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DIY Poolside Snack Bar: Quick and Easy Setup

Hello friends,

Summer is here, and with it comes the irresistible urge to spend as much time as possible by the pool. Whether you're hosting a big backyard bash or just chilling with family, a poolside snack bar can be the perfect addition to your summer setup. Not only does it keep everyone fed and happy, but it also adds a touch of fun and convenience to your poolside experience. Here’s a quick and easy guide to setting up your own DIY poolside snack bar.


1. Choose the Perfect Spot

First things first, find the ideal location for your snack bar. You want it to be close enough to the pool so that guests can easily grab a snack without having to trek across the yard, but not so close that it risks getting wet. A shaded area is perfect to keep the food cool and fresh.


2. Get the Right Table

Your snack bar doesn’t need to be fancy. A simple folding table or even a sturdy outdoor bench can work. Just make sure it’s stable and large enough to hold all your snacks and drinks. Cover the table with a bright, cheerful tablecloth to add a festive touch.


3. Stock Up on Essentials

Think about the snacks and drinks that your guests will love. Here are some easy and crowd-pleasing ideas:

  • Fresh Fruits: Watermelon slices, grapes, and berries are refreshing and hydrating.

  • Veggie Platter: Carrot sticks, cucumber slices, and cherry tomatoes with a side of hummus or ranch dip.

  • Finger Foods: Chips, pretzels, popcorn, and cheese cubes are easy to grab and munch on.

  • Sweet Treats: Cookies, brownies, and a bowl of mixed nuts for those with a sweet tooth.

  • Drinks: Keep a cooler stocked with ice-cold water, soda, and juice boxes. Don’t forget some adult beverages if your crowd enjoys them!


4. Add Some Fun Touches

Make your snack bar inviting with a few fun extras:

  • Colorful Plates and Napkins: Use vibrant, disposable tableware to make cleanup a breeze.

  • Mason Jars or Dispensers: For drinks, mason jars or large drink dispensers with spouts can be a stylish touch.

  • Labels and Signs: Small chalkboard signs or printable labels can help guests navigate the snack bar.

  • Umbrella or Canopy: If you don’t have a shaded area, an umbrella or a pop-up canopy can provide much-needed shade.


5. Keep It Cool

To ensure that your snacks stay fresh and your drinks stay cold, have plenty of ice on hand. You can also use insulated containers and trays to keep perishable items chilled. Consider using a mini-fridge or an electric cooler if you have an outdoor outlet.


6. Entertainment Extras

Why stop at snacks? Enhance the poolside fun with some simple additions:

  • Portable Bluetooth Speaker: Set the mood with a summer playlist.

  • Games: Pool noodles, inflatable toys, and water games can keep everyone entertained.

  • Towels and Sunscreen: Have extra towels and sunscreen available for guests.


Setting up a DIY poolside snack bar is all about making your guests feel welcome and keeping things easy for yourself. With these tips, you can create a delightful snack station that will be the highlight of your summer gatherings.

What are your go-to poolside snacks? Share your ideas and let’s keep the summer vibes going!

Happy Snacking!


Jordan Ott

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