This simple watermelon hacks for your next party post is written in partnership with the National Watermelon Promotion Board.
Hosting parties is something that I love to do. I love getting together with family and friends to create priceless memories that we’ll remember forever. We’ve thrown countless backyard barbecues, brunches, pool parties, birthday celebrations, and so much more over the years. Last week we hosted our very first ever watermelon party in honor of National Watermelon Month.
As a mom, I’m always searching for ways to cut down on party prep time and easy food hacks so I wanted to highlight that with this party. Our summer soiree was one for the books! I’m sharing the photos below along with some of my go-to watermelon hacks when you’re throwing your next party.
8 Simple Watermelon Hacks for Your Next Party
1. Make a watermelon keg
Watermelon kegs are all the rage at parties. They’re a fun conversation starter and centerpiece for your main table. It’s simple to hollow out the watermelon and insert the spigot. The Watermelon Board has a quick tutorial here. For our party, we made one keg and filled it with none other than watermelon juice for a non-alcholic kid-friendly option.
2. Salsa as a topping or dip
Have you ever tried watermelon salsa? It’s the best! Skip all the steps of making salsa before a party. To make watermelon salsa, simply pick up your favorite salsa from the store and toss in a few cups of diced watermelon. Top with diced cilantro and serve. You can serve your watermelon salsa with traditional tortilla chips or use the salsa as a topping on burgers, hot dogs, and salmon.
3. Watermelon vases
I love the thought of fresh flowers as a table centerpiece. I wanted to make sure that I showed our guests ways that they could use the whole watermelon as a part of their party. How many times have you prepped watermelon dishes only to throw some of it out at the end? We’re #TeamNoWaste over here!
Mini watermelons that were hollowed out for food dishes were filled with fresh flowers and used as centerpieces. You can use any flowers to fill the vases. I chose to use colorful seasonal flowers to add an extra bit of color to our tablescapes.
4. Use pre-made watermelon juice
Sometimes as moms, we don’t always have the time to make fresh watermelon juice. Pre-made watermelon juice is a great alternative for creating recipes and filling those kegs. Watermelon juice boxes are a great alternative for kids as well. They’re portable and easy to clean up.
5. Don’t forget the grilled watermelon
If you’ve never tried grilled watermelon before, you’re seriously missing out! Grilled watermelon is done in under 4 minutes and can serve as the perfect party appetizer.
To grill the watermelon, turn your grill to high heat. Once your grill is warmed up, place the watermelon slices at an angle. Grill on each side for up to 2 minutes until you’ve got perfect grill marks. I like to spread a olive oil and cilantro mixture on both sides while grilling for a little added flavor.
6. Chicken kebabs are a must
Whether your party is for kids, adults, or both – I promise the chicken kebabs will be the first thing to go. The kebabs are probably my favorite hack of all. They’re tasty and anyone can make them. To start, grab a party tray of chicken nuggets or popcorn chicken from your favorite store or restaurant. Then, slice some watermelon into large cubes. Lastly, add the chicken and watermelon onto kebab sticks.
You can also add cheese, cucumber, peppers, or other foods that you think your guests might like on the kebabs.
7. Watermelon lollipops for dessert
Skip spending hours in the kitchen making dessert and opt for store bought lollipops instead. You can pick up watermelon lollipops from Oriental Trading online for a quick and easy dessert option.
8. DIY paddle boards for games
I scored the cutest watermelon paddle boards that make their debut in the video below. However, they’re seasonal but are super easy to make with watermelon cardstock and blank paddle boards. Simply cut the watermelon cardstock to the shape of the board and glue on with clear mod podge.
Have you ever hosted a watermelon party?
Check out this video from our party and let me know below what you think of these hacks!