Slice into summer with a festive watermelon-themed party that’s sweet as can be. We’re celebrating the season with a laid-back soiree filled with crafty DIY décor, shortcut treats, and plenty of fresh juicy melon.

By Sarah Martens
Updated May 13, 2019

Summertime is the perfect season to party and a fresh watermelon soiree is our favorite way to soak up the sun. Make the most of it with handmade decor and pretty party favors. And since it's too hot to cook, we're sharing no-bake shortcuts for a showstopping dessert bar. It’s delicious—and thanks to these simple ideas—easy to throw together.

placing flower on table for watermelon party

You don't need a lot of space or expensive decorations to throw this easy summer party. Set up a simple buffet table and decorate your table with a DIY centerpiece—that's it! Add a few assembly-only dishes and one signature watermelon cocktail and you're ready to party.

snacks on buffet and watermelon-themed party decorations

Beautiful Buffet

When it comes to warm-weather partying, keep the food set up simple but eye-catching. A grab-and-go buffet is the perfect way for guests to help themselves. When arranging your buffet, use serving dishes in a variety of textures and colors. Here, we mixed trendy (and cheap!) plastic serving bowls with timeless pieces like a white cake stand and wood platter. A watermelon-wedge piñata carries the party theme—no filling required! Can’t find a banner you like? DIY one! This party balloon banner was made from two dollar-store garlands that we cut apart and rehung on simple jute ribbon.

party food on credenza

Easy Eats

Summer is not the time to overthink your party menu. Keep it easy and breezy with one homemade dish and an assortment of purchased goodies. Head to your local bakery for sweet decorated sugar cookies—no seed-spitting required! Finish the spread with colorful (and cute!) watermelon candies. Include small bags so party goers can take home a sweet treat for later.

watermelon pizza topped with fruit and nuts
Credit: Jason Donnelly

Sweet Slice

Watermelon pizza is the perfect slice-and-serve party food. Simply cut a seedless watermelon into thick rounds and keep them chilled until your friends gather. Set them out on a pizza peel and let each guest top their own. Fresh fruit, finely shredded coconut, and a handful of almonds are our favorite toppings. Try using flavored almonds to bring out the juicy sweetness of the melon.

woman laughing at watermelon-themed party

Set the Table

Skip the formal fest and set a colorful table featuring watermelon's signature colors. A boho white and pink runner keeps the casual vibe (and takes the place of a fussy tablecloth). Layer on a mix of plastic dishes and disposable paper plates. Accent the pink with fresh green plants, a simple watermelon arrangement, and teal glasses. Paper watermelon slice napkins finish the look and are a creative way to carry the theme through the table.

table setting for watermelon-themed party

Pretty Place Settings

Keep the cleanup as carefree as the party. Layer inexpensive plastic plates with disposable ones for a look that’s filled with patterns not fussiness. Finish each with a cute sugar cookie cutout and colorful glassware.

flower in planter with guest name on stick

Plant Party Favor

Send guests home with a party favor they’ll enjoy long after summer fades. Paint a plain terra cotta pot with red and green acrylic paint to look like a watermelon and add the seeds with a permanent black marker. Fill with a colorful potted plant and finish with a handwritten name tag. We used inexpensive plastic plant labels from the garden store. These adorable favors double as pretty place cards, too!

water dispenser and watermelon balloon

Bold Balloons

These aren’t your average party balloons. Transform plain pink balloons into an oversized piece of party décor by inflating the balloons, then adding seeds with black paint or a permanent marker. Tie on green ribbons to add a pop of personality.

small magenta jar with straw

Summer Sips

These adorable watermelon glasses will have your crew cheers-ing in no time. To make them, simply use a black permanent marker to add seed shapes to a pink plastic or glass jar. Finish by gluing green string on the bottom third of the glass to make the rind. Add a cute paper straw and your signature party cocktail just got a whole lot cuter.

watermelon planter with flowers

Fresh Centerpiece

This watermelon is ready to par-tay! Transform a plain melon into a pretty watermelon centerpiece and fill it with summer’s brightest blooms. We used a mix of white stock, green mums, pink roses, and fun billy balls. If you’re planning on making the centerpiece ahead of time, fill the cavity with soaked floral foam so your flowers stay fresh.


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