A Despicable Me Minions Ice Cream Pool Party

by Tonya Staab
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This Despicable Me Minions themed ice-cream pool party is the perfect way to cool off all summer long.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Universal Pictures.

The Minions have their own movie! And it will be showing in theaters on July 10. Are you ready?

Host a backyard bash this summer to celebrate. I’ve got tons of ideas to share with you for an ice cream pool party that kids (and adults) will love.

a white box filled with minion towels and pool tools with a pool in the background

I’ll share all of the party details below (including where you can purchase items) so that everything is in one place. Take a look at how easy it is to set up a fun backyard bash this summer. Warning! There are a lot of photos.

Minions Pool Party Essentials

Here are a few things you may want for your Minions pool party:

  • towels
  • beach balls
  • pool noodles
  • sunscreen
  • lip balm
  • sunglasses

A lot of these things make great party favors too. Kids can use them during the party and then take them home at the end. I’m an avid believer in saying ‘no’ to candy bags and giving kids something they can use.

minions beach balls and towels
A box filled with minions sunscreen, lip balm, and sunglasses in front of a swimming pool

Aren’t the lip balms fun? As I was wandering through Walmart I spotted these yellow EOS lip balms on the end of an aisle, so I grabbed a few along with Sharpies and paint pens and then drew a minion eye on each.

a girl using EOS yellow lip balm with a minion face drawn on it

Cool shades are essential to keep the sun out of the kid’s eyes.

a girl wearing despicable me pink sunglasses

It wouldn’t be a pool party without Minion races, lots of swimming, and Minions falling down a waterfall … or as we dubbed this one, Minion Falls.

kids in a swimming pool playing with minion beach balls and noodles
a boy playing in a swimming pool with a minions beach ball
a boy putting minion beach balls over a waterfall

For kids who don’t want to spend all of their time in the pool, it’s essential to keep a few other fun activities on hand.

yellow and blue frisbee, bubble wands, and yo-yo's
girl flying a minions kite
a girl using a bubble wand to blow bubbles

Every party needs a photo booth.

minions photo props for a party
minions cardboard goggles for photo props

As for food, keep it simple. Kids don’t want anything too heavy when they are swimming and playing, so host your party late morning or afternoon.

Minions Ice-Cream Bar

An ice cream bar is perfect, you can have everything ready to go and bring it outdoors at a moment’s notice.

ice cream tubs and toppings for an ice cream party

Offer a few varieties of ice cream but keep it simple. Staples such as vanilla and chocolate work best, but throw in one fun flavor too for those who might not want to add toppings. I added mango to our ice cream tub. Don’t forget a variety of toppings.

blue, yellow, and white ice cream toppings in glass bowls

For this ice cream bar I kept it fairly simple with toppings:

  • mini marshmallows
  • jelly beans
  • sixlets
  • bubble gumballs
  • gummy fish
  • sprinkles mix (blue, white and yellow sprinkles with sprinkle stars and candy eyes)
  • white chocolate with Minions candy toppers.
minions gummy candy for decorating
yellow blue and white nonpareils

Keep your guests hydrated with plenty of water. A roll of Minions Duck Tape will have your water bottles party-ready in no time at all.

water bottles with minions tape wrapped around them

Add a couple of other snacks for guests for when the ice cream is in the freezer such as Minions Banana Twinkies and Minions jelly candies. Don’t forget if you cannot find Hostess Twinkies with the Minion wrappers, you can download and print my Minion Wrappers to make your own.

despicable me minion hostess twinkies and gummy candies

This handmade utensil caddy will keep straws, napkins, and utensils organized. You won’t need a lot of utensils, but you will need spoons and ice cream scoops, along with lots of napkins. Kids love straws, so add a few of those, and a Sharpie for writing names on water bottles too.

a yellow and blue utensil caddy filled with napkins, straws, and utensils

Keep the decorations simple. Chances are it might be a little windy outdoors anyway. A few pops of color here and there are perfect.

yellow and blue despicable me party treats and decorations

Even I got my Minion on for this party. My yellow DKNY cropped jeans paired perfectly with my Minions Havaianas, and a splash of Wet n Wild ‘Teal of Fortune’ color on my toenails topped it off.

lady wearing minions flip flops

Minions Party Details

  • Merchandise – beach balls, towels, yo-yo: available on Amazon
  • Bubble wands, pool noodles, and frisbee: all $1 each from either Walmart or the Dollar Store.
  • Photo props: Walmart (party section)
  • Kite: $1 at the Dollar Store
  • Sunglasses: currently available on Zulily
  • Sunscreen: available at Walmart
  • Banana Twinkies, Minions candies and Minions candy toppers: Walmart
  • Utensil caddy: DIY project – you can find my instructions on how to make these here
  • Havaianas: available from Havaianas online

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About Minions, The Movie

The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions begins at the dawn of time.  Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters.  Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters—from T. rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression.

But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he—alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob—ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.

The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain.  They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind…from annihilation.

Featuring a soundtrack of hit music from the ’60s that still permeates our culture today, Minions is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and is directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda.  Brian Lynch has written the screenplay for the 3D-CG comedy adventure, and Chris Renaud serves as executive producer of the film. 

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1 comment

Joann Woolley July 9, 2015 - 8:51 am

This party must have been a hit! My kids are so excited about the movie coming out! If we had a pool I’d be running out and gathering up these Minion inspired toys. Love being inspired by your creativity Tonya!


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