Dive into the best of summer with our cool and casual pool party menu of snacks, sandwiches, and sparkling soda cocktails.
Hot dogs on the grill get a little feistier with spicy chipotle pepper spread, salsa, and Monterey Jack cheese.
A little sparkling soda and a splash of tart cherry juice create an irresistible summertime flavor that’s worth the pucker.
Celebrate America’s birthday with a backyard barbecue that’s bursting with creative twists on summer favorites and some sweetly simple décor ideas.
Use red, white, and blue scrapbook paper in fun patterns for a festive and mess–free way to serve snacks to guests.
Blistered corn and fresh mint are tossed with feta and herbed dressing for side salad that’s as fresh as a summer garden.
Cool Cole slaw meets hot marinated pork tenderloin for this tangy alterative to a burgers on the grill.
This refreshing dessert shows it’s true colors with a cream cheese filling topped with a strawberry reduction and fresh blueberries.
This amazing Mexican burger has a savory surprise inside – a flavorful mixture of Monterey Jack and green chilies.
Top off these taco dogs with some Windy City favorites, like pickles, peppers, tomatoes and celery salt.
This patriotic cake is bursting with chocolate, cherry pie filling, whipped topping, blueberries, raspberries and more.
Combines the fantastic flavors of summer with a fruit salad full of your favorite fruits and a few surprises.
Give your food a kick with this easy-to-make slaw. It complements almost any dish, so have fun creating new combos!
This crafty snack does double duty as décor. Use them to decorate dinner plates or stack in a pile for a fun snack that guests can grab throughout your party.
Serve up a slice of summertime with an Italian style cookout. From grilled pizza to sweet treats, these recipes are a delicious ways to host a laid back gathering in your own backyard. Explore the full menu.
Get the coal-fired taste of restaurant pizza without the restaurant. Make this recipe your own by adding pineapple, mushrooms, or any of your favorite toppings.
The only thing better than this freshly baked cobbler with nectarines and blueberries is leaving your oven off.
Bring any party to a sweet conclusion with this easy ice cream pie. Try adding sprinkles and small candies to with the hot fudge drizzle to add a little flair to your creation.
Pile these restaurant-worthy quesadillas on a platter for an easy appetizer with big Tex-Mex flavor.
Give a spicy kick to grilled chicken with a simple blend of taco seasoning and your favorite barbeque sauce.
A little bit mojito, a little bit margarita – whatever you call them, these fizzy cocktails are sure to leave guests feeling refreshed.
Grilled pineapple and a teriyaki marinade take basic grilled hotdogs to a far-away flavor destination.
Create a simple photobooth area that will be a hit with kids and adults alike. For props on a budget, use old Halloween costumes or glue your own cutouts to sticks.
Add a little county fair atmosphere to your get together with these centerpieces that double as a way to serve sweet treats.
This party spread is as easy as it is versatile – enjoy with any barbecue sauce and your favorite shredded cheese and crackers.
This cracker topper recipe can be as spicy as you wish. Simply remove the seeds and veins from the peppers for a milder flavor.
For melt-in-your-mouth flavor, add the dressing to the potatoes while they are still warm to allow it to seep into the potatoes fully.
Add hearty steakhouse flavor to the burgers on your grill with a brilliant blend of barbecue and steak sauce.
Ritz Cracker breadcrumbs add a welcome crunch to this salad. To minimize a mess, place the crackers in a zipper top bag and crush them gently with a soup can or rolling pin.
This yummy recipe is also a time saver: you can prep it the night before or use a whole Oreo instead of making a crust. You can even freeze leftovers for later!
Make a splash this summer with an ocean of pool party ideas from Allison Waken of the blog All for the Boys.
Mix up this Sangria any way you like by substituting Crystal Light On The Go Raspberry Lemonade Drink Mix or swapping grape juice for the wine.
Lanterns are a welcome addition to any party, but these jellyfish lanterns start the summer off with a bit of wiggly fun.
