Pool Party Food Ideas For Summer Parties

by Tonya Staab
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Kids will love these pool party food ideas. Make our fishbowl treat bag for candy fish, Goldfish crackers, and summertime snacks.

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Each summer the twins attend a swim program. The sessions are four mornings a week and run for two weeks. At the end of the two-week period, the instructors host a party at the swimming pool. The kids are presented with their certificate of completion and parents contribute to a potluck for snacks or drinks.

We made these fun treat bags with Goldfish Puffs to take for all the kids to the last party.

a blue paper fish bowl craft with a candy treat bag full of Goldfish inside
Pool party fishbowl treat bags for summer parties.

Pool party food ideas for summer parties

The kids absolutely loved these. The best part is you can fill them with any summertime snacks that your kids love and you can cater to food allergies too. Plus, they are perfect for guests to take home so they aren’t filling up on snacks if they are planning on going for another swim.


  • Printable template
  • Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Puffs
  • Blue card stock
  • Clear candy bags with rounded bases
  • Bakers twine
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • X-ACTO knife
  • Pencil


Begin by tracing around the clear candy bag. Ask your child what it looks like, and when she says “a vase mummy” adjust it a little so it looks like a goldfish bowl. Or just print out our free printable template.

Cut out your goldfish bowl and use that to make a second one along with a mirror image of it and about 1.25 inches of straight space in-between (see image on the right above).

a template for a fish bowl treat bag for a pool party

Make a circle in the center of just one side of the goldfish bowl. Cut out and trace around this new template to make all of the blue paper goldfish bowl treat bags. Use the X-ACTO knife to cut out the circle in the center.

You can fit two of these on a square sheet of scrapbook paper.

Fold the bowl on either side of the straight section in the middle so that the bowl will stand up (see image below left).

a blue paper fish bowl party bag filled with pool party fish treats for kids

Fill the clear treat bags with Goldfish Puffs. Place the bag in the center of the blue paper goldfish bowl and hold it closed while you hole-punch either side of the top. Tie the top with a piece of baker’s twine and then cut off the excess clear bag.

So far we’ve only tried the new Mega Cheese Goldfish Puffs and they are pretty darn tasty. They taste like crackers crossed with cheese puffs. We ended up using two bags to fill our fishbowl snack bags.

Goldfish Puffs are available at Target. You can purchase them in the large chip-style bags above or in smaller individual serving-size bags.

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Bryanna March 7, 2015 - 9:17 am

Hey is there anyway you still have the template for these? Yours are the best I have seen on the Web and I am not a free hand drawer. Would be so helpful.

Sheetal June 29, 2015 - 1:34 pm

This is such a great idea – would love to use it for my sons party. do you have template?

suzi January 30, 2016 - 3:55 pm

Would you be willing to email me this template?

Jessica Gordon April 5, 2016 - 9:04 am

can u email me the template for this please

Debbie Lopez April 22, 2016 - 2:37 am

Would you Illini to email me this template it’s such a good idea ? Thank you

Jenna June 15, 2016 - 11:03 am

Hi! this is so adorable! I am going to ask like everyone else, do you have a template for this? Or a link that I can click on to get a digital template? Thanks so much!

Jenna July 3, 2016 - 10:20 am

Hi Everyone! I hope I am not stepping on any toes but I was able to make a template for this fish bowl idea. I just bought a Cricut machine and this template worked like a charm! If you want to grab my template, just click on this link https://app.box.com/s/2ddszcykrlmkse6oboa1fdcewkychnib

Good luck!

Ari September 12, 2021 - 9:44 pm

Jenna, do you still have the SVG? The link doesn’t work

Jenna July 3, 2016 - 10:42 am

It is a little choppy on the sides as it was a fish bowl I found online and then brought it into Photoshop and mirrored it and added the cut out for the hole.

Hazel September 5, 2016 - 1:25 pm

Is there another link ?

mayra December 7, 2016 - 12:58 pm

hi can u email me the template for this please

Angie February 2, 2017 - 3:54 am

Omg love it can you email this template ?

Mindy February 4, 2018 - 9:27 am

These are the best! Is there a way you can email me the template please?

James April 28, 2018 - 9:03 pm

Hello. Do you still have the template?

Liza May 8, 2018 - 7:32 am

Hi! Is there any way you can email me the template? Thank you in advanced!!!! 🙂

Michele Lee Blackorby August 10, 2018 - 9:59 am


Tara Maldonado October 29, 2018 - 8:11 am

Good morning

Does anyone by chance have the template that was used?

Susanna February 17, 2019 - 12:11 pm

This is so cute!! Is there any way I can get a template please?

kara March 17, 2019 - 1:48 pm

Ok I know that this is an older post and lots of people have asked for a template… So I am going to pile on and ask if there’s a template? Thanks so much.

Karen June 22, 2019 - 4:12 am

So cute. Can you email the template to me?

Darlene September 30, 2019 - 4:48 am

I know there has been a lot of requests for the template for this fishbowl. I am also requesting the template. My daughter just adopted a precious little boy and I want to make these for his o FISH all adoption party.

Tonya Law September 18, 2023 - 12:41 pm

Do you happen to have the template for the cricut? Also would gusset bags work as well?

Tonya Staab September 22, 2023 - 7:29 pm

Unfortunately, I do not have a Cricut template. I must be one of the few people around who doesn’t own a Cricut … yet.


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