What better way to beat the heat by refreshing your melon with a sweet, juicy slice of watermelon? A summertime staple, this hydrating fruit deserves a day of its own, celebrated with deserts, cocktails and melon-themed décor to remind us just how sweet life can be. Here are some great ways you can celebrate National Watermelon Day or any other sweltering day this summer brings your way. Just remember to spit out the seeds!
Even the best bakers wilt as the temperatures rise, transforming ovens into cruel and unusual torture devices, that only a madman would attempt to operate in early August’s heat. Fret not, because this summer you can have your cake and eat it too with Celebrations contributor Lindsay Ann’s Watermelon Slice Cupcakes recipe. These little “cakes” allow you to capture the charm of their sugary counterparts without breaking a sweat. Perfect for last-minute parties or picnics, summer birthdays or melon celebration, these refreshing cupcakes are a juicy little secret we just can’t keep!
Here’s another cool cake idea from Cara Eisenpress and Phoebe Lapine that is as tasty as it is clever. This Watermelon Ice Cream Cake pays homage to the melon’s naturally eye-catching color combo, making it the perfect centerpiece for your Watermelon Day table. Imagine the look on your friends’ faces as you cut into the frosty green dome to reveal a perfect pink slice of “melon” with chocolate chip “seeds”. While nothing beats the real thing, this sorbet cake comes in close second and leaves room for many other melon-y delights on the day’s menu.
What’s cooler than cool? Party Expert Jeanne Benedict has your answer in this recipe for a Watermelon Mint Cooler that is a delicious replacement for central air. Inspired by the sweet and invigorating beverages served at the Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey, this minty must-have is a perfect poolside punch.
Transform Watermelon Day into Watermelon Night with this sweet and sassy cocktail from Housewife Bliss’s Coryanne Ettiene. By adding splash of vodka to this watermelon juice-based beverage, adults can enjoy the nostalgic fruit taste of the melon while mixing things up a little bit. The rock candy swizzle stick makes for a sweet treat too as you sip by the pool or around the dinner table with friends.
Last, but certainly not least, if you want to go wild for Watermelon Day, Patti Allan has tip for everything you need from décor to drinks to appetizers to dessert ideas to throw a Watermelon Theme Party. Patti’s Watermelon Salsa recipe or Summer S’mores are just a few fun and festive ways to celebrate this summer.