Soak up the sun and enjoy the bounty of the season with this cute and casual take on a rustic garden party, created by Robin Gay from the blog All Things Heart and Home.
These miniature aquariums made from repurposed baby food jars are simple project that will mesmerize kids of all ages and give them a fun memento of the day.
Having utensils and napkins ready to go makes it easy for party guests to grab everything they need in one step. Floating Life Savers on a sea of blue napkin adds a nautical touch to the table and is practical too!
Add a little drama to your garden party with simply stunning mason jar chandeliers that could not be more simple to make.
Prepare the bodies of these plasticware critters the night before and you'll have a fun project ready for kids to decorate at party time!
This hands-on activity is a perfect way introduce kids to the fun of gardening – and encourage them to get their hands dirty for a change!
Standing in front of the cheese or wine section, clueless, is no way to plan a stress-free party. And the better the selection, the more confusing it can be.
Once the invitations have been sent, and RSVPs are filing in, you're ready to start preparing for your party guests. Our comprehensive cheat sheet lets you check off the to-dos up to four weeks in advance of your next party to make planning less stressful and hectic!
Keep little ones entertained by preparing a few simple crafts like flags and pinwheels ahead of time. Encourage kids decorate their bikes and wagons for festive parade around the backyard patio or along the driveway.
All it takes is a few soda pop bottles and a little creativity to make a quick and easy ring toss challenge the life of your vintage party.
Add a little sweetness to your good old-fashioned cookout with a chocolate treat that is melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
Common courtesies make a party more pleasant, whether you're hosting or attending the event. Check out our list of do’s and don’ts to make sure you’re always on top of your party game.
Make an expecting mother's baby shower extra special with a dramatic storybook theme. Leigh Anne Wilkes from the blog Your Homebased Mom has all the plot twists and turns you need to pull off a fairytale event.
This banner of onsies is part décor and part thoughtful gift to help the mom-to-be to track the growth of her little one until it's time to host a 1st birthday party.
A spicy, colorful salsa made with black beans, diced tomatoes with green chilies, corn, red onion and cilantro
A savory slow cooker pulled chicken sandwich recipe flavored with Manwich, onion and pickled jalapeno -- perfect for any gathering
Serve up this patriotic dessert for your Memorial Day celebration! After you bake the dough, simply spread the pudding mixture and top it off with Twizzlers for a flag full of flavor!
A simple grilled corn on the cob recipe topped with garlic spread and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese
Party backdrops don't cost much, but they can make a huge difference in the feel and mood of your party.
HERSHEY'S S’mores are great wherever you are! Enjoy them outside on a cool summer night or make them indoors when you’re having fun inside!
Planning a big party for a cozy space? Hoping to host a garden party, but not sure how to set up an outdoor event? Keep your party moving with our four key areas to tackle when staging and directing the flow of an event.
This quick and easy snack combines the savory flavors of peanuts, pretzels and popcorn with the sweetness of HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate Bars and marshmallows.
The guests have left and the party was successful. Now what should you do with all of the leftover food and party supplies? Instead of tossing them in the trash, discover some useful tips for reusing, recycling and saving party items.
Pre-sliced and prepared ingredients make it a breeze to satisfy your craving for this party classic. But be warned: you may be asked to make it again and again.
Decedent devil’s food meets dulce de leche when you opt to cover this Mexican chocolate cake with the suggested caramelized sugar frosting.
Margaritas not peppy enough for your party? Add a generous splash of bright and bubbly Mexican soda to a base of tequila, lime and orange juice.
Think of these pillowy, cheesy squares as a Tex-Mex take on a traditional pizza – with refried beans, sour cream, and green bell pepper topped with a pile of shredded Cheddar.
Part enchilada casserole and part lasagna, these individual roll-ups are totally packed with flavor.
You don’t need tequila to throw a fun fiesta. Just blend up a pitcher of this tart and tangy frozen treat. Don’t forget to salt the rim! (
Your kids will love the fruity taste of this fizzy mocktail almost as much as they’ll love helping you mix the ingredients together.