How to Host a Summer Dinner Party!

Photo: Eye Swoon

Photo: Eye Swoon

It’s finally here, guys! Summer is the perfect time to take a step back, and enjoy the great outdoors. Take this precious time and host a summer dinner party in your yard or rooftop. In fact, get low and eliminate chairs. Take your rugs and pillows out, it’s time to enjoy food and drinks underneath the stars!

We’ve got all the elements you need for a gorgeous dinner party, after the cut:

Create Your Summery Atmosphere

You don’t have to splurge for a great night in, you’ll only need hanging fairy lights or inexpensive candles for a cozy ambience. Bring out the picnic cloths, rugs and fluffy pillows for guests to sit on at a Japanese-style low table. Guests get to kick off their shoes and get comfortable, which is sure to add to the chilled vibe you’re looking for. Don’t forget breezy tunes to add to the atmosphere. Snarky Puppy is always a winner!

Serve: Guacamole and Chips 

As guests arrive, invite them in with a guacamole station! It’s the ultimate communal snack, and will definitely kick things off. Don’t fret about making your own! Our friends at Guac & Chips Catering specializes in full service make-your-own guacamole stations. We’re talking fresh avocados and the quintessential guacamole fixings as well as some of special twist add-ons. Your guests can even tell them how they like their guacamole! It’s that special touch to make your summer dinner party extra meaningful.

Serve: Fresh Greek Food 


Photo: Matt Mendelsohn Photography via Mama Gyro

Summer is all about fresh and light servings, and a family-style dish is sure to hit the spot. Go with Greek cuisine, and you won’t go wrong with Mama Gyro! It’s all about family recipes passed down to mama herself, with the use of top quality ingredients. Sit back and relax while Mama Gyro help you serve an authentic Greek experience to your hungry guests. We love Mama Gyro’s mouthwatering, house marinate chicken souvlaki skewers, and your guests will too!

Serve: Colorful Cupcakes

Don’t worry about slaving away at the kitchen, call on Sprinkles New York for dessert! These folks are the right people to go to, as each cupcake is handcrafted from the finest ingredients. Topped with Sprinkles trademark modern dots, rich chocolate sprinkles from France or seasonal sugar decorations, Sprinkles gourmet cupcakes are a deliciously sophisticated update on an American classic. Go with the Cinnamon Sugar cupcake, a lightly spiced buttermilk cake with cinnamon sugar. It’s yummy, and isn’t too heavy to consume after dinner!

Drink: Raspberry Beer Cocktail 


A little activity before the sit down dinner is a great way to amp the dinner party up. Besides the guacamole station, set up a drinks station so guests can work on their cocktails! We love the breeziness of the raspberry beer cocktail! It’s a mix of beer, vodka and raspberry lemonade mixed together and served ice cold. This recipe can serve a large pitcher, so get the glasses, straws, ice and garnish set up at the mini drinks station. Your guests will be more than happy to help themselves!

There you have it, folks. Have a rockin’ sweet summer dinner party!


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