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Pool Party Jello Cups for Kids

Rebecca is a retired special education teacher. She earned a master's degree at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA.

Jello cups are a lovely summer treat!

Jello cups are a lovely summer treat!

Summer Birthday Parties for Kids

Lucky is the kid with a summer birthday! As someone born in January, when I was growing up, I longed for a summer birthday. Who wouldn't want to celebrate their birth in the sun, at the pool or the beach?

Why Are Summer Birthday Parties Best?

They can be held outdoors, and any kid (and parent) likes that best. A shady lawn, cool park, pool, and beachside are great places for birthday parties. So lucky the adults who have a kid with a summer birthday!

Pool party jello cups will be a big hit at a pool or beach birthday party or any summer party. Are you having a Fourth of July party for families? Jell-O cups will be the perfect dessert for the kids.

Kids will enjoy helping to make pool party jello cups. My version uses Berry Blue Jello and gummy fish, gummy sharks, or other gummy ocean animals. Keep your eyes open for the gummy sea animals. Bears and worms tend to outnumber the gummy ocean animals. But they can be found. This year we found gummy octopuses sold at a gas station!

Berry Blue Jello is the ocean, Cool Whip is the seafoam, and a mixture of vanilla pudding, a little cool whip, and finely crushed vanilla wafers crumbs form the beach and sand. Top the beach off with a Fruit Stripe gum beach towel, a cocktail umbrella, a round peppermint “beach ball” and a Golden Teddy Grahams teddy bear with a tan!

This is a low-cook (vanilla pudding and Jell-O) no-knife no-knife recipe and safe for kids to assist with.

Summer birthdays are the best!

Summer birthdays are the best!

Ingredients for Pool Party Jello Cups

  • 3 packages Jell-O brand gelatin, Berry Blue, large 6 oz. size
  • 1 package Jell-O brand instant pudding, French vanilla
  • 1 cup milk, for pudding
  • 1 box vanilla wafers, finely crushed
  • 1 container cool whip
  • peppermint candies, round
  • gummy sea animals, fish, sharks, etc.
  • cocktail umbrellas
  • teddy grahams
  • fruit stripe gum


  1. Prepare three packages of Berry Blue Jell-O according to directions.
  2. Pour plastic dessert cups 2/3 full and refrigerate to set.
  3. Halfway until set insert the gummy sea animals into the Jell-O
  4. Place 3/4 box vanilla wafers in a large Zip-lock bag and finely crush with a rolling pin.
  5. Mix 3/4 box of crumbs into the pudding along with half of the container of Cool Whip.
  6. When the Jell-O has firmly set (about 4 hours) remove from the fridge.
  7. Spread a thin layer of Cool Whip on the “ocean” to be the sea foam.
  8. Carefully spread the pudding and wafer crumb mixture on top using a rubber spatula.
  9. Finely crush the remaining 1/4 box of vanilla wafers and sprinkle on top.
  10. Add a stick of Fruit Stripe gum for a “beach towel”, round peppermint for a “beach ball”, a few Teddy Grahams on top, and a “beach umbrella."


Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on June 06, 2021:

Thanks, Rachel!

Rachel L Alba from Every Day Cooking and Baking on June 05, 2021:

Hi Rebecca, This pool party dessert looks so refreshing and cool, I would like to make it for adults too. Thanks for sharing your idea.

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on June 04, 2021:

Thanks, Lindacee!

Linda Chechar from Arizona on June 04, 2021:

They are jello and the wafer crumbs and your cream whipped that are delicious yummy!

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on June 04, 2021:

Thanks, Peggy. They're lots of fun to make.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 04, 2021:

Your pool jello cups are so cute and inviting. Any kid (or adult for that matter) would enjoy eating them. You are a great food stylist!