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32 Summer Party Food Ideas: Memorial Day Weekend, 4th of July, Labor Day

These summer party food ideas are great for all of your parties. We’ve rounded up some of the best summer appetizers, side dishes, drinks, desserts, and more!

The Best Summer Party Food Ideas - try these easy party foods for summer events

Summer food ideas for parties

Summer fun, summer sun, am I right? With the wonderful days and extended holiday weekends, we’re bound to have a barbecue, pool party, great beach days, and best of all, family time!

If you are on the hunt for Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day food ideas, you are in the right place! We have rounded up some of the best summer party food ideas for a crowd.

Summer Party Food Ideas for Memorial Day Weekend, 4th of July, Labor Day

Are you planning on having a fun shindig this summer? Whether you’re celebrating a holiday, birthday, or any other fun family memory, these summer party food ideas and dishes are perfect for your summer parties and events!

32 Party Foods for Summer Events

From summer finger foods to desserts and drinks, here are a few great summer party menu ideas and food recipes for your party. Oh, and if you are partying with the kids, this Cherry Lime Spritzer Mocktail Recipe is a fun one to make!

Caprese Skewers

Summer Party Appetizers

Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Drizzle – Mini mozzarella cheese balls skewered with tender basil leaves and juicy tomatoes, drizzled with tangy-sweet balsamic reduction. If you need ideas for Memorial Day appetizers, this is one of our favorites!

Grilled Peaches with Blue Cheese and HoneyThese peaches were brushed with oil, grilled, filled with crumbled blue cheese, and drizzled with honey.

Greek Shrimp Bruschetta – Combine some Mediterranean flavors with a classic Italian antipasto, and you get this highly-rated recipe. Shrimp adds a new dimension to bruschetta and makes it a heartier accompaniment to a meal.

Fresh lemon fruit bruschetta recipe The perfect summer appetizer to try

Lemon bruschetta recipe – This sweet lemon and fruit bruschetta is a great summer appetizer to serve at your summer gatherings.

Grilled Zucchini Rolls with Herbed Goat Cheese – Take thin slices of zucchini, herbed goat cheese, olives, and a few spices and grill to perfection. Yum!

Bacon-wrapped chicken bites appetizer – Looking for easy summer party food ideas that will knock your guests’ socks off? This bacon-wrapped chicken bites appetizer will do the trick.

Entree Summer Foods & Party Recipes


Spicy Mango Chicken Sausage – Homemade, and a wonderful summer food idea. Against the light taste of the chicken, the sweetness of the mango stood out, with the jalapeno lending a pleasing, mild heat.

Grilled, Spice-Rubbed Flank Steak – This recipe serves as a great main dish, the spice rub on this flank steak sounds wonderful!

Tuscan Style Grilled Chicken Kabobs – These grilled chicken-and-vegetable kebabs feature the flavors of sunny Tuscany — lemon, rosemary, garlic, and oregano. Serve them with brown rice studded with sun-dried tomatoes for a rustic and satisfying dinner.

Tater Tot Mini Burger Bites recipe

Mini cheeseburger bites with tater tots – Try these tasty mini burgers, loaded with all of the fixings and topped with tater tots. What a unique summer food for your party!

Grilled Fish Tacos with Roasted Chile, Avocado SalsaThis delicious recipe for grilled fish tacos is courtesy of Emeril Lagasse.  He’s done it again, folks! These grilled halibut tacos are sure to please you at your next summer event.

Piri Piri Chicken Skewers – This delicious chicken skewers recipe is easy to make on the grill and features a Piri Piri marinade that makes them juicy & delicious!

Summer Side Dishes

Grilled Corn Orzo Salad Recipe

Grilled Corn and Orzo Salad – This salad is perfect to add some veggies to your summer party. “The smoky, sweet flavors of Grilled Corn Orzo Salad with Chili Lime Vinaigrette are the perfect accompaniment to any BBQ.”

Savoy, Lime, and Cilantro Cole Slaw – This sounds like a lime and cilantro treat! What a great twist to the norm, we can’t wait to try it out!

Elote avocado corn dip recipe – If you love the flavors of corn, avocado, cotija cheese, lime, and spice, this is the perfect dip or side dish – great for fiestas, Cinco de Mayo parties, and other summer events.

Tropical Honey Mint Pineapple Fruit Salad, served in a pineapple boat!

Tropical pineapple fruit salad – Our tropical fruit salad is filled with mixed fruit, mint, and honey for a delicious and healthy side dish.

Cherry Tomato Orzo Salad – This simple salad is bursting with flavor! Combine cherry tomatoes, orzo pasta, basil, and mozzarella cheese balls to make this a summer must-have on your food menu.

Roasted Mexican Street Corn with Queso, Cilantro, and Chile – Piping hot corn on the cob is smeared with mayonnaise and dredged with Queso or Cotija cheese, fresh cilantro, chile powder, lime, and plenty of salt and pepper.

Summer Drinks & Beverages

strawberry coconut margaritas

Fresh Strawberry Coconut Margaritas – This was achieved by adding cream of coconut to a traditional strawberry margarita, blend the goodness together for a sweet, margarita treat!

Sparkling Pomegranate PunchThis bubbly, sweet-tart cocktail combines sparkling wine, dessert wine, and deep-red pomegranate juice.

Nectarine Mojitos with Basil Cocktail – Combine the sweet flavor of nectarine juice with lime to create these delicious nectarine & basil cocktails.

Virgin Pina Coladas Non-Alcoholic recipe

Virgin pina coladas recipe – These pina colada mocktails are tropical and tasty without the alcohol, perfect for everyone to enjoy.

Sparkling apple fizz cocktail recipe – One of our favorite summer party food ideas is this apple fizz cocktail! It’s super easy to make, a little bit of apple French vodka and some bubbly means this one is for adults only.

Citrus Style Lemonade with Orange and Lime – This is refreshing lemonade – with a generous splash of citrus flavor from orange and lime juice.

Red, White & Blue Popsicle Drink – This red white and blue popsicle drink uses gin and Bomb pops – it’s so easy to make for your Fourth of July parties.

Summer Dessert Recipes

Summer Dessert- Vanilla Mixed Berry Frozen Custard Pie Recipe


No-bake frozen mixed berry vanilla custard pie recipe – A little creamy custard and some fresh berries make this pie a cool and delicious summer treat.

Mini S’mores Cheesecakes – No campfire needed for these! Bake these little marshmallow-topped delights in your muffin pan and indulge!

Fruit brownie kabobs snack

Fruit and brownie kabobs – These fruit kabobs are full of strawberries, bananas, and brownies for a delicious addition to your summer party dessert table!

Watermelon Pie – A delicious combination of colored sherbets and chocolate chips makes this tasty treat.

American Flag Fruit Cake – Perfect for Memorial Day and 4th of July celebrations. Top this delicious white cake with frosting, cool whip, and fresh berries.

Patriotic Trifle – Wow your guests with this colorful, American version of a trifle. I hope it tastes just as good as it looks!

Beach pudding cups – These cute DIY beach-themed pudding cups are such a cute snack idea for summer parties for kids.

Beach pudding cups for kids party snack

Enjoy these summer party recipes!

We hope your summer parties with your families and friends are so much fun! The tater tot sliders are probably one of the summer foods that we are going to try first. Did you find a summer party snack idea that you love?

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24 Summer Party Food Ideas- Memorial Day Weekend, 4th of July, Labor Day and more!

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