Organize Your Own Giant Food Fight


So you’d like to organize your own giant food fight? Smashing idea. Here’s how.


I should start off by saying that some of your friends just won’t be into this. I was surprised by people’s intense pro or con reactions. The invitation can say whatever you want, but there are a few things everyone needs to bring:

– Five containers of Cool Whip
– A towel
– A change of clothes
– A bag for wet clothes
– Their friends

Why Cool Whip? It’s easy to get, doesn’t go rancid as easily as whipped cream, washes away with sprinklers or rain, won’t bruise anyone, and tastes reasonably good. Plus my Google searches of “Cool Whip kills grass” “Cool Whip kills plants,” “Cool Whip hurts dogs” came up clean. Bonus.


Food Fight Rinsing Off
(Aubrey took this.)

The ideal place has five main features:

1. A large grassy area
2. A sprinkler system to wash away any mess you can’t clean up
3. A hose for cleaning up guests
4. Someplace for folks to change
5. Garbage cans and recycling nearby to dispose of all the Cool Whip containers

If you’re doing this in a backyard or somewhere equally convenient, consider collecting containers for local teachers. Thirty-plus empty containers are good for craft projects and storage.



You’ll need:

– Large, lightweight painters tarps if you’d like to contain the mess and make it easier to clean up
– Tent stakes and a hammer to pin down the edges of the tarp
– Large garbage bags

Note that the tarps get very, very slippery when they’re covered in Cool Whip, so the fight tends to go in slow-mo. We didn’t have much choice because we were hosting in a public park, but you may want to forgo them and use a hose to cleanup instead if you have private land.

The “Rules”

Everyone places their open Cool Whip containers around the edges of the tarp. Once the fight starts, all the containers are fair game for anyone to use. Have your host do a countdown and commence chucking stuff at people.


If all the guests help, it takes about five minutes to roll up the tarps, put them in garbage bags and throw the Cool Whip containers in recycling.

In all this is a ludicrously simple party. If you plan to tack on any other activities (food, drinks, a birthday party), make sure you end with the food fight, because people will really want to go home and shower afterward.

That’s it! Go forth and live your dream.

9 thoughts on “Organize Your Own Giant Food Fight

  1. I sometimes have issues with food fights since I’m not all that big into wasting food, but then again, Cool Whip isn’t really “food,” is it?

    Looks like you had a blast!


  2. SO TOTALLY wanting to do this in DC, but I’m not sure where I could find somewhere big enough. Also it’s getting too cold to spray each other with hoses.

    But come spring, the first thing on the agenda is a giant Cool Whip fight.

    I will keep you posted.

    Thanks for all your inspiration and your ludicrously awesome fashion sense.


  3. also, really large tubs of jelly (or I guess you call it jell-o) works great, the density makes it really good for throwing a fair distance. and funner cleanup? Grab some water guns and finish with a water fight


  4. Maggie, This is something I’ll suggest to my colleagues, perhaps the designers vs. the programmers. We play together as much as we work so I’m thinking I’ll get some buy in on the idea at our next “formal office meeting” at lunch tomorrow.


  5. Love the first picture. It’s such a great idea. But Germans would hemorrhage at the very idea. I think it’s illegal in this country to even touch food with your hands. 🙂


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