Keeping Food & Drinks Cool In The Summer Heat

Keeping food and drinks cold during a summer picnic can give you one more opportunity to be stylish. That’s right. Try some of these ideas for chillin’ and you’ll be the coolest cat on the block!
Start with a trip to Lowes or Home Depot and get yourself a galvanized planter box(or plastic). Fill it with ice and serve a trio of salads right inside. If you’re pressed for time, use what you already have. Fill a larger bowl or dish with ice and set a smaller one on top to keep the food cold.
Serving wine was never so chic. Fill an urn planter or bird bath with ice and set your bottles inside.

Serve the kids in style as well. Put juice, soda, and water in an ice filled wheel barrow, or wagon. Great for when you’re on the move playing bocce, too!
All these great ideas use things you may already have or can easily get at the home store. Now go chill out…Ice, Ice, Baby….

Photo Credits:

middle: Woman’s Day, Danny Seo
bottom: Living Etc, Deidre Ali
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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. Susan Crabtree says:

    The wheelbarrow and wagon are super cute!

  2. Dollface says:

    love the little riding carts! yay xxoo

  3. Simply Creative Insanity says:

    Love the galvanized container! Great for tailgating football season coming up!

  4. Natasha @ Fête Fanatic says:

    Great ideas! I'm working on a Garden Bridal Shower, and plan on incorporating some urns and planters!

  5. LOVE the wheelbarrow and wagon! Cute ideas!

  6. mas at says:

    Ditto – love the wheelbarrow idea – It would be cute to fill them with juice boxes as well.

  7. Party Blog at Accent the Party says:

    love the wagon idea !!

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