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Tips for Entertaining This Summer with Fresh From Florida

This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however, all opinions expressed are my own.

Tips for Entertaining in the summer

With the summer heat in Florida, my family fuels up on fresh fruits and vegetables constantly and that doesn’t change when we entertain.  Having a produce-packed party is always on the calendar throughout the summer.

watermelon for summer party

Luckily, Florida Farmers are hard at work making it easy for everyone to enjoy fresh produce year around.  Right now 2 of my favorites are in season, sweet corn and watermelon! I mean don’t those two just symbolize summer in so many ways?  They both immediately bring me back to summers as a child, getting sticky from watermelon juice and jumping in the pool or grabbing an ear of corn and eating at the picnic table with my cousins.  

Corn On The Cob Smile

Sweet corn and watermelon may be my favorites, but they aren’t the only produce in season this summer tomatoes, blueberries, bell peppers, mangos, and star fruit are also in season in Florida.  This gives us a full array of beautiful colors and delicious options on our buffet table at every barbeque.  Do you love entertaining friends and family at your house over the summer?  I have a few tips to make your next back yard party perfect.

Summer Watermelon Party

Tips for hosting a perfect summer party

Load up on the Fresh From Florida produce! 

Seriously, with all the fruits and veggies that are in season, it’s a must.  Plus, it helps your guests beat the Florida heat and stay hydrated in a delicious way. Many summer afternoons are in the mid 90’s here in Florida, so filling up on a juicy piece of watermelon or a fruit kabob is a light way to satisfy my sweet tooth.

Fruit Buffet Table Veggie Table Buffet

Create a fun and colorful Buffet

Entertaining in the summer, to me means backyard laidback fun.  This means everyone can grab food as they get hungry and help themselves to a table full of delicious options.  However, a buffet doesn’t mean boring.  We like to choose colorful table cloths, fun serving dishes, and produce that is cut in cute shapes or put on sticks in every color of the rainbow.

Fresh From Florida Buffet

Get Everyone Involved

Whether it’s helping out in the kitchen or playing a game in the yard, get everyone up and having fun together.  Living in Florida has introduced us to the game cornhole, and my husband and father are now obsessed with the game, I think they keep track of who’s won what for months on end.  The rest of my family enjoys hanging by the pool.

cornhole competition cookout

Make a Fruity Signature Drink

Once the food is set up, it’s time to think about drinks.  I like to make a big container of one fun family friendly signature drink, besides having the cooler full of waters and adult beverages.  One of my families favorites is the Watermelon Fizz Recipe from Fresh From Florida it’s sweet, bubbly, and refreshing.

Fresh from Florida Watermelon fizz recipe

Watermelon Fizz from Fresh From Florida

Refreshing watermelon drink made from Fresh From Florida products.


  • 5 cups Florida watermelon (seeded and cubed)
  • Florida honey, to taste
  • 2 cups sparkling water
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Fresh mint sprigs for garnish


  1. Add watermelon, honey, and lemon juice to a blender and process until smooth.
  2. Strain puree through a fine sieve.
  3. Fill 4 glasses with ice.
  4. Evenly distribute the strained juice into each glass.
  5. Top each glass with sparkling water and stir once.
  6. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs.

Watermelon Fizz Drink Recipe Watermelon Fizz Fresh From Florida

Are you ready to host a produce party? 

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Corn on the porch

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  1. I’ve been buying watermelons from FL for a few weeks. They are so good! Our watermelons here in SC aren’t ripe yet. I love fresh fruits and veggies and FL sure does produce some good produce.

  2. I am down for a signature drink! I am looking forward to A LOT of entertaining this summer.

  3. You can’t have a summer get together without watermelon and corn on the cob! I think fresh foods are one of the best ways to please the crowd.

  4. I just cut a fresh watermelon today. It is so sweet and tasty! I have no idea where it was from, though.

  5. There is nothing quite like fresh fruit and veg from close by is there? That melon looks like it would taste delicious, the perfect way to entertain!

  6. Those are two of my favorite summer pleasures watermelon and corn. I have had some corn already so I need to get the watermelon which I have seen in the market. Fresh produce is a great way to entertain.

  7. we love fresh from florida and these are perfect for a great night with friends and family for the summer. watermelon is our favorite! YUM!

  8. These are wonderful tips. Your watermelon fizz looks so refreshing. Looking forward to making it for my guest this summer.

  9. It it’s a summer cookout or party without a watermelon! That watermelon fizz looks super tasty too.

  10. Most of our local fruits and vegetables won’t be available for a little while yet since our growing season starts so late. Thank goodness there is lots of fresh fruit from Florida available at the grocery store. I think we’ll have to try a Watermelon Fizz.

  11. The watermelon drink looks delicious. I love anything watermelon. I wonder why i haven’t tried something like it before.

  12. Nothing beats a colourful buffet accompanied by an ice-cold homemade drink in summer. I love sweetcorn but not so much watermelons. Will be on the lookout for Fresh from Florida produce.

  13. Great tips! My kids love corn and watermelon! The recipe looks great, the perfect drink for a summer backyard party!

  14. Looks like a pretty refreshing and delicious drink. This is something that I will never get tired of drinking. Your family seems to be really happy with your trip.

  15. That’s one of the best things about summer….the fresh produce. Your Watermelon Fizz looks tasty and refreshing. Will have to try that.

  16. Everything looks so amazing. Those are the exact foods we would have for gatherings too. Corn and watermelon are a must!

  17. I love fresh fruits and veggies especially in the summer! Love your ideas and that watermelon fizz sounds so refreshing.

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