If you’re in need of food ideas for your next summer party then don’t stress, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re looking for crowd-pleasers to suit all of your friend’s dietary requirements or you’re after snacks to have alongside drinks, we’ve come up with 10 must-try summer party food ideas. Here are our favourites.
1. Vietnamese Summer Rolls
These Vietnamese summer rolls look really impressive but they’re actually super easy to make. To make them, all you really need are rice paper wraps that you then need to soak in water until soft. Then, simply fill them with your favourite fillings and roll them up. You can put in everything from chopped veg to tofu and chicken so, they are a great option if you’ve got friends with different dietary requirements. To serve them, add a peanut or sweet chilli dipping sauce.
Halloumi kebabs are one of the easiest food ideas for a summer party with your friends. Packed full of Mediterranean veg, the vegetarian version of kebabs are guaranteed to go down a treat. To make them all you need to do is chop up loads of vegetables and halloumi, coat it all in oil and seasoning, put on to skewers and grill until the veg is cooked and the cheese slightly speckled.
3. Easy Mini Burgers
Mini burgers are one of those fail-safe party food ideas. All you need to do is get some minced beef, mix it together with some onion and seasoning, then roll them into small patties and cook in a frying pan. You can generally find mini burger buns in the supermarket but don’t worry if you can’t- you can just chop up a regular bun into four.
These antipasto skewers are the perfect addition to your summer party food table. Simply load up some skewers with anything from salami to olives, mozzarella and cooked tortellini and then have them ready for when your friends arrive. That way they can get started on eating those while waiting for the rest of the food.
5. Pasta Salad
Pasta salad is one of the easiest, cheapest and most versatile summer party food ideas. All you need to do is pre-cook some pasta and then add in any other components that you fancy such as pesto, cheese, veggies or chicken. If you have a few fussy eaters or those with specific dietary requirements coming then why not mix up a few different salads so that your friends can pick and choose what they want.
These chicken tostadas are the perfect addition to some refreshing cocktails for your next summer party. To make these Mexican inspired treats, all you need to do is mix together cooked chicken with some aromatic spices. Then pile it up onto crispy tostadas and finish it off with refried beans, guacamole, salsa and sour cream for a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
7. Make Your Own Tacos
Make your own tacos is such a fun food idea for your next summer party and what’s great is that you can prep it entirely ahead of time. The best way to do it is spread out all of the components on a large table such as wraps, guacamole, salsa, ground beef and chopped veggies. Then your guests can just help themselves when they get there.
When it comes to sweet treats, this chocolate fondue platter is the ultimate summer party treat. Lay out all of your favourite treats on a wooden board such as fresh strawberries, pretzels, marshmallows and biscuits. Then melt a few bars of chocolate when your friends get there and lay out some skewers so everyone can help themselves.
9. Loaded Nachos
Loaded nachos are always a crowd pleaser and they are super easy to make too. Simply line a baking tray or pan with tortilla chips, add on your toppings such as beans, cheese and tomatoes and then bake in the oven for a few minutes. Serve warm.
When it comes to party food ideas, these homemade mini quiches are always a winner. Taking a matter of minutes to make, all you need to do is whip up some egg, cream and cheese and add in any extras such as ham, veggies, or more cheese. Then pour into small cupcake cases and bake in the oven for 15-25 minutes until firm. You can premake these ahead of time and either serve them cold or warm them up when your friends arrive.