These summer party food ideas are great for all of your parties. We’ve rounded up some of the best appetizers, side dishes, drinks, desserts, and more!
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 fr a crowd.
Having fun shindig this summer? Whether you’re celebrating a holiday, birthdays, or any other fun family memory, these dishes are perfect for your event! 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!
24 Summer Party Food Ideas: Memorial Day Weekend, 4th of July, Labor Day + More
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 Honey – These 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.
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 Kebobs – 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.
Grilled Fish Tacos with Roasted Chile, Avocado Salsa – This 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.
Summer Side Dishes
Grilled Corn and Orzo Salad – This salad is perfect for 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, 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.
Cherry Tomato Salad – This simple salad is bursting with flavor! Garlic, oregano, shallots, parsley, and feta cheese make this a summer must-have on the 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
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 Punch – This 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.
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
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!
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. Hope it tastes just as good as it looks!