It’s that time of year again, and people are wiping the dust off their barbecues and sending out the invites. If you need ideas for food that’s easy to prepare as well as fun to serve though, you’ve landed on the right blog post. Here are my top suggestions…
- Mini Burger Bites
Queues often form by the barbecue for burgers and hotdogs, so why not cut them down by making dozens of burger bites with different flavours and fillings? Sweet chilli chicken, bacon and cheddar or quorn fritters for vegetarians – it’ll encourage your guests to try something new, whilst removing the stress of having to cook everything to order.
- Ice cream cone cupcakes
If you fancy yourself as a baker, surprise everyone with ice cream cone cupcakes, made by adding a cake batter to a wafer cone and topping with a swirl of frosting. They’re particularly good if you’ve got a beach or seaside theme, and can be made well in advance to sit in the fridge hours before serving.
- Hog roast
Imagine a whole hog roasting on a spit in your back garden – it creates a fantastic feature at your next summer bash, and is a great alternative to a barbecue. They’re easy to operate, affordable if you know where to hire from (I’d recommend a company like hogroast-machine.co.uk) and will feed every guest at once.
- Pizza dip
Instead of cooking up dozens of pizzas which you may not have room for, how about cooking up plenty of garlic bread and then a gooey cheese dip filled with pizza toppings, such as pepperoni, olives and peppers? You’ll get all the same familiar Italian flavours but in a smaller form, meaning you won’t waste as much food at the end of the day.
- Fountains and kebabs
Another way of creating a feature at your party is to use fountains. This could be in the form of a chocolate fountain, where you pre-make dozens of sweet kebabs with fresh fruit and marshmallows for guests to dip. Or it could be a cocktail, with plenty of ice and fruit standing by for people to add to sweeten their drink with.
- Fruit ice
Speaking of ice, why not freeze fresh pieces of fruit into ice trays to create cubes that add flavour as well as lower temperatures? You could even take it a step further by making ice lollies for your guests – it could be a berry mix for the kids, or a frozen sangria or peach bellini treat for adults.
- Taco cups
Instead of cooking up tacos in their normal shell which can easily get messy for guests, how about making cups instead? Simply mould the tortilla into a muffin tray before filling with re-fried beans, a spicy beef mix and topping off with cheese and chillies.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post on summer party food ideas. I’d love to hear what you serve up at your own get-togethers, so leave me a comment with your own recipes below.