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Creative Party Ideas to Keep Things Cool

Summer parties and potlucks are in full force, yet so are the temperatures, so why not get creative with how you keep the foods fresh and cool? At a recent graduation party, I had to snap a photo of the fun way she kept things cool by using an inflatable cooler.

Fun Patriotic themed ideas [2]

Add a patriotic touch with a little spray paint and some cut out stars!!

4th of July party ideas [3]

Keeping things cool can be fun , festive and frugal.


My sister in law shared that she went to a large picnic where a kiddy pool was placed on a picnic table and then everyone was able to put their foods right on the ice when they arrived.  I just love that idea.


Typically, I use a regular cooler for all our parties, but we always have a kiddy pool on hand, so this idea is a perfect way to keep a large quantity of beverages cool and easily accessible.

The last creative way to keep things cool came as a result of a last minute yard sale find for our son’s 16th birthday party (on a budget) [5]. I found this garden cart for just $2. I painted it, lined it with plastic and filled it with ice for a great way to keep the beverages iced.

It’s been a few years since I did this and it now waits patiently against our tree line with some gardening tools. 🙂

IMG 1773 Host a Teenage Birthday Party…on a budget!

Do you have any creative ways that you display items at your picnic or unique ways to keep things cool?