Fun In The Sun Party

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School’s (almost) out for summer and that old song is playing in my head.  To celebrate the beginning of summer and the end of another school year, I hosted a Fun in the Sun party this past weekend.  I do believe it was the easiest and most fun party I’ve ever hosted and clean-up was a breeze.

Fun In The Sun Party

Head to Sam’s Club for SunnyD!

A cool summer party calls for some fun, hot colors and you can’t get any hotter than orange and yellow! With those colors on my mind, I headed to Sam’s Club to grab a 24-pack of SunnyD! I walked up and down the beverage aisle twice before it dawned on me that SunnyD is in the refrigerated juice section. Duh! The best part?  They were on Rollback at $5.38 instead of $5.98!  I love a good deal!

I grabbed the 24-count pack. (Parties are so much easier when you don’t have to buy ice and cups!)  Then I took a trip down memory lane as I remembered how much my son loved SunnyD when he was growing up. I bought it by the gallons!  Now, I’m buying it for my grandkids. The kids grew up, but I stayed young! 🙂



Fun In The Sun Party

Want to know my #1 secret for hosting a great party?  Keep it semi-homemade!  I always make a few of my party foods and purchase the rest.  You won’t be overworked and you’ll enjoy the party.  Trust me!  After you grab the SunnyD at Sam’s Club, head on over to the bakery and buy the brownies.  You won’t regret it!

Fun in The Sun Party

DIY Sun Craft

I made the cutest sun by tracing my hand (this would be a great craft for the kids, but there were none here when I was preparing the party) several times onto yellow cardstock. I cut them out and taped them to the back of a yellow paper plate. They don’t have to be perfect but make sure the pen marks are facing away from the back of the plate.  You can draw faces or leave them blank.

Fun In The Sun Party

Fun in the Sun Party

Fun In The Sun PartyThe Menu

  • Chilled SunnyD
  • Fruit Tray with Cheesecake Filling Dip
  • String Cheese Sticks
  • Orange Cooler Cookies
  • Veggie Tray
  • Clementines
  • Meat & Cracker Tray
  • Brownies

Fun In The Sun Party

Fun in the Sun Menu

Orange Coolers Recipe

Lemon Coolers were my favorite cookies when I was a little girl.  I changed the recipe and added SunnyD to make Orange Cooler Cookies.  They’re just as good as the lemon!

Orange Coolers

Orange Coolers


  • 2/3 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons SunnyD
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
  • To coat cookies:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest


  1. Preheat to 325°F.
  2. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together butter, powdered sugar, and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs & vanilla and beat until smooth.
  5. In a medium bowl, stir together cake flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir dry ingredients into butter mixture, add SunnyD, and mix until everything is combined (do not overmix).
  6. Use a cookie scoop (or a tablespoon) to scoop the dough into approximately 1-inch balls. Space balls at least 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 15 minutes or until centers are puffy and cookies are light golden brown on the bottom. Remove cookie sheet to a wire rack and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  7. Roll cooled cookies in the powdered sugar/orange zest mixture.

Orange Cooler Cookies

The grandkids love fruit, especially frozen grapes (me, too!), so a sun-shaped bright orange tray was just the thing for holding the fruit and cheesecake dip.

Helpful Hint:  When planning an outdoor party, check the local Dollar store.  You can find some pretty partyware and table covers without breaking the bank!

Fun In The Sun PartyIt’s not a party without some fun and games, so I included a few outdoor games tucked into sand buckets as party favors.  I also added dive sticks, goggles, water guns and sunscreen.

Fun In The Sun PartyAfter several games and a few rounds of playing water-gun chase (no pool required!), the party ended with another round of SunnyD and some happy, tired little boys.

Fun In the Sun with SunnyDCheck out more fun recipe and craft ideas at  How do you have fun with SunnyD?




About Alli

Southern, Morning Person, Jesus Girl, Frugal Party Planner, Writer/Blogger, Mom, Nana, Wife, Beach Bum Wannabe - Let's Have a Party!


  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says

    That sounds like so much fun! We all love Sunny D in our house, so I always have some on hand!

  2. This looks like so much fun. Our entire family loves Sunny D. That stuff is delicious!

  3. Can’t wait to make the orange cooler cookies! There are a lot of good ideas here but those look great! I used to love the lemon ones as a kid.

  4. What a super fun Sunny D party! All of the food you served looks so good! Great handprint craft too!

  5. I haven’t had Sunny D since I was a kid! I remember liking it, but I haven’t really given it to my kiddos as I try and stick to juice that’s 100%. I wonder if they’d like it? I kind of want some right now to put in the freezer and drink once it becomes slushy!!

  6. I don’t think I’ve had Sunny D since I was a kid!!! Come to think of it, I hardly ever drink juice anymore, lol!

  7. I love Sunny D in a very long time, not since I was a child to be exact! These are such great ideas; what amazing recipes as well!

  8. That does sound like a lot of fun! The orange cookies sound really good. I need to make some like that.

  9. Aaah summertime! This looks so much fun, plus great food! This is something any kids would love.

  10. Wow, SunnyD must award you some loyalty award for trusting their brand for years now. 🙂 Did the taste change after all the years?

  11. My two year old is obsessed with Sunny D, I think when her birthday rolls around a Sunny D party is in order. An added bonus is how pretty and bright Sunny D looks in photos!

  12. This looks like such a fun get together for everyone! I loved Sunny D as a kid and now I’ve got a craving for it!

  13. You just give me an idea for my daughter’s birthday party as I’m looking for her theme.Looks like the kids had a blast.I can’t wait for the summer.

  14. Fi Ní Neachtáin says

    You put on the best parties, this looks so lovely! I loved SunnyD as a child, it’s so delicious 🙂

  15. This is so my type of party! 😉 Definitely want to do something like this when spring arrives and spoil the kiddies.

  16. Wow…amazing pictures! You guys look like you had a blast.

  17. Ann Bacciaglia says

    My kids love Sunny D. It is delicious to add to smoothies. I will have to try this cookie recipe.

  18. When I first arrived here in the US, Sunny D was my favorite as it reminds me of the juice we had back home but now, it became too sweet for me.

  19. So so much fun! I love all the food, crafts and the activities. Ohh, and Sunny D is something we’ve bought since I was small. My mom always kept some in the fridge and we do too. Little man loves it.

  20. What a fun party!! I love Sunny D!! Reminds me of bible school…LOL!

  21. What a fun party! My boy would love for me to do something like this for him and his friends. #client

  22. I wanna go to this party. Looks like so much fun. The brownies look crazy good.

    I was s huge fan of Sunny D as a kid. Good stuff.

  23. Your grandchildren are making some of the very best memories with your fun parties for them. This party looks amazing. Bring on the summer!
    I love me some Sunny D!

  24. Totally perfect as a summer theme too. It looks like it was a bunch of fun!

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