Great Food Ideas for Your Summer Outdoor Party

A summer party does not have to cost plenty of money. The sun, friends and delicious food are enough to have a grand one! Since it is hot outside, you would want to keep foods light and easy as well as cool! Here are some great ideas on what to serve at your next outdoor party:
Chilled Fruit Bowl
Variety of fresh fruit in a bowl
Outdoor parties and finger foods go great together! Instead of serving chips or fat-induced snacks, why not try serving chilled fruits? You can serve honeydew melon, watermelon, grapes, strawberries, oranges, and other fruits you can think of! Before your party starts, you can chill a glass serving bowl in the freezer. Place the fruit in the bowl when it is ready. To keep the bowl chilled, set it in a pan of ice cubes. You can also have a bowl of whipped topping on the side for your guests who want to make things sweeter!
Easy Main Courses
assorted kebabs
You rarely get to attend an outdoor party that has no grilled hotdogs, steaks and hamburgers, right? This is because those foods are the typical summer fare. However, your choices should not be limited to these basics! Try grilling easy kebabs made of chicken, steak, shrimp, veggies and fruits. Ingredients must be prepared ahead of time – let your guests know that they can create their own kebabs. Don’t forget to have sauces (barbeque, honey mustard, teriyaki, etc.) on-hand.
Healthy Vegetable Platter
Platter of assorted fresh vegetables with dip
This is a must during outdoor parties, especially during the summer! Cut up a variety of fresh vegetables and provide dipping options for your guests to enjoy. Carrots, cauliflower, green and red peppers, celery, and broccoli are the most common veggies, but you can add other delicious treats such as cucumbers, snap peas, and radishes. These veggies can also be used on kebabs.
Refreshing Coolers
Colorful summer slushies
Who doesn’t love a frosty drink during the summer, right? Take out your blender and have it ready to crush ice for the kids’ fruity smoothies or chilled adult drinks! You can blend fresh fruits, milk, yogurt, fruit juice, and ice – you will surely have a delicious icy treat! Aside from having blended coolers, don’t forget to prepare pitchers of iced tea and lemonade, too!
Frosty Desserts
Homemade popsicles made with apricot and pineapple
Have your guests enjoy a delicious frozen treat on a hot summer day! Pack your freezer with different types of frozen desserts – popsicles, ice cream, and fruit bars, to name a few. Your outdoor party will surely be a fun one for everybody!
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