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

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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!

Having a fun shindig this summer? Here are a few great food ideas and summer recipes for your party…

Summer Appetizers

 

Caprese Skewers with Balsamic DrizzleMini mozzarella cheese balls skewered with tender basil leaves and juicy tomatoes, drizzled with tangy-sweet balsamic reduction.

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

Greek Shrimp BruschettaCombine 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!

 

Summer Foods

 

Spicy Mango Chicken Sausage – Homemade. 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 KebobsThese 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 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 at your next summer event.

 

Summer Side Dishes

 

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!

Grilled Corn and Orzo Salad, Chili Lime Vinaigrette – 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.

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 Corn with Queso, Cilantro and ChilePiping 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 Beverages

 

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

Strawberry Basil Passion Iced Tea –  A refreshing summer beverage that tastes amazing, there’s something about the basil that sets it off rather nicely! Serve it at your next event, take it to the pool or sip some on your front porch. 

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!

Triple Citrus Style LemonadeThis is refreshing lemonade – with a generous splash of citrus flavor from pink grapefruit and Valencia orange juice.

 

Summer Desserts

 

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

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 sherberts and chocolate chips make 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.

 

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Comments

  1. What a fantastic list of summertime party food! I’m not sure where to start. :) Thanks so much for including my grilled zucchini rolls.

  2. oh those look DELICIOUS!

  3. Beautiful food! I had to pin those Caprese skewers

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