Host an Outdoor Summer Soiree Your Friends Will Never Forget!

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Summer is (almost!) officially here, everyone. The weather may be less shiny than we’d like lately, but that’s not gonna stop us from celebrating the coming of the warmer, lighter weather ahead of us!

Take this golden chance to host a summer lunch party, outside! We’ve got the perfect menu to serve your guests, and it won’t take forever to prepare, we promise. Get inspiration on the perfect summer foods for your summer soiree, after the cut!

Squash Blossoms (Stuffed with Goat Cheese) 

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It’s not really summer until you take a bite of squash blossoms. For those skeptical about eating flowers, let us tell you, it’s absolutely delicious! Take it up a notch and stuff with herbed goat cheese, and top with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake it in the oven until tender and just a little bit crispy. It’s the perfect appetizer to serve your guests, and it won’t take forever! Full recipe here.

Mediterranean Wheat Berry Salad

What’s an celebratory ode to summer without a gorgeous salad to enjoy? Go with something refreshing like the wheat berry salad! You’ll need wheat berries, roasted onions and leeks, baby tomatoes, kalamata olives and a quick Greek dressing. It’s easy to prepare, and perfect to serve the vegetarian crowd! Though we’d like to point out this salad is seriously flavorful and awesome, so it’s for everyone, really. Full recipe here. 

Linguine and Clams with Almond and Herbs 

We’re always looking for excuses to eat pasta, and this recipe is the perfect reason why we should eat more! We’re digging the use of clams (you can use mussels too!) in a pasta dish, which is the perfect way to kick off a summer party. Pair chives, fresh flat-leaf parsley with coarsely chopped roasted almonds, and you’ll get the perfect crunchy accompaniment to your pasta! Full details here. 

Coconut Lime Marshmallows 

This time of the year always reminds us of summer camp, and the smell of toasted marshmallows! Show your guests you’re a grown up now, with a sweet serving of coconut lime marshmallows, courtesy of our friends at Kitty Lee Thomas Sweets! Just think of brown sugar marshmallow made with freshly squeezed lime juice, rolled luxuriously in toasted coconut and grated lime zest. How’s that for refreshing?

Wild Blueberry Smoothies 

Instead of serving fruity cocktails at your summer soiree, whip up a wild blueberry smoothie for your guests instead! It’s yummy, and totally nutritious. You’ll need the juice of one lemon, a cup of apple cider, minced ginger, a cup of frozen wild blueberries, and a banana. Throw in a teaspoon of cayenne, and ice cubes. Blend, and voilà! Instant awesomeness. Full recipe here. 

Check back with us, as we share ideas on how to doll up your party space for that perfect summer soiree!

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