Summer is the ultimate party season, full of graduation parties, weddings, family reunions, and gatherings with friends. While people are the most important component to any summer party, food and drinks are second on the list! Whether you’re hosting or attending, here are some tasty and easy summer party food ideas that are sure to have all the guests asking for the recipes. All these recipes are perfect for summer parties because they don’t need to stay warm or cold to be enjoyed!
Snacks for Summer Parties
Everyone likes to nibble on munchies when they arrive at a gathering, so easy-to-share snacks are a necessity for any summer party. Snack mixes like this Confetti Snack Mix combine sweet and salty with dried fruit to sneak in healthy tidbits. Salsa is another essential summer party snack. This Tropical Tomato Salsa is a twist on traditional salsa, with an exotic flavor that doesn’t need to be refrigerated.*
When you’re not serving a sit-down meal, guests can graze on hors d’oeuvres rather than a big meal. For summer party food ideas, these appetizer recipes are sure to please. Turkey and Cheese Pinwheels are a great finger food that can be served at room temperature. Lemon-Garlic Marinated Shrimp are a crowd pleaser, combining seafood with lemon and garlic-infused oil. *
Serve your party guests sweet treats that are easy to eat as they mingle and play outdoor party games. Cookies are always a tasty option that usually aren’t too messy and guests can transport them easily. Chocolate chip cookies, snickerdoodles, and sugar cookies are always fan favorites, or you can try more exotic options like Coconut, Lime and Pistachio Cookies. Fruit skewers or angel food cake with strawberries are healthier options, although the latter is a bit less portable. These Fudgy S’mores Brownies are messier than the others, but definitely worth it!
Whatever you choose to make for your summer party or your friends’ and family’s get-togethers, be sure to consider how you’ll transport it, how you’ll serve it, and if it can withstand the weather if the food will be outside. Most importantly, bring something you enjoy and are excited to share with loved ones!
*Note that after two hours, it’s a good idea to pop it into the fridge to chill for a bit to avoid any bacteria.