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Summer Party Food Inspiration

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As a food photographer, blogger and most importantly, a stay-at-home-mom, I’m always looking through magazines, websites and social media for new inspiration.  From birthday parties to playdates to family barbecues to blog posts (not to mention my DIY obsession), I need an endless supply of ideas — especially in the summertime.

Summer Party Food Inspiration

Even though I live my life online, magazines still provide so many ideas for me. There’s just something about the quality of the photography and the editorial that gets the creative juices flowing.

Texture App

I’ve been using the Texture app on my iPad. It’s been really nice being able to access some of the best ideas at the drop of a hat — as it offers unlimited access to hundreds of magazine titles, including their back issues.

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All Recipes on Texture App

That’s how I found this adorable beach themed pudding cup idea in All Recipes magazine. It’s such an excellent summer treat: it’s adorable and tasty. As I was putting everything together, I couldn’t keep my boys’ fingers out of the ingredients! (Scroll to the end of this post for the recipe I used.)

Summer Birthday Party Food Ideas

These pudding cups are easy enough that you could make them for a playdate, if you really want to impress. They’re also fancy enough to be served at a summer birthday party — either on a dessert table, as an alternative to birthday cake or as a standalone treat.

I also think the pudding cups would be the perfect treat for older kids to assemble at a birthday party.  You can lay out all the ingredients—the sky’s the limit—and let them create their own masterpieces.

Beach Themed Party Food

I’ve done a simple version with the Teddy Grahams swimming in the beach water. However, you can increase the level of detail and add sand and beach towels just as the original creator did in the story I found on Texture.

Texture Magazine App

Funny note: The only “challenge” I find with looking at gorgeous magazines is that I have a never-ending list of things I want to do, make and build.

Do It Yourself Magazine Ideas on Texture

What’s next on my to-do list? I’ve found the perfect inspiration in Do-It-Yourself Magazine for the new workspace I am creating for myself this summer. They featured a white desk with sawhorse legs and a colorful decoupage chair that I loved. They’re easy projects with simple materials — and the article even included a budget breakdown so you know what you’re getting yourself into before you start!

Also, the boys (and I) are now armed with instructions on how to build the best sand castle. We have a beach trip planned in a few weeks and I had totally forgotten (!!!) about building a sand castle until I saw an article in Family Fun Magazine. I’ll definitely be heading to the store to pick up the necessary sandcastle making supplies for our trip.

What’s on your list for the summer? If you have an event where you need to impress, I recommend adding these pudding cups.

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Summer Birthday Party Food Ideas

Summer Birthday Party Food Ideas

Surf’s Up Pudding Cups


  • vanilla pudding mix
  • milk
  • blue food coloring (I used 10-13 drops)
  • vanilla Wafers
  • Teddy Grahams
  • Fruit by the Foot
  • Swedish Fish
  • Life Savers
  • cocktail umbrellas


  1. Mix the pudding to package directions. Add blue food coloring.
  2. Crush Vanilla Wafers to a sand-like consistency.
  3. Use Teddy Grahams, Fruit by the Foot, Swedish Fish, Life Savers and cocktail umbrellas to create a beach scene.


  • Calories: 1000
  • Sugar: 129
  • Sodium: 801
  • Fat: 21
  • Saturated Fat: 8
  • Unsaturated Fat: 11
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 155
  • Protein: 46
  • Cholesterol: 138

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Texture. The opinions and text are all mine.

Melodee Fiske

Melodee is a mom of two energetic and independent boys who fuel her need for coffee. She is a foodie who loves creating and photography so has combined her passions to share with the world. When she’s not behind the camera, she’s giving piggy back rides, building car tracks or running to Target…again.