Summer is almost here, and we’re all eager to have some fun in the sun. Summer is the perfect time for endless outdoor parties accompanied by rich, colorful food – from melons and cherries to eggplant and hot peppers, summer offers the entire rainbow of nutrients and vitamins in fruits and veggies that taste as good as they look. Trays of delicious foods are a staple at big summer parties, and if you’re planning on organizing one, we’re offering you five great ideas for tasty foods you can serve at your get-together – read on to get inspired!
Go nuts with doughnuts
Let’s face it – everybody loves doughnuts. Soft and fluffy, with delicious filling and flavored topping, this warm sugary fried bread is hard to compete with. Doughnuts are the definite crowd-pleaser. Quick to whip up, you can provide your guests with countless treats. Doughnuts are an awesome party food choice since they give you the opportunity to show how creative you are. You can go fancy with pink and white glazed doughnuts, covered by vanilla and strawberry glaze, or go with whimsical, magical doughnuts by mixing different colors to get mini rainbow doughnuts with unicorn glaze. If, by any chance, you’re throwing a party for kids, why not have a doughnut-themed party? You can make a doughnut cake, get a giant doughnut pinata, or even a full-on doughnut wall for your guests to treat themselves – the options are endless!
Canape and finger food – finger-licking good!
Delicious hors d'œuvres, canapes and finger food are the best way to start the party. Ingenious and deluxe, delish canapes come in a variety of options. Puff pastry, crackers, or vegetables are used as a base onto which cream cheese is added. Topped with savory items, canapes are then jazzed up with a variety of garnishes to complete the presentation. Add some finger foods to the mix – parsley and thyme croquettes are great for fancy summer parties and will accommodate your guests who are vegetarians, while chili beef and red bean empanadas are a perfect choice for spicy-loving carnivores, sure to knock their socks off! And there’s no need to lift your finger either – contact a catering companies online that will deliver delicious food everyone at your party is sure to love.
Taste the rainbow!
Another great idea for a summer party is a color-themed party. The idea is to choose a color and pick the food and decor using only that particular color. It can be a color of your favorite team, it can be symbolic, or it can be simply a color that you like. For example, let’s say you’re throwing a party with a red color theme. Opt for a red-colored pasta that contains tomato or carrots, and make tomato soup. A fruit salad consisting of berries, watermelon, and pomegranate seeds is perfectly fitting for a red-themed party, which you can make even better with rose wine and sangria. If the guests are underaged, go with tomato juice, grape juice, and rooibos tea.
Salsa to spice things up
Spicy dishes are always a good choice for summer parties. Summer is the season of salsa, and with fresh veggies cropping up in our gardens, it’s hard to resist the fresh and spicy homemade salsa. Perfectly practical and surprisingly addictive, once you start crunching on those chips with dips, it seems you’ll never get enough! Whether you opt for a traditional tomatillo or a tropical pineapple, salsa is sure to add fresh flavor to your summer party foods. Homemade salsa is a much better option for your party since you can really blend those flavors and create a combination that works for you. Add mangoes or peppers to shake things up, or opt for a sweet berry salsa combined with cinnamon chips. Whichever you choose, salsa will add a punch of flavor to your summer cookout.
Fish in a bowl
Fish is one of the ingredients you simply must include on your summer food party list. Refreshing as well as nutritious, fish is a fairly versatile food item you can use to whip up stunning fish dishes. Crispy skin and succulent, flaky flesh of fish is sure to wow your guests and keep them coming for more. Whether you opt for fish sticks, spiced grilled salmon or tuna kebabs, the fish dish works well for both casual get-togethers and big holiday buffets. If you want something even more interesting and hearty, opt for filled fishcakes – with delicious oozy cheese filling wrapped in a crispy, flaky layer of breadcrumbs, you are sure to amaze your guests and soothe their palates.
There you have it – five excellent ideas for an enjoyable gathering. Use the ideas above as inspiration when planning your next summer party.