It’s starting to cool down outside, but that doesn’t mean the party has to stop! Here are ten delicious summer party food ideas to bring with you into the cooler months.
1. Fruit & Chocolate Dessert Board
Nothing says “party” like an appetiser board. Not only are appetiser boards a great way to serve finger foods, but they’re also so easy to put together, and look fantastic on the ‘gram. Cheese, charcuterie, and veggie boards are great all year-round, but give your party a fun, fruity twist with this dessert board from eatingwell.com.
2. Pigs in Blankets
All the best children’s parties had either sausage rolls or cocktail frankfurts (or both if you were really lucky!). Try a more grown-up take on these party favourites by mixing the two and creating these super simple three-ingredient pigs in blankets.
3. Veggies & Dip Cups
Veggies and dip don’t normally sound like much of a party, but these adorable cups from foxeslovelemons.com will win over the staunchest carnivore. Separating this summer party food staple in individual serving cups makes for an easy cleanup, and you’ll never have to worry about any rogue guests double dipping.
4. Champagne Popsicles
A strictly adults-only treat, these champagne popsicles are sure to be a hit at your next party. Customise them with your choice of fruit, or else use frozen berries for a fizzy treat all year-round. If you have any bubbly left over from this recipe, try Naomi’s suggestion of serving the popsicles floating in champagne for even more flavour!
5. Grilled Chicken Wings
Not much beats the classic sausage sizzle, but try upping your barbie game with these irresistible grilled chicken wings. Serve them with your main, or replace your regular hot finger foods with a bowl of these wonderful wings – but be warned, they won’t last long.
6. Grilled Veggie and Chicken Skewers
Another BBQ fave, thread your favourite grilling veggies or some marinated chicken breast on a skewer for a super easy, super scrummy summer party treat. Just remember to soak bamboo skewers in warm water for at least half an hour beforehand – you’ll still get the chargrilled flavour on your veggies, without losing half your skewers to the flames.
7. Strawberry Brownie Kabobs
On that note, your guests will love this delicious take on the classic kabob. You don’t even need to worry about the chocolate melting on an icky 38°C day, they’ll go way too fast for that! And don’t forget – regular old fruit kabobs will rock your party when berries go out of season.
8. Hawaiian Pizza Bites
What’s a party without pizza? These super quick party treats from Dole require only five ingredients and are totally customisable, although we all know Hawaiian pizza is really the only pizza that anyone needs #PINEAPPLEBELONGSONPIZZA
9. Taco Bar
This one requires a little more planning but is sure to be a hit with all your guests. A taco bar is a great way to cater to everyone with a relatively simple dish – you can accomodate for all kinds of diets and tastes with this super fun and easy buffet.
10. Watermelon Frozé
So frozé is technically a drink, but you can totally eat it with a spoon if you feel so inclined. Lovely to look at, super refreshing, kind of healthy (fruit, right?), and “embarrassingly simple” to put together – this watermelon frozé recipe will kill it at your next party.
Are you planning to try any of these summer party food ideas sometime soon? Let us know how it goes in the comments section below!