Use Wading Pools to Keep Food Cold

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I want to share how our family utilized a small place to set out food at our family reunion! We have a large family so we needed all the room we could get! The kitchen area only had a 3 foot wide cement counter so that's where all the food had to be placed. We used 2 children's small swimming pools that we purchased at Walmart, I think it was $4.88 each.


We just arranged the bowls and poured ice around it, We were under a pavilion and the food stayed cold all afternoon! Clean up is easy. Remove the bowls and dump the ice. Save the pools for future parties or reunions! Unless the kids claim them. Everyone said "Wow, who thought of this?" Sure helped put a lot of food in a small area.

By Ariela from Michigan

Keep Foods Cold Using a Wading Pool

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July 11, 20090 found this helpful

That is a great idea! I imagine if you didn't want the pool to show, you could just cover the pool with a round vinyl table cloth, then fill it with ice, the cloth would drape over the edges and hide the pool. Bravo to you!

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July 13, 20090 found this helpful

That's true you could cover it, but decorative designs around the edges are attractive and summery looking and colors often match the bowls. Plus its a conversation starter. Family loved the idea too :) Thanks for the reply, try it.

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July 14, 20120 found this helpful

I have done this for a couple years but I use the one ring vinyl pools. they fold up smaller and are easier to store and pack. Works like a charm.

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July 26, 20140 found this helpful

This is a neat idea! I never thought about it. We use ours between the 2 dogs in our yard for them to stay cool and get water anytime. :)

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April 18, 20211 found this helpful

I have used a brand new kiddie pool for entertaining before. Its perfect till it comes time to empty the melted ice. Then it can get tricky. I figured out that the best spot was on my back deck so if anything spilled or sloshed it could just be hosed down.


But the pool it self worked wonderful.

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