could also be used as scoops and serving spoons. For some more fun ideas and recipes keep checking the blog through out the week!
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Now this one is definitely not one for the kids! We have a recipe for you that would be a great pool side addition to your party, or even just a relaxing day by the pool with family.
1 package (3 ounces) lime gelatin
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup boiling water
2 cans (12 ounces each) frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
2 cups cold water
1 cup grapefruit soda
1 cup rum or additional grapefruit soda
- Dissolve gelatin and sugar in boiling water, add mint leaves. Make sure to cover and steep for 20 minutes. Press through a sieve and discard the mint. Stir in limeade concentrate, cold water, soda and rum. Pour into a 2 1/2 qt. freezer container to freeze overnight or until set.
- Scoop 2/3 cup slush into a glass, pour soda over it and garnish as desired. This recipe makes 13 servings!
Credit for this recipe to Taste of Home
Another Recipe, this one for the kids, is Fish Shaped Sandwiches! Serving size for this recipe is six.
1 package (21 ounces) frozen crunchy breaded fish fillets
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup prepared ranch salad dressing
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
12 slices of bread
6 slices American Cheese
6 lettuce leaves
- Use directions on the package to prepare the Fish fillets. In a small bowl combine the mayonnaise, ranch dressing, relish and garlic powder. Spread over six slices of bread, place two fillets on each slice as well.
- Add cheese, lettuce and remaining bread. Using a 3 1/2 inch fish shaped cookie cutter, you can cut two fish shapes from each sandwich. Ready to serve immediately.All credit for the picture and recipe goes to Taste of Home.