Make National Watermelon Day a sweet celebration

Watermelon is a summer staple

No picnic or barbecue is complete without cool, luscious slices. Every bite is worth sticky fingers, piles of seeds and little streams of red running down chins.

August 3 is National Watermelon Day. Celebrate a sweet day with these one-in-a-melon juicy treats and charming craft ideas:

Smoothie it

  • Freeze cubed watermelon and throw in the blender for a refreshing slush! Add pineapple chunks or other juices for variety. Garnish with small melon wedges.
  • Puree 8 cups of watermelon, one cup of sugar (or honey) and a cup of water in a food processor. Pour the mixture into a 9 X 9-inch pan and freeze until solid, at least four hours. The result? Watermelon sorbet!
  • Make a cold, fresh summer soup. Blend half a melon with a half cup of yogurt, a little fresh ginger, lemon juice, a pinch of sea salt, a dash of ground nutmeg and mint leaves. Garnish with a dollop of yogurt or crushed walnuts.
Watermelon juice in a mason jar

Something different

  • Watermelon slices are surprisingly delish grilled and drizzled with a balsamic vinegar reduction.
  • Cube watermelon and serve as a salad with cucumber, crumbled feta and basil.
  • Two words: watermelon salsa! Combine chopped, seedless watermelon with diced mango, red onion, jalapeno, lime juice, cilantro and salt. Serve with tortilla chips and watch it disappear!
Caesar salad with watermelon tossed in

Craft it

  • We’ve all seen the buffet-standard watermelon boat filled with melon balls. Surprise your guests with a shark or pirate ship!
  • Keep the kids busy with this bright and fun Watermelon Moon Sand recipe. It’s inexpensive and non-toxic, using only sand, cornstarch, water and Kool-Aid! Kids can build sandcastles and have sensory play.
  • Have a watermelon seed-spitting contest. Grab some chalk and head to the sidewalk. Make targets for the kids (and grownups?). Patooie!
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The decor

  • Decorate for the day with an adorable watermelon doily garland. Use this printable watermelon garland or color your own.
  • DIY a cute watermelon flower pot and fill with succulents for a fun accessory!
  • Keep the fresh summer scent of ripe watermelon year-round. Try diffusing our 100% natural oil blend Watermelon Red Berries.

Fresh picked offers these tips to pick the best melon:

  1. Look it over. You want a firm and symmetrical watermelon without bruises, dents or cuts.
  2. Pick it up. The watermelon should be heavy for its size.
  3. Turn it over. The underside should have a creamy yellow spot where it touched the ground while ripening in the sun.
Lots of watermelons

Cut it

There are as many ways to cut up a melon as there are, well, melons. Here are some tips:

Woman holding a watermelon in front of her face as a smile

How will you celebrate summer’s favorite melon? Let us know in the comments!

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