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Epically Delicious Food Ideas to Beat the Heat at Summer Parties

Summer Party Food
The sun is up and you feel like partying. Since food is one of those things without which a party is incomplete, take a look at some delicious options that you can choose from.
Aparna Jadhav
Last Updated: Apr 1, 2019
Party food has to be light but filling and thus, you have to be very careful when you are planning the menu. Summers are a great time for casual outdoor parties, where you can enjoy the warm weather along with some appetizing food and energizing drinks.
You can make the best out of your summer party food by preparing yummy dishes and drinks for your guests. You can have marinated meat, barbecued steaks, salads, ice-cold cocktails, and of course fresh fruit ice creams of any flavors. These can simply be the main menu of the party, along with many more additional side dishes that your guests can choose from.
Food Ideas for Summer Parties
Some of the easy recipes involve appetizers, as they take very less time in cooking. People tend to empty the appetizer trays before they even go to the main course, and hence, you have to make sure you have enough for everyone. You can have dishes like potato, fruits, and vegetables with cheese, as the conditions of summer parties are usually hot.
Potato Chip
  • Chips
Bowl of Crackers
  • Crackers
Salad with shrimp and vegetables on a white plate
  • Salads
Breakfast Sandwich
  • Sandwiches
Prawns Shrimps roasted on frying pan close up
  • Pan-Grilled Barbecue Shrimp
Delicious Snack
  • Finger foods
Grilled chicken skewers
  • Kebabs
Grilled sausages
  • Grilled sausages
Glazed chicken wings drumstick
  • Ginger Garlic Chicken Wings
Main Course
The main course of a party is equally important and has to be tasty. For the main course, you can have classic hamburgers and hot dogs. Hawaiian burgers are also one of the favorite foods for kids. Red meat and fish are always much more filling than chicken and vegetables. Here are some ideas for the main course.
Grilled vegetables on cutting board
  • Grilled vegetables
Salami Rolled Breadsticks
  • Cream Cheese and Salami-Rolled Breadsticks
Fried chicken legs
  • Fried Chicken
BBQ  meat
  • Grilled or BBQ Any meat
Mexican tacos on flour tortillas with corn salsa and meat
  • Tacos
Beef Fajitas
  • Fajitas
Sliced smoked salmon
  • Smoked salmon steak
If you have a main course for a party, you can't leave the desserts off the table! Since, summer fruits are very delicious and fresh, you can do a lot with these for your dessert recipes. You can make puddings, ice creams, custards, as well as pies for desserts and use as many flavors as you want.
Mocha Ice Cream
  • Mocha Ice Cream Pie
Strawberry Shortcake
  • Strawberry Shortcake With a Twist
  • Coca Cola Classic Granita Float
banana dessert
  • Chilled Banana Pudding Cup
Lemon Meringue Dessert
  • Lemon Meringue Pudding
Fruit Salad
  • Tropical Fruit Salad
Sliced Banana Bread
  • Banana Bread
Coconut cake
  • White Coconut Cake
When it's a party and there is food, there have to be drinks! Cocktails and Martinis, fruit juices, milk shakes, and punch are some of the favorite drinks served at parties. You can have all these drinks made at home or simply hire a bartender and put up an open bar at the venue.
Homemade Delicious Red Sangria
  • Sangria Punch (alcoholic)
  • Polynesian Breeze Drink
  • Mimosa Punch
  • Hawaiian Volcano
  • Bali Hai Drink
  • Blue Hawaiian Cocktail
  • Mai Tai Cocktail
  • Tahiti Club Cocktail
  • Polynesian Cherry Cocktail
  • Hawaiian Lemonade
  • Frozen Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles